February 7, 2023

The Current - 2-7-2023

The Current

A series of short, inspirational videos, presented by St. Peter' by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Gulfport, Mississippi. Hosted by the Rev. Patrick Sanders, with organist JT Anglin, this week's guests: Whitney Robinson, leading our youth activities, her husband, the Rev. Chris Robinson, of Redeemer Biloxi, the Rev. Steven Kidd, or St. Mark's Gulfport, the Rev. Kyle Bennett of Trinity Pass Christian and the very special Caroline Robinson. This week's discussion: upcoming EYC meetings, Pastoral and Liturgical; and, congregations coming together.

Please keep Mellody Jenkins, Gini Fellows and our entire diocean-wide group in your prayers as they travel to Honduras Saturday, February 11th, and work through the 18th.
Traveling Mercies to Mellody and Gini !

A Look Back at Last Week

Check out the entire gallery
on our web site

This week we're making Mardi Gras Shoe Box Floats!

Drop off your shoe boxes, wrapping paper, beads and trinkets WEDNESDAY before 2pm !

Our 2023 Annual Meeting attracted a full house ! Father Patrick gave the Rector’s report, followed by Marie Porter’s Treasurer’s Report. Sr. Warden David Delk and Jr. Warden Dennis Boer gave their state of the parish accounts, Jan Shook gave a report on our Outreach and Gail Hendrickson concluded the reports with the unveiling of our new communication and media offerings.
Very special thanks to those vestry members that concluded their three year term: Christie Yoste, Rod Rishel and David Delk.
Congratulations to new vestry members: Amy Ashley, Tracy Chosa and Michael Mucha ! Dennis Boer continues in his capacity as Jr. Warden.
Last, but not least, Congratulation to our new Sr. Warden Chuck Rollins !

To our congregation…

Dear Friends,
I want to say thank you to the congregation at the St. Peters’ for trusting me with the responsibility of serving on the vestry these last three years. It has been a privilege and most often a joy. In the course of my professional life as a United Methodist minister I probably attended several thousand church meetings (Methodist really like committees). I only have about 40 as an Episcopalian. My time on the vestry at St. Peters’ was interesting and productive work in the kingdom. I appreciate the good leadership provided by Father Patrick and his enthusiasm for the work of the kingdom. Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the big picture and the Big Love at St. Peters’ by the Sea.
Rod Dickson-Rishel


Each month St. Peter's will highlight a group, or project,
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The Week Ahead


10:30am Bible Study
12:05 Litany of Healing
2pm Casting Nets - Mardi Gras Shoe Box Floats
5:30pm Compline

We need your shoe boxes !!!
To make Shoe Box Floats



The Collect

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

8am Rite I
9:30 Donuts and Discourse
and Kid's Sunday School
10:30 Rite II and
Children’s Church
4pm -5:30pm EYC at St. Peter's:
Souper Bowl Supper

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

8 [Bakhita (Josephine Margaret Bakhita), Monastic, 1947]
10 [
Scholastica, Monastic, 543]
11 [
Theodora, Empress, c.867]
Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818
Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries, 869 and 885

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


  • The St. Monica Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church
    93rd Annual Valentine Tea -
    Friday, February 10th 3 to 5 PM
    At the home of Hap and Betsy Crusel 820 West Beach Blvd in Pass Christian.

  • Mardi Gras - February 21

  • SHROVE TUESDAY EYC gathering at St. Mark's - February 21

  • Ash Wednesday - February 22
    Services: NOON and 5:30pm

  • The Root of All Ritual - Each Sunday during Lent, between services. Fr. Patrick and Cecily Cummings will delve into the sometimes not-so-sacred roots of our church rituals and traditions.

  • Sounds in Sacred Spaces - Each Friday in Lent, join JT Anglin for a mini concert series, Feb. 24th, March 4th, 10th, 17th and 24th at Noon in our Chapel.

  • ELNO at Murky Waters & Men's Grillin' Group - February 28

  • Lent-urgical Arts - Saturdays in Lent (still in development)

  • A Day of Dialog - April 1st, 8:30am - 3:30pm at St. Peter's (details below)


What's the "big ask" ?
It's a "tall order", a "huge favor", a difficult request...
It's a seemingly impossible need, that needs filling.
What do ya have to loose ?

Our CURRENT Big Ask:
We're asking for loaner RVs, Travel Trailers or campers for use during Summer's Special Session at Camp Bratton Green.

Because of the increased staff needs,
volunteers are needing extra space for lodging during this time.
For more info, or, if you can help, please contact Fr. Patrick Sanders

We thank you in advance for helping us fulfill this need.


