Weekly Newsletter – April 4, 2022                               Print version

The week at a glance, plus some...


Wednesday Wave, April 6
9am Prayer, 10:30 Bible Study,
12:05 Litany of Healing,
~12:40 Via Media Live Stream
The Kids of Casting Nets
return at 2pm !

5:30 Evening Compline
Dinner following hosted by the our choir

Palm Cross Tutorial - YouTube
Palm Cross Folding
We will be folding Palm Crosses on Friday,
April 8th, at 9am in the Great Room
Palms will be provided and instruction will be given by our crafty gal Gail.

Saturday, April 10
10am – 2pm Lent-urgical Arts concludes with Collage making.

Sunday, April 11
Palm Sunday Services at 8 and 10:30.
Procession from Courtyard weather permitting.

Palm Sunday
Lessons & Carols
5PM presented by St. Peter’s Handbell Choir

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...

Class of 2022
Welcome our Confirmands, Reaffirmed and Recieved
Ladies’ Night Out
March 29th at the DistrictSATURDAY

April 9th
LENT-urgical Arts Continue
with Collage making

Check out our recent Pysanky Egg
workshop to the right!

See the entire Program HERE

Check out this past Saturday’s Workshop:


This week

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 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.

A little Lagniappe

Did you just LOVE Wednesday’s Lenten Soup ?
So did I !

The recipe is from 
Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart: A Cookbook (order from Amazon)
by Timothy Pakron
Check out the website here: mississippivegan.com

mama’s rosemary white bean soup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup large chunks peeled carrots
2 or 3 fresh bay leaves or 4 dried
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (more for garnish)
1 Tablespoon diced garlic
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 pound dried Great Northern beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
7 cups water or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon smoked sea salt
Splash tamari
4 green onions, thinly sliced plus more for garnish
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Dash red pepper flakes (optional)
Cooked rice (optional)

1. In a heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the trinity (celery, bell pepper and onion). Cook until translucent. Add the carrots, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, and thyme and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until it smells lovely.

2. Add the beans, water, liquid smoke, smoked sea salt, and tamari. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

3. Once the soup has reduced and thickened, add 1 to 2 cups more water for a thinner consistency. Continue cooking until the beans are soft and tender, about 2 hours of total cooking time. Add the green onions and parsley. Season with salt and black pepper to taste and add the red pepper flakes if desired. Mix well.

4. Discard the bay leaves. Serve with a scoop of white rice, if using. Garnish with additional green onions, parsley and fresh rosemary.

Serves 4 – 6

Thank you Gordon and the Men’s Grillin’ Group for preparing this delicious meal for our Bishop’s visit.

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

6pm Lenten Soup Supper
in the Parish Hall

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
EYC at St. Mark’s
4:30-5:30 5th thru 8th grade;
dinner for all at 5:30;
6-7 PM 9 thru 12th grade.

Sunday’s Streaming Services

The Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 3
, 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

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

April 10 – April 16
11th – Dunny Green
12th- Hannah Bell
12th – Vanessa Vincent
14th – Dottie Long
15th – Dianne Poirier
16th – Liz Hurley



Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday
April 10th

The Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19:28-40Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word: Isaiah 50:4-9aPhilippians 2:5-11Luke 22:14-23:56Psalm 31:9-16

Collect:  Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Join us Sunday Evening for a
Palm Sunday presentation of
Lessons and Carols
performed by St. Peter’s Hand Bell Choir
Sunday, April 10th and 5pm in the Church


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

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

 April 5 [Harriet Starr Cannon, Monastic, 1896]

April 7 [Tikhon, Bishop and Ecumenist, 1925]

 April 8 William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877

 April 9 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor and Theologian, 1945 

April 10 William Law, Priest, 1761

April 11 George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop, 1878


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

For the Kids !

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


Sunday, April 10th
Wise and Foolish Builders

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

This week, we are focusing on the parable Jesus taught during his Sermon on the Mount. Our Bible text is found in Matthew 7:24-29.

Some of the main points we will think about are:

The Bible is the only firm foundation for our lives.

We must listen to and obey Jesus.

We will have difficult times. (The same storm hit both houses).

Wise and Foolish builders(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

Agency Logo

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.


Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry in the Bible
Jesus traveled to Jerusalem knowing that this journey would end in his sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of all mankind. Before he entered the city, he sent two disciples ahead to the village of Bethphage to look for an unbroken colt:

As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.'” (Luke 19:29-31, NIV)

The men brought the colt to Jesus and placed their cloaks on its back. As Jesus sat on the young donkey he slowly made his humble entrance into Jerusalem.

