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

70 Pemberton Street

Providence, RI   02908

Sunday Eucharist @ 10:00
The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, Vicar
The Rev. James W. Kelliher, Deacon

Aurora Emdjian-Organist
Bradley Marshall, Sign Language Interpreter

Ah, last summer we were blessed to celebrate Elsie’s 100th birthday with her.  This Easter we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of her baptism.  She was Baptized on Easter Eve in 1919 and if google is correct that year Easter was on April 20th so we are very close to the actual date.  Come and join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion.  And yes, Elsie was baptized here at what was then just St. Andrew Church by The Rev. Hobbs, our first rector.  Elsie tells me he was a wonderful and kind man setting a tone for our church of love.  
We do have a few surprises for Elsie so come and see and be part of this wonderful piece of our journey together and let us sing our Alleluias.


 
 
 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

The floor of the earth seemed to disappear,
The world was spinning at warped speed,
Nothing made sense
Jesus' body laid in the the tomb.

All hope and love wrapped in the linen cloth
Laid to rest in the darkness of the cave
How could this be
Is this where it ends

The baby that rested in Mary's arms,
Now resting forever in the cold cruel darkness of the earth,
We all watched as life left his body,
As anger and hatred swallowed love.

Ah, but it is not finished
The impossible has become the possible
Anger and hatred do not have the last word, 
The stone could not hold back light and love.

The linen cloth that wrapped the body is cast aside
No longer is it needed to encase the dead
It is a cloth of the living,
A prayer shawl around our shoulders.

The wood of the cross once an instrument of torture
Is now a fine tuned instrument of love.
Darkness no longer covers the earth,
Resurrection! The earth filled with new life, new joy, new hope

Leaves unfold, stirred by the warmth of the sun
Bushes and flowers dance,
Dressed in purples, yellows and pinks
Birds sing and music is heard 

It is Easter!
Christ has risen, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
The voice of the risen Christ is heard in the land
"Love one another as I have loved you"

Maryalice

 

 

 

Food Pantry Collection 

Needed items for the food pantry are pasta, peanut butter, breakfast cereals but all food items are welcomed and accepted.  This is an important ministry of this parish and together we make it possible.  

 

Please remember to pray for those on our prayer list:

Rossie & Lynn, Anna Mae, Bruce, Michael, Everleigh, Bob, Francis, Barbara, Mary, Ann & Al, Emile, Louis, David, Richard, Walter, Scarlet, Brad, Robin, Pat, Linda, Betsy, Mark, Alan, Gary, Robert, Laura, Jennifer, Lynn, Mike, and Our Homebound: Dot, Helen, Gail and Dawn. 

 

Amazon Smile:

Remember to go to the website (www.stpeters-standrews.org) and use the Amazon Smile when you are shopping on-line.

Savoring, Palm Sundays of the Past


(The memories of a small child and her imagination) 

Palm Sunday holds a special place in my memory,
As a child it signaled that Lent was almost over,
Just a week left to go, 
The very earth turning from winter to spring.

It was the first Sunday of the year for flowers,
After church the Flower stands would be set up,
Selling daffodils bright and yellow,
A symbol, a sign of things to come.

In New York City it was a day to dress up,
No Easter Bonnet or Easter Shoes or dress,
But the best in the closet was pulled out,
School shoes were polished, it was a kind of pre-Easter, a practice.

The things of Easter were in a sacred place, 
Waiting for the Day of Resurrection.
This was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the end
Which would lead us back to a new beginning, new life, new joy.

Palm Sunday, a doorway into the holy,
A day of joy, Palms waving in the air,
Shouting Hosanna
Singing “All Glory Laud and Honor.

Sitting at table with Jesus and the apostles,
Sharing in the holy meal, 
Walking with Jesus to garden,
To the cross.

Standing with Mary his mother
Watching as she beheld the body of her son,
Holding the basin of water as she bathed him,
Holding the linen as she wrapped him.

Leaving the tomb with her our hearts full of sorrow,
His body now lay in darkness,
The large stone in place
A hush and silence seem to covered the earth.

Walking in that sorrow, my eyes filled with tears,
Only to see the man selling his flowers,
The beautiful daffodils, 
Bringing hope to what seemed hopeless.


Maryalice

Rest In Peace to Terry Giunta

OCTOBER 13, 1918 ~ APRIL 5, 2019 
Let us give thanks for the life of Terry.
Several of us were privileged to celebrate Terry’s 100 birthday with her last October.  Several of us gathered for the Eucharist, song and birthday cake.  It was a blessing to be with her.  Now let us pray for her and give thanks for her life and ministry especially here at St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day, Terry.  We thank you for giving her to us, ?her family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday:   6:pm Beginning with a light dinner, followed by the Holy Eucharist                                         

 Good Friday: Church will be open for quite prayer: Noon to Three
6:pm - Stations of the Cross and Good Friday Liturgy
     


Sunday April 21-Alleluia, Christ has risen, risen indeed!
10:am-Celebration of the Resurrection

followed by a gathering for food and fellowship

 

 

Please pray for:
Rossie & Lynn, Anna Mae, Bruce, Michael, Everleigh, Bob, Francis, Barbara, Mary, Ann & Al, Emile, Louis, David, Richard, Walter, Scarlet, Brad, Robin, Pat, Linda, Betsy, Mark, Alan, Gary, Robert, Laura, Jennifer, Lynn, Mike, and Our Homebound: Dot, Helen, Gail and Dawn. 
 
