St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – January 31, 2022

The Week Ahead


ECW Meeting

Tuesday, February 8th in the Parish hall.

ALL ladies of the parish are invited to join us at noon. 
Bring a sack lunch and gather with us.

Bereavement Group

St. Peter’s is now offering an opportunity for those grieving loss to gather. On the second Tuesday of each month, participants will meet at 5:30 in Deacon Scott’s office (last door on the right). Deacon Rev. Scott Williams, experienced in hospice care, will facilitate this group and all are welcome.


  • 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


    Altar guild training
    Saturday, February 12th 9:30 – 11:30
    Contact Buster if you would like to participate.

    follow the next 2 weeks.



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

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

Volunteers Needed

Presently, St. Peter's by-the-Sea is in need of volunteers in a variety of capacities.

  • As a shelter “chaperone” or to cook dinner or breakfast for our cold weather shelter. Contact Jan 860-4407

  • Dinner prep for our Wednesday night Community Compline and discussion leaders for teen group. Contact Chuck 617-8147

  • Casserole Chefs for our ECW Pastoral care “Angel” Deliveries. Contact Judy 860-7802

Donations of coats for our cold weather shelter guests are greatly appreciated as well as socks, hats, gloves, sweaters and scarves.

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.


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 Streaming Services
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 6
, 2022

Celebration of Baptism
Rite I 8am
Service Bulletin
Streaming Service link

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

Via Media
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Compline On-Line



February 6 – February 12

6th – Gail Hendrickson
7th – Lloyd Munn
8th – Vanean Green
8th – Stokley Sawyer
9th – Vivian Ozerden
11th – Jackie Krass
11th – Michael & Julie Black

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


The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 13th
: Jeremiah 17:5-101 Corinthians 15:12-20Luke 6:17-26Psalm 1

Collect:   O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

  Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

 February 8 [Bakhita (Josephine Margaret Bakhita), Monastic, 1947]

 February 10 [Scholastica, Monastic, 543]

 February 11 [Theodora, Empress, c.867]

 February 13 Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818

 February 14 Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries, 869 and 885

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


Luke’s Beatitudes

The word “beatitudes” comes from a Latin word for “blessing.”
The best-known version of the Beatitudes is found in Matt 5:3-12, but a different version is found in Luke 6:20-26. The verses serve as the opening words for the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, and for the Sermon on the Plain in Luke. In both cases they are addressed primarily to Jesus’ disciples.
In Matthew, Jesus speaks nine blessings, but in Luke he speaks only four, which are then followed by a series of “woes” in which he effectively curses people who are the opposite of those he has just declared blessed (Luke 6:24-26). Thus, “Blessed are you who are poor” is accompanied by “Woe to you who are rich.”
It is often said that Matthew’s beatitudes are more spiritual, while Luke’s are more down to earth. In Luke, Jesus blesses the poor, but in Matthew he blesses the poor in spirit; in Luke, Jesus blesses people who are hungry; in Matthew, he blesses those who hunger for righteousness.

Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost all cases the phrases used are familiar from an Old Testament context, but in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus elevates them to new levels and teachings. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction. They echo the highest ideals of Jesus’ teachings on spirituality and compassion.

[from wikipedia]

Both are similar in that they contain a guide for the conduct of the disciples on this earth. Of these shared beatitudes, Luke has written the equivalent of Matthew’s first, fourth, second and ninth beatitudes, in that order.

Similarities. Here is a beatitudes comparison using a table of the two accounts

1 Poor –. Matthew “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” and Luke “Blessed are you who are poor.” They will inherit the Kingdome of Heaven (Matthew) or God (Luke” Luke’s account contains some woes – “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”
2 Hungry 
 Matthew “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,” and Luke “Blessed are you who are hungry”. In both cases you will be filled. The rejoinder from Luke – “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry
3 Hate/Persecution
 – Matthew “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” And Luke “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.”  In both cases your reward is in heaven. Luke’s “woe” – Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their  ancestors did to the  false prophets…
Luke has carefully paired four blessings with four woes or curses, even to using the same words in corresponding pairs. Luke draws the contrast in the pairs between groups of people: (1) poor-rich, (2) hungry-full, (3) those who weep-those who laugh, and (4) those who are hated-those of whom people speak well

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Scripture, tradition and reason: A three-legged stool

In Anglicanism, and in the Episcopal Church, the cornerstones of our faith and sources of authority are scripture, tradition and reason. The balance between each of these three sources is often characterized as a three-legged stool – a concept attributed to Anglican theologian Richard Hooker (1554-1600).

A stool with three legs will collapse if any one of the legs is not equal with the others. And so it is with the balance between scripture, tradition and reason in church doctrine. Because they are held as equal in authority, each of these sources needs to be interpreted in context with the other two.


Scripture is the word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The 39 books of the Old Testament contain the story of God’s love from the time of creation to the birth of his son, Jesus Christ. The books contain God’s laws as He gave them to the Hebrew people.

