November 7, 2022
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All ladies of the parish are invited to gather at Noon on
Tuesday, November 8th for our monthly meeting.
Bring a sack lunch and join in the conversation

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ECW Meeting


Hello to our great St. Peter’s Episcopal church family,

We have been working hard doing some deconstructing of our shoofly and surrounding overgrown bushes.  We are in need of help this Wednesday the 9th at 9AM, bring your work gloves and a smile knowing it’s for the most beautiful church on the coast.  And did I mention it’s only for a few hours, so you should be home by noon.
Look forward to seeing you,
Dennis Boer, Jr. Warden

Thank you Paul Maxwell for the photo


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

This week’s Fall Formation Mark 8: 22-26



Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper-ish 27, November 13th
Readings: Malachi 4:1-2a, Psalm 98, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13Mark 8:22-26

The Collect: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

PLEASE NOTE: This Sunday’s Services will NOT be streamed.

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
 7 Willibrord, Archbishop and Missionary, 739
 8 [Ammonius, Hermit, c.403]
 9 [Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, and Margery Kempe, Mystics, 1349, 1396, and c.1440]
10 Leo of Rome, Bishop, 461
11 Martin of Tours, Bishop, 397
12 Charles Simeon, Priest, 1836
14 Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop, 1784

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

This month Ladies Night Out
November 29th

December 27th

December 6
ECW Christmas gathering
Bring an Appetizer to share, your beverage of choice and
 No… it’s not Dirty Santa.
Bring a wrapped gift ($10-15) that would be
What Would You Want
One of your favorite things
(for example if you liked a wine that was $12
you would bring it wrapped for your Santa gift)

Stanley Hastings will provide us with some lovely Christmas tunes.
Bring a friend and join us!


How can we help?

Safe Online Donation

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
10:30am Bible Study
12:05pm Litany of Healing
~12:45pm Via Media Streaming
2:30 Casting Nets
5:30 Compline
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 
10:30am Children’s Church
Child Care Available
4, 5 & 5:30pm EYC at St. Mark’s



November 2, 2022



November 6, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II

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

November 13 – November 19
13th -Duncan Ing
15th – Bob Clower
17th – Tabitha Williams
18th – David Wilson
19th – Celeste McInnis
19th – Oliver Phillips
15th – Mike & Janice Fitzgerald
18th – Chuck & Amy Rollins

November 24 – Thanksgiving by-the-Sea

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

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

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 to reserve a spot in our Merry Market or Creative Classes

ECW News

Meeting tomorrow, 11-8,
Noon in the Parish Hall

December 6
ECW Christmas gathering 


Youth Groups

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

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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?)

Daily Office

Use of daily prayers to mark the times of the day and to express the traditions of the praying community is traditional in Judaism and in Christianity. The third, sixth, and ninth hours (9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m.) were times of private prayer in Judaism. The congregational or cathedral form of office developed in Christianity under Constantine (274 or 288-337) with the principal morning and evening services of lauds and vespers. The people participated in the cathedral form of office. The monastic form of office also developed at this time. In addition to lauds and vespers, the monastic form included matins (at midnight or cockcrow), prime (the first hour), terce (the third hour), sext (the sixth hour), none (the ninth hour), and compline (at bedtime). By the late middle ages, the Daily Office was seen as the responsibility of the monks and clergy rather than an occasion for participation by all in the prayers of the community throughout the day.

After the Anglican Reformation, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) reduced the eight monastic offices to the two services of Morning and Evening Prayer. These services were printed in vernacular English and intended for use by all members of the church. Participation in the Daily Office is at the heart of Anglican spirituality. It is the proper form of daily public worship in the church. In addition to forms for Daily Morning Prayer and Daily Evening Prayer in contemporary and traditional language, the BCP section for the Daily Office includes forms for Noonday Prayer, Order of Worship for the Evening, Compline, and Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families. These offices include prayers, a selection from the Psalter, readings from the Holy Scriptures, one or more canticles, and the Lord’s Prayer. Forms for Morning and Evening Prayer include an optional confession of sin. The BCP provides a Daily Office Lectionary that identifies readings and psalm choices for Morning and Evening Prayer (pp. 936-1001), and a Table of Canticles with suggested canticles for use at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (pp. 144-145). The officiant in the Daily Office may be a member of the clergy or a lay person.


An entry space, foyer, or anteroom of a church between the door and the nave. The term is from the Greek for a “small case.” Historically, the narthex was an enclosed vestibule or porch of a basilica. Catechumens and penitents stood in the narthex during the service. It also may serve as a place for the gathering and formation of processions and a place for people to wait before services begin.


