Weekly Newsletter – May 23, 2022                               Print version



Our second session of Casting Nets comes to a close and breaks for the Summer. The kids made Thank You notes then enjoyed carnival games, pizza and cake. We will return in the Fall.
Special thanks to all of our volunteers.

Saturday Evening St. Peter’s hosted a talented group of operatic performer in an effort to raise money for a Ukrainian family that escaped Odessa to begin a  new life here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Special thanks to the artists that donated to the silent auction, our ECW and STIR wine and spirits, Biloxi, for making our reception special. In case you missed it, you may view the live stream
here –> stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/concert-for-ukraine-may-21-2022-600pm/
and to make a donation –> 



Wednesday Wave, May 18
9am Prayer, 10:30 Bible Study, 12:05 Litany of Healing,
~12:40 Via Media Live Stream

5:30 Evening Compline comes to a close for the Summer, Dinner and Discussions follow

Thursday, May 26th
Ascension Day

Readings: Acts 1:1-11Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53Psalm 47 or Psalm 93

The Collect
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

or this

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 29th

Readings: Acts 16:16-34Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21John 17:20-26Psalm 97

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.



Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

May 22 [Helena of Constantinople, Protector of the Holy Places, 330]

 May 24 Jackson Kemper, Bishop and Missionary, 1870

 May 25 Bede the Venerable, Priest and Historian, 735

 May 26 Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

 May 28 [Mechthild of Magdeburg, Mystic, c.1282]

The Book of Common Prayer, 1549, is appropriately observed on a weekday following the Day of Pentecost

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site




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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


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)

SIGN UP – https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/vbs-2022-transformation-station/


Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18th
What: Crawfish Boil    Where: St. Mark’s
Time, Tickets and more TBA


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

We’re working on our next Musical Mass celebrating the Life and Music of John Prine.


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

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

May 22 – May 28

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

May 29 – June 6
30th – Cheryl Smith
30th – Sherry Trullender
1st – Dakota Moorefield
3rd – Bradley Black
3rd – Louis Weber
3rd – Robert Williams

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

Sunday, May 29th
The Parable of the Talents

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

The Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 remind us that God is generous and grants us God given talents and abilities to use for His glory.

Key Points:
God gives each of us different kinds of talents. (1 Corinthians 12:18-21).
We need to use what we have for God.
The Bible is a treasure, we should share the Bible.
FREE: The Parable of the Talents pdf


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.


For the Episcopal Cafe
by Rev. Elizabeth Jones

You’re not coming back to this place.

John 5:1-8

Jesus saw the man lying on his mat by the pool and he put to him this question: “Do you want to be made well?” Isn’t that an amazing thing to say to someone who had been besides this pool known for its healing waters, for 38 years? It’s nothing I would say on entering someone’s hospital room; yet it couldn’t be more apt.

Even more interesting is the man’s response. He starts with explanations and stories as to why he hasn’t been healed.

In the scene from the movie, The Chosen, Jesus very, very gently says, “that’s not what I asked you”. And he says again, “Do you want to be healed?”

In this moment, the rationalizations and reasons fall away, and this man begins to realize something extraordinary is happening. He nods yes and there is this marvelous moment of looking into each other’s eyes and then the man begins to giggle. Yes. Giggle. For he realized he can feel his legs and he can stand up. He has been made well. One of the disciples then says, “pick up your mat. You’re not coming back to this place.”

We are in the throws of moving. The vicissitudes and variances of this challenge had left me also waiting by the pool of indecision and 
uncertainty. I too have a story, rationalizations, and reasons. I am 75, in many ways tired and achy, one knee tearing up, living a life of retirement that I never expected. As you probably know retirement is often difficult for a priest and that is true for me.

I was pretty sure I couldn’t be made well either. So when the Jesus of scripture put the question to me through the Gospel, I looked around and realized I’d been hanging on to what I knew, not what was possible in the unknown country of being 75. Hanging onto stuff, papers, books lots and lots of dishes and memories.

So, I did my version of standing up. I burst into tears, said “I don’t want to be old” and heaved a deep sigh of relief as I rounded the corner into what’s so and found my giggle.



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?

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, May 23, 2022Psalm 93; 1 Chronicles 12:16-22; Revelation 21:5-14

Tuesday, May 24, 2022Psalm 93; 2 Chronicles 15:1-15; Revelation 21:15-22

Wednesday, May 25, 2022Psalm 93; 2 Chronicles 34:20-33; Luke 2:25-38

Thursday, May 26, 2022Ascension of the Lord

Friday, May 27, 2022Psalm 97; Exodus 33:12-17; Revelation 22:6-9

Saturday, May 28, 2022Psalm 97; Exodus 33:18-23; John 1:14-18

Sunday, May 29, 2022Seventh Sunday of Easter

Monday, May 30, 2022Psalm 29; Exodus 40:16-38; Acts 16:35-40

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. 

Contact Us

email: stpetersbythesea@bellsouth.net 
         phone: 228.863.2611    
   address: 1909 15th Street  Gulfport, Ms 39501
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