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St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

25 Pomona Ave
Providence, RI 02908
Stpanda25@verizon.net
401-272-9649
Like us on Facebook.com/stpetersandstandrewsepiscopalchurch/

The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, Priest-
Email:  revmas90@gmailcom
The Rev. James Kelliher, Deacon
Email: revjjwkelliher@gmail.com

Holy Eucharist @ 10:00 am Sunday 
Morning Prayer @ 8:30 am Friday

We welcome you in the name of God.  Enter St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s not as a stranger, but as a guest of God. If this is your first visit here, we are honored and blessed to worship with you.  We pray that you will feel welcome and that you receive spiritually for this worship time.  We hope you return to worship with us again.  We invite you to join us for coffee hour following the service.



 

 

June 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

There are many beautiful prayers in our Book of Common Prayers.  One of my  favorites is a Prayer of Thanksgiving found on page 836.  The middle lines of the prayer are as follows:
                                   
 “ We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.
    We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.”

As we move forward at St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s these words might be good for us to hold into our hearts.  We have so much to do and it can seem overwhelming, daunting even.  We will have successes and we will have failures.  We need to always keep in mind that all that we do, we do with God.  We are co-creators with God whether we are feeding the hungry, scrubbing the kitchen floor, vacuuming the rugs or praying the Eucharist, all of this is prayer.  If Christ is at the center and heart of all that we do, then even our failures will be filled grace.  
Our prayers are living prayers and they are at work in so many ways.  Already we can see them in flowers that we have planted.  The flowers are satisfying and delightful not only to us and the neighborhood but most importantly to God.  The bit of earth surrounding our church shows the work of our hands mixed with God’s hands.  We have reached into the soil, planting flowers, pulling weeds and God has said Amen.

Holy God hold us in all that we do,
Fill us with love for you, 
Our sisters and brothers,
And this world that you have created.

Give us strength and courage ,
Help us to be not afraid,
Give us humility and fill us with your grace,
And God please, give us humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves.  

Maryalice

 
Pride, June 16, 2018

Please join us Monday Evening, June 18th to celebrate the work and ministry of

The Rev. Dr. Joyce Penfield

Elsie’s 100th Birthday

There are numerous things happening at St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s including the celebration of Elsie’s 100th Birthday.  Stay tune for an update on the painting. The color has been picked by Elsie of course. A color that is simular to the one we have but a bit lighter and brighter so now to get everything organized.  An easy thing to say, not so easy to accomplish so please have patience.  Wow as I think about it we need lots and lots of patience for the many projects that are in process or just beginning - all exciting, all wonderful and all just a bit crazy making!

 
 
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Dear Friends,

Last week was amazing,  so many beautiful flowers and they were all planted and now growing in the garden around the church.  Already we have neighors who have discovered the lovely benches outside and are enjoying the space.  The office is coming along.  It is almost empty, the nails have been pulled from the walls and the window frame around the air conditioner has been repaired.  Now to start the process of filling the nail holes a bit of cleaning and the painting can begin.  The insurance adjuster came this week and looked at the damage to our parish hall from the ice damns and the water damage, so that process has also begun.  There is a lot going on and it is good.

 A few plants,
A bit of color, 
Some time and digging,
the  ordinary becomes the extraordinary.

God created,
We are called to be co-creator,
Workers with our God,
Calling forth beauty and allowing our imaginations to soar.

Maryalice

We are invited to celebrate the ministry of The Rev. Dr. Joyce Penfield on June 18th from 6 to 8pm at the Providence Marriott Downtown.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate her ministry and her passion to help others and her belief in the potential of each and every person.  

 

 

St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

25 Pomona Ave
Providence, RI 02908 Stpanda25@verizon.net
401-272-9649
Like us on Facebook

The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, Priest-
Email:  revmas90@gmailcom
The Rev. James Kelliher, Deacon
Email: revjjwkelliher@gmail.com

Holy Eucharist @ 10:00 am Sunday 
Morning Prayer @ 8:30 am Friday


We welcome you in the name of God.  Enter St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s not as a stranger, but as a guest of God. If this is your first visit here, we are honored and blessed to worship with you.  We pray that you will feel welcome and that you receive spiritually for this worship time.  We hope you return to worship with us again.  We invite you to join us for coffee hour following the service.


