October 31, 2022
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A really great gumbo, trunk and tractor treat, ministry fair and more…

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Allhallowtide, Hallowtide, Allsaintstide,
or the Hallowmas season

All Saints’ Day
READINGS: Daniel 7:1-3,15-18, Psalm 149, Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31

COLLECT: Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



9am Intercessory Prayer in the Chapel
10:30am Bible Study in the Parish Hall
NOON Prayer for our City
12:05 Litany of Healing
12:45ish Via Media live stream
2:30pm Casting Nets
5:30pm Compline
following Compline: Dinner and Discussion

This week’s Fall Formation is a Halloween mystery today
stay tuned for details tomorrow


Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Proper-ish 26, November 6th,   All Saints’ Sunday

We will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday November 6th during both services.
Part of this service is the reading of the names our dearly departed.
Please send the name(s)
you would like to have included
 in the reading to Susan
(Bulletins are printed on Wednesdays)


EYC Sunday Evening

Each Sunday evening at St. Mark’s.
5th-8th Grade 4-5 p.m.
Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.
9-12th Grade 5:30-7 p.m.

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week


24 [Anna Ellison Butler Alexander,
Deaconess and Teacher, 1947]

25 Sergius of Radonezh, Monastic, Moscow, 1392

26 Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626

27 [Euphrosyne/Smaragdus of Alexandria, Monastic, fifth century]

28 [Paula and Eustochium of Rome,
Monastics and Scholars, 404 and c.419]

30 Jerome, Priest, and Monk of Bethlehem, 420

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site



Thanksgiving Meal Bags


Every year we prepare meal bags for people and families which are then distributed through Gulf Coast Ministries.  Please consider supporting this mission by preparing a bag or perhaps just supplying an item or 2 off the list. All donations are welcome and appreciated.  We ask that all donations be in the church office by Monday, November 14th.

    Meal Bag List:
        2 cans of fruit
        3 cans of veggies
        1 can of sweet potatoes
        1 bag of marshmallows
        1 package of stuffing
        1 package or can of gravy
        1 box of instant mashed potatoes
        2 boxes of jello
        1 package of cookies (non- refrigerated)
        1 canned meat (no refrigeration required

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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
2:30 Casting Nets
5:30 Compline
Dinner and Discussion
6pm Bell Choir Practice

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
(technology willing)
10:30am Children’s Church
Child Care Available
4, 5 & 5:30pm EYC at St. Mark’s



October 26, 2022Via Media

October 30, 2022Sunday Rite II

October 30 – November 5
30th – Alejandro Cabral
1st – Sue Cassady
2nd – Paul Krass
3rd – Susan Grantham
3rd – Adrian Smith
4th – Suzi Wilson
3rd – Adrian & Cheryl Smith

6th – Barbara Hudson
8th – Ethan Lishen
9th – Reedie McCaughan
10th -Sam Crump
10th – Ames Sanders
8th – Kippy & Whitney Lang

November 24 – Thanksgiving by-the-Sea

Details TBA
Keep an eye out for the Surfin’ Turkey for details !!!

November 25, 26. 27 – JOYFUL Friday & Arts by-the-Sea

December 3 – Chrismons of Clay
December 10 – Pyzanky Eggs
December 17 – Rosary Making

Contact Gail to be a part of our Merry Market or Creative Classes

Would you like to help with the Sunday/Wednesday streams ?
We’re needing someone to operate the camera while Gail is out of town.
send an email to contact@stpetersbythe
or message us on Facebook if interested

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Happening A Christian Experience
Happening #93 November 18-20
St. Columb’s, Ridgeland
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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?)


1) A square, stiffened white linen cloth that is used to cover the chalice at the eucharist. There may be a design on the side of the pall that does not touch the chalice. 2) A cloth used to cover the coffin at the Burial of the Dead. The BCP states that the coffin is to be closed before the burial service. The coffin may be covered with a pall or other suitable covering (p. 468). The colors of white or gold, associated with Easter and resurrection, are especially appropriate for the pall.

Burial of the Dead

Funeral rite for burial of a baptized Christian, including anthems, psalms, scripture readings, and prayers. The BCP provides both traditional and contemporary liturgies (pp. 469-507). This rite may serve as the liturgy of the word at a Requiem Eucharist. When there is communion at the Burial of the Dead, the commendation and the committal follow the communion of the people and the postcommunion prayer (BCP, pp. 482, 498). The burial rites also include the Apostles’ Creed, a special form of the prayers of the people, forms for the consecration of the grave, and additional prayers that may be added after the Lord’s Prayer. The BCP also provides an Order for Burial which permits the composition of a rite to suit particular circumstances “when, for pastoral considerations, neither of the burial rites in this Book is deemed appropriate” (pp. 506-507). The BOS provides appropriate texts for the burial of a person who was not a baptized Christian or who rejected the Christian faith. The burial office is an Easter liturgy. The liturgical color is appropriately white, and the Paschal candle should be lighted as a visible reminder of Jesus’ resurrection and our hope of life everlasting in Christ. At the Burial of the Dead those who mourn may express grief and sorrow as they share in the community’s expression of faith, hope, and mutual support in Jesus Christ.


