Weekly Newsletter – April 25, 2022                               Print version



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

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 !

looking Ahead...


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

Third Sunday of Easter
May 1st

Readings: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)Revelation 5:11-14John 21:1-19Psalm 30

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 all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

April 27 [Zita of Tuscany, Worker of Charity, 1271]
April 29  Catherine of Siena, 1380

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

~~~ Susan will be out of the office May 9th – 13th ~~~


…make a difference to that one…

St. Peter’s will be hosting a very special concert to raise money to help a Ukrainian family.

 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

Second Sunday of Easter’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 24 – April 30
27th – Susan Pagano
29th – Crama Koury
29th – Bill Williams
26th – Sul & Shannon Ozerden

May 1 – May 7
1st – Mac Dulaney
4th – Skye Sanders
7th – Jordan Gerardine
4th – Steven & Mellody Jenkins
5th – Joey & Leanne Callahan

ECW News

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 

For the Kids !

Sunday, April 24th
The Parable of Lost Things

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

In this lesson, we are going to look at part one of Jesus’ parables of lost things, focusing on the lost sheep and the lost coin. In part 2, we will explore the parable of the lost son. All three parables are found in Luke 15.

Some of the main points are:

    • You are precious to God.

  • God seeks out all who are lost.

  • There is great rejoicing when the lost are found.

Youth Groups

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


Earth, turtles and Feast day of St. Mark

For the Episcopal Cafe Website
by Rev. Liz Jones

Job: 12:7-8, 10

But ask the animals, and they will teach you; The birds of the air and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. In Gods hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.

I have just returned from South Florida, a place near Sebastian Inlet, on the eastern shores of the Atlantic, and one of my most favorite beaches in the world. It is a wild and unkempt beach. There are no houses, as it is a nature preserve, and lots of land turtles and sea grapes, a wonderful bush that grows leaves that we used to serve salad on when I lived there 50 years ago. This is old Florida, a very old Florida at its best.

Here, the Atlantic is teeming with life, as is the shore. The water is green and blue with easily three- and four-foot waves, cresting in raucous white foam. The sounds are only gorgeous nature: the crashing of waves, the hawking of a gull. The sky reaches to forever; the billowing high clouds, pushed aside by only the sun. Only the silent munching on my ankles of tiny biting mites impacts this idyllic moment.

Best of all, however, is that this is a mothering ground for three different species of turtles: the Green, the Loggerhead, and the Hawksbill. These giant beasts, at least as far as turtles are concerned, live out their lives in a seagrass sea that is 25 miles out, coming in only to lay their eggs and then return to the sea, year after year.

We haour first loggerhead tracks this year, just seen three days ago. Each morning my old friend who I was staying with gets up and is on the beach for sunrise, looking for the tracks of a tremendous turtle dragging herself out of the ocean, up the beach to the shore line, sometimes making a decoy nest, so the raccoons will not find her precious clutch, and then just at dawn dragging her body back down the beach, finally reaching the ocean not to be seen for perhaps, another year. It is an exhaustive journey, and yet she is driven to do it. Which of course, is the point about Mark.

That fishing buddy of Jesus‘s was a man who became committed like our turtles, to depositing his clutch, determined that his story of Jesus would live on forever and in doing so saving the world, just like the Loggerhead.

I’m so glad I’ve met them both: one through scripture and the other through this magnificent planet, Earth. Blessed Mark; blessed Earth Day.



The Feast day of St. Mark

Mark the Evangelist is the person who is traditionally ascribed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark. According to Church tradition, Mark founded the episcopal (Lower case “e”) see of Alexandria, which was one of the five most important sees of early Christianity.
His feast day is celebrated on April 25, and his symbol is the winged lion.

Much of what we know about St. Mark, the author of the Second Gospel, comes largely from the New Testament and early Christian traditions. Mark the Evangelist is believed to be the ‘John Mark’ referred to in the Acts of the Apostles, the history of the early Church found in the Canon of the New Testament.

