Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2022                               Print version


TODAY (May 2)
We celebrate the Feast day of Saint Philip and Saint James

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

Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 8th

Readings: Acts 9:36-43Revelation 7:9-17John 10:22-30Psalm 23

Collect:  O God, whose Son Jesus 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.


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

May  2  Athanasius of Alexandria, Bishop and Theologian, 373
  May  3 [Elisabeth Cruciger, Poet and Hymnographer, 1535]
 May   4  Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
  May  5 [Martyrs of the Reformation Era]
  May  8  Julian of Norwich, Mystic and Theologian, c.1417
  May  9  Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian, 389

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


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 !

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

Tuesday, May 10th

ECW – All ladies of the parish are invited  to a Spring Gathering at the new home of Earline Sawyer at Noon for our monthly meeting.
Bring your favorite dish to share for this potluck event.

We will honor all of our
Graduating High School Seniors

on May 15th !



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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

Third Sunday of Easter Streaming Services

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

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

May 8 – 14
11th – Jim Joest
13th – Alicia Scarborough
14th – Colette Weber
12th – Richard & Susan Pagano

ECW News

Meeting Tuesday May 10 @ noon at the home of Earline Sawyer

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 !

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.


The Feast day of Sts. Philip and James

Saints Philip and James’ Story

Philip: Philip came from the same town as Peter and Andrew, Bethsaida in Galilee. Jesus called him directly, whereupon he sought out Nathanael and told him of the “one about whom Moses wrote” (Jn 1:45).

Like the other apostles, Philip took a long time coming to realize who Jesus was. On one occasion, when Jesus saw the great multitude following him and wanted to give them food, he asked Philip where they should buy bread for the people to eat. Saint John comments, “[Jesus] said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do” (Jn 6:6). Philip answered, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit]” (Jn 6:7).

John’s story is not a put-down of Philip. It was simply necessary for these men who were to be the foundation stones of the Church to see the clear distinction between humanity’s total helplessness apart from God and the human ability to be a bearer of divine power by God’s gift.

On another occasion, we can almost hear the exasperation in Jesus’ voice. After Thomas had complained that they did not know where Jesus was going, Jesus said, “I am the way. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (Jn 14:6a, 7). Then Philip said, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” (Jn 14:8). Enough! Jesus answered, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9a).

Possibly because Philip bore a Greek name or because he was thought to be close to Jesus, some gentile proselytes came to him and asked him to introduce them to Jesus. Philip went to Andrew, and Andrew went to Jesus. Jesus’ reply in John’s Gospel is indirect; Jesus says that now his “hour” has come, that in a short time he will give his life for Jew and gentile alike.

James, Son of Alphaeus: We know nothing of this man except his name, and, of course, the fact that Jesus chose him to be one of the 12 pillars of the New Israel, his Church. He is not the James of Acts, son of Clopas, “brother” of Jesus and later bishop of Jerusalem and the traditional author of the Letter of James. James, son of Alphaeus, is also known as James the Lesser to avoid confusing him with James the son of Zebedee, also an apostle and known as James the Greater.

From the Franciscan Media website


Philip and James were both apostles, and both served Christ faithfully during the very early days of the Church.


Philip seems to have been an enthusiastic person. He was the one who brought his friend Nathanael to Jesus, insisting to Nathanael that he had found the person about whom Moses had written. Some years later it was Philip who made arrangements, with the help of Andrew, to have a group of Greek Gentiles brought to Jesus. Philip the apostle is not to be confused with the deacon Philip of Acts 8, who preached in Samaria and baptized the Ethiopian, although some writers say that they are the same person. Philip also had a practical, down-to-earth mind. He was the apostle who commented that it would take a considerable amount of money to feed a crowd of more than 5,000 hungry men, women, and children. It was Philip who asked to see the Father when Jesus spoke about him at the Last Supper.

James was the son of Alphaeus and seems to have been born in Caesarea. He is mentioned less frequently in the New Testament than Philip is. Sometimes James is called the Less, which might be a hint that he was a short person or else that he was younger than the other apostle named James.

After Jesus’ death James continued to preach the Gospel and is believed to have become the first bishop of Jerusalem. Assuming that James and the first bishop of Jerusalem are one and the same person, then he met his death as a martyr in that city about the year a.d. 62. Tradition identifies James as the author of the epistle associated with his name.

