October 3, 2022
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For The Love Of All That’s Hallowed Sunday
One Service @ 9:30 followed by Brunch, Ministry Fair and Trunk or 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 in the Parish Hall to showcase all of the Ministries offered by St. Peter’s.


View the entire gallery of photos here: https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/pet-blessing-2022/
Special thanks for the wonderful photos made by Debbie Anglin !



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 12th Casting Nets and Compline return

The Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi
Tuesday, October 4th

ReadingsJob 39:1-18, Psalm 121, Matthew 11:25-30

CollectMost high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may, for love of you, delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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

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Two pumpkins are ALWAYS better than one !

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 !


November 2nd -4th, 2022
Grace Church Cathedral Charleston
Fall Flower Festival

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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

Pet Blessing
October 2, 2022
Sunday Rite I

October 2 – October 8
2nd – Rebeckah Kersanac
3rd – Mike Cassady
7th – Scott Williams

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

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

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Happening #93 November 18-20
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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.


Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th

Words of advice for modern-day life from St. Francis of Assisi

Tomorrow is the feast day of the much-loved St. Francis of Assisi, so we thought we’d see how the Italian friar’s pearls of wisdom can apply to us more than 800 years later. It’s hard to know what Francis would think of life today, but we can be sure he would encourage us all to love God above all things and to see the gifts of God all around us.

Having abandoned a life of wealth to serve Jesus, Francis knew many of life’s temptations and difficulties, which is reflected in his Peace Prayer. His example encourages us to simplify our lives and put God first, which leads to a peaceful and more meaningful life.

Below you’ll see how St. Francis’ centuries-old advice – some of it directly from him, much of it inspired by his spirit – still resonates strongly today…


“If you were so clever and wise that you possessed all science, and if you knew how to interpret every form of language and to investigate heavenly things minutely, you could not glory in all this, because one demon has known more of heavenly things and still knows more of earthly things than all men … In like manner, if you were handsomer and richer than all others, and even if you could work wonders and put the demons to flight, all these things are hurtful to you and in nowise belong to you, and in them you cannot glory; that, however, in which we may glory is in our infirmities, and in bearing daily the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Admonitions, 5


“‘Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.’ (Mt 5:8) They are clean of heart who despise earthly things and always seek those of heaven, and who never cease to adore and contemplate the Lord God Living and True, with a pure heart and mind.” – Admonitions, 16


“How much interior patience and humility a servant of God may have cannot be known so long as he is contented. But when the time comes that those who ought to please him go against him, as much patience and humility as he then shows, so much has he and no more.” – Admonitions, 13


“‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’ (Mt 5:9) They are truly peacemakers who amidst all they suffer in this world maintain peace in soul and body for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Admonitions


“Blessed is that brother who would love his brother as much when he is ill and not able to assist him as he loves him when he is well and able to assist him.” – Admonitions


“Blessed is the brother who would love and fear his brother as much when he is far from him as he would when with him, and who would not say anything about him behind his back that he could not with charity say in his presence.” – Admonitions


“Blessed is the man who bears with his neighbor according to the frailty of his nature as much as he would wish to be borne with by him if he should be in a like case.” – Admonitions


“Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. Where there is poverty and joy there is neither cupidity nor avarice. Where there is quiet and meditation there is neither solicitude nor dissipation. Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter. Where there is mercy and discretion there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness.” – Admonitions


“Let us all, brothers, consider the Good Shepherd who to save His sheep bore the suffering of the Cross. The sheep of the Lord followed Him in tribulation and persecution and shame, in hunger and thirst, in infirmity and temptations and in all other ways; and for these things they have received everlasting life from the Lord. Wherefore it is a great shame for us, the servants of God, that, whereas the Saints have practiced works, we should expect to receive honor and glory for reading and preaching the same.” – Admonitions, 6

The truth is freeing, and St. Francis spoke timeless truths that leave us with much to ponder.

Eight hundred years after his death, the pearls of wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi remain astonishingly relevant to our modern lives. If he were given the chance to speak to us today, there’s no doubt that the holy friar would encourage us to love God above all else, and to be full of gratitude for the gifts we receive from Him every day.

