Weekly Newsletter – April 4, 2022                               Print version





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Wednesday Wave, April 20
9am Prayer, 10:30 Bible Study, 12:05 Litany of Healing,
~12:40 Via Media Live Stream
The Kids of Casting Nets arrive at 2pm !
5:30 Evening Compline , Dinner and Discussions follow

Parish Clean-Up Day
Saturday April 23rd 9am – Noon




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

Camp Able is funded solely by this event

Special Thanks to all who participated in our inaugural LENT-urgical Arts workshops. From those attending  to those that help lead these projects: David Wilson (bowls), Joy Jennings (iconography), Tracy Williams (Pysanky eggs) and Jan Anderson (collage) and our helpful hostesses, Buster Milsted and Susan Prendergast.
Watch this space for a potential Advent Arts series (candle making, plate painting, card construction, fruit cake baking?) AND next year’s Lent Arts series.


Ladies’ Night Out Tuesday, April 26th the ladies of the parish are invited to El Agave’  25th Ave, Gufport.
.  We will gather around 5:30pm for social time with meal beginning at 6PM.
Contact Maryem Hopkins, Jan Shook or Jane Swett

Tuesday, April 26th in the parish hall.  ALL men of the parish are invited.  RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED – please contact Mike Cassady at 228-326-6601


…make a difference to that one…

St. Peter’s will be hosting a very special concert to raise money to help a Ukrainian family.
We will share more details after Holy Week.
 When: May 21 at 6pm
Where: St. Peter’s by-the-Sea


For further charter details: Call (228) 435-6320
$850 Value!
DRAWING HELD JUNE 1ST Raffle Tickets Only $20ea.

(228) 234-1256 rotaryclubofgulfportsunset

Fundraiser benefits Rotary of Gulfport Sunset

    To purchase, use one of the QR codes or contact us!








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
2pm Casting Nets
5:30pm Evening Compline
Dinner and Discussions follow

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service
9:30 am Caffeinatin’ and Congregatin’ in the Great Room

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


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

Easter Sunday’s Streaming Services

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

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

April 17 – April 23
17th – Suzie Patricks
19th – Will Steiner
20th -Julie Black
21st – Lonnie Burch
21st – Karen Crews
21st – Earline Sawyer
22nd – April Chewning
17th – Mike & Sue Cassady

April 24 – April 30
27th – Susan Pagano
29th – Crama Koury
29th – Bill Williams
26th – Sul & Shannon Ozerden

ECW News

We want to honor all of our
We want to honor all of our
Graduating High School Seniors on May 15th !
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.
Deadline April 30th !

Beginning Easter Sunday and continuing through the Great Fifty Days,
our ECW will be providing Giving Boxes to support the United Thank Offering or, UTO.
You may pick up a box Sunday
and make an offering each day in thanks for the blessings of the day.
We ask that they be returned Pentecost Sunday

Learn more about UTO 


Second Sunday of Easter
April 24th

Readings: Acts 5:27-32Revelation 1:4-8John 20:19-31Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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

April 18 [Juana Ines de la Cruz, Monastic and Theologian, 1695]

April 19  Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr, 1012

April 21  Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109

April 22 [Hadewijch of Brabant, Poet and Mystic, thirteenth century]

April 23 [Toyohiko Kagawa, Social Reformer, 1960]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

For the Kids !

Sunday, April 17th
Jesus calms the storm

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

In this lesson, we will explore the account of Jesus calming the storm. Our passage is Mark 4:35-41. These verses give us great assurance that God is in control over all things. Some of the point we will consider are:

    • Storms are a part of life

  • Jesus has authority over all things

  • We can take our worries to Jesus

Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
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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.


The Great Fifty Days of Easter: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Eastertide

From the Anglican Compass website
Easter Sunday is only the beginning!

A great fifty-day feast (known as “Eastertide,” “Easter Season,” or “Easter Time,” as well as “Paschaltide,” “Paschal Season,” or “Paschal Time”) kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of feasting.

Easter is the high point of the Church Year. So it makes sense that we would party for so long. After all, the main point of the whole gospel is to prepare us for an eternal celebration and feast.

This is reflected in the fact that our Lenten fast only lasts forty days (not including Sundays), while Easter is fifty days. Fasting will pass away, as Jesus said, but the Great Feast of the Lamb will last for ages of ages (a Hebrew into Greek idiom for eternity!).

So let the feasting begin!