The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 5, 2023


February 5 - February 11
6th- Gail Hendrickson
7th - Lloyd Munn
8th - Vanean Green
8th - Stokley Sawyer IV
9th - Vivian Ozerden
11th - Jackie Krass

11th - Michael & Julie Black

February 12 - February 18

13th - Billy McCaughan
14th - Dale Belham
15th - Fran Burch
15th - Carl Chosa
15th - Judy Joest
15th - Miriam Ozerden
16th - Julius Ward
18th - Noah Moorefield
18th - Doug Singletary

14th - Skip & Linda Harborth
14th - Dave & Liz Jones
15th - Julius Ward & Maria Watson
16th -Jordan & Rebecca Gerardine
17th - Ian & Heather Phillips


Next Meeting in February 14th, at Noon.
All of the Ladies of our Parish are welcome.
Bring a sack lunch and join us in the Parish Hall for lunch


RETURNS February 12th 4pm - 5:30
at St. Peter's by-the-Sea

Join us for a Souper Bowl full of LOVE as we prepare meals for church members that may be recovering form illness or otherwise in need. We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day by sharing some delicious dinners.

NO EYC SUNDAY February 19.
EYC will meet TUESDAY February 21 for MARDI GRAS fun at St. Mark's 4 - 5:30pm


Youth Groups @diomsyouth

Check out all of the
upcoming events
for our youth and follow their
instagram page



Title:Advent Candle
Notes:Hand-printed linocut in black and gold ink.
Artist:Plummer, Lauren
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The term comes from a Hebrew word which means “to dwell.” It refers to the visible dwelling of God among the people of God on earth. It does not appear in the Bible as such but comes from Jewish tradition during the period of the Second Temple, i.e., after 515 B.C. The same phenomenon appears in the Bible as the glory of God, which is particularly associated with the Tabernacle (Ex 40:34-35) and the Temple (1 Kgs 8:10-11) in the OT, and with the Incarnation (Jn 1:14) in the NT.


Talking to the Salt, Epiphany 5 (A)

February 05, 2023

Charles Hoffacker

[RCL] Isaiah 50:1-9a, (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9, (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20

The celebrated Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote many odes. An ode, you will recall, is a poem that addresses its subject in an exalted fashion. Thus, we have poems by Keats such as “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn” in which an enchanting bird and an ancient ceramic vessel are directly addressed. Pablo Neruda follows the same pattern in “Ode to My Socks” and “Ode to Salt.”

In his “Ode to Salt,” Neruda says a great deal before reaching his conclusion, where, speaking still to salt, he declares: “The smallest, the tiniest wave of the shaker brings home to us not only your domestic whiteness but inward flavor of the infinite.”

Bible Study, Epiphany 5 (A)

February 05, 2023

The season of Epiphany is when we celebrate the revealing of Christ to the world. We mark the arrival of the One who is the light of the world: a light that brings life, a light that brings hope. This light shines its brightest when we are in community – with God and with one another.

The Office of Global Partnerships of The Episcopal Church invites individuals, small groups, congregations, and dioceses to use our weekly video series throughout the season of Epiphany to draw closer to each other and our Lord. Using an adaptation of lectio divina with the gospel passage for each Sunday, you’ll meet and hear from Episcopal missionaries who have served around the world as they read and reflect on Jesus’ revelation to us. Missionary service through The Episcopal Church is accomplished through the Young Adult Service Corps (for Episcopalians aged 21-30) and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission (for Episcopalians over the age of 30). Learn more about these programs at iam.ec/yasc and iam.ec/evim respectively.

This week’s lectio divina features Joris Bürmann and Derby Guerrier. Watch their discussion at iam.ec/epiphany2023 and follow along by yourself or in a small group. To participate:

1. Read today’s Gospel passage: Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-20, NRSV)

2. Reflect: Which word or short phrase caught your attention or came to mind? Whether you’re alone or in a group, say it aloud.

3. Read: Reread the passage, perhaps in a different translation.

4. Reflect: Where does the passage touch your life today? If you’re with a group, share your responses with each other, without discussing further. If you’re alone, say your response aloud or write it down.

5. Read: Reread the passage, perhaps in yet another translation.

6. Reflect: Where is God calling you to go? Where, either near or far, can you cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus? You might consider journaling out your response and meditating on it over the course of this week.

7. Pray: In closing, say the Collect for Epiphany 5 in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 216).

Word – Epiphany 5 (A) Bible StudyDownload

PDF – Epiphany 5 (A) Bible StudyDownload

Did you know there are RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) Readings for each day ?

While there is a little overlap each day, they are posted on-line as a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library: Daily Readings

Daily Readings for this week


The Biscuit Brigala is BACK !
Join us Thursday, May 30th
5:30 – 8:30pm
Great Southern Club

Enjoy local restaurants’ special take on the beloved biscuit including:
Salute, Chimneys, Chandeleur Brewery, Felix’s,
Great Southern Club, Feed My Sheep and more…

Tickets $60
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 Support our Biscuit Brigade !

The Wall of Wine returns
Experience the breathtaking view
Shop the Silent Auction
Vote for the People’s Choice

Entertainment provided by
Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn and the Amigos

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Kids and Teens join us each Sunday Afternoon for EYC