Although St. Francis abandoned riches to follow Christ, he was well acquainted nevertheless with the temptations and trials of life. This is particularly evident in his Admonitions. His words and example encourage us to simplify our lives, and to find God in everything. Nothing could better help us to live a peaceful and satisfying life together. Here are some examples of his timeless wisdom.

from the website: https://aleteia.org/2020/09/22/these-words-of-wisdom-from-st-francis-are-startlingly-relevant-today/

Founder of the Franciscan Order for men and the Order of Saint Clare for women, St. Francis is also widely known for his love of nature and animals. Perhaps the most famous prayer, the Peace Prayer, attributed to St. Francis is:

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
       where there is hatred, let us sow love;
       where there is injury, pardon;
       where there is discord, union;

       where there is doubt, faith;
       where there is despair, hope;
       where there is darkness, light; and
       where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
       to be understood as to understand;
       to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
       it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
       and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Did you know St. Francis is also credited with these inspiring and challenging quotes?

  • Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

  • If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

  • While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

  • All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

  • A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.

An Act of Love
Pentecost 17 (C) – Track 1

October 02, 2022
Frank S. Logue

[RCL] Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.” This is according to G.K. Chesterton, who found Christians, including himself, did not put their faith into action. But even the curmudgeon Chesterton would agree there was a notable exception.

Francis of Assisi, the saint who launched a million birdbaths, hundreds of thousands of statues, and the occasional service of Blessing of the Animals was, for Chesterton, the one Christian who actually lived the Gospel.

Francis was the son of a wealthy textile merchant and as such part of the new Italian middle class that was coming into its own. His father’s wealth and Francis’ own natural charisma made the young man a leader of the youth of his town. Francis gained a rock-star like following by the early 1200’s. He remains famous today not because of his own words and actions so much as because his words and actions conformed so closely to those of Jesus.

As a boy Francis dreamed of earning glory in battle. He got his chance at an early age when he enlisted, along with the other young men of Assisi, to fight in a feud against a neighboring city-state. Assisi lost the battle and Francis was imprisoned for a time. Defeat in battle and serious illness in prison caused Francis to turn away from his visions of glory on the battlefield.

Francis’ path toward God took a series of turns closer and closer to God, rather than an all at once conversion. However, the course of Francis’ life was profoundly changed by at least two formative experiences. On a pilgrimage to Rome, Francis saw a beggar outside of St. Peter’s Church. The Holy Spirit moved him to trade places with the beggar. Francis exchanged clothes with a beggar and then spent the day begging for alms. That experience of being poor shook Francis to the core.

Later he confronted his own fears of leprosy by hugging a leper. Like trading places with the beggar in Rome, hugging a leper left a deep mark on Francis. Shaped by his experiences with the beggar and the leper, he had a strong identification with the poor. Francis cut himself off from the opulent lifestyle of his father and sought out a radically simple life.

By the time of his death, the love of God had compelled Francis to accomplish much toward rebuilding the church. He could look on thousands of lives transformed by his call for repentance and simplicity of life. Yet, Francis of Assisi was simply a man transformed by the love of God and the joy that flowed from a deep understanding of all that God has done for us.

Francis’ approach to his life of Christian service fits with Jesus words to us in today’s Gospel reading when tells those who follow him that they are to serve with no thought to reward. Jesus said, “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table?’ Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink?” Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!”

So, when you come in from doing something for God, don’t expect a reward, only more work. It’s a wonder the crowds followed Jesus at all. But what exactly is the work of God? In what way are we to serve him? We have the example of Francis, to add to that of Jesus’ own life and ministry. Yet, how can we in our own time and place attempt to live more fully into the Gospel?

First, there is no getting around the fact that the Bible knows nothing of professional clergy serving a congregation. The Bible teaches that all Christians are ministers of the Bible by virtue of their baptism. Then as ministers, each of us has a wide variety of jobs to do in the kingdom of God based on the gifts God has given us. While congregations benefit from the ministry of priests and deacons, the real work of the church happens when the people in the pews live out their faith in their day to day lives. This includes many thankless tasks, showing love and mercy in even small ways and even if no one notices.

