Weekly Newsletter – May 16, 2022                               Print version




Wednesday Wave, May 18
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

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 22th

Readings: Acts 16:9-15Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5John 14:23-29, Psalm 67

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.



Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

May 17 Thurgood Marshall, Public Servant, 1993
19  Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
20  Alcuin, Deacon, and Abbot of Tours, 80
21 [Lydia of Thyatira, Coworker of the Apostle Paul]
22 [Helena of Constantinople, Protector of the Holy Places, 330]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Concert for Ukraine

6pm at St. Peter’s by~the~Sea

St. Peter’s by-the-sea is hosting a very special concert raising funds to help a Ukrainian family.
LIVE AND STREAMING May 21st at 6pm
Guest Performer Sopranos: Kate Sawyer,  Kate Fazio, Hannah Bell, Leah Rodgers, Nataliya Molsbee.    Tenors: Connor Galle, JT Anglin, Noah Anglin. Baritone: Dean Bellais.
Accompanist: Guy Bowering.

Following the concert join us in the Great Room for a reception and Silent Auction of artwork by local artisans Light Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Learn more here: stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/concert-for-ukraine-may-21-2022-600pm/




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

CONTACT: (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



Vacation Bible School returns !!!
June 12 – 16

This year we take a ride on the Redemption Railroad.
Our Destination, Transformation Station.
Sign up form coming soon.
~ Crew leaders (Conductors)
~ Science Station demonstrator
~ Game leaders and more!
(contact Debbie 219-1756)
~Refrigerator, Stove or Washer/Dryer boxes
(contact Debbie 219-1756)
~ CLEAN Pint and/or Quart cartons (contact Gail 760-0179)
(more to come)
EARLY SIGN UP – Contact the office 863-2611


CAMP ABLE returns !
June 28 – July 1
Staff Training June 26

Details coming soon.
Volunteers needed !

This year’s theme: 


Hello to St Peter’s family and friends,
I am trying to see if I can get a group to go to a Shucker’s baseball game.
The dates being considered are on Thursday nights of June 23rd or 30th. Thursday nights are $2 Yuengling drafts, $2 fountain drinks and $2 hotdogs… .YUM!! So let’s cheer on the Shucker’s and have a great time! For now, I want to see how many folks would be interested. Ticket price would start at $12.50 and gets less as the group gets bigger.So if anyone is, send me a text at 469-888-0444 or drop me a email at abbracadabra101@gmail.com and leave a contact name and head count and a phone number.
Dennis Boer


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

Fifth Sunday of Easter
(When Glitchy Von Glitchenstein rears her ugly head…  )

May 15 – May 21
17th – William & Casey Funderburk
20th – Billy & Deannie Wood

May 22 – May 28

22nd – Tom Poirier
22nd – Alden Williams
22nd – Grant Williams
25th – Barbara Clower
26th – Debbie Daughtrey
28th – Dave Jones

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, May 22th
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus taught a parable to show that any person who is in need is our neighbor. The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us of the second greatest commandment, “love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-40).

Key Points:
We should show mercy everyone.
We should love our neighbors.
We should reflect God’s love and mercy to others.
FREE: The Parable of the Good Samaritan pdf

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.


A little bit about our 2022 Graduates

Ella Touchstone

Ella is a graduating Senior at Long Beach High School where she has served on the Student Council as class president for 3 years, now serving as Student Body President. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Co-op, as well as other clubs and organizations. Ella received the prestigious Superintendent Award her Sophomore, Junior and Senior year and leads pep rallies as the Spirit Coordinator.  She was elected Homecoming Maid her Sophomore and Senior year, Jolliest Junior, Most Spirited and Best All Around over her time at LBHS.  Ella has spent all 4 years playing trumpet in the Bearcat Band as well as dancing on the Bearcat Belles dance team where she served as a Co-Captain and was awarded the Bearcat Belle award her freshman year.  Ella is an active member of EYC and has served as the Coast Youth Delegate ’20/21. In 2019 she was awarded the statewide  “I am sport” award for her sportsmanship and giving back to the community through her works with the diversely-abled with Camp Able.  Most recently, Ella was inducted into the LBHS Hall of Fame for all of her work and dedication to her High School, extracurriculars and maintaining an unwavering 4.0 GPA. 