The Way of Truth, Hope, and Love

Proper 27 (C) – Track 1   [RCL] Luke 20:27-38
From 2013
J. Barrington Bates

As is fairly typical, in today’s gospel story Jesus replies to a conundrum with a conundrum. He’s given a sort of riddle about a woman who marries seven times – and just not seven times, but seven brothers, in succession. Each brother dies, leaving her a widow. After all, marriage vows are only valid while both partners are alive, right? “Until death us do part,” as we used to say, or “until we are parted by death.”

And the Sadducees, who are among Jesus’ critics, want to know: “In the resurrection, whose wife will the woman be?”

They don’t believe in the resurrection, you see, and so they are trying to mock him, to show how silly and unworkable an idea eternal life is. They are trying to demonstrate that the things we hold dear in this life, including the bond and covenant of marriage, will make no sense in the next life. And they are trying to depict Jesus as a kind of oddball faith healer and snake handler, whose fundamental claims just don’t make any sense.

And, of course, they are right.

Jesus is very easy to mock. Eternal life is a silly and unworkable idea. And the fundamental claims of Christianity really do not make any sense – especially when compared with the values of the secular world. This was true in Jesus’ time, and it is still very true in our day.

Let’s start with the most striking of the implicit assertions made by the Sadducees: The fundamental claims of Christianity just do not make any sense.

Let’s see – love God and love your neighbor. That’s fundamental, right? But most of our world is obsessed with power, prestige, wealth and control. If we but admit to the existence of God, then we have to acknowledge that the things we have are simply lent to us. We are stewards of our possessions, including our earthly bodies. All that we have is a gift from God, and only of value while we are alive on this earth.

But the culture we live in says this is my home, my money, my whatever. And I can do with it whatever I want.

But when we acknowledge the existence of God, we also acknowledge that we are not in control, not the ultimate judge, not the great power of the universe – or even the family.

But the world says otherwise. Our society is full of people who insist on their own way, on their own individual authority. It happens at the simplest levels of human interaction, and it happens at the highest levels of government and industry.

And those two points – not owning things and not being in ultimate control – they are just the first two steps toward acknowledging that God exists. It’s still a long, long way before one can love God.

And what about loving our neighbor? Our society doesn’t always uphold this, does it?

So, loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself – these two great commandments to those of us who profess and call ourselves Christians: They are not the values of our country, of our society or of our world.

Then there’s the idea of eternal life – a silly and unworkable idea. The Sadducees have shown us that. When we think of eternity like this, we are failing to use our imagination.

The problem is that they – and we – have failed to imagine it as something we will actually like. And yet we are promised ineffable joys, never-failing care, the strength of God’s presence, rejoicing in eternal glory, being received into the arms of mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and being reunited with those who have gone before in the paradise of God.

When you talk about those things, on that kind of scale, then wasting a lot of energy on whether we will live forever, or to whom we may be married, or whatever – well, it seems a whole lot more like another manifestation of that power and control thing, doesn’t it? “I demand to know, and I can afford to pay for the knowledge” or something like that.

Yet, the fullness of God’s love and truth is not known to any of us – not yet. And that’s exactly why Jesus is so easy to mock.

We don’t know everything. As St. Paul says it, “Now we see in a mirror, dimly.” Remember, that in the first century, a mirror was not likely to be one of today’s manufactured, perfectly smooth and clear glasses. Looking into a mirror was like looking into a brook or stream, or into a highly polished rock.

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but when the end comes, “we will see face to face. Now, I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

The Christian dispensation acknowledges that we do not know, we do not have control, we are not in charge.

So, how is it we have come to believe?

Here’s a story, about two friends. Alice is a priest, and more than a dozen years ago, a seminarian called Bill spent a summer assisting in her parish. It’s a wonderful and special place. The first time he served Communion to Alice, she looked him right in the eye and said, “I believe!”

He was stunned. First of all, he was taught never to look anyone in the eye at Communion. He still isn’t sure why that was, but it used to be a kind of unspoken rule. And second, the Prayer Book clearly states that the appropriate response to “The Body of Christ” is a polite and reverent “Amen,” not an ebullient and loud declaration like “I believe!”

Over the course of the summer, Bill adjusted to Alice’s ways, and became accustomed to hearing “I believe” week after week. And his last week there, Alice invited him to dinner.

It was one of those late-summer evenings that are just perfect for sitting on the porch, rocking. He remembers they had corn on the cob, steaks on the grill, and tonic with their gin.

