Weekly Newsletter – March 21, 2022                               Print version

The week at a glance, plus some...

Wednesday, March 23 The Wednesday Wave
9am Prayer, 10:30 Bible Study,
12:05 Litany of Healing, 12:45 Via Media Stream
5:30 Evening Compline, Dinner following hosted by the Hand Bell Choir (Lentil Soup)
6ish Confirmation Conversations: Christian Compassion

Saturday, March 26
8:30am Lent Walkers begin the 4th leg of their journey across the coast at St. Peter’s
Check them out here:  Camino De La Costa del Golfo
10am – 2pm Lent-urgical Arts continues with Anglican Rosary making.

Sunday, March 27
8am Rite I, 10:30 Rite II
9:30 Coffee and Confirmation Conversations, and Sunday School for the kids
10:30 Children’s Church
Early Evening EYC

5pm “The Seven Sorrows of Mary”

Tuesday, March 29
ELNO at the District

Wednesday, March 30…
The Wednesday Wave
Bishop Brian Seage as our special guest.
Dinner Hosted by the Men’s Grillin’ Group

Saturday, April 2
10am – 2pm Lent-urgical Arts continues with Pysanky Egg decorating.

Sunday, April 3
8am Rite I, 10:30 Rite II
9:30 Coffee in the Courtyard? and Sunday School for the kids
10:30 Children’s Church
Early Evening EYC

Wednesday, April 6
The Wednesday Wave

2pm Casting Nets resumes

Friday, April 8
9:30am Palm cross making

Saturday, April 9
Lent Walkers
10am – 2pm Lent-urgical Arts concludes with a mixed media collage workshop.

Sunday, April 10  PALM SUNDAY
5pm Hand Bell Choir performs Lessons and Carols

Tuesday, April 12
5:30 Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, April 13
5:30 Stations of the Cross

Thursday, April 14 
the TRIDUUM begins
Friday, April 15
Saturday, April 16
Sunday, April 17 EASTER SUNDAY
8am Rite I and 10:30 Rite II

A look back at last week...


LENT-urgical Arts Continue
PLEASE NOTE a change in our schedule!
Pysanky Egg Decorating will be April 2nd

March 26th
We will be Anglican Rosaries.

Check out our recent Iconography workshop to the right!

See the entire Program HERE

Check out this past Saturday’s Workshop:


Beyond this week

Tuesday, March 29th.
The gentlemen of the Grillin’ Group are hosting our Lenten Soup Supper on the 30th for the Bishop’s Visit !

 Tuesday, March 29th
The ladies of the parish are invited to the District on the Alley in Gulfport.  We will gather around 5:30 for social time  with meal beginning at 6PM. Contact Maryem Hopkins, Jan Shook or Jane Swett

“The Seven Sorrows of Mary”
A very special musical presentation
Sunday,March 27, 2022 – 5PM

Wednesday, March 30th
While here, he will perform Confirmations,
Reaffirmations, Receptions and Baptisms. 
In anticipation of the Bishop’s visit,
Inquirer’s Classes continue.

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

SAT. APRIL 2, 2022 
Rector of St. Peter’s By-the-Lake, and Author of
several books including “ORDINARY TIME” 

Hosted by the ECW of St. Peter’s By-the-Lake Episcopal Church
1954 Spillway Rd., Brandon, MS 39047

Registration 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
ECW General Meeting 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Carol Mead, Speaker 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
ECW Board Meeting 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

$20.00 PER PERSON    

RSVP by Monday, March 18 to episcopalchurchwomenms@gmailcom or 

cell# 601-757-3276 (Martha Morgan, President)

Walking the Beach Lenten Pilgrimage 2022
Saturdays in Lent walk about 6 miles from church to church

Gulf Coast Episcopal  Churches invite you to gather for fellowship, worship, & the spiritual practice of walking.
Let’s set aside time for prayer, meditation, and community formation.