Short introductions:

My name is The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan and I am the new priest at St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s and I am delighted to be with you.  Several of you have asked me what I prefer to be called, and that would be Maryalice, my given name.  I am married to John Sullivan who you will see at church quite often.  I have four children, one son and three daughters and eleven grandchildren.  You will often hear me say we are headed off to Connecticut for a birthday, anniversary, a school function or just to be together as a family.  It is truly a blessing that we enjoy each other’s company and always look forward to the next time we gather.  

I am a graduate of Yale Divinity School and have been ordained for twenty-six years.  I have serviced parishes that were large, medium and very small like St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s.  I fine it a privelege and a blessing to be a priest and I am delighted to now be here with you.  God has called us together, now it is up to all of us to listen to that calling and see where God is leading us.

Maryalice

From Jim:
Myself and my three children are the fourth and fifth generations, in my family, attending our home parish in Pawtucket, and being actively involved in the various parish ministries, it came as no surprise when I asked and was granted their endorsement and sponsorship to the Diaconate.  Having been ordained, now, for nearly two years, this is my second assignment, and I am overjoyed to be here, as this parish has always held a place in my heart, having attended here for a few years in the late 80’s.  It is my hope that we can learn from one another, as we journey together.  God has called us together for a reason.  Onward. 

  Jim

Happy Mother’s Day!

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A thank you note from Rev. Joyce

To All of you with warmest Thanks

My last Sunday was a wonderful day for me.  Your send off and gifts, I will always remember.
Please keep me in your prayers for my new call/mission in C ambrosia.  
You welcomed me 14 years ago and forgive enough to let me grow.  
You were open enough to let me show some new ways
and I will always be grateful to those now with God and each of you who will always be in my heart.

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Pentecost:

Dear Friends,

I am wondering if you remember when your life you encountered the image of God as Holy Spirit?  As a child I was good with God as Creator and with Jesus, the son of God, but was a bit uncertain, well a lot uncertain about the Holy Spirit.  Fortunately for me I was confirmed at the age of seven when I was in second grade.  That year a lot of time was given to prepare me and my classmates for our confirmation.  One of things we had to do was to learn the “Apostle’s Creed” by heart.  Now this might not seem like such a daunting task to you, but when you are seven that creed looks about a hundred miles long.

In my seven year old wisdom I decided that maybe it would be good time to make a relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Why wait to confirmation when we were being taught that the Holy Spirit has all these wonderful gifts to give us, such as knowledge, understanding and courage among others.  These were the three I decided I need now especially courage as I knew the day would come when I would have to stand up all alone and say the creed without mistakes.  I made this plan with the Holy Spirit that each day as I walked to and from school  we, that is the Holy Spirit and myself would practice the creed.  My walk was about a half mile through the concrete jungle of New York City and each morning I would add just one more line until I knew the whole prayer.  

When the day finally came that it was my turn to say the prayer and answer questions about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I felt certain that I was going to succeed and I did.  

“May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit”. Amen (Roman 15:13

Maryalice

A note from Art:

For many years St. Peter and St. Andrew Church members have been part of both the Pridefest and the Illuminate Night Parade through the Downtown area of Providence. This is the 43Rd  Pridefest, which will begin at 11:00 AM, a street wide event on South Water Street with vendors, food trucks, as well as, entertainment. Sts. PandA participates at our booth greeting visitors with information about our Church, prayers and even HUGS. At dusk, planned this year to be 8:15 PM, the Illuminate Night Parade begins and there is defiantly energy in the air. We walk through the streets of Providence with music, incense and most importantly the Spirit. We reach out to others, just like us to be validated and loved. Our Mission states we are a diverse family that knows the unconditional love of God, respects the dignity of every human being, and welcomes all. 
Please join us for this family day event that attracts many hundreds of people on

Saturday, June 16th!
Happy Pride to All 

 

Crosses for Pride

These are the crosses we will be giving out at Pride.  Some are done but others still need to be done.  So during coffee hour we will be making these crosses and putting them into the little bags with labels.  Please feel free to take some home to work on them and remember to bring them back next week.