Weekly Newsletter – February 14, 2022 – Happy Valentine’s Day

The Week Ahead



  •  Intercessory Prayer and  Bible Study are cancelled

  • 12:05PM Noonday prayer will be led by Ann Milsted in the Chapel. 

  •  Via Media will not be broadcast. Check out one of previous Midday Middle Way casts. 

  • 5:30PM Wednesday Evenings Compline in the Chapel.

  • 6PM Dinner followed by our Inquirer’s Classes in anticipation of the Bishop’s visit. EYC group, Pre-YC activities and Nursery available.
    This week’s discussion:  Tradition. Next week: Reason




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

Beyond this week

Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, February 28th
from 1PM until 6PM in the parish hall. 
Visit redcrossblood.org 
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment

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

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.

NEEDED: Plastic Grocery Bags.
Deliver to the kitchen bar.


Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday Wave

9:00am Intercessory Prayer
10:30am Bible Study
in the Great Room (CANCELLED THIS WEEK)
12:05 pm Noonday Prayer
in the Chapel

5:30pm Community Night
Evening Compline
in the Chapel
6pm Dinner and
Inquirer’s Class
in the Parish Hall

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  Services
The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 13
, 2022


Via Media
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Compline On-Line



February 13 – February 19
13th – Billy McCaughan
13th – William Weber
14th – Dale Belham
15th – Fran Burch
15th – Carl Chosa
15th – Judy Joest
15th – Miriam Ozerden
16th – Julius Ward
18th – Noah Moorefield
18t5h – Doug Singletary
19th – Olivia Hood
19th – Vicki Jo McArthur
19th – Karen Reuther
14th – Skip & Linda Harborth
14th – Dave & Liz Jones
15th – Julius Ward & Maria Watson
16th – Jordan & Rebecca Gerardine
17th – Ian & Heather Phillips

February 20 – February 26
20th – Amy Rollins
20th – Jan Shook
20th – Ajia Wood
22nd – Linda Harborth
24th – Lee Crump
25th – Finnegan Funderburk
25th – Richard Pagano
25th – Lauren Williams


The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
February 20th
: Genesis 45:3-11, 15, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50, Luke 6:27-38, Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42

Collect: O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, 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

 February 13 Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818
February 14 Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries, 869 and 885
February 15 Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730
February 17 Janani Luwum, Archbishop and Martyr, 1977
February 18 Martin Luther, Pastor and Reformer, 1546
February 19 [Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, Agatha Lin Zhao, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei, Catechists and Martyrs, 1856, 1858, and 1862]
February 20 [Frederick Douglass, Social Reformer, 1895]
February 22 [Margaret of Cortona, Monastic, 1297]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site



The Four Loves

The Four Loves is a 1960 book by C. S. Lewis which explores the nature of love from a Christian and philosophical perspective through thought experiments.

Taking his start from St. John’s words “God is Love”, Lewis initially thought to contrast “Need-love” (such as the love of a child for its mother) and “Gift-love” (epitomized by God’s love for humanity). Lewis continues his examination by exploring the nature of pleasure, distinguishing Need-pleasures (such as water for the thirsty) from Pleasures of Appreciation, such as the love of nature. From the latter, he developed what he called “a third element in love … Appreciative love”, to go along with Need-love and Gift-love.
Lewis treats love under four categories (“the highest does not stand without the lowest”), based in part on the four Greek words for love: affection, friendship, eros, and charity. 

Storge – empathy bond
Storge (storgē, Greek: στοργή) is liking someone through the fondness of familiarity, family members or people who relate in familiar ways that have otherwise found themselves bonded by chance. An example is the natural love and affection of a parent for their child. It is described as the most natural, emotive, and widely diffused of loves: It is natural in that it is present without coercion, emotive because it is the result of fondness due to familiarity, and most widely diffused because it pays the least attention to those characteristics deemed “valuable” or worthy of love and, as a result, is able to transcend most discriminating factors. Lewis describes it as a dependency-based love which risks extinction if the needs cease to be met.

Affection, for Lewis, included both Need-love and Gift-love. He considered it responsible for 910 of all solid and lasting human happiness.

However, affection’s strength is also what makes it vulnerable. Affection has the appearance of being “built-in” or “ready made”, says Lewis, and as a result, people come to expect it irrespective of their behavior and its natural consequences. Both in its Need and its Gift form, affection then is liable to “go bad”, and to be corrupted by such forces as jealousy, ambivalence and smothering.