Why fifty days of Easter Time?
Its actually quite simple. After the resurrection, Jesus spent forty days on earth before he ascended, and then there were ten more days after that before the Day of Pentecost.

(Click here to read other posts about Ascension.)

(Click here to read other posts about Pentecost.)

Luke writes in the first chapter of Acts that Jesus “presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.”

In chapter two, we find the followers of Jesus gathered for the Day of Pentecost, which actually means “fifty.” It happened during the Hebrew feast of Shavuot, which is why the followers of Jesus were gathering. The Hebrew festival was originally a harvest first fruits celebration, and later it had evolved into a commemoration of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

So the Great Fifty Days are a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ and all that means for us, leading to the launching of the Christian Church and its mission on Pentecost.

How do Christians Celebrate the Easter Season?
Easter Vigil, held sometime after dark on Holy Saturday evening, kicks off Easter. Easter Day Celebrations take place on Easter Sunday.

The Lectionary readings (Sunday Scriptures) during the following Sundays of Easter explore the post-resurrection appearances of Christ, and also the promise of a future resurrection.

We go back to a closed room in which Jesus suddenly appears… but Thomas isn’t there. He doubts. Jesus later appears to him. Poor Thomas, forever cast as “doubting” even though his doubts were a helpful thing that eventually led him to worship Jesus and say, “My Lord, and My God.”

Then we have breakfast with Jesus and Peter. Peter had denied Jesus three times and, after the Resurrection, had returned to fishing. Jesus restores him and gives him a mission: “Feed my Sheep” and “Follow me.” (He also prophecies that Peter will be arrested and martyred. Tough breakfast conversation.)

We revisit Jesus’ teaching on himself and his mission as well. He is preparing his disciples, and us, to take the power of his Resurrection to the world.

Ascension Day falls on the 40th day, which always falls on a Thursday. Because this is a weekday, some churches observe or focus on the Ascension that following Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In this we hear Jesus give us the Great Commission, our true Mission Statement.

Here are the Collects for Eastertide
Links go to “Collect Reflections.”

Easter Eve
O God, you made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; 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.

Easter Day
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by your life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

or this

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to die upon the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the devil and the power of death: Grant us grace to die daily to sin, that we may live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

Monday of Easter Week
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal feast may be made worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Tuesday of Easter Week
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

Wednesday of Easter Week
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in the fullness of his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Thursday of Easter Week
Almighty God, you show those in error the light of your truth so that they may turn to the path of righteousness: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Friday of Easter Week
Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in purity of life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Saturday of Easter Week
Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death, and brought us into the kingdom of your beloved Son: Grant that, as by his death he has called us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Second Sunday of Easter
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Third Sunday of Easter
Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace thankfully to receive his inestimable benefits, and daily to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd)
O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd of your people: Grant that, when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation)
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week are the traditional Rogation Days.

Ascension Day
Almighty God, whose only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven: May our hearts and minds also there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Sunday after the Ascension
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
Almighty God, on this day, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation: Pour out this gift anew, that by the preaching of the Gospel your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

or this

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional summer Ember Days.

What is the Greeting for Easter Season?
We say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Christmas!” but what about Easter? Does it have a greeting?

Yes, there is an ancient and universal greeting of celebration for Easter:

Greeting: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Response: The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!

This is called the Paschal Greeting, or the Easter Acclamation. One of the reasons that we don’t say “Alleluia” in Lent is so that the impact of this acclamation will be that much greater.

So: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

An abridged version of the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2022 is reprinted here. Watch and read the entire message by scanning the QR code below or visiting https://iam.ec/easter2022.


In Matthew’s gospel, the resurrection of Jesus is introduced this way: “After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord had descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone before the tomb until it was open.”


A number of years ago, when I was serving as the bishop of North Carolina, one of our clergy, the Rev. James Melnyk, offered a workshop on the Saturday before Palm Sunday on how to design, and color, and make Easter eggs.

I attended the workshop with a number of other people from around the Raleigh area and did my best to make an Easter egg. But Jim was a master at doing so. You see, Jim’s family hailed from Ukraine, and he had been making those Easter eggs from childhood, and spoke of his grandmother and the family tradition that hailed from Ukraine, the making of those Easter eggs. I knew the significance of the Easter egg and Easter. I knew the stories and the truth and the teachings about the coming of new life into the world, and the connection of life emerging from an egg, and Jesus rising from the dead, bringing new life and hope into our world.

