St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – January 3, 2022

The new year is here !
We begin 2022,
with a blank canvas.
(And, that’s Haiku!)

With brush in hand and paint on palette, our planning for the year ahead begins with a special cookout for our young couples and families. Got kids ? Kids coming ? We need your input for our youth programming for 2022 and beyond.
What: Young Families’ Program Planning Cookout
When: January 9th at 5pm
Where: St. Peter’s by-the-Sea
We’ll provide good stuff for the grill. Bring a side, a smile and a vision for our youth programs in 2022.
Childcare will be provided.

2022 Annual Meeting set for January 16th 9:30 Service !

Once a year, our parish takes a look at the business of the church.
At the annual meeting we’ll take a look back at 2021 with reports from all of our groups, committees and vestry. We’ll look forward with 3 new vestry members and a new Junior Warden.

vestry ves-try | \ ˈve-strē – : an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish.  (Merriam-Webster)

Are you interested in becoming a member of our vestry ?
Do you know someone who you think would make a great vestry member ?
Serving on the vestry is a unique experience. The vestry has the responsibility for ensuring that the spiritual mission of the church is maintained, as well as for carrying out the more secular duties related to church property, finances and personnel. Service on the vestry can be a joyful experience that enriches both one’s spiritual life and one’s feelings of connectedness with other vestry members, the rector and the entire church community.
Our nominating committee consists of those vestry members finishing terms. If you would like to nominate a member of our congregation for vestry, first, get their permission, then submit their name to the committee or the church office. Committee members are
Sandy Dowdle, (, Enid Machen, ( Young, (f4cajun@gmailcom)

NOTE: there will be a Streaming Morning Prayer Service at 8am. The Annual Meeting Service will NOT be streamed.


Shelter by-the-Sea

St. Peter’s has opened our doors and welcomed those needing a warm place to spend the night when the temperatures drop. In partnership with First United Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea will act as a cold weather shelter while renovations are completed on the Gulfport shelter.
Our inaugural hosting saw us serving 9 individuals, each grateful for a warm space to rest their heads, a hot shower and bountiful breakfast of omelets, sausage, biscuits and more. Our guests helped to clean, disinfect and remove trash and left with snack bags.
Temperatures will dip again this evening and St. Peter’s will again act as Shelter by-the-Sea. If you are interested in volunteering for a four hour shift this evening please contact Jan Shook at 860-4407.

Special Deliveries

We are delighted to now have our very own special freezer at St. Peter’s. Most of you will recall our “Angels” and remember our food deliveries. We now can make casseroles to freeze and have on hand for those times when someone is ill and would appreciate something simple to bake for themselves or the family. A big thank you to Bets Enoch for donating the freezer and special thanks to Mellody and Steven Jenkins in delivering it. It is located in the hallway closet just past the Sunday school rooms.
Dinner casseroles, side dishes, soups, breakfast casseroles and even desserts are appreciated. Soups are especially appreciated during this cold season.
Please be sure items are marked with instructions, date and for serving one, two, or four or more. If you can’t take it to the church, just call me and I will be delighted to pick it up.

Thank you!
Judy Joest
Pastoral Care

Weekly Worship Schedule

 We are now offering bread AND wine during Holy Eucharist,
 but… Dip ! don’t Sip.

Wednesday People

10:30am Bible Study
in the Great Room
12:05 pm Litany of Healing
in the Chapel
~12:40 pm Via Media
on the Internet

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service
~9 am Coffee in the Courtyard 
(weather permitting)

9:30 am Kids’ Sunday School
10:30 am Rite II Service*
In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service*
10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

Last Week’s Streaming Services

The Second Sunday after Christmas
January 2, 2022
Rite II 10:30
Service Bulletin link
10:30am Streaming Service link

Via Media
Wednesday, December 29, 2022

January 2nd – January 8th
4th – Heather Rafferty
4th – Mike Ward
5th – Tim Silkman
6th – Lauren Porter
7th – Chris Scarborough
8th – Ida Curtis
2nd – Lee & Ashley Crump
7th- Bob Galloway & Ann Bowden

January 8th – January 15th
9th – Derrick Hudson
9th – David Painter
10th – Joy Jennings
11th – Dona Long
12th – Billy Ruble
12th – Jack Watson
12th – Rowland Yonko
13th – Amelia Edrington
13th – Lottie Hastings
15th – Austin Gottschlich


January 6th
ReadingsIsaiah 60:1-6Ephesians 3:1-12Matthew 2:1-12Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Collect: O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of our Lord
January 9th
Isaiah 43:1-7Acts 8:14-17Luke 3:15-17, 21-22Psalm 29

Collect: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

  Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week
January 4    [Elizabeth Seton, Vowed Religious and Educator, 1821]

January 5   [Sarah, Theodora, and Syncletica of Egypt, Desert Mothers, fourth-fifth century]

January 8   Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969

January 9   Julia Chester Emery, Lay Leader and Missionary, 1922

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Epiphany, and beyond !