Ella was one of the 10% of applicants accepted into Tulane University’s Honors College, where she was awarded multiple merit and other scholarships and plans to major in Neuroscience on the pre-med track and is dedicated to giving back to the community of Neurodivergent through research and even more understanding. 

“She is clothed in strength and dignity & she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

Thomas Buford

“He would do anything for anyone.” A sentiment expressed often of Thomas. Last week his band director expressed that he could not have gotten through this season without him. Thomas has performed as the Captain of the percussion section for the Gulfport High School band this year.
Thomas possesses a great sense of humor is constantly doing and saying things that keep those close to him laughing. He is very loving, caring and wants to take care of everyone. He has a servant’s heart, always putting the needs of other before his own. If someone is in need, Thomas will try to move mountains to help them.
Thomas is genuine and true to himself. What you see is what you get. He is not going to tell anyone what they want to hear. He will be honest. He is also very determined and, when he puts his mind to something, he is unstoppable when he has a goal to reach.
Thomas is strong in his faith. He loves the Lord with everything he has and treats others the way he wants to be treated. His family is excited to see what God has in store for this dedicated son, brother, uncle and grandson.
Thomas will be attending the Perkinston Branch of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after graduation.

Ethan Crump

Ethan Crump (son of Lee Crump and Ashley Joyner) will be graduating with Honors from Gulfport High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and soccer team. Ethan’s love for soccer and desire to grow as a player resulted in him spending most of his free time on the pitch. He was selected for the district 6A region soccer team and MS State All-Star Soccer team. He was awarded the Most Valuable Defensive player at the MS Association of Coaches state all-star game and selected Most Valuable Player by his high school peers. Ethan has decided to forego college to pursue his dream of playing professional soccer in Europe. Ethan leaves for Portugal this summer.

Brooks Richardson

Brooks Richardson is graduating from Gulfport High School this year.  At Gulfport, Brooks was active in Youth Legislature, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Chess Club, and the Soccer team.  Next fall, Brooks accepted an academic and an athletic scholarship to attend Juniata (Joo NEE ah ta) College in Pennsylvania where he will be playing soccer.

Week 4: Reflections on the Resurrection – May 15, 2022 

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.

In John’s version of Easter, Mary lingers at the empty tomb after Peter and John run quickly away. When the risen Jesus appears in front of her, she mistakes him for the gardener. It’s an understandable miss. In the grip of all the trauma and grief from the events of Good Friday, she certainly wouldn’t be expecting the one for whom she grieves to be suddenly standing in front of her. It’s easy to overlook that moment as an unimportant detail.

However, as I return to this story year after year, I’ve come to think it’s not a mistake at all, that Mary gets it exactly right, and that this detail helps us understand why the Resurrection really matters.

The original vocation to which God calls humanity is tilling and keeping the world God has made. We initially failed in that calling, choosing ourselves and our own way over God and God’s way of love. The whole arc of scripture is essentially the story of God’s project to reforest a world that has become desolate with suffering, violence, and death as a result of our rejection of God. Of course, Jesus is the gardener! His resurrection is the unmistakable assurance of God’s intention to restore the desert we have made of the world to the original garden God intended, lush with the fruits of love, life, justice, and peace.

Jesus died a real death. The same death each of us fears, and that we have seen take so many we love. For the Resurrection to mean anything, it must be every bit as real as that death. Jesus the gardener reminds us that, as an Easter people, the point of our faith and our lives is not to escape from the world and its pain, but rather to join Jesus in renewing the world, planting seeds of hope, watering the parched places of pain, tilling the soil toward justice, working the land to nurture the feast of love God intended. We don’t find the Beloved Community by retreating to somewhere else, we find it by following Jesus to where the pain is, and by digging, by tilling, by keeping.

