St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – January 24, 2022

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 25th the ladies of the parish are invited to Murky Waters.  We will gather around 5:30pm for social time with meal beginning at 6PM.
Contact Maryem Hopkins, Jan Shook or Jane Swett

MEN’S GRILLIN’ GROUPTuesday, January 25th in the parish hall.  ALL men of the parish are invited.  RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED – please contact Mike Cassady at 228-326-6601

St. Peters "Community" Night

Wednesday Evening, 5:30pm January 26, 2022

We will begin 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 will close our evening 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. A sign up sheet will be available 
to volunteer.
ontact Chuck Rollins at 228-617-8149 or for more information.

Volunteers Needed

Presently, St. Peter's by-the-Sea is in need of volunteers in a variety of capacities.

~ As a shelter “chaperone” or to cook dinner or breakfast for our cold weather shelter.
~Dinner prep for our Wednesday night Community Compline.
~Casserole Chefs for our ECW Pastoral care “Angel” Deliveries.

Donations of coats for our cold weather shelter guests are greatly appreciated as well as socks, hats, gloves, sweaters and scarves.

Flower/Sanctuary Candle sign up

Sheets are on the bulletin board in the parish hall. 
If you would like to sponsor flowers one Sunday please sign up. 
Flowers are $60 per Sunday and candles are $10 per Sunday.

Special Deliveries
We are delighted to now have a very special freezer at St. Peter’s.
Most of you will recall our “Angels” and remember our food deliveries.
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 Judy Joest; she will be delighted to pick it up.

Need some inspiration ? Check out these casserole recipes from Martha Stewart: or,


ECW Meeting

Tuesday, February 8th in the Parish hall.

ALL ladies of the parish are invited to join us at noon. 
Bring a sack lunch and gather with us. 

Altar guild training
Scheduled for Saturday, February 12th
More details coming soon
Contact Buster if you would like to participate.

靈感 (part 1)

Florence Li Tim-Oi
From Rev. Liz Jones for the Episcopal Cafe

Collect: “Almighty God, who pours out your Spirit upon your sons and daughters: Grant that we, following the example of your servant Florence Li Tim-Oi, chosen priest in your church, may with faithfulness, patience, and tenacity proclaim thy holy gospel to all the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.” Amen
The black and white postcard was tucked on my desk some 36 years ago, its photograph a long-ago ordination of a lone Chinese woman.
Born in Hong Kong in 1907, her name was Florence Li Tim-Oi. She was the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion on January 25, 1944. That’s right, 1944.
Smack in the middle of the second Sino-Japanese war. Armed with only a theological degree and having been inspired by a Deaconess, named Lucy Vincent to do so, she worked tirelessly in Kowloon and Macau, helping refugees escaping from mainland China.
In the midst of all that, The Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple ordained her. Publicly he did not support the ordination of women; privately he viewed her as absolutely called and capable.

And that, my friends is why she perched by my computer silently giving her assent and support to a lonely, young priest, sent to a small Mississippi town to build a new church. (I did, by the way build that church).
When I think of the “Li Tim-Oi’s” of my life, those sprigs of a spring flower, insistent on pushing through the dark earth to become a part of nature’s beauty, I am beyond thankful for their witness to Christ’s enduring message to us all. “Grow in me and I in you and we in God”.
It doesn’t matter who or where you are, (grass will come up through concrete you know), it simple matters that you answer, “Here I am, Send me”.
I am so thankful to The Reverend Florence Li Tim-Oi. So very thankful.

Today, January 24, we celebrate the Feast Day of Florence Li Tim-Oi.]

A peek at last week…
Passing of “The Keys”

This week, the duties of Junior Warden were transferred from out going warden Allan Young to newly elected warden Dennis Boer.
pictured: Senior warden, David Delk, Allan Young and Dennis Boer. Photo: Fr. Patrick Sanders

Celebration of Baptism

Sunday, we celebrated our newest congregant, Patrick Wood.

We’re bringin’ EYC back

Our coast wide EYC returned Sunday evening at St. Mark’s. Watch our Facebook page for upcoming EYC events !

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday Wave

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

Holy Eucharist will be administered by Intinction!
 Dip ! don’t Sip.