From the Loyola Press


Week 2: Reflections on the Resurrection – May 1, 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 the Gospel of Mark, the women in the resurrection narrative find an empty tomb, but no signs of Jesus. How would you respond if all you encountered was an empty tomb? Would you believe Jesus was alive?

On the one hand, we have the benefit of 2,000 years of Easter celebrations. We know how the story ends. However, the events of the past few years have placed many of us in the posture of the women from Mark’s Gospel. We’ve lived through multiple pandemics: COVID-19, dramatic weather patterns indicating an environmental crisis, a political system which seems broken almost beyond repair, and the acknowledgement of systemic racism embedded in all aspects of American life. At times, it has felt like the empty tomb on Easter morning as we searched for signs of God’s presence in the midst of so much pain and despair. Do we believe Jesus is alive?

The women’s response to the empty tomb can help us navigate our current circumstances. In order for the women to experience the risen Lord, they had to return to Galilee. Returning to Galilee entails going to the margins, far from the bright lights of the city. Galilee was the place where Jesus healed the sick and fed the hungry, where he drove out demons and preached words of hope, where he restored people to community. In Galilee, we look beyond our own needs and respond compassionately to others. And that’s where we’ll find God, among the least, the lost and the lonely.

Intractable problems aren’t easily resolved but we can make a difference when we collaborate with others as partners in God’s vineyard. The question is whether we are willing to journey to Galilee and commit ourselves to the ministry of repentance, reconciliation and restoration. The resurrection isn’t a one time event which occurred 2,000 years ago – it has implications for how we structure our lives today. We participate in the resurrection when we work to make the kingdom of God manifest on earth.

Beloved, resurrected life is available this side of the grave. There’s an assignment with your name written on it and it’s waiting for you in Galilee. In this season of Easter, may we courageously share the love of God with our fellow companions and everyone we encounter along the way. The Good News of Jesus Christ is too amazing to keep to ourselves. So let’s journey together to Galilee. Amen.

This reflection was written by the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf. Bishop Roaf grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Following her work as a public policy analyst and an attorney, she was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Louisiana. She served congregations in New Orleans and Richmond, Va., prior to her ordination and consecration as the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee on May 4, 2019.



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?

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Bible Study – Easter 4 C – 2022
May 8, 2022

RCL: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

Acts 9:36-43

One of the true joys of the Easter season is dwelling in the Book of Acts and seeing the immediate effects of the Resurrection upon the community of Jesus’ followers. We hear of people, at least men, who are filled with the Holy Spirit, and how they evangelize, prophesy, and build a community centered around the Holy Spirit. In this community, poverty is confronted with the sharing of wealth, hunger with the sharing of food, and death with resurrection. Those who are marginalized, like widows and orphans, are tended to by disciples like Tabitha. As we continue to reflect upon the Resurrection and how it might transform us and our communities, these stories help us to see where our own communities can be led more fully by the Holy Spirit.

However, this passage also encourages us to be more critical of both the text of Acts and of our own society, particularly around gender roles. A close reading of Acts shows that men and women are treated differently from each other, which would be expected, given the culture in which it was produced. The men are filled with the Holy Spirit and consistently do the “public” work of ministry by preaching, healing, and teaching; these are not roles that we see being held by women in this text. While we may react to that with frustration, anger, or acceptance, this text could also be an opportunity for us to ask where in our communities gender roles are deeply entrenched and how we might be called to begin the hard work of building communities where gender roles are more equal. The message of Easter, particularly as exemplified in Acts, encourages us to look deeply at not only our individual lives but at our communities and how we might live more fully into a life filled with the Holy Spirit and to address – and dismantle – the cultural systems that hinder that journey.

  • Who is marginalized in your community? How do you already serve them? Does that service feed you spiritually? Does that service build those who are served up and treat them with dignity?

  • Are there defined gender roles in your community, whether explicitly or implicitly defined? How would you start to address them to bring equality?

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Psalm 121; Ezekiel 1:26-2:1; Acts 26:1-18

Wednesday, May 4, 2022: Psalm 121; Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11

Thursday, May 5, 2022: Psalm 23; Ezekiel 11:1-25; Revelation 5:1-10

Friday, May 6, 2022: Psalm 23; Ezekiel 20:39-44; Revelation 6:1-7:4

Saturday, May 7, 2022: Psalm 23; Ezekiel 28:25-26; Luke 12:29-32

Sunday, May 8, 2022: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Monday, May 9, 2022: Psalm 100; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Revelation 15:1-4

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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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