October 10, 2022
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For The Love Of All That’s Hallowed Sunday
One Service @ 9:30 followed by

Gumbo Lunch,
Ministry Fair and
Trunk or Tractor(?)Treat 

Costumed Congregants welcome and Candy filled Cars needed !
Are you the “contact” person, or lead a special ministry?
We’ll be setting up information tables to showcase all of the Ministries offered by St. Peter’s.  Contact Fr. Patrick or Gail for set-up plans, inside OR out !


EYC meets each Sunday evening
at St. Mark’s on Cowan Rd.
5th-8th Grade 4-5 p.m.
Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.
9-12th Grade 5:30-7 p.m.



All ladies of the parish are invited to gather at Noon on
Tuesday, October 11th for our monthly meeting.
Bring a sack lunch and join in the conversation


9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Morning Bible Study

Fall Formation CONTINUES

12:05 Noon Healing Service
1 Via Media

6pm Bell Choir Practice

Coming October 26th Casting Nets and Compline return


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23, October 9th

Readings2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19

Collect:  Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week


 3 [John Raleigh Mott,
Ecumenist and Missionary, 1955]

 4 Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226

 6 William Tyndale, Priest, 1536

 7 [Birgitta of Sweden, Mystic, 1373]

 9 Robert Grosseteste, Bishop, 1253

10 Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator, 1954

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Sunday evening
This year we’re gonna…
Say Something !
Play Something !
Make Something !
and Pray Something !
 each week! 


Our neighbors to the East at the
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi

Our neighbors to the West at Trinity, Pass Christian have their Pumpkin Patch packed as well !



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Help us update our Parish Directory by OCTOBER 30th

What better spot,
to take that shot…
than in front of our
newly painted doors !

Email your photo and any updated info to: stpetersbthesea@bellsouth.net
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November 2nd -4th, 2022
Grace Church Cathedral Charleston
Fall Flower Festival

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How can we help?

Donate to Hurricane Relief
from the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Hurricane Ian has ravaged many parts of our diocese and now we begin the long and tedious process of recovery and rebuilding.  

Many of you have asked how you can help. At this point, the most beneficial form of assistance is monetary donations.

This financial assistance will enable us to respond quickly and adaptively to the specific needs on the ground.

Please continue to pray for all those who have been impacted by this storm. May God give us the strength and grace needed to meet the days to come.

In Christ,

Bishop Smith and Bishop Scharf

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There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Donate Online Here 

  2. Or write a check payable to Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and mail it to
    Diocesan House, 8005 25th Street East, Parrish, FL 34219. Make sure to note “Hurricane Relief” in your memo line. 

Weekly Worship Schedule 
Wednesday Wave
9am Intercessory Prayer
10:30am Bible Study
12:05pm Litany of Healing
~12:45pm Via Media Streaming

Sundays by-the-Sea
8am Rite I *
9:30am Coffee and Adult Sunday School in the Great Room

 Kids’ Sunday School
 Rite II *
*Streaming Services

10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

October 9, 2022Sunday Rite I
Sunday Rite II

October 9 -October 15
9th – Ruthie Murdock
11th – Debbie Gambill
10th – Justin & April Chewning
14th – Lenny & Heather Sawyer, III

October 6 – October 22
17th – Leanne Callahan
18th – Patti Nicholas
20th – Shelby Burch
21st – Hal White
22nd – Frank & Barbara Downey

ECW News
All ladies of the parish are invited to gather at Noon on Tuesday, October 11th for our monthly meeting. Bring a sack lunch and join in the conversation


DOY (Division of Youth) Weekends
registration opens August 1st
Fall Jr. High DOY (grades 5-8) – October 21-23

Youth Groups

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

Happening A Christian Experience
Happening #93 November 18-20
St. Columb’s, Ridgeland
Register to Attend Happening #93 (grades 10-12)

Support our Local Non-Profits

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.

words of the week

(what does it mean?)


The experience of corporate or individual nearness with God, through words, acts, or silence. Any act or activity offered to God in a spirit of dedication may be prayerful. This nearness may take the form of addressing God, as in prayers of petition, praise, and thanksgiving; or the form of listening, as in contemplative and meditative prayer. Both forms assume a relationship between God and the one who prays. Prayer is the opening of the direct relationship between God and humanity. The Catechism states, “Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit” (BCP, p. 856).