You know how thankless these tasks are because you have the same issue at home. Do you get thanked every time you do the dishes? Or cut the grass? Or wash the laundry? Or make your bed? Or do your homework? Probably not. But permit time to pass without doing the dishes, cutting the grassing, washing the laundry, making your bed or doing your homework and you are sure to hear about it. These are thankless tasks and you take them on with no thought to getting praise for doing them.

Notice that in this Gospel reading, Jesus tells of the servant who does what he or she is supposed to do in response to the disciples asking for more faith. First he tells them the parable of the mustard seed and how the tiniest amount of faith is enough to accomplish great things for God. Then he goes on to describe the thankless task of serving God his Father. It is in serving God that we find our faith strengthened.

We are not to serve others for the thanks we get. We are to serve others as serving Jesus, because that is the life God calls us to, knowing that we will benefit more than the people we help. We will benefit in increased faith and increased love. Francis took his mustard seed of faith and used it to trust that he could hug a leper, though he was terribly afraid. In the process, he found the faith to work among lepers. And so, again and again, his steps of faith emboldened Francis to trust God more. It is the same for us. Each step of faith strengthens our trust in God to follow even more boldly.

To come back around to G.K. Chesterton, he advised, “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” That was Francis, living out a love affair with God. When it is me and you living into the love of God, then Christianity will have been tried and not found wanting, nor will it be a series of thankless tasks.

Walking the life of faith then is not done in search of thanks or praise but is simply an act of love. Then you and I can join Francis in saying that we are merely servants doing what we were called to do. We call ourselves servants knowing that what we do, we do for love, for the one who knows us fully and loves us more than we could ever ask for or imagine.

This sermon was originally written by the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue, then-canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Georgia for Proper 22 in 2016.

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Pentecost 17 (C) TRACK 1  
October 2, 2022

[RCL] Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

Lamentations 1:1-6

Sometimes, we just need to give voice to our grief. The worst thing we can do is to ignore it – push it aside because it is too painful. In today’s Old Testament reading, the author is facing the reality that Jerusalem, a city that was once full of glory, prosperity, and prominence, has fallen. It is a raw time for the author, a time to face the unforgiving reality of sorrow and suffering head-on. Through it all, though, God is there. The pain is a crucible from which the Jewish people will emerge; God will see them through it. That’s the interesting thing about Lamentations – it’s one long prayer, a prayer of expression, a lifting up of one’s pain to God. God can take the pain, God wants us to lift our pain to God because God wants all our humanity, not just the clean and neat parts.

    • How do you give voice to your grief?

  • How do you bring your grief to prayer?

Psalm 137

This is a psalm that very few Christians like. It is brutal and contains some of the most disturbing imagery found in scripture. “Happy shall be he who takes your little ones, and dashes them against the rock” (Psalm 137:9, BCP). Who can find God in that? But when we imagine the echoes in which this psalm is written, we can understand where the author is coming from.

Jerusalem has been razed to the ground, many of her inhabitants killed – men, women, children, and even infants. God’s temple was plundered and destroyed, and a majority of the survivors were taken captive to Babylon. This is a harsh memory of ruthless violence.

And the author does not shy away from the feelings created by this event. The author’s raw and exposed emotion is on full display for all to see. The words are offered up to God as an authentic, though disturbing, reflection on not only the author’s emotional and spiritual state but also the Jewish people’s emotional and spiritual state.

This is something we try to shy away from when talking to God – the offering up of our unclean and polluted thoughts. “How honest can I be?” we ask ourselves.

We sometimes try to hide the dark bits of our humanity, thinking that they might offend God or turn God away from us. But God can take it. We can offer those feelings up to God and let God hold them, let God have them so that God can help us through those times when our thoughts are less than magnanimous. We just need to trust that the God in which we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NRSV) is there regardless of our emotional or spiritual state. We just need to open ourselves up to God’s abundantly generous grace.