Please remember to go to the website (stpeters-standrews.org) and use the Amazon Smile when you are shopping on-line.

 

Spirit of God Upon Us! (A moment of Grace)


On a quiet Sunday Afternoon we gathered
A rock was our altar,
The sky our ceiling,
The flowing water our reredos*.

We had traveled all day
A group of parishioners and priest,
Walking on foreign ground
Learning together the depths of creation.

God ever present,
Blessing each of us,
Through the simple sharing of the bread and wine,
Our hearts became one with each other and Our God who created us.

For the peace we held hands, 
Praying in turn, the prayers of our hearts
That afternoon engraved in memory
So simple and yet profound.


?Maryalice

*Reredos is an ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.

Italian Night-Thank you one and all who made this evening a success!

A large thank you to all who made this event such a success.  The food was delicious, the setting was welcoming and fun, the conversation was lively and filled with laughter and joy.  We hopefully will add this to our calendar and make this an annual event!  There were wonderful baskets for raffle, our fifty-fifty was over two hundred dollars and there was even a door prize.  
All and all we raised $1,350.00.  

Holy Week

 

Palm Sunday, April 14-10:00am
Mass beginning  with the Blessing & Distribution of Palms.
Weather permitting we will begin outside and process into the church

Maundy Thursday, April 18-6pm

Simple supper in the parish hall where we will hear the Gospelthe celebration and then move into church for communion and the Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday: April 19
The church will be open in the afternoon for silent prayer from noon until 3pm  Stations of the cross and Good Friday Liturgy @ 6:pm



 

Semana Santa

Domingo de los Ramos, 14 de april 10:00am
La Misa comensando con la bendicion y Distribucion de los Ramos
Sugun el clima empesemos en las afueras y procesamos a la iglesia

Jueves Santo, 18 de april 6:00PM
Una cena simpleen el solon donde vamos oir el Evangelio y pasemos a la iglesia para la santa eucarista y la limpiando de el altar
Viernes Santa, 19 de april  6:00pm
La iglesia abre por la tarde para oracion en silencio hasta las 3:00PM
El Camino de la Cruz y el culto de Viernes Santa

Easter

10:am-Celebration of the Resurrection followed by a gathering  for food and fellowship.  Let us Bless the Lord!

Our prayer list

 
Please pray for:
Rossie & Lynn, Anna Mae, Bruce, Michael, Everleigh, Bob, Francis, Barbara, Mary, Ann & Al, Emile, Louis, David, Richard, Walter, Scarlet, Brad, Robin, Pat, Linda, Betsy, Mark, Alan, Gary, Robert, Laura, Jennifer, Lynn, Mike, and Our Homebound: Dot, Helen, Terry, Gail and Dawn. 
The moving of the Baptismal Font

This was a monumental task and it took many Episcopalians to move the font about two or maybe two and half feet. The font is now on a platform with wheels so when we have the next baptism we will be able to move the font with considerable ease to the center of the aisle allowing the whole family and godparents to gather around the font.  Thank you to all who made this possible.
 

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Spring, Resurrection and Love
 

Already there is beginning to be a green hue to our trees,
Slowly, slowly Spring is creeping into dormant world of nature,
Each day now brings a new surprise, 
The leaves of the crocus are using their power to push through the hard earth.

The wonder and mystery of God is contained in the phenomenal that we call spring.
How can it be that the dull, grayish brown of the landscape
Can once again become the lush green of summer
How can what is seemingly dead be alive again?

How can Sarah give birth way beyond her time,
How can Daniel survive the Lion’s Den,
How can a widow and her son go from hunger to the fullness of life
How can we hear and embrace the love our God has for each of us?

The reemergence of the world of nature
Gives us a living picture of hope,
Hope that God is breathing on us and into us love, today and everyday,
With God all things are possible,

even when we do not see or understand,
The hand of God is at work,
Loving us 
Calling us to be all that we can be. Amen

Maryalice




 

Our sign now welcomes all in both Spanish and English.  It is a small step to begin to welcome the community in which we are now living into this holy space.  It is a way of being co-creators with our God to make all things new.  


Spaghetti Dinner-Italian Night


Come one, come all, this promises to be a night of good food,

fun and fellowship.
There will be baskets for raffle and maybe

another surprise or two-

Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m.  

Price of the dinner: adults $12.50, children: $8.00,

Families, max: $40.00

 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Food Pantry last week.  Our basket was overflowing by a lot and then more groceries came in during the week.  Of course thank you to those who faithfully donate money for this ministry.  This is truly a symbol and sign of love.  What a blessing all of you are!