Sunday’s Streaming Services
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 23, 2022

Celebration of Baptism and Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30
10:30am Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link

Via Media
Wednesday, January 19, 2022


January 23 – January 29

23rd- Marie Porter
27th – Jody Bailey
27th – Kerry Hudson
29th – Stephen Reuther
29th – Alane Young

January 30 – February 5
31st – Anderson Dulaney
31st – Jackson Dulaney
31st – Harty Ozerden
31st – Neely Whites
1st – Jane Ann Doucet
2nd – Frank Downey
2nd – Lee Hood
3rd – Roland Woodruff


The Forth Sunday after the Epiphany
AND, the FIFTH SUNDAY of the Month
*All loose plate offerings will be deposited into our Discretionary Fund.
January 30th
Jeremiah 1:4-101 Corinthians 13:1-13Luke 4:21-30Psalm 71:1-6

:   Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Feast Day of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

Tuesday, January 25th

Acts 26:9-21Galatians 1:11-24Matthew 10:16-22Psalm 67

Collect: O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Road to Damascus
The story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is told in Acts 9:1-19 and retold by Paul in Acts 22:6-21 and Acts 26:12-18.

Saul of Tarsus, was a Pharisee in Jerusalem after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was determined to wipe out the new Christian church, called The Way. Acts 9:1 tells us that Paul was “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.” Saul obtained letters from the high priest, authorizing him to arrest any followers of Jesus in the city of Damascus.

However, on the Road to Damascus, Saul and his companions were struck down by a blinding light. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4) 

He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” (Acts 9:5-6)

Saul was blinded. His companions led him into Damascus to a man named Judas. For three days Saul was blind and didn’t eat or drink.

Meanwhile, Jesus appeared in a vision to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias and told him to go to Saul. Ananias was afraid because he knew Saul’s reputation as a merciless persecutor of the church.

The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; “ (Acts 9:10-15)

 Jesus repeated his command, explaining that Saul was his chosen instrument to deliver the gospel to the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. So Ananias found Saul at Judas’ house, praying for help. Ananias laid his hands on Saul, telling him Jesus had sent him to restore his sight and that Saul might be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He arose and was baptized into the Christian faith. Saul ate, regained his strength, and stayed with the Damascus disciples three days.

After his conversion, Saul changed his name to Paul.


Come join us for our Annual Fundraiser 
Trinity Episcopal Church’s
St. Monica Guild
92nd Valentine Silver Tea

Friday, February 11, 2022  3:00 – 5:00 PM 
549 East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. MS
Tasty Finger Foods, Tea, Coffee, Wine, and Sweets Served 

Donations are greatly appreciated for our outreach ministries.
For online donations visit: >Give >Online Giving >Fund >St. Monica Guild 
Thank you for your generosity.

Lenten Art days

Each of the six Saturdays in Lent we’ll be conducting a hybrid version of quiet days and Liturgical Arts. A VERY Tentative Workshop schedule is as follows:

March 5

Painting Ceramic Bowls

March 26


March 12

Cardstock/Fabric Labyrinth Embroidery

April 2

Watercolor “Stained Glass” Mosaic/Collage

March 19


April 6

Pyzanky Eggs

 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. Please note, one does not have to attend all 6 workshops to participate. Attend 1 or 2 workshops. We’re happy to have you !
We ask that reservation be made so that we can secure enough supplies for everyone. Cost for each workshop is still to be determined.

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

For the Kids !

John the Baptist

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

In this lesson, we will learn about John the Baptist. Some of the key points we will look at are-

    • John came to prepare the way for Jesus. (Mark 1:3)

  • John knew it was about God and not Him. (John 3:30)

  • John taught that everyone should repent (Matthew 3:2) 4.

  • Introduction to Baptism

Jesus’ Baptism

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

This week we will look at Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. Our main Bible passage can be found in Matthew 3:13-17. Some of the key points we will examine are-

    • God proclaimed that Jesus was His Son and He was pleased with Him (Matthew 3:17)

  • Jesus is the lamb who take away our sins (John 1:29)

  • Jesus did not need to repent and be forgiven because He had never done anything wrong. But he wanted to do the right thing, obey God, and set an example. (Matthew 3:15)

  • The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus (Matthew 3:16). The Trinity together.

Download The Baptism of Jesus lesson

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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.