The New Testament contains Christ’s teachings, the accounts of his life as told by his followers and the beginning of his Church. It is written in 27 books. Within an Episcopal worship service, Scripture is read in the lessons, the Gospel (the teachings of Jesus), the Psalms (poems from the Old Testament) and other prayers.

Additionally, 2/3 of our guide to worship, the Book of Common Prayer, comes directly from the Old and New Testaments.


We are not Christians in isolation but are part of a living faith that spans 2000 years. Tradition is the embodiment of our experience as Christians throughout the centuries. The heart of our tradition is expressed through the Bible, the Creeds (statements of faith, written in the first centuries of the Church’s existence), the Sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism and the ordained ministry passed on by Christ to his Church.

Our tradition is expressed with many voices, among which are a variety of worship styles, languages, cultures, architecture and music. Our tradition encourages this diversity. We seek to value the life and story each person brings to the community of faith. As in a multi-textured tapestry, each person’s offering is woven into the life of the whole, making it stronger and more beautiful.


Each one of us, with God’s help, makes a decision about how we use tradition and Scripture in our lives. A personal relationship with God allows us to realize and celebrate our lives to the fullest. The gift of reason, as a complement to Scripture and tradition, leads us to seek answers to our own questions and to grow spiritually. Being active in a community of faith strengthens us to carry our faith into the world. Weaving Scripture, tradition and reason together, we strengthen our faith and grow as children of God.


Authority, Sources of (in Anglicanism),”

Episcopal Diocese of Texas,



Come join us for our Annual Fundraiser 
Trinity Episcopal Church’s
St. Monica Guild
92nd Valentine Silver Tea

Friday, February 11, 2022  3:00 – 5:00 PM 
549 East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. MS
Tasty Finger Foods, Tea, Coffee, Wine, and Sweets Served 

Donations are greatly appreciated for our outreach ministries.
For online donations visit: >Give >Online Giving >Fund >St. Monica Guild 
Thank you for your generosity.

Lenten Art days

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

March 5

Painting Ceramic Bowls

March 26


March 12

Cardstock/Fabric Labyrinth Embroidery

April 2

Watercolor “Stained Glass” Mosaic/Collage

March 19


April 6

Pyzanky Eggs

 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 still to be determined.

Contact Gail at or send a text to 760-0179.

For the Kids !

Temptation of Jesus

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

This week we will study the temptation of Jesus, which happened directly after His baptism. Our Bible reading can be found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Hebrews 4:15. Some of the key points we will examine are-

    • Jesus became fully man and had to fight against sin just like we do (Hebrews 4:15)

  • Jesus understands us because He became like us. (Hebrews 4:15)

  • Jesus’ didn’t sin. (Matthew 4:10).

  • Jesus knew the Bible and obeyed it. (Matthew 4:4)

Download The temptation of Jesus lesson

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



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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.


The Deep Water 5(C)

February 6, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website


Whitney Rice

[RCL] Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11


The message of all the people in our scriptures today is: “I’m not very good at this. I don’t think this is working.”

“Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah says.

“I am the least of the apostles,” Paul says, “Unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

“Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing,” Peter says.

“I’m not very good at this. I don’t think this is working,” our scriptures say. Have you ever felt like that in life? In ministry?

There is one word that describes the feelings of all of our scripture writers this morning: futility. There is an overwhelming sense in these texts of seriously being about to give up. And futility is perhaps a feeling we can all identify with in year 3 of pandemic with ever-growing cultural conflicts. Many of us are perilously close to giving up on ourselves and those with whom we disagree. We’re starting to believe that change is not really possible. We’re starting to believe our efforts are futile.

This is the situation in our scriptures, and this is all too often the situation in our lives. Futility is a dangerous state. It robs us of hope, of possibility, of faith itself. This is where Peter is one early morning on the Lake of Gennesaret. He and his companions have been out all night fishing and have caught nothing. They will have nothing to eat that day and nothing to sell that day. They also may be doubting their skills and capability as fishermen.

This is where the slow-rising tide of futility can land us. We don’t just begin to doubt what we can do. We begin to doubt who we are.

Then Jesus comes into the situation, and everything changes.

“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.”

This story is about far more than just, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” One thing Jesus says here jumps off the page: “Put out into the deep water.” Let that phrase pierce your heart. “Put out into the deep water.” When we are feeling swamped by futility, we need to go deeper. When you can’t figure out what to do next, go deeper. When you are mad at everybody and everyone is mad at you, go deeper. When the tasks placed before you seem insurmountable, go deeper. When you feel like you have nothing but failure to show for your very best effort, go deeper.

“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets.”

What is the difference between beating our heads against a wall, i.e. doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and following Jesus’ advice?

Two things. Jesus asks us to return to the ground of our futility, the place of feeling stuck and stymied and sad, and go deeper there. Fish beneath the same assumptions and habits and patterns that we have used before. Ask ourselves harder questions. Give ourselves and others more time and more commitment.