He was the son of Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) whose home became a meeting place for the apostles. He is also the cousin of St. Barnabas (Colossians 4:10), a Levite and a Cypriot.

Mark joined St. Paul and St. Barnabas on their first missionary journey to Antioch in 44 A.D. When the group reached Cyprus, Christian tradition holds that Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem, possibly because he was missing his home (Acts 13:13). This incident may have caused Paul to question whether Mark could be a reliable missionary. This created a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas and led Paul to refuse Mark’s accompaniment on their second journey to the churches of Cilicia and the rest of Asia Minor.

However, it can be assumed the troubles between Paul and Mark did not last long, because when Paul was first imprisoned, Mark, who was at the time in Rome with plans of visiting Asia Minor, visited him as one of his trusted companions (Col 4:10).

Mark’s hopes to visit Asia Minor were most likely carried out, because during Paul’s second captivity and just before his martyrdom, Paul wrote to Timothy at Ephesus advising him to “take Mark and bring him with you [to Rome], for he is profitable to me for the ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11). If Mark returned to Rome at this time, he was probably there when Paul was martyred.

According to Christian tradition, Mark also held a close relationship with St. Peter, who referred to Mark has ‘his son’ in his letter addressed to a number of churches in Asia Minor (1 Peter 5:13). Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus and Papias all indicate that Mark was an interpreter for Peter.

Although Papias states Mark had not personally heard the Lord speak firsthand and, like Luke, Mark was not one of the twelve apostles, some believe Mark was likely speaking of himself when he wrote the description of Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemani. “Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked” (Mark 14:51-52).

St. Mark lived for years in Alexandria, where he died as a martyr while being dragged through the streets.

Mark’s Gospel was probably written between 60 and 70 A.D., and was based upon the teachings of St. Peter. It is believed Mark provided both Luke and Matthew with basic sources for their Gospel’s.

He was probably the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt and the founder of the Church of Alexandria, although he is not mentioned in connection to the city by either Clement of Alexandria nor by Origen.

In 828, relics of St. Mark were stolen from Alexandria and taken to Venice, Italy. There they are enshrined in a beautiful cathedral dedicated to the saint.

St. Mark’s symbol is a winged lion. This is believed to be derived from his description of St. John the Baptist, as “a voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3). The wings come from Ezekiel’s vision of four winged creatures as the evangelists.

He is often depicted as writing or holding his Gospel. He is sometimes shown as a bishop on a throne or as a man helping Venetian sailors.

From the Catholic Online website and Wikipedia

Artwork Details

Title: The Lion of Saint Mark

Artist: Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50-1491 Breisach)

Date: ca. 1435-1491

Medium: Engraving
Metropolitan Museum of Art

During the Easter season, Sermons That Work is pleased to present reflections from bishops of The Episcopal Church on the resurrection of our Lord. Check back each week for a brief exploration of how Jesus Christ’s rising from the grave changes everything. To listen to this reflection, scan the QR code on this page and subscribe to the Sermons That Work podcast.

The Gospel for the Sunday after Easter tells us of Thomas who, famously, in his doubt, requires the certainty of touching His Lord’s hands and side before he will believe. The Lord does not rebuke him, though He does bless the later followers ready to believe without this evidence. But at the hearing of His Lord’s voice, Thomas, without touching, responds in faith: “My Lord and my God.” This is a reflection on these themes.

In chapter 15 of his first letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul tells us that if there is no resurrection of the dead, then “we are of all people most to be pitied” (v. 19). Apparently Eastertide is joyful, but also risky! God Himself is clearly not risk averse: witness how He enlists Adam, Abraham, Mary, etc. in risky missions with varied results. Likewise the risen Jesus Christ calls us His people to a risky following. In this vein, great modern philosophers have compared the life of faith to a gamble (Pascal) or a leap (Kiekegaard).

On the other hand, we who are “wearied by the changes and chances” of this life (Book of Common Prayer) quite reasonably come to church to rest in something that can be counted on, that is certain. Isn’t this what Jesus encourages us to do when he tells us to build our homes on rock and not sand (Matthew 7:24)? How do we balance the reality of risk and the longing for something certain? How can we conceive of this certainty that does not close off our minds and hearts?