This Thursday, we celebrate the Feast day of The Epiphany.
The word Epiphany is from the Greek word, epiphaneia, meaning manifestation or appearance. In classical Greek it was used for the appearance of dawn, of an enemy in war, but especially of a manifestation of a deity to a worshiper (a theophany).
In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus Christ’s physical manifestation to the Gentiles. It is sometimes called Three Kings’ Day, and in some traditions celebrated as Little Christmas. The feast of the Epiphany, in some denominations, also initiates the liturgical season of Epiphanytide, or, more familiar to us the season of Mardi Gras, lasting until the day before Ash Wednesday and the begining of Lent.

In England, the celebration of the night before Epiphany, Epiphany Eve, is known as Twelfth Night. The first night of Christmas is December 25-26, and Twelfth Night is January 5-6; the twelve days of Christmas. The Yule log was left burning until this day, and the charcoal left was kept until the next Christmas to kindle next year’s Yule log. Twelfth Night is still as popular a day for plays as when Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night was first performed in 1601 and is a traditional time for “mumming” and the wassail.  
A traditional dish for Epiphany was Twelfth Cake, a rich, dense, typically English fruitcake. Whoever found the baked-in bean was king for a day!
Sound familiar?  Anything spicy or hot, like ginger snaps and spiced ale, was considered proper Twelfth Night fare, recalling the costly spices brought by the Wise Men. Another English Epiphany treat was the traditional jam tart, made in the shape of a six-pointed star symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem, and thus called Epiphany tart. English cooks sometimes used different colored jams on the tart creating a pastry resembling stained glass.

Popular Epiphany customs include chalking the doorhaving one’s house blessed, and winter swimming. It is customary for Christians in many localities to remove their Christmas decorations on Epiphany Eve. According to tradition, those who fail to remember to remove their Christmas decorations on Epiphany Eve must leave them untouched until Candlemas (February 2nd).

In Colonial Virginia, Epiphany, or 12th Night, was an occasion of great merriment, and was considered especially appropriate as a date for balls and dancing, as well as for weddings. On 12th Night, Great Cake was prepared, consisting in two giant layers of fruitcake, coated and filled with royal icing. Custom dictated that the youngest child present cut and serve the cake and whoever found the bean or prize in the Twelfth Night cake was crowned “King of the Bean” similar to the European king cake custom.

Tarpon Springs, Florida is known for elaborate religious ceremonies related to the Greek Orthodox Church, the most notable being the Epiphany celebration. The blessings conclude with the ceremonial throwing of a wooden cross into the city’s Spring Bayou, and boys ages 16 to 18 diving in to retrieve it. Whoever recovers the cross is said to be blessed for a full year. Following the blessings, the celebration moves to the Sponge Docks. Tarpon Springs has given itself the nickname Epiphany City. 

In Manitou Springs, Colorado, Epiphany is marked by the Great Fruitcake Toss. Fruitcakes are thrown, participants dress as kings, fools, etc., and competitions are held for the farthest throw, the most creative projectile device, etc. As with customs in other countries, the fruitcake toss is a sort of festive symbolic leave-taking of the Christmas holidays until next year, but with humorous twist, since fruitcake is considered with a certain degree of derision in most of the United States, and is the source of many jokes.

For us, Epiphany is the beginning of the Carnival season!
Time for King Cakes, filled with cinnamon, glazed and coated in colored sugar. The person who finds the doll (or bean) must provide the next king cake. Many traditions are associated with the day in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Carnival krewes begin having their balls on that date, and the first New Orleans parades roll that night.

So, get your King Cake, toss that fruit cake, douse the Yule log and maybe take down the decorations, maybe…

And, don’t forget,
Laissez les bon temps Rouler!


St. Peters “Community” Night
Wednesdays in the Parish Hal

Beginning January 19, 2022, St. Peters will begin having Wednesday night gatherings in the Parish Hall aimed at expanding our sense of community and providing “multi-generational” opportunities for spiritual growth. The schedule for these nights will look like this:
6:00PM – Dinner and spiritual discussions

Adults in Parish Hall

 (EYC) in Library
 in Sunday School rooms
Nursery will be made available

6:45PM – All hands 
community” cleanup

We will need some volunteers to prepare the meals on a rotating basis, one or two volunteers to shepherd the teen discussions, and one or two volunteers for the Pre-YC children.

Contact Chuck Rollins at 228-617-8149 or for more information.

Lenten Art days

Each of the six Saturdays in Lent we’ll be conducting a hybrid version of quiet days and Liturgical Arts. Workshops will include finishing ceramic bowls which can be used at our Lenten Soup Suppers, creating rosaries, iconography, creating Pyzanky Eggs and more. Our choice of projects has been made to blend with quiet, meditative prayer time; creating with intention.