Ways to participate:

Walk entire 6 miles, or your preferred distance 
Help provide food, water, worship at beginning, middle, or end of walk
Provide rides to walkers back to their cars at the end of the walk

Gather at 8:30 Saturday morning for breakfast and worship and begin your walk

March 26 – St Peter’s Gulfport to St Patrick’s on the beach   
Hosted by St Peter’s and St Patrick’s

April 2 – St Patrick’s on the beach to Trinity Pass Christian    
Hosted by St Patrick’s and Trinity

April 9 – Trinity Pass Christian to Christ Church Bay St Louis  
Hosted by Trinity and Christ Church  

For more information go to our Facebook page
Camino de la Costa del Golfo

or contact

Rev’d Marian Fortner – mailto:mfdfortner@gmail.com

Rev’d Jane Bearden – mailto:janebbearden@gmail.com

Registration by email or messaging is encouraged, but not required.

Each participant will receive a shell (reminder of Baptism) and a Passport (to document journey).


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.

March 26    10am – 2pm
We will make Anglican Rosaries, learn  the significance of each part and learn the proper techniques for praying with a rosary
April 2nd   10am – 2pm
We’ll construct water color mosaics utilizing collage techniques.
April 9   
10am – 2pm
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 !

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. 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/

Palm Cross Folding
We will be folding Palm Crosses on Friday, April 8th, at 9am.

Palm Sunday Lessons & Carols

presented by
St. Peter’s
Handbell Choir
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 5PM


Sunday, April 24
5:30 – 8pm
Gulfport Yacht Club


Camp Bratton Green is returning this Summer.
Learn more here.

Donate to the continuing improvements to the Gray Center and CBG


We want to honor all of our
Graduating High School Seniors
 in May !
Do you have a graduate in your family ? Please send their name a short bio to us and we’ll celebrate their achievements during an 8am or 10:30am service.

Parish Clean Up day !
Join us on the Saturday following Easter, 9am – noon.

Parish Baby Shower
We’re planning a “stock-the-nursery” event. Watch this space for upcoming info.

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 Evening Compline
in the Chapel
6pm Lenten Soup Supper and
Inquirer’s Class
in the Parish Hall

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service*
~9:30 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

Sunday’s Streaming Services
The Third Sunday of Lent
March 20
, 2022

Holy Eucharist Rite I 8:00am
Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link

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

March 20 – March 26

20th – Susan Dobson Rojas
21st – Hiram Edrington
24th – Emile Ozerden
25th – Gabriel Cabral
26th – Steven Taylor

March 27 – April 2
27th – Catherine Frederic
27th – Jeffrey Lukas
28th – Avis & Isla Ozerden
30th – Lindsay Lang
1st – Allyson Funderburk
1st – James Steiner
2nd- Audrey Montgomery




The Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 27th
, Joshua 5:9-122 Corinthians 5:16-21Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, Psalm 32

Collect:  Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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

March 21 Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1711

March 22 James De Koven, Priest, 1879

March 23 Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary, c.332

March 24 Óscar Romero, Archbishop and Martyr, 1980, and the Martyrs of El Salvador

March 26 [Harriet Monsell, Monastic, 1883]

March 27 Charles Henry Brent, Bishop, 1929

March 28 [James Solomon Russell, Priest, 1935]


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Confirmation Conversations: Christian Compassion

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”
 – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What is the meaning of Compassion?

The meaning of compassion is to recognize the suffering of others and then take action to help. Compassion embodies a tangible expression of love for those who are suffering.

What is the definition of Compassion

The definition of compassion, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”

And the New Oxford American Dictionary defines compassion as “a sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.”

Different aspects of compassion’s meaning are emphasized by each dictionary.

Merriam-Webster mentions a “desire to alleviate” the distress of others, whereas the New Oxford American dictionary simply refers to the broad sympathetic feelings associated with compassion. It does not connect those feelings of sympathy and pity to any action or thoughts of action, which is really an incomplete definition.

compassion vs. empathy

The Latin root for the word compassion is pati, which means to suffer, and the prefix com- means with. Compassion, originating from compati, literally means to suffer with. The connection of suffering with another person brings compassion beyond sympathy into the realm of empathy. However, compassion is much more than empathy.