In the thirteen century, Thomas Aquinas poses for himself this very question: is hope certain (Summa II/II, 18.4)? He answered “yes and no,” which may seem the kind of answer that gave scholastics a bad name! But it is what he means by “yes and no” which is helpful to us. Do we have a certain hope in Christ? Thomas replies that, insofar as we are doing the hoping, it is most uncertain, like everything about us. But insofar as it is Christ in whom we hope, it is utterly certain. By “certain,” he does not mean something that can be proved with a theorem, but rather he means that the One in whom we hope is trustworthy. “Certainty,” like faith, has a “fiduciary” dimension.

At the heart of the Christian life is being summoned anew by the news of the resurrection of Jesus. It does not depend on us, as if faith were some problem solved in our heads (though God does call us to faithful thinking), nor an exertion of our will (though He would have us love Him with all our wills). Rather we are continually turned away from our untrustworthy selves to our trustworthy Lord. As a result, I am given the gift of an uncertain certainty, by which, on the disciples’ path, beset by doubts, I am enabled to say, “My Lord and my God.”

This reflection, titled “Certain”, was written by the Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sumner, Bishop of Dallas. He has served, among other places, in central Tanganyika, Navajoland in The Episcopal Church, and as principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto. He has written a book on the relation of Christianity to other religions, a book on the theology of ordination, and a commentary on Daniel from a missiological perspective.



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…

Bible Study – Easter 3 C – 2022
May 1, 2022

Zachary Baker 

RCL: Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelations 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

Acts 9:1-20

Have you ever encountered someone you hadn’t seen in a while who has completely changed for the better? Maybe a high school or university acquaintance, a cousin or other family member? Memories of taunting or even simply discomfort because of the way they previously acted might arise. Yet – they’ve changed! Really changed. They seem sweet and maybe much humbler than you remember. Our memories get confusing because you know something happened that way, and it probably did! Now, though, you find it hard to dislike them.

Somewhere along the way, they had a Damascus moment. You don’t know what happened, but they seemed to have learned something profound. Perhaps you got an apology out of it. Reconciliation, thanks be to God! Maybe for them, a close death or near death experience, the harrowing of a relationship or health problem that they went through gave them a new perspective. Perhaps you’re that person and you’ve come a long way since that former self. The harshest conversions, though, can be the most difficult to accept for us. But this is between God and the person, isn’t it? Ananias is an example for us today. We might have a few questions about security, for sure, but we put away our pride and follow the Christian example to love and welcome those along our way, no matter their past.

  • Where is God amid a difficult relationship?

  • Perhaps you remember a time when you weren’t as welcoming and loving as you should have been. What did you learn from this experience and how did you grow?

Psalm 30

“Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning” sounds very much like a modern cliche we might hear, along the lines of “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” While I don’t know if that’s scientifically accurate, I do know that I find myself refreshed after a nap or full sleep after I’ve cried or had an emotional time with something or someone. I feel this is what the psalmist has also gone through. Yet, through God’s power and might, he lifts us up. He rescues us from fear and from the Pit. He hears our cries and turns them around into shouts of joy, praise, and thanksgiving. Our tears are redeemed.

  • How has God redeemed the tears in your life?

  • Symbolically speaking and if you can share, what did the night look like? What did the morning look like?

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2022: Psalm 122; Esther 8:1-17; Revelation 2:8-11

Wednesday, April 27, 2022:Psalm 122; Esther 9:1-5, 18-23; Luke 12:4-12

Thursday, April 28, 2022: Psalm 30; Isaiah 5:11-17; Revelation 3:14-22

Friday, April 29, 2022: Psalm 30; Isaiah 6:1-4; Revelation 4:1-11

Saturday, April 30, 2022: Psalm 30; Genesis 18:1-8; Luke 14:12-14

Sunday, May 1, 2022: Third Sunday of Easter

Monday, May 2, 2022Psalm 121; Ezekiel 1:1-25; Acts 9:19b-31

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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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