Our open house was a great success!

 

Sunday was truly a day of joy and delight as we celebrated the renewal of the rectory.  Jim and Paul were so gracious to invite us into their home, which as been lovingly restored by the work of many hands.  We are truly blessed!  Thank you so much to Jim and Paul and all who made this possible.
 

Please pray for:
Rossie & Lynn, Anna Mae, Bruce, Michael, Everleigh, Bob, Francis, Barbara, Mary, Ann & Al, Emile, Louis, David, Richard, Walter, Scarlet, Brad, Robin, Pat, Linda, Betsy, Mark, Alan, Gary, Robert, Laura, Jennifer, Lynn, Mike, and Our Homebound: Dot, Helen, Terry,

Gail and Dawn. 

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is asking us to Walk the Way of Love.  So far we have talked about, Turn, Learn and Pray.  This week is Worship.
Please remember to go to the website (st.peter-st.andrews.org) and use the Amazon Smile when you are shopping on-line.


             Church is open for prayer: Wednesday & Friday 9am to 2pm

                             (please enter through the parish house door)


 

Open house at the rectory on Sunday, March 17th @ 11:15

For the past ten months we have been working and working to restore our beautiful church, parish house and rectory.  This Sunday we are all invited to come and see the rectory.  Jim and Paul have been gracious enough to invite us to come and see their beautiful home.  Please bring some food to share and welcome them as they welcome us.  

 

Please remember to use the Amazon Smile when you are shopping on-line.

 

Food Pantry Sunday

The third Sunday of the month is our “Food Pantry Collection Sunday”.  Of course donations are always welcomed, but especially on the Third Sunday of the month.  
This month there is a real need for:
Tuna Fish
Peanut Butter, & Boxed Mac & Cheese

But please know that all donation of food or money will be greatly appreciated.  

Spaghetti Dinner-March 30, 2019 @ 6:00

Mark your calendars, March 30, 2019 at 6pm there will be a Spaghetti Supper, There will be some baskets to raffle and maybe a surprise of two.
Price of the dinner: adults    $12.50
                                children: $8.00
                               Families, max: $40.00
Come one come all and bring your friends it promise to be a night of good food, fellowship and community building.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

Lent and Love

II am supposing for most of us when we think about the word Lent we do not automatically associate it with the word Love.  Yet it is the season that hopefully will help us to love and be loved.  On Ash Wednesday we are reminded that “It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church.” (Book of Common Prayer).  This season of Lent it is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and find the places we have separated ourselves from God and allow God to touch and love us.

As a child I dreaded this season.  There were always the lectures on what am I going to give up, or more bluntly put, how was I and everyone else going to be miserable for forty days.  There was very little emphasis on the actuality that this season, of all the seasons of the year, was to bring us closer to the heart of God.  I do not know about you but I considered this a season of punishment rather then a walk in love.

We are told that love is patient and kind, certainly God’s love for us is.  During Lent things will look different at church, there will be a different kind of graciousness adorning our altar and we will begin our worship with the confession of our sins, hopefully setting ourselves open to be more loved by God.  We will focus on our journey with God and God’s journey with us.  We begin with Jesus going off into the wilderness and being tempted.  We will walk with him on his journey to Jerusalem and listen to his cries as his heart is broken because of the love he has for that city and the people who live there and how they would not hear or feel his love for them.

The same is true today.  God’s desire is to love us.  Lent is the time to open our hearts to be filled with the love that Jesus has for us.  Hopefully we can all make an effort to love more and be loved.  So pay it forward, smile more, notice the buds as they grow on the trees and bushes, look for the first crocus to break the barren grown of winter, give generously, and most of all may we in the stillness of Lent know that we are loved.
Maralice

 

 

Please remember to pray for:

Our parish prayer list:

Rossie & Lynn, Anna Mae, Bruce, Michael, Everleigh, Bob, Francis, Barbara, Mary, Ann & Al, Emile, Louis, David, Richard, Walter, Scarlet, Brad, Robin, Pat, Linda, Betsy, Mark, Alan, Gary, Robert, and Laura, Jennifer, Mike and Lynn, and Our Homebound: Dot, Helen, Terry, Gail and Dawn.

Please continue to remember to use the Amazon Smile

When you are buying anything online from Amazon go to our website and click the Amazon Smile. It is as simple as that and then the church receives a donation from Amazon.  Thank you for all who have been faithfully doing this.

A Large Thank You to our grandson, Jacob who came and spent two days pulling up the carpet in our upstairs room.  Little by little we continue to make things new.

Next we need to gather a crew of people and clean our church including the sacristy.

Spaghetti Supper

Mark your calendars, March 30, 2019 at 6pm there will be a Spaghetti Supper, There will be some baskets to raffle and maybe a surprise of two.
Price of the dinner: adults    $12.50
                                children: $8.00
                               Families, max: $40.00
Come one, come all and bring your friends it promises to be a night of good food, fellowship, and community building.