Weekly Newsletter – March 21, 2022                               Print version

The week at a glance, plus some...

Tuesday, March 29
ELNO at the District

Wednesday, March 30
The Bishop is Coming to ride the Wednesday Wave

9am Prayer, 10:30 Bible Study, 12:05 Litany of Healing, 12:45 Via Media Stream
5:30 Evening Compline with Confirmations, Reaffirmations and Receptions with the Bishop, Dinner following hosted by the Men’s Grillin’ Group Chef Gordon’s White Bean Soup in on the menu.

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

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


April 2nd
LENT-urgical Arts Continue
with Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Decorating

Check out our recent Anglican Rosary
workshop below!

See the entire Program HERE

Check out this past Saturday’s Workshop:


This week



 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

 Tuesday, March 29th.

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

Wednesday, March 30th
While here, he will perform Confirmations,
Reaffirmations, Receptions and Baptisms. 

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

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.

April 2nd   10am – 2pm
Pyzanky Eggs! Decorated with carefully applied wax and dyed similar to batik fabric these eggs were not meant to be hidden !

April 9   
10am – 2pm
We will conclude our Lent-urgical Arts
with a Seasonal finale…

We’ll construct collages …
“You, God and what brings the two together”

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 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 & Bishop’s Visit
Confirmations, Reaffirmations and Receptions
6pm Lenten Soup Supper
in the Parish Hall
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 Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 27
, 2022

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

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

The Seven Sorrows of Mary


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

April 3 – April 9
4th – Sue Del Frazier
7th – Pearl Kmack
5th – Stephen & Karen Reuther



The Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 3rd
Isaiah 43:16-21Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8Psalm 126

Collect:  Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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 28 [James Solomon Russell, Priest, 1935]

March 29 John Keble, Priest and Poet, 1866

March 31 John Donne, Priest and Poet, 1631

April 1  Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest 1872

April 2 James Lloyd Breck, Priest, 1876

April 3  Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253,
   or [Mary of Egypt, Monastic, c.421]

April 4  Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor and Martyr, 1968


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

From the Reverend Liz Jones

For the Episcopal Cafe website

The Gospel for the fourth Sunday in Lent: Luke 15:1-3;11-32

I once saw Mikhail Baryshnikov dance the Prodigal. He was a young man and dancing the part of the prodigal son. It was full of his extraordinary leaps and pirouettes and generally awed the crowds with his magnificence. However, it was not he, but his “father”, that I remember with the greatest of emotions.
Just to put this in real time, as I was typing this, my little cat escaped over our fence, gone to live his life in revelry. My first response was, “Fine. You just go and find your own way back”. (This jumping the fence is a seasonal occurrence of his, by the way).
My second response was to call on my neighbors, who were gone to church. Then my husband. One of my dearest discoveries about life is the way community is real important for life to work well.
My neighbor has that doorbell, that shows up on their phone. They called me, from church. Gave me permission to hunt in their yard. He was not there, but their neighbor’s gate was open enough for me to look through. There he was, crying and running towards me at the same time. Found and all’s well that ends well, to coin a phrase.
It was the neighborly father who answered the phone; my own husband/father who helped me hunt, gave me solace and carried a scared house kitty home. And it was Baryshnikov’s dancing father who was the reflection of God’s everlasting love.
For as Mikhail dragged himself back from the pigs, across the gloomy barren stage, the father entered stage right and with one stride reached his son and with one arm swept that six foot man up into his arms and over his heart.
Even now tears in my eyes and a profound thank you to the One who never gives up on us, but is there stage right ready to sweep us up, cherishing us in his arms, bringing us home from our wildernesses.

For the Kids !

Sunday, March 27th
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)

Jesus’ disciples (USA) pdf 

Babies and Toddlers

Lesson pack for over 5s

Preteens and Teens

Sunday, April 3rd
Sermon on the Mount

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

This week we will read what is probably the most famous sermon ever preached. In Matthew 5-7, Jesus tell us how to live in a way that pleases God.

Our keys points are:

The Beatitudes (5:1-12)

Salt and light (5:13-16)

Jesus teaches us how to live well (Matthew 6-7)

The gold rule – treat others the way you want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12)

Sermon on the Mount (USA) pdf

Babies and Toddlers

Lesson pack for over 5s

Preteens and Teens

Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
for our youth and follow their
instagram page

Support our Local Non-Profits

Gulf Coast Community Ministries

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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 4 – Life Transformed
The Way of Love in Lent

March 27, 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 4

Sunday, March 27

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s video at iam.ec/lifetransformed for Week 4. The topic is based on the practice “Bless” and is titled, “A New Heart and a New Spirit”.

Read: Ezekiel 36:24-28

Monday, March 28

Today’s Prompt: Practice lectio divina with this scripture.

Read: Luke 15:17-24

Tuesday, March 29

Today’s Prompt: How do others experience the love of Christ through you?

Read: “By contrast, th

Wednesday, March 30

Today’s Prompt: What can you say “no” to so you can say “yes” to prayer, rest and joy?

Read: “Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements.” – Lev. 23:3

Thursday, March 31

Today’s Prompt: What challenges are you facing today?

Read: “And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.” – Job 11:18

Friday, April 1

Today’s Prompt: Create a prayer representing how you seek to serve God and follow Jesus.

Read: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” – Matt. 5:15

Saturday, April 2

Today’s Prompt: Where do you find joy and passion?

Read: “They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?'” – Luke 24:32

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.

e fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” – Gal. 5:22-23



Bible Study

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


Anne Zobel

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…

Bible Study – Lent 5C – 2022
April 3, 2022


Joanna Unangst

RCL: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

Isaiah 43:16-21

Have you had the opportunity to visit an arid landscape? There is a rich and complex ecosystem here, but to someone who is unfamiliar with the terrain, it might be hard to see the complexity of the webs of life. When the rain comes, the whole ecosystem springs forth into wild and exuberant life, the survival of the ecosystem depends on efficient use of each drop of water. The Midwest of my youth was full of lush gardens and distinct life, highly visible in the later spring, summer, and fall. However, if someone unfamiliar with the climate of Michigan were to visit in snowy February, they might think it impossible for lush gardens to grow. It’s important for us to remember that we might not understand the ecosystem, but there is a Master Gardener at hand. We might not understand the place and the complexity, but God shows forth God’s glory and makes a path for restorative and abundant life, even if it is not yet apparent to our untrained eyes.

  • Reflect on seasons of stillness or seeming drought in your life. How was God with you, and what profound life was there around you?

  • God is doing a new thing, an impossible thing this Lent. How can we train our hearts to see it? Discuss this with a friend. Share and listen to holy life with those around you.

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 28, 2022Psalm 53; Leviticus 23:26-41; Revelation 19:1-8
Tuesday, March 29, 2022Psalm 53; Leviticus 25:1-19; Revelation 19:9-10
Wednesday, March 30, 2022Psalm 53; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Luke 9:10-17
Thursday, March 31, 2022Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:1-7; Philippians 2:19-24
Friday, April 1, 2022Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:8-15; Philippians 2:25-3:1
Saturday, April 2, 2022Psalm 126; Exodus 12:21-27; John 11:45-57
Sunday, April 3, 2022Fifth Sunday in Lent
Monday, April 4, 2022Psalm 20; Exodus 40:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25

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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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