The people greeted Jesus enthusiastically, waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches:

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9, NIV)

The shouts of “Hosanna” meant “save now,” and the palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. Interestingly, at the end of the Bible, people will wave palm branches once again to praise and honor Jesus Christ:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9, NIV)

On this inaugural Palm Sunday, the celebration quickly spread throughout the whole city. People even threw down their cloaks on the path where Jesus rode as an act of homage and submission.

The crowds praised Jesus enthusiastically because they believed he would overthrow Rome. They recognized him as the promised Messiah from Zechariah 9:9:

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV)
Although the people did not fully understand Christ’s mission yet, their worship honored God:

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ” ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” (Matthew 21:16, NIV)
Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus Christ, he began his journey to the cross.

How Is Palm Sunday Celebrated Today?
Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday as it is referred to in some Christian churches, is the sixth Sunday of Lent and the final Sunday before Easter. Worshipers commemorate Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

On this day, Christians also remember Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, praise God for the gift of salvation, and look expectantly to the Lord’s second coming.

Many churches, including Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Moravian and Reformed traditions, distribute palm branches to the congregation on Palm Sunday for the customary observances. These observances include a reading of the account of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, the carrying and waving of palm branches in processional, the blessing of palms, the singing of traditional hymns, and the making of small crosses with palm fronds.

In some traditions, worshippers take home and display their palm branches near a cross or crucifix, or press them into their Bible until the next year’s season of Lent. Some churches will place collection baskets to gather the old palm leaves to be burned on Shrove Tuesday of the following year and used in the next day’s Ash Wednesday services.

Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, a solemn week focusing on the final days of Jesus’ life. Holy Week culminates on Easter Sunday, the most important holiday in Christianity.

Fairchild, Mary. “What Is Palm Sunday?”
Learn Religions, Aug. 27, 2020, learnreligions.com/what-is-palm-sunday-700775.

Week 5 – Life Transformed
The Way of Love in Lent

April 3, 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 5

Sunday, April 3

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s video at iam.ec/lifetransformed for Week 5. The topic is based on the practice “Rest” and is titled, “The Valley of Dry Bones”.

Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Monday, April 4

Today’s Prompt: What are you thankful for?

Read: “For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.” – 1 Chronicles 29:15

Tuesday, April 5

Today’s Prompt: Where might God be asking you to take your great love into the world?

Read: “You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.” – Isaiah 48:6b

Wednesday, April 6

Today’s Prompt: Slowly read this passage aloud. How does this speak to the world today?

Read: “As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea – for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” – Matthew 4:18-22

Thursday, April 7

Today’s Prompt: What seminal moments have informed a need to return to Christ?

Read: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

Friday, April 8

Today’s Prompt: What relationships do you need to mend?

Read: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

Saturday, April 9

Today’s Prompt: How has this Way with God impacted your experience of God?

Read: “Let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” – John 7:38

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 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…

Bible Study – Palm Sunday C – 2022
April 10, 2022


Maryann Philbrook

RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56


Isaiah 50:4-9a

This section of Isaiah is the third of a four-part series in Isaiah which talks about the suffering servant. Many Christians have interpreted this to be Jesus. In this third servant song, as it is called, the servant is talking about how he is willing to suffer because he knows that he has listened to God and that God sustains him. The first two verses are the most interesting for me because they talk both about teaching and learning. This author is saying that to teach, you must have the ear of a student. It is the humility of recognizing that you continue to need to learn which gives you the ability to teach. And as you learn to listen closely to God, God sustains you through these teachings.

  • In what areas of your life do you need to learn how to listen as one who is taught?

  • When and how have you experienced God’s sustenance? What teachings helped you to recognize it?

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 4, 2022Psalm 20; Exodus 40:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25

Tuesday, April 5, 2022Psalm 20; Judges 9:7-15; 1 John 2:18-28

Wednesday, April 6, 2022Psalm 20; Habakkuk 3:2-15; Luke 18:31-34

Thursday, April 7, 2022Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 53:10-12; Hebrews 2:1-9

Friday, April 8, 2022Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 54:9-10; Hebrews 2:10-18

Saturday, April 9, 2022Psalm 31:9-16; Leviticus 23:1-8; Luke 22:1-13

Sunday, April 10, 2022Liturgy of the Palms

Sunday, April 10, 2022Liturgy of the Passion

Monday, April 11, 2022Monday of Holy Week

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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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