Described in the NT as powers, signs, portents, and strange things. A miracle is an event in time that is perceived by the senses of those who witness it. Miracles reflect the direct activity of God which transcends the usual order of nature for a religious purpose. In NT times, miracles were not considered to be breaches of the natural law. Jesus’ miracles were “deed events” of the coming Kingdom of God. The NT includes accounts of Jesus’ healing miracles, nature miracles in which he exercises power over the forces of nature, exorcisms, and occasions in which a miracle illustrates an important saying or pronouncement by Jesus. The Sunday gospels of the BCP lectionary use miracle stories from Jesus’ ministry to proclaim the saving message of the gospel made present in word and sacrament. They are especially featured in the Sundays after Epiphany in Year B. In this context the miracles are understood as epiphanies or manifestations of the divine Christ.



God Sent a Prophet
Pentecost 18 (C) – Track 1


October 09, 2022

Warren Swenson

[RCL] Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Look again at today’s collect.

“Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works…”

That’s a good thing to pray for – “that we may continually be given to good works.”

In other words, we should do good work – God’s work – in the world.

Just in case we get caught up in the idea that our works might be the source of our salvation, this prayer calls our attention to the true source of those good works: God’s grace.

We pray for God’s grace to precede and follow us because God’s grace is precisely what makes our good works possible.

The order of that is very important. God’s grace comes first. Our works follow. When you look at it that way, it can make that work seem a whole lot more manageable.

As a part of the Church, we are living members of the Body of Christ in the world. Our mission is God’s mission. Our ministry is God’s ministry. Our work is God’s work. God empowers us to share in it with grace.

We heard this morning a portion of Jeremiah’s message to the Israelites exiled in Babylon: “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.”

Jeremiah is encouraging the Israelites to put down roots. It’s as if he’s saying, “You’re in this for the long haul.”

It’s not exactly welcome news to the Israelites in captivity. If you have been exiled from your homeland, “put down roots” is probably the last thing you’d want to hear the prophet say. The trouble is, prophets aren’t in the business of telling people what they want to hear. Prophets are in the business of telling people the truth.

So often, folks want to hear things like, “Everything’s coming up roses!” But nobody needs a prophet to tell them that. When everything’s coming up roses, everyone is content to go on enjoying the status quo.

What folks need to hear from a prophet are things like, “Brace yourself. Things are going to get tough for a while.” God sends prophets to be honest when people need honesty most, to “get real” with folks when the last thing they want to do is get real.

God sends a prophet to a couple who have decided they have no option left but divorce.
God sends a prophet to a woman whose job transfers her 2,000 miles away from her family.
God sends a prophet to a teenager whose father is sentenced to 12-15 years in a federal penitentiary.

It doesn’t do any good avoiding the truth. That’s why God sends a prophet – not to tell us what we want to hear, but to tell us what we need to hear when we need to hear it.

Times get tough for all of us. When they do, we don’t have to like it, but in order to have the slightest hope of getting through it, you do eventually have to accept it. So, God sends Jeremiah to tell it like it is. That’s why Jeremiah urges the Israelites to go on living their lives.

Lay a foundation, put up some walls and build a roof, plant some food, get married, have babies.” In other words, “Do the work God has given you to do.” No, this isn’t an ideal situation, but it is the first step toward accepting their new normal, and they’ve got to do that to have a chance at surviving.

The daily life and work that Jeremiah urges them toward are not meant merely to distract them from their troubles. He is not saying, “This will take your mind off of things for a while. Have a hot bath, take a walk in the woods, get a coloring book or a cross-stitch pattern.”

The work that he is urging them to do is God’s work, and it is crucial for them to do it so that they can reconnect with God in this foreign land. As they resume their routine, they will, by God’s grace, be reminded that God is still with them.

Build the house. Who fashioned the stones from chaos? God.
Plant the garden. Who sends the rain from the heavens? God.
Get married. Who created us, one for another? God.
Be fruitful and multiply. Who blessed all of Abraham’s righteous offspring? God.

In a nutshell, the prophet’s message for them is this: return to a steady rhythm of life and you will once again realize that God’s grace is what makes your life possible – even in Babylon. If they prayed, as we did this morning, that God’s grace would precede them, then in the prophet’s message, that prayer is answered.

Life isn’t always easy. Even though we may not like it, we are often called to summon the courage to accept it. Sometimes we need to be reminded that getting out of bed in the morning and putting one foot in front of the other is all we have to do to experience the grace of God.

It is hard, but it is not impossible.

There is a little church in a small southern town that has of late been through some pretty rough times. You may know some churches like it. One day, not too terribly long ago, nearly the entire congregation walked out. They weren’t happy anymore, so they thought they would organize a new parish down the road.

That kind of division in the Church is the source of incredible lament. Imagine how hard it must have been for the faithful remnant of folks to walk into a nearly-empty building the following Sunday.

So, God sent a prophet.

Those of us who were not there will never know exactly what those faithful folks heard the prophet say. It probably wasn’t “build houses” or “plant gardens.”

