St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – January 31, 2022

The Week Ahead

A week can be a long time between Sundays…
What a wonderful way to whack that week in half: the Wednesday Wave!
THIS Wednesday, we celebrate more than Groundhog’s Day! It’s Candlemas, The Feast Day of the Presentation of Our Lord.
(more on that below)
We begin the day at 9am gathering for Intercessory Prayer in the Chapel. These are special prayers for those in need.
Bible Study follows at 10:30am in the Great Room of the Parish Hall.
At 12:05, our Litany of Healing begins in the Chapel. This worship service celebrates Holy Eucharist.
Immediately after the noon service Father Patrick and JT bring our Big Love to the internet with Via Media.

Our Wednesday Evenings begin with Compline at 5:30pm


The last of the four services in the Daily Office (BCP, p. 127). It is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. Compline is a simple office including a confession of sins, one or more psalms, a short reading from scripture, versicles and responses, the Lord’s Prayer, collects which ask for God’s protection during the night to come, and the canticle Nunc dimittis. A hymn for the evening may follow the short reading from scripture. The collects may be followed by a time of silence, along with free intercessions and thanksgivings.” from the Episcopal Church website

Dinner follows at 6pm then our group will begin our Inquirer’s Classes in anticipation of the Bishop’s visit, Wednesday, March 30th. The adults will remain in the Great Room while the EYC aged will gather in the Library and the younger, Pre-YC kids will meet in the classroom.

Welcome Everyone !

For the remaining cold season (that’s called Winter North of Hattiesburg) of 2022, St. Peter’s is acting as a Cold Weather Shelter for downtown Gulfport while the Salvation Army’s renovations are being completed.

This past Wednesday, our Shelter by-the-Sea opened its doors to those in need. We were all fed in more ways than one. 

Pictured Below: Center, Compline Service with-a-View, top-right, in the kitchen, right, dinner in served, bottom-left, parishioner crafted hats for those in need, and bottom-center, the bells played on… 

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. Contact Jan 860-4407

  • Dinner prep for our Wednesday night Community Compline and discussion leaders for teen group. Contact Chuck 617-8147

  • Casserole Chefs for our ECW Pastoral care “Angel” Deliveries. Contact Judy 860-7802

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.


Beyond this week


Join the fun and fellowship at St. Mark’s (Cowan Rd)
Sunday evenings!
5th-8th Grade 4:30-5:30 pm
Dinner at 5:30 pm
9-12th Grade 6-7 pm

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 9:30 – 11:30
Contact Buster if you would like to participate.

Bereavement Group
St. Peter’s is now offering an opportunity for those grieving loss to gather. On the second Tuesday of each month, participants will meet at 5:30 in Deacon Scott’s office (last door on the right). Deacon Rev. Scott Williams, experienced in hospice care, will facilitate this group and all are welcome.

The Bishop is Coming !

Wednesday, March 30th While here, he will perform Confirmations, Reaffirmations and Baptisms. In anticipation of the Bishop's visit, Inquirer's Classes will begin immediately. We are offering two opportunities each week to participate in these classes. Wednesday Evenings as a part of our Community Compline Dinner and Discussions and Sunday Mornings, between the services


Camp Bratton Green is returning this Summer.
Learn more here.

Donate to the continuing improvements to the Gray Center and CBG

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
6pm Dinner and
Inquirer’s Class

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service
~9 am Inquirer’s Class
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 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 30, 2022

Rite I 8am
Service Bulletin
Streaming Service link

Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30
Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link

Via Media
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Compline On-Line


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

February 6 – February 12

6th – Gail Hendrickson
7th – Lloyd Munn
8th – Vanean Green
8th – Stokley Sawyer
9th – Vivian Ozerden
11th – Jackie Krass
11th – Michael & Julie Black


The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 6th
Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]1 Corinthians 15:1-11Luke 5:1-11Psalm 138

Collect:   Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

January 31 [Marcella of Rome, Monastic and Scholar, 410]

February 1 Brigid of Kildare Monastic, c.523

 February 3 Anskar, Bishop and Missionary, 865

 February 4 Cornelius the Centurion,
  or [Manche Masemola, Martyr, 1928]

 February 5 The Martyrs of Japan, 1597,
   or [Agatha of Sicily, Martyr, c.251]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

The Feast Day of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Tuesday, February 2nd


Malachi 3:1-4Hebrews 2:14-18Luke 2:22-40Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

[ Image Right, artist: Sadao Watanabe  (Japanese, 1913-1996), Title: The presentation in the temple , 1968 ]

Here we are at another “40 days”.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple occurs 40 days after Christmas.
According to the Gospel reading above, Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary is to complete a ritual purification and to perform the redemption of the firstborn Son, in obedience to the Torah. Being poor and unable to afford a lamb as sacrifice, Mary and Joseph offer twoturtle doves.