Allhallowtide: Another Triduum         (I LOVE that word!)

All Hallows’ Eve

All Hallows’ Eve, often contracted as Halloween, is the eve of All Saints’ Day and the first day of the Allhallowtide. According to some scholars, the Christian Church absorbed some Celtic practices associated with Samhain and Christianised the celebration in order to ease the Celts’ conversion to Christianity; other scholars maintain that the Christian observance of All Hallows’ Eve arose completely independent of Samhain. On All Hallows’ Eve, some believed that the veil between the material world and the afterlife thinned. In order to prevent recognition by a soul, “people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities”; in North America, this tradition is perpetuated through the practice of trick or treating. In medieval Poland, believers were taught to pray out loud as they walk through the forests in order that the souls of the dead might find comfort; in Spain, Christian priests tolled their church bells in order to allow their congregants to remember the dead on All Hallows’ Eve. The Christian Church traditionally observed Hallowe’en through a vigil “when worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.” This church service is known as the Vigil of All Hallows or the Vigil of All Saints; an initiative known as Night of Light seeks to further spread the Vigil of All Hallows throughout Christendom. After the service, “suitable festivities and entertainments” often follow, as well as a visit to the graveyard or cemetery, where flowers and candles are often placed in preparation for All Saints’ Day (All Hallows).

All Saints’ Day

The second day of Allhallowtide is known as All Saints’ Day, All Hallows, or Hallowmas. Occurring on 1 November, it is a “principal feast of the church year, and one of the four days recommended for the administration of baptism” in Anglicanism. In some Christian denominations, All Saints’ Day may be “celebrated on the Sunday following November 1.” All Saints’ Day is a holy day to honor all the saints and martyrs, both known and unknown. All Hallows is “a universal Christian holy day,” but it has a special importance in the Anglican ChurchRoman Catholic Church, and Evangelical Lutheran churches and some other Protestant churches. The liturgical color of All Saints’ Day is white, which is “symbolic of victory and life.”

While honoring the Church Triumphant, All Hallows seeks to especially “honour the blessed who have not been canonized and who have no special feast day.” On All Saints’ Day, many Christians visit graveyards and cemeteries in order to place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones. This is a common practice in countries such as SpainPoland, the Philippines, as well as certain parts of the United States heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism such as Louisiana and Maryland. For Roman Catholic Christians, attending mass (EucharistHoly Communion, “Lord’s Supper”) is compulsory, as All Saints’ Day (All Hallows) is a holy day of obligation; for members of other Christian denominations, such as Anglican Church / Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Lutheran ChurchMethodist Church and some other Protestant Christians, though not mandatory, attendance at worship services is encouraged.

All Souls’ Day

The final day of Allhallowtide is known as All Souls’ Day, and is also called the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. All Souls’ Day focuses on honoring all faithful Christians “who are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church, especially family members and friends.” However, today, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day have become conflated, and many Christians remember all the dead souls or “saints” on All Saints’ Day.’ The observance of All Souls’ Day “was spread throughout Europe” by Saint Odilo of Cluny in the early 11th century. Like All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Day, family members often attend mass and visit the graves of their deceased loved ones, placing flowers and lighted candles there. In many Anglican / EpiscopalEvangelical Lutheran and Roman Catholic Christian services, an A.D. 7th-century prayer The Office of the Dead is read out in churches on All Souls’ Day.” In England, a popular tradition associated with All Souls’ Day is souling, in which “bands of children, or of poor men, went round to the houses of the well-to-do on Souling Day, as they called it, begging money, apples, ale, or doles of cake. In some parts specially baked cakes were prepared in readiness to give away; they were called soul-cakes.” The individuals who go souling often chant rhymes as they go door to door; for example, an old saying goes: “A Soule-cake, a soule-cake, have mercy on all Christian souls for a soule-cake.” Historically, in France, on All Souls’ Day, “the burial fraternities were especially active in decorating the churchyard, and everywhere priests led a procession around the graveyard and blessed the graves.”

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allhallowtide#:~:text=The Christian Church traditionally observed,Light seeks to further spread

By Faith

Pentecost 21 (C) – Track 1 

October 30, 2022

Susan Butterworth

[RCL] Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; Luke 19:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12


Trouble and distress have come upon me, yet your commandments are my delight. The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; grant me understanding, that I may live. Amen.

Today’s scripture lessons present a unified whole, in lovely, surprising connections.

