St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – January 10, 2022

2022 Annual Meeting
January 16th during a 9:30am Service
NOTE: there will be a Streaming Morning Prayer Service at 8am. The Annual Meeting Service will NOT be streamed.

The annual meeting is where we take a look back at 2021 with reports from all of our groups, committees and vestry. We’ll elect 3 new vestry members and a new Junior Warden.
Are you interested in becoming a member of our vestry or know someone who you think would make a great vestry member ?
Submit their name to the committee or the church office. Committee members are 
Sandy Dowdle, (, Enid Machen, ( Young, (

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.

St. Peters "Community" Night

Beginning January 19, 2022

St. Peters will begin having Wednesday night gatherings in the Parish Hall.
We will begin each evening with Compline at 5:30pm followed by Dinner at 6pm and Spiritual discussions for Adults (in the great room), Teens/EYC (in the Library) and Pre-YC Kids (in the classrooms). Nursery care will be available. We’ll close at 6:45pm with an all hands “community” cleanup.

We 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.

Scenes from Sunday's Young Families Cookout

All of our young families were invited to a cookout Sunday afternoon to discuss their visions for our 2022 youth program.

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday People

9:00am Intercessory Prayer
in the Chapel ***
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
5:30pm Community Night
in the Parish Hall ***

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

Sunday’s Streaming Services
The First Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of Jesus
January 9, 2022

Rite I 8:00
Service Bulletin link
8:00am Streaming Service link
Rite II 10:30
Service Bulletin link
10:30am Streaming Service link

Via Media
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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 16th – January 22nd
16th – Collin Moorefield
16th – Maria Watson
18th – Samantha Dobson
17th – David & Lee Hood


The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 16th
Isaiah 62:1-51 Corinthians 12:1-11John 2:1-11Psalm 36:5-10

CollectAlmighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

January 10  William Laud,
Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

January 12  Aelred of Rievaulx,
Monastic and Theologian, 1167

January 13  Hilary of Poitiers,
Bishop, 367

January 16  [Richard Meux Benson, Priest, and Charles Gore, Bishop,
1915 and 1932]

January 17  Antony of Egypt,

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


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.


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 !

Jesus’ Childhood:
Jesus Visits the Temple

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

In this lesson, we are going to learn about Jesus’ life when he was a boy. The Bible doesn’t speak much about his life between his birth and ministry, but we do have one passage found in Luke 2:41-52.

Some of the main  points we will consider are:

    • Jesus became a person and grew just like we do.

  • Jesus loved God’s Word and God’s house.

  • We must be careful never to forget Jesus.

Download Jesus’ childhood lesson

Jesus’ First Miracle:
The Wedding at Cana

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

This week we will look at the first miracle that Jesus performed. While attending the Wedding in Cana He turned water into wine. Our reading is found in John 2:1-11. Some of the key points we will study are-

    • What is a miracle?

  • Mary trusts Jesus to fix the problem. (John 2:3)

  • We should do whatever Jesus’ tell us. (John 2:5)

  • Jesus always does the best thing. (John 2:10)

Download Jesus’ first Miracle lesson


Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
for our youth and follow their
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Gulf Coast Community Ministries

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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.


By Name, Epiphany 1 (C)

January 09, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website

Janelle Hiroshige

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

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine,” says God to a community of exiled people.

The promises spoken in Isaiah 43:1-7 give assurance and comfort amid uncertainty. God’s people have been exiled. They have been driven away from their homes. They do not know what is next. They have been waiting for a really long time. This has probably led to feelings of anxiety and deep disappointment. These are words of hope and comfort to a displaced people – that God had indeed not abandoned them.

In fact, God does not just view them as merely a group of exiles or captives. God knows each one, by name. There is great comfort in knowing that God cared enough to know the names of each and every one. God calls this community, which has experienced great loss and oppression, precious. Redeemed. Worthy of knowing their names. God knows them and knows what they are experiencing. God calls them out of exile back home. In this passage, God is telling them, “You can go home now.” They have a journey ahead, but God is promising to be with them on the way back home.

Knowing someone’s name implies a relationship. It opens the door for acts of care and kindness. When you hear that someone is in trouble, and you know their name, you might be inclined to act. In this case, God acts on behalf of God’s people.

Those in power have cast this community aside and spread them apart. God calls them by name and gathers them together. God, as the great namer, claims them as worthy and promises a future where God will be with them at every twist and turn of the journey.

Whatever it is up ahead, God will be with them. In fact, the passage says, “When you pass through the waters” and “When you walk through fire.” God is not promising that they will avoid hardship or difficult times. Yet, God does promise God’s presence during those times. Difficult days are not proof that God is no longer present. They are days in which God’s presence is felt in ways that stop us in our tracks. They are those days when God’s love dances alongside grief and sorrow. In the worst of moments, it can make a world of a difference to not have to be alone.