Upon bringing Jesus into the temple, they encountered Simeon. The Gospel records that Simeon had been promised that “he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26). Simeon then uttered the prayer that would become known as the Nunc Dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus:

“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel”. (Luke 2:29-32).

Simeon then prophesied to Mary: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed. (Luke 2:34-35).

The elderly prophetess Anna was also in the Temple, and offered prayers and praise to God for Jesus, and spoke to everyone there of His importance to redemption in Jerusalem (Luke 2:36-38).

“Candlemas” is a northern European name for the festival because there had long been a procession with lighted candles at the mass on this day. The blessing of candles on this day recalls Simeon’s proclamation of “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”.  Candlemas is also the last day to take down holiday decor. Not doing so might bring bad luck.

In the UK, good weather at Candlemas is taken to indicate severe winter weather later:
If Candlemas Day is clear and bright,
winter will have another bite.
 If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
 winter is gone and will not come again.

It is also alleged to be the date that 
bears emerge from hibernation to inspect the weather as well as wolves, who if they choose to return to their lairs on this day is interpreted as meaning severe weather will continue for another forty days at least. The same is true in Italy, where it is called Candelora.

Closer to home, ” The groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”

- 4 February 1841 – from Morgantown, Berks County (Pennsylvania) storekeeper James Morris’ diary,

From Wikipedia Read more…


Looks like this weather forecast, while gloomy, will bring us bright days and an end to “winter”.

More on this Feast Day : Why the Feast Day of the Presentation is more important than you think.


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 !

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

Temptation of Jesus

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

This week we will study the temptation of Jesus, which happened directly after His baptism. Our Bible reading can be found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Hebrews 4:15. Some of the key points we will examine are-

    • Jesus became fully man and had to fight against sin just like we do (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Jesus understands us because He became like us. (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Jesus’ didn’t sin. (Matthew 4:10).
  • Jesus knew the Bible and obeyed it. (Matthew 4:4)


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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.


We Are His 4(C)

January 30, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website


Kirk Alan Kubicek

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


“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” – Luke 4:28-30

This is how it ends, the story that began last Sunday: it is Jesus’ first sermon in his hometown synagogue. Word had spread of all the amazing things he had been doing all over the place. We can imagine the headlines, “Hometown Boy Makes Good!” But how quickly things can turn – and turn bad. Ugly and very bad. They want to hurl him over a cliff and be done with him. And why? All because they wanted a piece of him and his power – which seems fair enough. They wanted to see water turned into wine, the lame healed, recovery of sight to the blind, the whole nine yards. They wanted to see it and experience it right here in Nazareth and right now, thank you very much.

And so do we. That is all they wanted. That is all we want. We are members of his community. We are his people. We are faithful. We want a piece of the action right here, right now, just like the good people of Nazareth.

They felt they deserved at least that much. Didn’t they contribute to his upbringing? Didn’t they put up with his unusual parentage? Didn’t they go to synagogue faithfully every week? Didn’t they study God’s word every day? And pray morning, noon, and night? Didn’t they feel proud when hearing accounts of his marvelous deeds that he had come from Nazareth? He’s one of us, they say! He is ours, they say! Isn’t that why we keep coming back Sunday after Sunday ourselves to eat his body and drink his blood? To claim him as our own? Isn’t he ours?

But listen to his unsympathetic response. He knows what they are thinking before they even say it. He goes to great pains to remind them that our God works in mysterious ways. That God’s power is often focused on strangers far outside the friendly confines of our cozy little communities of faith. He reminds them that Elijah was sent to a foreign widow in Zarephath; that Elisha cleansed a dreaded Syrian. A Syrian! There were people in need right here in our own community. Yet, he reminds them, God has always looked out for those in need beyond the community of faith, beyond the boundaries of our towns, our countries. God’s power is not ours. God is not ours. Rather, we are his.

They don’t want to be reminded of the Biblical story, the story of the community of faith. They want to run him out of town on the proverbial rail, tarred and feathered, and leave him for dead at the bottom of the cliff – just as the people had done when they heard the young prophet Jeremiah, hurling him to the bottom of a well, so they could be done with his constant proclaiming of the Word of the Lord! And you should see the bottom of those town cliffs in Israel. Often, they are garbage dumps. They want to hurl him into the garbage dump, amongst the fires and the ashes that are always burning down there. Yet somehow, he manages to get away. He escapes like his people had escaped from Egypt so long, long ago in that first Exodus, after that first Passover.