Empathy is an ability to relate to another person’s pain as if it’s your own. Empathy, like sympathy, is grounded in emotion and feeling, but empathy doesn’t have an active component to it.

What does it mean to have compassion?

The component of action is what separates compassion from empathy, sympathy, pity, concern, condolence, sensitivity, tenderness, commiseration or any other compassion synonym.

Compassion gets involved. When others keep their distance from those who are suffering, compassion prompts us to act on their behalf.

Author Fredrick Buechner describes what it means to have compassion in this way:

“Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.”

To have compassion means to empathize with someone who is suffering and to feel compelled to reduce the suffering. It’s a fuller, truer definition than feelings alone, and it’s a very biblical understanding.


What is the biblical definition of compassion?

The Bible doesn’t explain compassion like a dictionary does, simply telling us what the word means. Instead, the Bible defines compassion by showing us what compassion looks like and what is involved with being compassionate.

“Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.[a]
Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9, NRSV

“Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” – 1 John 3:18, NRSV

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” – 1 Peter 4:10, NRSV

What is the spiritual definition of compassion?

The spirit of the word compassion is synonymous with doing. Compassion is not concerned with material or physical things. It’s concerned with the human spirit and soul. The spiritual definition of compassion involves acting to alleviate the suffering, of others.


What is the difference between mercy and compassion?

Mercy is the compassionate treatment of those in distress. Mercy is the fruit of compassion. It’s the gift given to the suffering by those living out their compassion.

In the New Testament, Jesus is often moved to mercy through compassion.

“There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.” – Matthew 20:30-34, NRSV

Jesus’ compassion prompts Him to act and He mercifully loves, heals and rescues.

Jesus’ very presence in the world is the ultimate act of compassion. We did not deserve His sacrifice, but because of God’s great love, we were treated with mercy and are called to live lives of compassion and mercy.

“and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32, NRSV

[From compassion.com. Excerpts changed to NRSV.]



For the Kids !


Sunday, March 20th
Jesus Friend of Sinners

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

During Jesus’ ministry, He called twelve men to be his disciples. One of those men was Matthew. We read about his calling in Matthew 9:9-17.

Some of the key points we will study are-

    • Mathew left his old life behind to follow Jesus.

  • People didn’t like the tax collectors, because they stole money.

  • Jesus is full of grace and invites us to know Him even though we are not good.

  • Jesus calls all men to repent and follow Him.

Babies and Toddlers    Lesson pack for over 5s

Preteens and Teens

Sunday, March 20th
Jesus chooses His disciples

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

In this lesson, we are reading Matthew 10:1-16 and learning about the twelve disciples Jesus choose and trained to continue his earthly ministry.

Some of the key points we will consider are:

  • Jesus knows you by your name. – (Matthew 10:1)

  • Jesus calls His disciples (what is a disciple). – (Matthew 10:2-4)

  • Jesus empowers us for a mission to do things we could not do alone. – (Matthew 10: 5-8)

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for our youth and follow their
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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.


Week 3 – Life Transformed
The Way of Love in Lent

March 20, 2022
from the Episcopal Church Website

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 to the right.

Week 3

Sunday, March 20

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s video at iam.ec/lifetransformed for Week 3. The topic is based on the practice “Learn” and is titled, “Learn Wisdom and Live”.

Read: Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6

Monday, March 21

Today’s Prompt: How is the Jesus who walked this earth beckoning you to meet him?

Read: Mark 10:46-52

Tuesday, March 22

Today’s Prompt: Where can you seek and serve Christ in someone unlike you?

Read: “And you shall be my people, and I will be your God. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.” – Jer. 30:22, 31:4-5

Wednesday, March 23

Today’s Prompt: How can you incorporate rest from technology today?

Read: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matt. 11:28

Thursday, March 24

Today’s Prompt: Try praying with Anglican prayer beads.

Read: “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” – Luke 18:1

Friday, March 25

Today’s Prompt: In your prayers today, what new words or thoughts touch you?

Read: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Phil. 4:6

Saturday, March 26

Today’s Prompt: How might you share what brings you great joy with others?

