Weekly Newsletter – February 21, 2022 

The Week Ahead

The Wednesday Wave resumes!
In anticipation of the Bishop’s visit March 30,
Compline and Confirmation Conversations Continue…
This week’s focus will be Tradition and Reason.

Bible Study is back as well !
This week we begin the study of the Book of Revelation.
Full Wednesday Schedule below.

Tomorrow Evening Fun !

Ladies’ Night Out

 Tuesday, February 22nd the ladies of the parish are invited to The Downtown Bistro, 1307 25th Ave, Gufport.
Check out the menu

.  We will gather around 5:30pm for social time with meal beginning at 6PM.
Contact Maryem Hopkins, Jan Shook or Jane Swett



Men’s Grillin’ Group

Tuesday, February 22nd in the parish hall.  ALL men of the parish are invited.  RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED – please contact Mike Cassady at 228-326-6601



Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 9AM Begin the day with our 9am gathering for Intercessory Prayer
    in the Chapel. These are special prayers for those in need.

  • 10:30AM Bible Study in the Great Room of the Parish Hall.

  • 12:05PM Litany of Healing begins in the Chapel. This worship service celebrates Holy Eucharist.

  • ~12:45PM Immediately after the noon service Father Patrick and JT bring our Big Love to the internet with Via Media.

  • 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: Scripture. Tradition and Reason will follow the next 2 weeks.

    The Feast Day of Saint Matthias the Apostle
    Acts 1:15-26, Psalm 15, Philippians 3:13-21, John 15:1,6-16
     The Collect: Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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 office will closed Tuesday, March 1 for Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday Services
and Imposition of Ashes
March 2 at noon and 5:30
*These services will be lieu of
Wednesday’s Litany of Healing and Evening Compline

Confirmation Conversations will follow at 6pm

Each of the six Saturdays in Lent we’ll be conducting a hybrid version of quiet days and Liturgical Arts. 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 reservations 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.
Please sign up ASAP by contacting Gail 228-760-0179 or use the form on our website: https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/lent-urgical-arts-and-quiet-days/

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 !

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

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday Wave

9:00am Intercessory Prayer
in the Chapel
10:30am Bible Study
in the Great Room
12:05 pm Litany of Healing
in the Chapel
~12:40 pm Via Media
on the Internet
5:30pm Community Night
in the Parish Hall
6pm Dinner and
Inquirer’s Class

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 Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
February 20
, 2022

Rite I 8am
Service Bulletin
Streaming Service link

Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30
Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link


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

February 27 – March 5
29th – Susan White
1st – Kathy Van Zutphen
3rd – Jeanie Munn
5th – Debbie Anglin
5th – Ann Bowden
29th -Susan & Hal White
1st – Kirk & Vanessa Wasson


The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Transfiguration Sunday
February 27th
Readings: Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Collect:   O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




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

  Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

February 22 [Margaret of Cortona, Monastic, 1297]
23 Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156
25 [Emily Malbone Morgan, Lay Leader and Contemplative, 1937]
26 [Photini, The Samaritan Woman, c.67]
27 George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633
28 Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Educator, 1964

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

What is Liturgical Art ?

[from lutheranart.com]
At its finest, Lutheran worship makes use of liturgical practices that have been handed down to us from the Apostolic age. The Liturgy is the formulaic rite of worship that includes centuries-old hymns, prayers, and scriptures, in order that “all things be done decently and in good order.”1 During the Protestant Reformation, Luther and his colleagues were resolved not to jettison this jewel of the church catholic. Instead, they purged it of its abuses and retained its more ancient form. The Apology to the Augsburg Confession states,
 We do not abolish the Mass but religiously retain and defend it. Among us the Mass is celebrated every Lord’s Day and on other festivals, when the Sacrament is made available to those who wish to partake of it, after they have been examined and absolved. We also keep traditional liturgical forms, such as the order of readings, prayers, vestments, and other similar things.2
 Broadly defined, liturgical art is any work of art that pertains in some way to the rite of Christian worship. This may include the altar, furnishings, vestments, candles, banners, and other ritual objects, and the architecture. All of these play some role in the divine worship service. Because the function of Christian liturgical art is tied to divine worship, it shares in the same purpose as worship – that is, to focus the worshipper on God’s gracious interaction with mankind.
Simply put, liturgical art is a tool for communicating divine truth. It can convey the affliction of sin and the comfort of grace in powerful and memorable ways. Liturgical artwork can be a visual sermon, a parable in pictures, and a catechism for the eyes. It engages more of our senses, and in that way offers a deeper understanding of God’s loving plan for humanity.
 Liturgical art is a time-honored tradition much older than our Lutheran hymns. Its roots go back to the Old Testament, especially to the Tabernacle and the first Temple. In the New Testament era, Christians have been painting stories from scripture and symbols of faith on the walls since before they were building proper churches. In recent times, it has been widely held among Lutherans that liturgical art and other ceremonial trappings of worship are products of Roman Catholicism. Even if that were true, it would not for that reason alone be something to avoid. But the realty is that liturgical art, like the Liturgy itself, is a product of the Holy Christian Church. Like any other gift, liturgical art can be abused, so we take special care that it is used appropriately and to the glory of God.