Whatever community you know that feels forgotten – perhaps it is your own – God is calling by name, gathering up, and gifting God’s presence. This is good news!

The passage goes on with prophetic imagery of offspring being gathered from the east and the west, the north and the south. It is like God is a community organizer knowing that there is strength in togetherness. The journey from exile into liberation happens in community. The journey home does not have to be taken alone.

God is still doing that – gathering us into communities of faith in our neighborhoods and cities. From the east and the west, the north and the south, we meet together as God’s beloved people. We keep showing up to remind ourselves and each other that God is always redeeming. Whomever God calls precious we are also to value. God gathers God’s people together from different places, with different journeys because God knows we need each other. It is a beautiful thing when our paths cross with another. Together we remember those sacred promises:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

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.”

Whatever it is up ahead, God will be with you. Whatever it is up ahead, God will be with us.

In the same way that God called God’s people by name when they were in exile, God calls each of us by name today.

You might think it isn’t that big of a deal that God knows our names. Certainly, God knows our names – God is God, right? The creator of the universe? But if you’ve ever moved away from home or been in a new place where few people know you – you know the gift of someone remembering your name. In fact, it can be a balm in the depths of loneliness. It can remind you that you are worthy of being loved. There is a sacredness to remembering a name. There is comfort in knowing that God knows the name of that friend you are desperately praying for.

It might seem like a simple thing, but it matters: God remembers our names.

People living with dementia may not remember their names at any given moment. Yet, if they grew up in the Church, they tend to remember the lyrics to those old Gospel songs they grew up singing in the choir – or the liturgy they recited Sunday after Sunday at that little country church down the road. It might be the lyrics to Great Is Thy Faithfulness or the words to the Lord’s Prayer. There is something about those old, long-trodden paths that can bring someone back, if just for a moment. God remembers our names even if we forget. The sacred memory of God makes room for everyone.

The great hymn writer Shirley Erena Murray has a hymn entitled “God in Whose Memory No One Is Lost.” Just the title of this song could be an entire sermon! The song reminds us that the God who calls us by name also remembers those names. When we forget these promises, God reminds us. There is an assurance in a God who promises to be with us the whole journey home. We may not always sense God’s presence in the present. That’s okay. For when we take time to look back, we may realize that God had been there the whole time. In the gift of our friends, in the beauty of the earth around us, or in those quiet moments.

Remember the words from Isaiah when you are far from home, when you’ve lost your way, or when you are afraid. In loss. In grief. In hope. God will be with you. The divine presence might just be enough to give you the courage and strength you need for whatever lies ahead. Amen.

Janelle Hiroshige is a postulant in the Diocese of Atlanta and currently serves as a hospital chaplain. She is originally from San Diego, California. In her free time, she enjoys wandering around a thrift store or walking around the neighborhoods of Atlanta.



Bible Study – 1 Epiphany – 2022

January 09, 2022

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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Bible Study – 2 Epiphany – 2022
January 16, 2022

Michelle Dayton

RCL: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

Isaiah 62:1-5

Weddings are times of great celebration for a family, a community, and especially for a couple who are beginning a new life together. The prophet uses this image of bridegroom and bride as an example of how God sees God’s people. At a wedding, the sense of love is tangible as the couple looks at each other with delight.

The name of God’s people is changed from “Forsaken” to “My Delight is in Her” and this name change is initiated by the Lord. A change in name indicates a change in identity, and when I got married, the many places where I needed to register my new name was extensive, so it felt like I was letting the nations know. There was nothing I did to earn the love of my spouse, and I did not have to perform in order to deserve it. Perhaps that is why we see so many references to marriage in the Bible-because it is the most intimate relationship people can have, and it is love that is without conditions and never earned. There is nothing I can do that will cause me to gain more of God’s love than exists at this moment. Similarly, there is nothing I can ever do that will cause God to love me any less than God does right now. God loves us because it is God’s nature to love.

  • What is God’s name for you?

  • Do you have a sense of God delighting in you and rejoicing over you?

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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

Monday, January 10, 2022Psalm 106:1-12; Judges 4:1-16; Ephesians 6:10-17

Tuesday, January 11, 2022Psalm 106:1-12; Judges 5:12-21; 1 John 5:13-21

Wednesday, January 12, 2022Psalm 106:1-12; Numbers 27:1-11; Luke 11:33-36

Friday, January 14, 2022Psalm 36:5-10; Jeremiah 3:19-25; 1 Corinthians 7:1-7

Saturday, January 15, 2022Psalm 36:5-10; Jeremiah 4:1-4; Luke 11:14-23

Sunday, January 16, 2022Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Monday, January 17, 2022Psalm 145; Isaiah 54:1-8; Romans 12:9-21


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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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