And then do something radically different. Take Jesus with us. That is what changes the disciples’ action from “doing the same thing and expecting different results” into a sudden and bountiful harvest.

When Jesus is with us-in our minds, in our hearts, in our conversations, in our discernment, in our priorities, two things happen. First, we are empowered to go out into the deep water. We are able to take risks and stretch ourselves and each other toward something new. And then, we can let down our nets and actually find fish. What was once the site of futility becomes the site of abundance, discovery, and sustenance.

Notice one more interesting detail in this gospel text. At the end of the fishing part of the story, we read this sentence: “And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.”

They began to sink? That sounds pretty problematic. Like, actually took on water and started to get alarmingly low in the frighteningly deep water? If they go down in the deep water, they’re in trouble. They’re a pretty good ways offshore. It might be hard if not impossible to swim back, and the disciples may not have the “walking on water” skills that Jesus has.

We don’t actually know how they dealt with it. Luke doesn’t tell us that they started rowing pell-mell for the shore, or had to chuck some of the fish out of the boat, or who knows what. Peter, in fact, is so overcome by the miracle that he either doesn’t notice or doesn’t care that the boat is about to sink. He falls to his knees before Jesus and says, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”

We do find out by the end of the story that they make it back to shore, but that detail that Luke includes is important. The boat begins to sink. Notice the significance of that in the context of the end of this story. This is Peter, James, and John’s call to ministry. Jesus says, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people,” and “When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.”

The boat begins to sink. This is a symbol of having to leave your old life behind. The boat was the fishermen’s primary tool of the trade, the economic engine of their lives. They needed that boat, and they needed it to stay afloat, so they and their families could stay afloat.

But when Jesus showed up, the bounty and abundance his presence brought into their lives completely overwhelmed their old worldview, their old tools, their old ways of living their lives. “Business as usual” just couldn’t stand up to following the call of Jesus. Saying yes to Jesus means we have to give up all our most cherished sources of security, to find true security and freedom in him.

And remember what the call is to Peter and his friends: to become fishers of people. This is about evangelism.

And that is surprising. We don’t expect energy and vocation around evangelism to be sparked out of being swamped by futility. Peter and his companions begin this story sad, frustrated, afraid, and almost hopeless. They don’t believe there are any fish, and they don’t believe that they have what it takes to catch them.

But Jesus says, “Put out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch,” and everything changes. The shamefaced group of failed fishermen are courageous new evangelists and followers of Jesus by the end of the story.

So ask yourself: where do I find futility in my life? Where do I feel like a failure? Where am I ready to give up? Where have I lost hope?

And then listen to the call of Jesus: “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch… Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

The road from failure to evangelist is quite short-it just requires saying yes to Jesus and saying yes to depth. What will you do?

The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice (she/her/hers) is an Episcopal priest who serves as the Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School. Find more of her work at her website Roof Crashers & Hem Grabbers (


Bible Study

Bible Study – 5 Epiphany – 2022
February 6, 2022


RCL: Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11


Editor’s Note: You will note that today’s author uses a convention common in some traditions for avoiding fully writing out the name, or in this case, a common substitute for the name, of the Lord. Generally, this spelling is used by writers who do not wish to risk the name being destroyed or defaced. It can be read as you normally might.

Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah had warned the leaders of Judah of G-d’s pending judgment. The people of Judah’s adulterous passions broke their relationship with YWHW. Their foundation of being who had once been a G-d of faithfulness and provision had been replaced by gods of want and aversion. The result: The poor are neglected, the land is ravished, and they are just like every other nation. In an epic vision of technicolor phantasm, G-d reveals G-dself to Isaiah. Like smoke billowing from a fire, G-d’s sovereignty and holiness envelop the whole earth. Overcome by G-d’s holiness, Isaiah declares his unworthiness to be in the presence of the “Lord of Hosts.” What happens next? This sovereign, holy, completely other G-d invites and sets apart a finite creature to proclaim the good news of salvation. In partnership with Isaiah, G-d promises to bring refining fires, and Zion would once again be a light to all nations. 

  • How does it make you feel that a transcendent G-d has an indissoluble connection to G-d’s creation?

  • In what ways might G-d be calling you to live a life set apart to serve amid your community?

read more…

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…

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, February 7, 2022Psalm 115; Judges 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Tuesday, February 8, 2022Psalm 115; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1b; 1 Timothy 3:1-9

Wednesday, February 9, 2022Psalm 115; Isaiah 8:1-15; Luke 5:27-32

Thursday, February 10, 2022Psalm 1; Jeremiah 13:12-19; Acts 13:26-34

Friday, February 11, 2022Psalm 1; Jeremiah 13:20-27; 1 Peter 1:17-2:1

Saturday, February 12, 2022Psalm 1; Jeremiah 17:1-4; Luke 11:24-28

Sunday, February 13, 2022Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Monday, February 14, 2022Psalm 120; 2 Kings 24:18-25:21; 1 Corinthians 15:20-34


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