    • Have you ever been ashamed of your thoughts?

  • Do you try to hide those thoughts from God?

  • What would it feel like if you openly and authentically offered your whole humanity to God?


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-17-c-october-2-2022/

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Supporting Partners Affected by Hurricane Ian
From the Episcopal Relief and Development Website

September 29, 2022

Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with Episcopal dioceses in the southern United States and Cuba in response to Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Cuba on Tuesday and in southwest Florida on Wednesday.

In Cuba, the category 3 storm killed two people and knocked out power to the entire country. 

The Episcopal Church in Cuba has mobilized its local disaster committees who are assessing the damage, and potential responses, in their communities,” said Kellie McDaniel, Senior Facilitator, Training & International Development, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We pray for the people of Cuba who are living through several recent disasters.”

Hurricane Ian intensified to a category 4 storm before making landfall again on Wednesday near Port Charlotte, Florida with winds of 150 m.p.h. As of Thursday morning, more than two million people were without power and a storm surge of up to 12 feet caused severe flooding. The storm also caused flooding in the Florida Keys after heavy rain on Tuesday night. It is expected to reach Georgia and South Carolina by Friday. 

Dioceses in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have been preparing this week by checking in with communities in the storm’s path, testing emergency communications systems and coordinating with area agencies. 

Our partners in the southern United States have deep roots in the community and are using their relationships to assess the needs caused by Hurricane Ian,” said Lura Steele, Program Officer, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks.”

Please pray for the people impacted by the storm. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.

Prayers in the Storm
By Anglican Compass
September 29th, 2022

As Hurricane Ian ravages the southeastern United States, we at Anglican Compass have compiled a list of prayers from the Psalms and the Book of Common Prayer to be used during storms. We invite you to join us in praying for those affected by Ian as they seek to recover and rebuild. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

From the Psalms
Psalm 107:23-32
Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders

Psalm 65:5-8
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy

Psalm 93
The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the LORD on high is mighty!
Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, forevermore.

From the Book of Common Prayer
BCP2019, pg. 654
Almighty God, by your Word you laid the foundations of the earth, set the bounds of the sea, and still the wind and waves. Surround us with your grace and peace, and preserve us through this storm. By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, strengthen those who work to rescue or rebuild, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BCP1662IE, pg. 563
O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof: We thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help. Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess when we have been safe and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgot thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word and to obey thy commandments. But now we see how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder, the great God to be feared above all. And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy’s sake in Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

BCP1662IE, pg. 563
O most glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest in heaven but beholdest all things below: Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death which is ready now to swallow us up. Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the living shall praise thee. O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging winds and the roaring sea, that we, being delivered from this distress, may live to serve thee and to glorify thy name all the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and save us, for the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour, thy son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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 3, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:16-22; James 1:2-11
Complementary: Psalm 3; Habakkuk 1:5-17; James 1:2-11

Tuesday, October 4, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 137; Lamentations 2:13-22; 1 John 5:1-5, 13-21
Complementary: Psalm 3; Habakkuk 2:5-11; 1 John 5:1-5, 13-21

Wednesday, October 5, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 137; Lamentations 5:1-22; Mark 11:12-14, 20-24
Complementary: Psalm 3; Habakkuk 2:12-20; Mark 11:12-14, 20-24

Thursday, October 6, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 66:1-12; Jeremiah 25:1-14; 2 Timothy 1:13-18
Complementary: Psalm 111; Leviticus 14:33-53; 2 Timothy 1:13-18

Friday, October 7, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 66:1-12; Jeremiah 27:1-22; 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Complementary: Psalm 111; Numbers 4:34-5:4; 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Saturday, October 8, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 66:1-12; Jeremiah 28:1-17; Luke 5:12-16

Complementary: Psalm 111; Numbers 12:1-15; Luke 5:12-16

Sunday, October 9, 2022Proper 23 (28)

Monday, October 10, 2022Canadian Thanksgiving Day

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

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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