We invite adult members and friends of our parish to join us beginning Saturday, March 5th, from 10am – 2pm, for one or all 6 of the inaugural Lenten Art days.

A more detailed schedule is coming soon and we ask that reservation be made so that we can secure enough supplies for everyone.

Contact Gail at or send a text to 760-0179.

For the Kids !

Christmas Lesson:
The Wisemen

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s






We are on our final week of the Christmas lesson series. (If you missed any of the past Christmas lessons click here). This week, we will look at the contrast between King Herod and the Wise Men. Our Bible text is found in Matthew 2:1-12.

Some of the key points we will study are:

    • Wise men seek Jesus – Seeking Jesus is always the wise thing to do.
  • No one is too far away from God.
  • God wants us to be humble.

Youth Groups

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FAMILY FUN – 12 Crafts of Christmas

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Support our ECW with the purchase of a St. Peter’s Ornament!

Commissioned in 2009, and the 4th in a series of Downtown Gulfport Landmarks, these cast pewter ornaments are the original work of artist Maurice Milleur. Measuring approximately 2 3/4″ tall.
These make great gifts and help support our ECW.
Ornaments are $20/each and may be purchased by contacting any ECW member or the church office.


Bulletin Insert: 2 Christmas – Anglican Cycle of Prayer – January 2, 2022

The below is the weekly calendar produced by the Anglican Communion for 2022. Over the course of each year, we pray for each of the 41 provinces of the Communion. For more information, visit

2          Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo
9          Iglesia Anglicana de Chile
16         The Church of England
23         Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
30         The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

6          The Church of Ireland
13         The Nippon Sei Ko Kai
20         The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
27         The Anglican Church of Kenya

6          The Anglican Church of Korea
13         The Anglican Church of Melanesia
20         La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico
27         The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma)

3          The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
10         The Church of North India (United)
17         The Church of Pakistan (United)
24         The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea

1           The Episcopal Church in the Philippines
8          Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda
15         The Scottish Episcopal Church
22         Church of the Province of South East Asia
29         The Church of South India (United)

5          The Anglican Church of Southern Africa
12         The Anglican Church of South America
19         Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
26         Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan

3          The Anglican Church of Tanzania
10         The Church of the Province of Uganda
17         The Episcopal Church
24         The Church in Wales
31         The Church of the Province of West Africa

7          The Church in the Province of the West Indies
14         The Extra-Provincial Churches
21         The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria
28        The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

4          The Anglican Church of Australia
11         The Church of Bangladesh
18         Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
25         The Anglican Church of Burundi

2          The Anglican Church of Canada
9          The Church of the Province of Central Africa
16         Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America
23         Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo
30         Iglesia Anglicana de Chile

6          The Church of England
13         Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
20         The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
27         The Nippon Sei Ko Kai

4          The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
11         The Anglican Church of Kenya
18         The Anglican Church of Korea
25         The Anglican Church of Melanesia



Bible Study – 2 Christmas – 2022

January 02, 2022

RCL: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23


Jeremiah 31:7-14

Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in life. The people of God have struggled to keep their end of the covenant with God, and every time they stray, disaster befalls them. In the Deuteronomic Code, they have been given numerous and detailed examples for how to love their God, yet Jeremiah has spent almost 30 chapters demonstrating that their repeated failures to love God as their God loves them has brought them into ruin and exile. At the end of Jeremiah, however, he assures them that God has not forgotten them. No matter how many times God’s people stray and forget to love their God, God remembers them and will always bring them back into the covenant that was promised to them.

In our own lives, it is easy to become distracted by all the things in the world that pull on us. Sometimes, it is only when we lose something that is really important that we realize how valuable it was. Fortunately, we have been assured that God will always be ready to welcome us back when we get distracted, and it is never too late to remember God’s love for us.

    • When have you found yourself so distracted that you missed what was truly important in life?

  • What is it like to only realize something is important when it’s gone?

  • How can you remind yourself that God will always be waiting to take you back?

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Bible Study – 1 Epiphany – 2022
January 09, 2022

Warren Swenson

RCL: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


Isaiah 43:1-7

As we remember Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, the prophet Isaiah’s words speak to us about the profound faithfulness of God. In this passage, God promises his chosen people that he will be with them no matter what. During my undergraduate days at a small church-related college in the Midwest, we sang the hymn Great is Thy faithfulness constantly. My campus minister once pointed out to me why he liked it so much: “The song attributes faithfulness where it belongs – to God.” As Christians, we have a tendency to focus on our faithfulness, forgetting that it is God who is first and foremost faithful to us. Isaiah tells us that the Lord protects us. With God by our side, we can rest assured that no harm will come to us. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

  • We often consider the importance of the promises that the candidates (or their sponsors) make at baptism, but what promises does God make to us in baptism? How does God’s relationship with Israel also represent these promises?

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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


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O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go:
preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger;
and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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