But it became clear to me, in the last month or so, in this time when the people of the Ukraine are struggling for their freedom, struggling to be what God intends for all people to be, free people, that, that egg, which is deeply embedded in the life and the consciousness of the people of Ukraine, that those Easter eggs are not just mere symbols, but reminders of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. Think back. On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem, as we know, riding on a donkey. That was a deliberate act on his part.

He entered Jerusalem at about same time that Pontius Pilate, the governor of Rome, would.ve been entering the city from the other side, from the other gate. Pilate would’ve been riding a war horse, accompanied by a cavalry and infantry. He would’ve been riding in the streets of Jerusalem at this, the dawn of the Passover, which was a celebration of Jewish freedom. Harking back to the days of Moses and the Exodus, Pilate knew that the people would remember that God decreed freedom for all people, and that the Roman empire, which held Judea as a colony, would need to put down, by brute force, any attempt to strike a blow for their freedom.

So, Pilate entered Jerusalem on a war horse, and Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The way of humility, the way of the love that we know from the God who is love, the way of truth, the way of compassion, the way of justice, the way of God, the way of love. That way faced the way of the world, brute force, totalitarian power, injustice, bigotry, violence, embodied in Pontius Pilate, governor of Rome. And the rest of the week was a conflict between the way of the empire and the way of the kingdom or the reign of God’s love…



Bible Study – Easter Day C – 2022
April 17, 2022

RCL: Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12

Isaiah 65:17-25

Here, Isaiah offers us a vision of God’s kingdom, both apart from and within the pain of exile and separation of which Isaiah’s context may have memory. This vision seems utopian in nature, though a world that is not far away, but immanent and present to us here on earth. This vision is one that allows a young child to live out their lives to their full potential, for the elderly to flourish to a full age. In a time where our concerns of lifespan are different than the original audience of Isaiah, how might this vision of full life fit in our world today?

The reading speaks also of the people living in homes that they have built and eating food from what they have planted. What might this say about our call as stewards of God’s creation and our purpose as co-creators with God? On Easter and throughout the season of Easter, this vision of new heavens and a new earth provide hope, comfort, and room for contemplation around how Jesus’ death and resurrection have the capacity to make all things new, even the systems and evils of the world that might want for us to be separated from God. How might we participate in the work of renewal in an active way in our world, so that children of God live to their full potential, and we are able to flourish as stewards of God’s creation?

    • Where are the places in our world where individuals are not able to live into the full flourishing that God hopes for us?

  • How can we, as followers of Christ, help to steward this vision from Isaiah from a lofty and far away vision to an immanent and present one? Is God looking for us to participate in this new vision? How?

  • How might we participate in this vision alongside God with joy and celebration, even while carrying memories of hardship or exile of our own kinds?

read more…

Bible Study – Easter 2 C – 2022
April 24, 2022

Kristen Ostendorf

RCL: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Acts 5:27-32

This snippet of the Acts of the Apostles comes in the middle of an exciting story. Peter and the apostles have been preaching in Jerusalem, and they have been imprisoned. An angel orchestrates a jailbreak for them. Instead of fleeing, they return to the temple to continue preaching on orders from their heavenly rescuers. Arrested again, this is Peter’s testimony to the religious authorities.

In today’s American culture, it is both profoundly mainstream and countercultural to be Christian. This seeming contradiction is in the preponderance of Christmas sales, but also in the reluctance of many Christians to mix religion and politics or guide their behaviors by Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount. While we may not be under the same threat as the apostles, the danger of losing face or seeming too religious feels real.

  • Where do I feel called to fully live into Jesus’ teachings? What is the cost?

  • What prayers do I need to live more fully into Christ’s callings for me?

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, April 18, 2022Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Joshua 10:16-27; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8

Tuesday, April 19, 2022Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Judges 4:17-23; 5:24-31a; Revelation 12:1-12

Wednesday, April 20, 2022Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 2 Samuel 6:1-15; Luke 24:1-12

Thursday, April 21, 2022Psalm 150; 1 Samuel 17:1-23; Acts 5:12-16

Friday, April 22, 2022Psalm 150; 1 Samuel 17:19-32; Acts 5:17-26

Saturday, April 23, 2022Psalm 150; 1 Samuel 17:32-51; Luke 24:36-40

Sunday, April 24, 2022Second Sunday of Easter

Monday, April 25, 2022Psalm 122; Esther 7:1-10; Revelation 1:9-20

Being Episcopalian

The Mississippi Episcopal Diocese

The Episcopal Church

National Cathedral

Episcopal Cafe

Check out our neighboring
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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