Read: “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” – Rom. 12:6-8

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 – Lent 3C – 2022
March 20, 2022


Joanna Unangst
RCL: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

Exodus 3:1-15

This Scripture is a powerful truth of God reaching out through the miracle of daily life with a transcendent call, to join with God in obedience in order to set others free. After fleeing Egypt for committing murder, Moses is settled into his new life with his new wife and son, living quietly in the desert, tending sheep. In the midst of this holy, everyday experience, God appears and calls out to Moses. This is the first time in the Scriptures that God uses God’s name, showing Godself to Moses in a brilliant fire that illuminates and does not consume. God commands Moses’ attention to the holiness of place and the holiness of mission to set suffering people free from injustice, in the exact place Moses is afraid to return. God calls Moses to be free from shame and live into his identity as a shepherd of oppressed people, that he might free others from pain. This is not about Moses’ own ability, for God will be with him for every step of this journey, and the journey ends in freedom and worship on God’s holy mountain.

  • God illuminates all that is but will not consume, and we are invited into living into God’s call for us. Does this story evoke any image of your own journey with God and God’s call for you?

  • How is God calling you to be free from shame and to live into your identity as a child of God, freeing others as we journey with God?

read more…



Bible Study – Lent 4C – 2022
March 27, 2022


RCL: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32


Joshua 5: 9-12

The people of God are catching their breath. They have crossed over another river… the Jordan. When this journey began, they crossed over the Red (Reed) Sea, fleeing their Egyptian oppressors. Now, with the wilderness in the rearview mirror, they make time for collecting their thoughts and re-orienting for lives focused on establishing versus lives focused on flight and wandering.  They have just finished circumcision of all the male children born in the time in the wilderness. This is a reaffirmation of their covenant with God. For us, that would be like taking time to baptize all the babies and perhaps foreigners who had become part of the community during the flight/wandering time.

God weighs in. God reveals to Joshua a message to be communicated to the people: “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” The people, coming through a great ordeal of much suffering and loss, have received a blessing from God. The block of shame has been rolled away.

The people have acted. God has responded. Both sides of the promise are leaning toward one another. This is at the heart of what we do as people woven in a covenantal relationship with God. TURN. LEARN. PRAY. WORSHIP. Even in the absence of established buildings or a system of courts, the people’s faith gives them something to guide them, something to orient their actions. Truly, through all terrains, faith is a lifeline. And we Christians hearing this story hear a powerful echo. God, across all ages, has been rolling away that which would block new life.

  • I wonder if you have ever had a wilderness experience that ended. How did you mark the arrival to a Promised Land? Did you have a need to renew your covenant with God?

  • With the pandemic, it feels our whole world has been thrust into a wilderness experience. As we emerge from the pandemic, I wonder if our communities of faith might make a concerted effort to renew our Baptismal Covenants and lean into God.

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, March 21, 2022Psalm 39; Jeremiah 11:1-17; Romans 2:1-11

Tuesday, March 22, 2022Psalm 39; Ezekiel 17:1-10; Romans 2:12-16

Wednesday, March 23, 2022Psalm 39; Numbers 13:17-27; Luke 13:18-21

Thursday, March 24, 2022Psalm 32; Joshua 4:1-13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5

Friday, March 25, 2022Annunciation of the Lord

Friday, March 25, 2022Psalm 32; Joshua 4:14-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-15

Saturday, March 26, 2022Psalm 32; Exodus 32:7-14; Luke 15:1-10

Sunday, March 27, 2022Fourth Sunday in Lent

Monday, March 28, 2022Psalm 53; Leviticus 23:26-41; Revelation 19:1-8

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Coast Churches

St. Mark’s Gulfport

Trinity Pass Christian

Christ Church Bay St. Louis

St. Patrick’s Long Beach

St. Thomas Diamondhead

Church of the Redeemer Biloxi

St. John’s Ocean Springs

First United Methodist Church

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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         phone: 228.863.2611    
   address: 1909 15th Street  Gulfport, Ms 39501
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