Plant a tree in these days of Easter. Grow a garden. Make it a sign and sacrament of how we are called in every moment to bear witness to the great good news that death is not what it appears to be. Even now, the green shoots of faith and hope are bringing about God’s perfect reign of love, joy, and life that knows no end. Alleluia!

This reflection was written by the Rt. Rev. Craig Loya. Bishop Loya was consecrated the X Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota on June 6, 2020. He served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska from 2013-2020, and was the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas from 2009-2013. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2002.


Bible Study – Easter 5 C – 2022
May 15, 2022

RCL: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

Acts 11:1-18

The Acts of the Apostles depicts Jesus’ early followers as observant Jews and the beginnings of the church as rooted within Judaism, yet is concerned with the expansion of the church from those origins to a movement spread throughout the Roman Empire.

In the first part of today’s passage, verses 1-3, Peter’s fellow apostles and the Jewish believers in Jesus (the circumcised believers) confront Peter as he returns to Jerusalem from baptizing the Roman centurion Cornelius in Caesarea. They demand an explanation for why he has broken the Jewish law by entering a gentile house and eating unclean food.

In verses 4-17, Peter repeats the events of Chapter 10, a device that Luke uses for emphasis. As Peter explains the vision in which God has informed him emphatically and repeatedly that what God had cleansed he was not to regard as unclean, he affirms the point that the Holy Spirit had directed the conversion of the gentiles by recounting a simultaneous vision on Cornelius’ part that he should send to Joppa for Peter. When Peter arrives at the house, he begins to proclaim the gospel, but the Holy Spirit falls upon Cornelius’ household just as it had upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. Peter remembers God’s words and gifts on that day, and understands that it is God’s will that the gentiles be saved.

In the final verse, 18, the Apostles and Jewish believers are silenced. They too understand that the gentiles have been given salvation through belief in Jesus, and praise God.

The passage is pivotal in the spread of the gospel from the Jewish followers to the wider world of the gentile Roman Empire. It also makes the distinction between baptism by water, a human act, and baptism by the Holy Spirit, an act of God.

  • What are some of the differences and similarities between water baptism and spirit baptism? Which comes first? Is one more public than another?

  • Even though the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles at Pentecost, they are slow to understand God’s purpose and command that the gospel be preached to everyone. Not all of the Apostles come to this understanding at the same time. Can you think of other examples of times, either in the Bible or in your own experience, when understanding God’s call comes as a process as well as a specific moment of enlightenment?

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Bible Study – Easter 6 C – 2022
May 22, 2022

RCL: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9

Acts 16:9-15

Throughout the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his crew are directed where to go in many different ways. Just before this passage, the apostles are “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” and “the Spirit of Jesus” does not “allow them” to go into Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7). But in this passage, Paul receives positive direction in two different ways: through a vision of a man and an invitation of a woman. In their mission work, the early followers of Jesus must remain just as open to indirect messages about where they are not to go as they are to specific affirmations of where they are welcome.

  • When has it been easier for you to hear warnings about where not to go and what not to do? When has it been easier to hear positive guidance? In what different ways has God offered you direction in your life?

  • She urged us, saying, “…come and stay at my home.” What invitation in your life are you having difficulty being open to? Is it from someone you do not expect?

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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, May 16, 2022Psalm 133; 1 Samuel 20:1-23, 35-42; Acts 11:19-26
Tuesday, May 17, 2022Psalm 133; 2 Samuel 1:4-27; Acts 11:27-30
Wednesday, May 18, 2022Psalm 133; Leviticus 19:9-18; Luke 10:25-28
Thursday, May 19, 2022Psalm 67; Proverbs 2:1-5; Acts 15:36-41
Friday, May 20, 2022Psalm 67; Proverbs 2:6-8; Acts 16:1-8
Saturday, May 21, 2022Psalm 67; Proverbs 2:9-15; Luke 19:1-10
Sunday, May 22, 2022Sixth Sunday of Easter
Monday, May 23, 2022Psalm 93; 1 Chronicles 12:16-22; Revelation 21:5-14

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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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