Jesus’ Mission Statement  3(C)
January 23, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website

Charles Hoffacker

[RCL] Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21



Today’s gospel presents us with Jesus’ first act of public ministry, described for us in Luke’s gospel. Following his river baptism and his long wilderness fast and temptation, Jesus returns to his home country, Galilee. Reports about him have been spreading through the population, probably the result of his healing miracles and his synagogue teaching.

So when he comes back home, it’s quite a big day in the synagogue. Everybody’s there, eager to hear the local boy who’s making such a name for himself.

Jesus enters the synagogue on that Sabbath morning. It seems smaller than it looked when he was a child, but otherwise, nothing about this familiar place has changed.

Joseph and Mary prepared him well for life. They raised him faithfully in their ancestral religion. He regularly attended Sabbath school and youth group; they brought him to the synagogue every week – as a baby, a child, a teenager.

It wasn’t always easy, especially when he was a baby. And so Joseph and Mary must be patron saints for all the parents now who bring their babies to worship, who make sure their children get to church school, who see their sons and daughters belong to youth group. It’s not easy. But these parents know that the child who participates regularly in the community of God’s people is likely to have a strong faith in adulthood and a firm foundation during every crisis of life.

So Jesus returns to the Nazareth synagogue, thankful for the upbringing he received there. He is asked to read the lesson from the prophets. There is no lectionary to consult to determine this reading; the choice is up to him. Nor is there a book to flip through. Instead, a bulky scroll is brought to him and placed upon the lectern. Jesus, searching for a familiar text, unrolls it to a place near the end of the scroll. In a voice strong with anticipation, he reads aloud these words:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Finished with this brief passage, Jesus rolls up the scroll, returns it to the attendant, and takes his seat.

It is the custom for teachers to sit, rather than to stand, so when Jesus sits, everyone looks at him, expecting some commentary, some explication of this text, a text well known to many of them.

There are no professional clergy. The synagogue president can invite any appropriate person to comment on the text. Often these remarks are less than inspiring. While the people are biblically literate, commentary on scripture by such speakers is often no more than rote recitation of lessons all of them learned at an early age. So the congregation usually knows what will be said before it is said, and the only question is whether it will be said correctly or not.

Not so today when Jesus sits down. The people are all looking at him. He looks around at them, those familiar faces from his early years, older in appearance than before: his childhood friends, now present with their children; the parents of his friends, now senior citizens.

He begins with a zinger, and something much more than a zinger – a sentence that remains fresh and provocative down to our own time. Jesus sets free the scripture passage he has just read; he lets the lion out of its cage; he overthrows the ho-hum expectations of the people around him. Here is what he says: Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.

Jesus does the unexpected, the unimaginable, on that memorable Sabbath morning in Nazareth. In today’s jargon, he claims those ancient prophetic words as his own personal mission statement. The reason God’s Spirit came crashing down on him at his baptism was to empower him to do precisely this: bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; let all the oppressed go free; announce the sweet Jubilee Year when God’s justice will reshape society.

Jesus takes all this as his mission statement, and he is not content to leave it as only a string of high-sounding words. Everything that follows in his life, as presented to us in the gospel, amounts to the living out of the prophecy he claims for himself that Sabbath morning in Nazareth.

He keeps doing these things every chance he gets, every time he turns around, until finally, it kills him. Some people welcome what Jesus does, but others do not because it upsets their unfair advantage, questions their complacency, and pushes them to recognize their habitual infidelity to God. They find their discomfort increasingly intolerable and think that his judicial murder will bring an end to the matter. They are wrong, of course. Jesus rises alive from the dead and continues today to do what he talked about that Sabbath morning long ago.

Now the way he works is through his mystical body, the church. Through each of us and all who are baptized into his body, Jesus strives still to live out his mission statement, bringing good news to those who don’t have any, setting free those chained in captivity, opening blind eyes, helping the oppressed and exploited find a life, and unrolling the floor plan that sets out God’s reign where justice and peace prevail.

Jesus still does these things, because his church does them. The poor gain hope, whether it’s their souls or their bodies that are starved. The captives experience freedom, whether they are prisoners in a jail or prisoners in a mansion. The blind receive sight, whether it’s cataract surgery at the church hospital or the scales of prejudice falling off the eyes of a bigot. The oppressed are set free, whether oppression is a political regime or a chemical dependence. When Jesus reads that passage in the Nazareth synagogue, he announces a mission statement for himself and for his body, the church.