He mustered up his courage and asked her, “Why, Mother Alice, do you say ‘I believe’ when you receive Communion?”

“I started that a long time ago,” she told him. “It was a time of questioning and doubt for me. I couldn’t be sure there even was a God. And I wanted to know. I wanted to be certain, to be in control. And I figured the only way to get there was to ‘fake it till you make it.’ So one day, I just said, ‘I believe.’ What I really meant was, ‘I’d like to believe,’ or, even better, ‘I think I’m considering believing.’

It was all very tentative. And it was an invitation to God, at least as she intended it. As she explained, it was almost as if she were saying “Show me how to believe,” or “Improve my belief,” or even “Help my unbelief.”

“It was many, many years later,” she continued, “that I realized, O my God, I believe. I really do. Oh, I have questions, sure. And I have doubts from time to time. And a whole lot of this just doesn’t make any sense. But I believe, and that’s all that matters.”

Alice’s witness is a powerful one. It shows us how we can stand up to the powers that be in this society of ours, how we can continue to show another way to the world.

The way of truth, the way of hope, the way of love.

The journey of faith is not a life lived without doubt or questions, the life of a Christian is not one without trial or travail, and the earthly pilgrimage is not about control and power.

It’s about truth, hope, and above all, love.

And all of this begins not with “I insist” or “I own” or “I want” – but with the simple, elegant and hopeful proclamation, “I believe.”


Bible Study: Pentecost 22 (C)

[RCL] Haggai 1:15b-2:9, Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22 or Psalm 982 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, Luke 20:27-38

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

It is helpful to read all of chapter 1 of the book of Haggai through 2:9 to obtain a fuller sense of what is going on in this passage. Haggai was a prophet who urged the leaders of Judah and the Judean people to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The text itself, in verse 1:15, shares that the book was written in the year 520 BCE, during the second year of the reign of the Persian emperor Darius I. This dating tells us that it had been 19 years since the Judean people returned from their Babylonian exile. Since their return, they apparently have been building their own houses while neglecting to rebuild the Lord’s house, the Temple (Haggai 1:9), which was destroyed in 587 BCE.

The community listens to the divine command from Haggai and obeys – they do indeed begin to rebuild the Temple. Our passage for today is God’s response to the obedience and faithfulness of the Judean people in following the Lord’s command. God reminds the people that although the Temple has been destroyed and rebuilding it will be difficult,

God’s presence with them is steadfast, as it always has been, even through times of great difficulty, like their exiles in Egypt and in Babylon. “My spirit abides among you,” God tells the people, “do not fear” (Haggai 2:5, NRSV). “Splendor” and “prosperity” will be God’s gifts to the people (Haggai 2:9).

  • What difficult tasks do you hear God asking of us in our communities today? What is hard about this work?

  • What do you envision as the gift or the “splendor” (Haggai 2:9) that could come as a result of this work?

Psalm 98
In this song of praise, the people of Israel remember the great things the Lord has done for them and are also happy that the other peoples of the world have witnessed these divine acts of “righteousness,” “mercy,” and “faithfulness” (verses 3-4). The psalmist urges all people to “shout” and “sing” to the Lord (verses 5-6), and the psalmist even calls on nature itself, the “sea,” “rivers,” and “hills,” to join in the praise of their Creator (verses 8-9).

  • How do you express gratitude to God? How have you witnessed others give thanks to God?


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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, 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

Tuesday, November 8, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 98; Haggai 2:20-23; 2 John 1:1-13

Complementary: Psalm 123; Job 21:1, 17-34; 2 John 1:1-13

Wednesday, November 9, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 98; Zechariah 8:1-17; John 5:19-29
Complementary: Psalm 123; Job 25:1-26:14; John 5:19-29

Thursday, November 10, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Isaiah 12; Isaiah 57:14-21; Romans 1:18-25
Complementary: Psalm 98; 1 Samuel 28:3-19; Romans 1:18-25

Friday, November 11, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Isaiah 12; Isaiah 59:1-15a; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Complementary: Psalm 98; 2 Samuel 21:1-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Saturday, November 12, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Isaiah 12; Isaiah 59:15b-21; Luke 17:20-37

Complementary: Psalm 98; Ezekiel 10:1-19; Luke 17:20-37

Sunday, November 13, 2022Proper 28 (33)

Monday, November 14, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 76; Isaiah 60:17-22; Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Complementary: Psalm 141; Ezekiel 11:14-25; Ephesians 4:25-5:2

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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