Philia – friend bond
Philia (Greek: φιλία) is the love between friends as close as siblings in strength and duration. The friendship is the strong bond existing between people who share common values, interests or activities. Lewis immediately differentiates friendship love from the other loves. He describes friendship as “the least biological, organic, instinctive, gregarious and necessary…the least natural of loves”. Our species does not need friendship in order to reproduce, but to the classical and medieval worlds, it is a higher-level love because it is freely chosen.

Lewis explains that true friendships, like the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Bible, are almost a lost art. He expresses a strong distaste for the way modern society ignores friendship. He notes that he cannot remember any poem that celebrated true friendship like that between David and Jonathan, Orestes and Pylades, Roland and Oliver, Amis and Amiles. Lewis goes on to say, “to the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it”.

Growing out of companionship, friendship for Lewis was a deeply appreciative love, though one which he felt few people in modern society could value at its worth, because so few actually experienced true friendship.

Nevertheless, Lewis was not blind to what he considered the dangers of friendships, such as its potential for cliquiness, anti-authoritarianism and pride.

Eros – romantic love
Eros (erōs, Greek: ἔρως) for Lewis was love in the sense of “being in love” or “loving” someone, as opposed to the raw sexuality of what he called Venus: the illustration Lewis used was the distinction between “wanting a woman” and wanting one particular woman – something that matched his (classical) view of man as a rational animal, a composite both of reasoning angel and instinctual alley-cat.

Eros turns the need-pleasure of Venus into the most appreciative of all pleasures; but nevertheless, Lewis warned against the modern tendency for Eros to become a god to people who fully submit themselves to it, a justification for selfishness, even a phallic religion.

After exploring sexual activity and its spiritual significance in both a pagan and a Christian sense, he notes how Eros (or being in love) is in itself an indifferent, neutral force: how “Eros in all his splendor … may urge to evil as well as good”. While accepting that Eros can be an extremely profound experience, he does not overlook the dark way in which it could lead even to the point of suicide pacts or murder, as well as to furious refusals to part, “mercilessly chaining together two mutual tormentors, each raw all over with the poison of hate-in-love”.

Agape – unconditional “God” love
Charity (agápē, Greek: ἀγάπη) is the love that exists regardless of changing circumstances. Lewis recognizes this selfless love as the greatest of the four loves, and sees it as a specifically Christian virtue to achieve. The chapter on the subject focuses on the need to subordinate the other three natural loves – as Lewis puts it, “The natural loves are not self-sufficient” – to the love of God, who is full of charitable love, to prevent what he termed their “demonic” self-aggrandizement.

[from wikipedia]


Dr. Don Palmer, beloved member of St. Paul’s Magnolia Springs and so much more, passed away on May 29, 2018. He leaves behind a rich and loving legacy of family, friends, and wisdom. 


Lenten Art days

Each of the six Saturdays in Lent we’ll be conducting a hybrid version of quiet days and Liturgical Arts. Our schedule is as follows:

March 5th  we will be painting bowls for use at the Lenten Soup suppers. YES !  Food safe bowls !
We’ll provide the bisque fired bowls and underglazes. David Wilson will perform the final firing for us.

March 12th  we will stitch finger labyrinths using cloth, burlap or fabric. Finger labyrinths, like full sized walking labyrinths, are a tool for meditation.

March 19  Joy Jennings will lead us in a beginners’ class in Iconography. Icon painting follows a set of rules and utilizes special painting techniques and materials.

March 26  we will make Anglican Rosaries, learn  the significance of each part and learn the proper techniques for praying with a rosary.

April 2nd we’ll construct water color mosaics utilizing collage techniques.

April 9
we will conclude our Lent-urgical Arts with a Seasonal finale…
Pyzanky Eggs!
Decorated with carefully applied wax and dyed similar to batik fabric these eggs were not meant to be hidden !

 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 a suggested donation of $15 each or $75 for all 6.

Click above to sign up using our on-line form or
contact Gail at bayouviewstudio@gmail.com or send a text to 760-0179.

For the Kids !


Jesus’ First Miracle

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

This week we will look at the first miracle that Jesus performed. While attending the Wedding in Cana He turned water into wine. Our reading is found in John 2:1-11. Some of the key points we will study are-

    • What is a miracle?