Have a look at the Episcopal Church and Visual Arts website here.

The mission of Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is to encourage artists and organizations to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and the development of faith, and encourages those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life.

And, the EDOT chapter here

Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) strives to encourage:
 – visual artists in our church to use their creative gifts for the glory of God;
 – individuals to explore the opportunities visual arts offer in their spiritual journeys;
 – parishes and cathedrals to incorporate visual arts in their total programs; and
 – conversations and research in issues related to the visual arts, theology, and culture.

About St. Matthias the Apostle

Matthias was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following the latter’s betrayal of Jesus and his subsequent suicide, according to the Acts of the Apostles (written c. AD 80-90). His name in Hebrew means gift of the Lord and his calling as an apostle is unique, in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended into heaven, and it was also made before the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the early Church.

 There is no mention of a Matthias among the lists of disciples or followers of Jesus in the three synoptic gospels, but according to Acts, he had been with Jesus from his baptism by John until his Ascension. In the days following, Peter proposed that the assembled disciples, who numbered about 120, nominate two men to replace Judas.

They chose Joseph called Barsabas (whose surname was Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all [men], shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” [Acts 1:24-25] Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Church of England‘s Book of Common Prayer, as well as other older common prayer books in the Anglican Communion, celebrates Matthias on 24 February.

St. Clement of Alexandria explains how Matthias preached throughout Judea, Greece, and Cappadocia (in present-day Turkey), as well as the great discipline Matthias practiced. Based on his experiences with the Lord, he was able to abstain from legitimate pleasures in order to control the lower passions. Subsequently, he became one of the patron saints for alcoholics.

He was martyred in Jerusalem, stoned to death. In the fourth century, St. Helena transferred his relics to Rome.

[from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Matthias]

For the Kids !

Jesus and Nicodemus

This week we will learn more about the beginning of Jesus’ 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.

Download Jesus and Nicodemus lesson


Fishers of Men

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

This week we will begin to learn about the apostles whom Jesus called to follow Him. Our text Is found in Luke 5:1-11. Some of the key points we will study are-

    • Introduction to Peter and Andrew.
  • We should trust Jesus even when we think we know better – Peter trusted Jesus.
  • Jesus wants us to follow Him.
  • Jesus calls us to tell others about Him.



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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.


Last Sunday after Epiphany
Introduction: Life Transformed
The Way of Love in Lent
February 27, 2022

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Throughout Lent, come along with us as we explore Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent, produced by Hillary Raining and Jenifer Gamber. You can find resources mentioned below at iam.ec/lifetransformed or by scanning the QR code below.



Sunday, February 27

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s introductory video at iam.ec/lifetransformed. The video is titled, “An Introduction to ‘Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent'”.

Wednesday, March 2

Today’s Prompt: Notice the pattern of your breathing. Pray for awareness of blessings.

Read: “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7

Thursday, March 3

Today’s Prompt: How might you connect with others in the spirit of renewal?

Read: “He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” – 1 Kings 19:11-12

Friday, March 4

Today’s Prompt: How can you build pauses into the day to reflect on the work of the Spirit?

Read: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

Saturday, March 5

Today’s Prompt: How does community help or hinder your growing in Christ?

Read: “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. ” -John 1:12-13

Reflections from “Living the Way of Love” by Mary Bea Sullivan (Church Publishing, 2019). Used with permission. Quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright  1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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…

Bible Study – Last Sunday after Epiphany – 2022
February 27, 2022


Leah Wise

RCL: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Exodus 34:29-35

In this passage, Moses departs from the presence of God after receiving the Ten Commandments. He is not aware that his time with God has changed his appearance. But when he gets back to the Israelites’ encampment, they are astonished to see that his face is shining. The Hebrew word suggests that his face is beaming out “rays” of light like the sun; in other words, he is reflecting the light of God. Moses’ brief but powerful encounter with God transformed him in body and mind, and his own people aren’t sure what to do with him.

When we encounter the presence of God – in our daily lives and in our religious communities – we can expect to be transformed. Yet, sometimes our changed hearts and minds confuse those around us, and even make us uncomfortable. Even in this discomfort, God’s promises are being worked out. So, let us turn our faces toward the light of God.

    • Have you ever had an encounter that was so dazzling that you felt like a different person afterward?

  • Do you know someone who seems to shine with the presence of God? What are they like?

  • Do you talk to your friends, family, or coworkers about your religious beliefs or practices? Do you ever feel the urge to “veil” yourself like Moses did in order to avoid uncomfortable conversations?

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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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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