The prophet Habakkuk is notable because he questions God. He asks, “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen?” and then he announces that he will wait for God’s answer. And indeed, God does answer him, saying, “There is still a vision for the appointed time…  it will surely come…  the righteous live by their faith.” The message in Habakkuk is clear: even though destruction and violence are all around, the time will surely come; wait for it; live by faith.

In the psalm appointed for the day, the psalmist tells us that he has been consumed by indignation because his enemies forget God’s commandments, yet in spite of his distress, God’s commandments are a delight.

Both the prophet and the psalmist are transformed from questioning and indignation to faith and delight in God’s law, in the certainty that God’s justice is everlasting and the time awaited – the time of salvation – will surely come.

Paul gives thanks for the people of the church in Thessalonia, because he sees their faith growing abundantly, and their love for one another increasing, even during a time of persecution and affliction. Clearly then, we see a theme of holding a steadfast and joyful faith while the world around us is violent and unjust.

Let’s look at the transformation in the story of Zacchaeus. At first glance, we have a perfect narrative of making a new beginning in Christ. The story of the man who is short in stature and climbs a tree so that he can see Jesus is appealing to children and other vertically challenged people, and sheds a new light on the line in the psalm “I am small and of little account, yet I do not forget your commandments” (v. 141).

Perhaps Zacchaeus is not only short in stature, but also in moral status among his neighbors. He is a tax collector, and not just any tax collector, but a chief tax collector and rich. Tax collectors were hated in the community because they collected taxes from their Jewish neighbors for the Romans who occupied their country. In addition, a tax collector could and often did, overcharge their neighbors and keep the extra for themselves. Not only did they serve the Romans, but they also took advantage of their position to steal from their neighbors. The assumption is that Zacchaeus had become rich by his greed and dishonesty, stealing from his community.

So even though Zacchaeus has difficulty seeing Jesus, he makes an effort, humbles himself by doing an undignified, childish thing – climbing a tree – because of his desire to change and become worthy. He welcomes Jesus into his heart and his house, gladly offers to give half of his possessions to the poor, and make restitution if he has taken any money dishonestly. Zacchaeus makes the proper response to his encounter with Jesus.


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Bible Study: Pentecost 21 (C)

October 30, 2022

[RCL] Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Habakkuk’s prophecy begins with pointed questions addressed to God. Habakkuk sees injustice all around. He cries to God, but feels that God does not listen, or does not save. To hear Habakkuk tell it, God even makes Habakkuk witness wrongdoing and evil, and nothing is done about it. In short, Habakkuk is a prophet for our times, who seethes at injustice and isn’t afraid to demand where God is. The whole first chapter is a description of just such a trying situation. Far from giving up in frustration or surrendering to injustice, however, Habakkuk resolves to remain faithful. In return, God promises justice, and that the proud will be humbled, and the righteous will live.

  • What situations or issues today make you wonder where God is?
  • Just as Habakkuk resolved to stand at his watch-post, how can you remain faithful to God and God’s mission in the face of injustice?

Psalm 119:137-144

In this section of Psalm 119, the Psalmist is vexed that God’s word is not being followed properly. God and God’s decrees are described as good, upright, and just. For the Psalmist, following God’s word is both an obligation and a delight. Despite being “small” and “of little account,” the author of this song to God follows God’s word, and prays that all creation will do likewise. Moreover, the Psalmist seeks understanding of God’s word, and that understanding is equated with life. God sits in righteous judgment of all, but many simply do not realize, or do not understand. Yet even in distress, the author revels in God’s commandments.

    • In what ways do we fail to recognize God’s justice and faithfulness?
  • What is the benefit of recognizing oneself as “small” and “of little account” in relation to God?
  • What understanding might we pray for, in relation to God’s will for us and for the world?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-21-c-october-30-2022/

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 31, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 142; Habakkuk 2:12-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Complementary: Psalm 50; Nehemiah 13:1-3, 23-31; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Tuesday, November 1, 2022All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 2, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 142; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Luke 19:11-27
Complementary: Psalm 50; Amos 5:12-24; Luke 19:11-27

Thursday, November 3, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Zechariah 1:1-17; Acts 22:22-23:11
Complementary: Psalm 17:1-9; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Acts 22:22-23:11

Friday, November 4, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Zechariah 6:9-15; Acts 24:10-23
Complementary: Psalm 17:1-9; Genesis 38:1-26; Acts 24:10-23

Saturday, November 5, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Haggai 1:1-15a; Luke 20:1-8
Complementary: Psalm 17:1-9; Exodus 3:13-20; Luke 20:1-8

Sunday, November 6, 2022Proper 27 (32)

Monday, November 7, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 98; Haggai 2:10-19; 2 Peter 1:16-21
Complementary: Psalm 123; Job 20:1-11; 2 Peter 1:16-21

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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