  • Mary trusts Jesus to fix the problem. (John 2:3)

  • We should do whatever Jesus’ tell us. (John 2:5)

  • Jesus always does the best thing. (John 2:10)

Download Jesus’ first Miracle lesson

Jesus and Nicodemus

This week we will learn more about the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. A Pharisee named Nicodemus visited Jesus seeking answers to his questions. (John 3:1-21)  Some of the key points we will study are–

  • Spiritual life vs. Physical life
  • Doing good things is not enough. Nicodemus obeyed the law, but he needed to trust in Jesus.
  • God loved the world so much He gave us Jesus to have eternal life.

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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.


Wisdom and Understanding 6C

February 13, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website

Michael Toy

[RCL] Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

There’s a piece of folk wisdom passed down each generation from violin teachers to violin students that when a string instrument is played well, the instrument itself improves. This bit of lore extends not just to violins, but to all string instruments, including the cello, upright bass, and viola. Luthiers, those who make stringed instruments, when pressed, will admit that there is no conclusive double-blind experiment evidence to support this theory. Part of the problem in gathering this evidence is the difficulty in creating an experiment that is truly double-blind. Thus, while there is no real evidence in the affirmative, there is also no real evidence that this folk wisdom is not true. And so with this paucity of proof in either direction, the myth persists. What the musicians and luthiers have identified is the truth that there is more to reality than can be measured or quantified. Just because these phenomena are unmeasurable does not mean they are unobservable or any less real in shaping our physical, material reality. So it is with our faith, as we see in the readings for today.

We have forayed almost two full months into the new year, journeying on in the wake of the feast of Epiphany—that day Christians celebrate the revelation of the Divine made manifest among humanity in Jesus Christ. And in today’s readings, we are reminded that there are things beyond what we can understand in this world.


Bible Study

Bible Study – 6 Epiphany – 2022
February 13, 2022

Sarah Diener-Schlitt

RCL: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26


Jeremiah 17:5-10

In this piece of wisdom literature, Jeremiah gives a somewhat stark vision of what occurs when we put our hopes in things of this world. We become withered or shriveled versions of God’s hope for us, unable to envision the relief that God provides, placing our trust instead in worldly strength or power. As humans, we have a propensity to turn toward the things of this world which we think will provide us comfort. We are often more inclined to be distracted, to turn away from God, to have hearts that seem crooked or not fully aligned with God’s. More mysterious, we often can’t understand it. Why do we return to habits or behavior we are not proud of? What keeps us from fully living into the blessing of fully trusting in God?

The simplicity of verse 7, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord,” is deceiving. We read of well-nourished, deep-rooted trees, unafraid of heat or drought, and wonder how this can be, particularly in a time that seems so wrought with our own literal and metaphorical heat and drought. Our hope, then, can be found in a God who searches our hearts and sees where we have fallen short. In seeing this, God encourages our turn and return to find the lushness of life, the loss of anxiety that is possible in God.

  • How do we trust in a God who mysteriously knows us, our desires and our failings, so well?

  • How do we participate in the turn and return to God when the distractions of the world have drawn us away?

read more…

Bible Study – 7 Epiphany – 2022
February 20, 2022

Kristen Ostendorf

RCL: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38

Genesis 45: 3-11, 15

This passage marks the climax of the Joseph story. In Genesis, Joseph has been betrayed by his brothers after being marked as his father’s favorite. Joseph’s family is no stranger to dysfunction: His lineage has included deception and stolen birthrights. At a tender young age, Joseph was sold into slavery and was believed to be dead. Joseph tells his brothers that God has worked the situation for the greater good: Joseph’s soft landing in the Egyptian court has actually been his family’s salvation from the famine plaguing the land. The passage ends with reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers. Perhaps we can rest in the comfort of this mending of relationships, but for those of us who come from families fraught with resentments that perhaps also climaxed this holiday season, it may not be of much comfort if we cannot see God in our suffering. We may long for this kind of reconciliation in our lives, but not find it possible. We may see suffering, and need to look for God there, as well.

  • Where do we struggle to see God in our own pain and broken relationships? How are we called to be as Christians when this sort of resolution as seen in the Joseph story does not seem possible?

read more…

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


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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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