All this because they really did not hear him in the first place. Our lectionary suspects we have missed it as well. This must be why we get this story two weeks in a row. He says, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” “This scripture” is the 61st chapter of the Isaiah, where the prophet proclaims God’s care and reversals of fortune for all those in need. The operant word, as always, is “all.” They did not want to share God or God’s care with “all.” God’s care is ours. This Jesus is ours. They do not want to hear about a God who cares about Syrians and Zarephathians and all those foreigners. We want God’s power and care right here in Nazareth and in Nazareth only. He is one of us. He is ours.They miss what he says. “This scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Our hearing ought to result in our participating in welcoming strangers, even Syrians and Zarephatians and gentiles of all kinds from all over the world. Our hearing this Word ought to result in our doing the work Jesus does, and, he will tell them later at his Last Supper, those who hear God’s Word will do even greater things than these – greater things than Jesus did (John 14:12).

Jesus reminds them that as covenant partners with God, going all the way back to the wilderness, the Exodus, and the Ten Commandments, that they were the people appointed and anointed by God to live their lives in such a way so as to be God’s demonstration community of faith, hope, and charity for all people – or, as Paul would have it, God’s community of Love (cf. 1 Corinthians 13).

What he is saying with all these stories and proverbs is, in effect, “Get with it. Turn water into wine yourselves. Bind up the brokenhearted. Give hope to those without vision. Liberate the oppressed. Release people from their debts. God has given you the vision of the Year of the Lord’s Favor. Live that kind of life. You don’t need me around here. You are already God’s people called to do God’s work, just like me.”

He is also saying, “Do not think that just because you are faithful and in covenant with God that you have some kind of lock on God’s power. You do only in the sense that you give that power to others. Real others. Really other others, like Syrians and Zarephathians and all manner of strange other people outside of Nazareth – outside of our little demonstration community.”

That is, our God is not a God who lives only in Israel, our country, the Christian tradition, the Church, our denomination, our parish, or whatever boundaries we wish to set. God is not ours. Jesus is not ours. We are his. And we are to go beyond the boundaries we set just as Elijah, Elisha, and Jeremiah did. Jesus, Paul and all those who have truly heard the Word of God in their hearing, in their hearts, and in their lives, know this and live this.

God calls us to work where and when God pleases. If the scripture is to be fulfilled, it must be in our hearing it, our embodying it, our acting upon it – literally, our being it. And to become the fulfillment of the Word of God, we need to let go of all notions that Jesus, the hometown kid, is ours, and begin to figure out what it means that “we are his.” He has a special claim on us, not we on him.

What he said that day in Nazareth is just as true today: Live the life Isaiah proclaimed and God will see to it that all your water is wine – and not just any wine, but good wine, wonderfully good wine that will warm your hearts and make you glad that the Spirit of the Lord has anointed you to do these things and more. All these things and more. Our cups will be filled to overflowing, and all the world will see that the Good News of Christ shines through all that we say and all that we do. This is how we will become a community of Love, a people of faith, hope, and charity – a people who know that we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Amen.

This sermon, written by the Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek, originally ran for Epiphany 4 (C) in 2019.



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?

read more…

Bible Study – 5 Epiphany – 2022
February 6, 2022


Brittany Sparrow Savage

RCL: Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11


Editor’s Note: You will note that today’s author uses a convention common in some traditions for avoiding fully writing out the name, or in this case, a common substitute for the name, of the Lord. Generally, this spelling is used by writers who do not wish to risk the name being destroyed or defaced. It can be read as you normally might.

Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah had warned the leaders of Judah of G-d’s pending judgment. The people of Judah’s adulterous passions broke their relationship with YWHW. Their foundation of being who had once been a G-d of faithfulness and provision had been replaced by gods of want and aversion. The result: The poor are neglected, the land is ravished, and they are just like every other nation. In an epic vision of technicolor phantasm, G-d reveals G-dself to Isaiah. Like smoke billowing from a fire, G-d’s sovereignty and holiness envelop the whole earth. Overcome by G-d’s holiness, Isaiah declares his unworthiness to be in the presence of the “Lord of Hosts.” What happens next? This sovereign, holy, completely other G-d invites and sets apart a finite creature to proclaim the good news of salvation. In partnership with Isaiah, G-d promises to bring refining fires, and Zion would once again be a light to all nations. 

  • How does it make you feel that a transcendent G-d has an indissoluble connection to G-d’s creation?

  • In what ways might G-d be calling you to live a life set apart to serve amid your community?

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

Tuesday, February 1, 2022Psalm 56; 2 Kings 5:1-14; 1 Corinthians 14:13-25

Wednesday, February 2, 2022Presentation of the Lord

Wednesday, February 2, 2022Psalm 56; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Luke 19:41-44

Thursday, February 3, 2022Psalm 138; Numbers 20:22-29; Acts 9:19b-25

Friday, February 4, 2022Psalm 138; Numbers 27:12-23; Acts 9:26-31

Saturday, February 5, 2022Psalm 138; Judges 3:7-11; Luke 4:42-44

Sunday, February 6, 2022Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Monday, February 7, 2022Psalm 115; Judges 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40


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