Perhaps it was something like, “Answer the phone, pay the bills, print the bulletins, say your prayers.” In other words, “Do the work God has given you to do.”

There is another congregation at a small crossroads in the rural southeast that struggled with membership for years. People died, people moved away, people stopped coming. There were some disagreements, some harsh words, a few apologies, a lot of mixed emotions. Times were tough.

So, God sent a prophet.

They, too, heard a word from the prophet. “Things are going to be tough for a while. You are going to have to make some difficult decisions. Keep doing the work God has given you to do.”

And so, the people of that parish prayed, they worshiped, they studied the Bible, they took care of the sick, they fed the hungry, they clothed the naked. In fact, they still do, and by God’s grace, they always will.

By that same grace, so will we all.

The Rev. Warren Thomas Swenson is a priest of the Diocese of West Missouri, currently serving as associate priest of Southeast Tennessee Episcopal Ministry (STEM), a system of five yoked congregations in the Diocese of Tennessee. Warren is a candidate for the Master of Sacred Theology degree at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he also serves as Visiting Instructor of Rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include queer theology, homiletics, and American presidential rhetoric. Warren received his Master of Divinity degree from Sewanee in 2018 and still resides there with his husband, Walker. Together they enjoy lingering back-porch conversations, racking up frequent flyer miles, and doting on their niece and nephews from afar.




Pentecost 18 (C) TRACK 1  
October 9, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Mention of King Nebuchadnezzar indicates that Jeremiah’s prophecy comes after the Israelites have to leave Jerusalem. Through Jeremiah, God offers instructions to God’s people, who are exiled from their promised home. While in exile, God will continue to help them prosper; their relationship is not severed by their relocation; God’s grace follows.

Metaphorically, this passage shows God speaking to people who experience any form of exile. For example, many people are estranged from their families of origin, and others are refugees who have to live far from their homelands. More broadly, Christian interpretations of Genesis tend to agree that humans all experience an “exile” from the original union with God that was intended.

God instructs us to set down roots despite this exile: build a house, marry someone from the new place, pray that the land will flourish. The prophecy tells us to embrace the place where we find ourselves. Anywhere in creation, we can choose to be joyful and care for one another.

  • What steps can you take to flourish in the place where God has set you?
  • How can we support people living in literal exile, like the ancient Israelites were?

Psalm 66:1-11

In the words we call the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), Jesus affirms that we should ask for what we need in prayer. But the psalms and Jesus both teach us another language of prayer, too: praise. Psalm 66 begins with an instruction to all people: Be joyful in God; sing the glory of God’s Name! Praise – music, group worship, prayer – lifts us to a higher plane, out of our daily human existence and closer to alignment with God. The psalm exhorts us to sing the glory of God – not for God’s sake, but ours.

  • For what gifts can you praise God today?


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-18-c-october-9-2022/

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a little LAGNIAPPE

As you may know, our Amazing Arlene, aka. the “Pie Lady”, took in a sweet, stray Calico a couple of months ago. Upon examination at her vet, she discovered pretty Patches was pregnant!
Patches eventually gave birth to EIGHT, yes eight, kittens but sadly lost one. A couple of these babies have been adopted and we’re trying to find loving homes for the rest. They’re off to a great start having been blessed with a great Momma cat who found her way to Fairy Catmother, Arlene, and Blessed by Fr. Patrick at our Pet Blessing, but the time has come to give Patches a rest and make this her last litter.

If you are interested in adopting one these little Patchlettes,
contact Arlene at 228-596-2135.

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, October 10, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 102:1-17; Jeremiah 29:8-23; Acts 26:24-29
Complementary: Psalm 61; 2 Kings 5:15-19a; Acts 26:24-29

Tuesday, October 11, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 102:1-17; Jeremiah 29:24-32; Ephesians 6:10-20
Complementary: Psalm 61; 2 Kings 5:19b-27; Ephesians 6:10-20

Wednesday, October 12, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 102:1-17; Jeremiah 25:15-32; Matthew 10:5-15
Complementary: Psalm 61; 2 Kings 15:1-7; Matthew 10:5-15

Thursday, October 13, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 26:1-15; Acts 17:22-34
Complementary: Psalm 121; Isaiah 54:11-17; Acts 17:22-34

Friday, October 14, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 26:16-24; 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Complementary: Psalm 121; Genesis 31:43-32:2; 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Saturday, October 15, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 31:15-26; Mark 10:46-52
Complementary: Psalm 121; Genesis 32:3-21; Mark 10:46-52

Sunday, October 16, 2022Proper 24 (29)

Monday, October 17, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 129; Jeremiah 38:14-28; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Complementary: Psalm 57; 1 Samuel 25:2-22; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

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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