Today’s reading from First Corinthians is another important passage about how the Body of Christ, the church, is to live out the mission statement of Jesus. As we strive to keep faithful to those words Jesus read aloud and lived out, we can pay attention to three points that St. Paul insists on in that passage.

Number One: All members of the church have gifts for ministry.

Number Two. The members of the church have different gifts for ministry; we are not clones of each other.

Number Three. The different gifts come to life in the context of the whole.

Jesus read the old words from Isaiah and claimed them for his own. We can do the same. Please stand and repeat after me, sentence by sentence:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.

The Spirit of the Lord has anointed us to bring good news to the poor.

The Spirit of the Lord has sent us to proclaim release to the captives.

The Spirit of the Lord has sent us to help the blind recover their sight.

The Spirit of the Lord has sent us to free the oppressed.

The Spirit of the Lord has sent us to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Today, this scripture has been fulfilled in our hearing. Amen.

This sermon, written by the Rev. Charles Hoffacker, originally ran for Epiphany 3 (C) in 2013.


Bible Study – 3 Epiphany – 2022
January 23, 2022


RCL: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21


Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

The book of Nehemiah is a continuation of the story found in the book of Ezra. These two books tell the story of the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem after exile. It is in these two books that they rebuild the Temple and the wall of Jerusalem. Ezra oversees the rebuilding of the Temple and Nehemiah, the wall. After rebuilding both of these important symbols of the religious power of God and the political power of God, the people gather. That is where our portion of the reading today picks up the story.

We are told that all the people (men, women, and anyone who can hear with understanding) gather together to hear the Torah read. What is significant is that this is the first public reading and teaching of scripture for the Hebrew people. Nehemiah is bearing witness to the first service of the word. The tradition of reading scripture and interpreting it begins in this passage. Although this group is celebrating the completion of the temple and the wall, by reading the Torah aloud to all people, they are also recognizing that the people share in God’s power by understanding God’s word. Their interpretation of the scripture focuses on the joy of God, not on the demands of God’s law.

    • Are there traditions that you are starting that could continue for 3,000 years? How do you think they might change over that time?

  • When you interpret scripture, do you focus on the demands of God? Or the joy of God?

  • Where do you see God’s joy in your life?

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Bible Study – 4 Epiphany – 2022
January 30, 2022

Nicole Hanley

RCL: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21–30

Jeremiah 1:4-10

This early part of the Book of Jeremiah details Jeremiah’s prophetic call narrative from the Lord. The context for Jeremiah’s prophetic call narrative comes out of the Babylonian takeover and exile of the northern kingdom, of which Jeremiah was part, under the reign of Josiah (640 – 609 BC). Out of such brutal destruction, the Lord calls on Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations – that is, both the northern kingdom in exile and the southern kingdom. This call from the Lord is tender and intimate; the Lord has known and consecrated Jeremiah in his mother’s womb, before Jeremiah was even birthed into the world. Despite this tenderness expressed by the Lord, Jeremiah feels a sense of inadequacy in being a prophet for both kingdoms against the extremely powerful and brutal Babylonian Empire. The Lord reminds Jeremiah that he is not alone and that it is the Lord who is with him to guide the nations in his prophetic message.

  • Have you ever been overwhelmed by what you felt called to do by God? How was God with you?

  • What prophetic message do you think needs to be shared in our own times? Why?

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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 24, 2022Psalm 119:89-96; Jeremiah 36:1-10; 1 Corinthians 14:1-12

Tuesday, January 25, 2022Psalm 119:89-96; Jeremiah 36:11-26; 2 Corinthians 7:2-12

Wednesday, January 26, 2022Psalm 119:89-96; Jeremiah 36:27-32; Luke 4:38-44

Thursday, January 27, 2022Psalm 71:1-6; 2 Chronicles 34:1-7; Acts 10:44-48

Friday, January 28, 2022Psalm 71:1-6; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; Acts 19:1-10

Saturday, January 29, 2022Psalm 71:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36:11-21; John 1:43-51

Sunday, January 30, 2022Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Monday, January 31, 2022Psalm 56; 1 Kings 17:8-16; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16


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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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