Weekly Newsletter – May 30, 2022                               Print version

A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK

We sure are going to miss Rev. Liz and the talented Dave Jones !
We wish them the very best in this next great adventure they embark in together…   
Big Love to you two from your church family by-the-Sea at St. Peter’s.

Memorial Day and Your Church
From the Anglican Compass website
By 

 

Memorial Day is a date on the civil calendar when the nation can (and should) honor the the men and women who died in battle on behalf of our nation. The weekend has come to signify things of far less significance: the opening of the public pool, the start of summer, the firing up of the backyard grill, and a day off. But all Americans…  and particularly American Christians…  should stop and think deeply about this weekend, include comments and prayers about it in our worship services, and pastor our nation as we remember those who died in battle.

Really? In honest conversation with younger leaders in the church, they often slightly roll their eyes at these suggestions.  They want to steer clear of any and all vestiges of a “Civil Religion”. They say that America is a no longer a Christian Nation. There is no longer a link between the Bible and the Flag as there once had been. The church and its values are actually disdained by the state. “Cultural Christianity”, “Christendom” is over, or at least hobbled.  Therefore the church has no state-duty to honor the state-sponsored soldiers who died in state-sponsored battles.

Okay. Christians ought to feel beleaguered by the actions and decision of the past 40 years. The culture has changed and, with the help of the education system, the media, the state has turned against traditional values: marriage, sexual morality, sanctity of life, sexual identity, etc. We see it clearly.

But I am not so quick to move away from the opportunity to reach the culture through its symbols and holidays. I think the church and its members have a chance to say something significantly Christian and deeply valuable to the nation on Memorial Weekend Sunday.  In songs and prayers, sermons, announcements, and symbols, I think congregations should touch a few significant points this weekend.

    1. The obvious example is that of sacrifice.  The soldiers who died in battle gave their lives, the paid the ultimate price for the cause of their nation. These examples of bravery and devotion should remind us all of the sacrifice, devotion, and courage of Jesus Christ to lay down His life for his friends.

    2. Whatever freedoms we have, we can and should be thankful for. In fact, the ability to stand against the state and denounce its decisions (of late) is a right that is actually conferred and protected by the state; bought and paid for those who served and died in battle.

    3. There are many people in our churches who have deep wounds from the personal losses of family and friends in recent wars. We should put aside our opinions about the justifications for a war and reach out to those who have been impacted by it.  Prayers for the war dead and their surviving families can bring healing and peace to people.

    4. So many in our country have abandoned their faith in most American institutions: from the state to the church. But our confidence in our military of the country is high. Some of the finest believing men and women I know serve their country in the military or are veterans of its most recent wars.  Why would the church ignore the opportunity to support and encourage these brothers and sisters in Christ?

For all these reasons and more, Christ Church always honors and remembers Memorial Day.  Here are some things we have done and some that we will do this weekend in worship.

  • We sing the Navy Hymn which asks God’s blessing on those who venture forth on air, land, sea, and space. It is beautiful and rich. We will also sing “A Mighty Fortress is our God”  and “Nearer by God to Thee” and “Amazing Grace: My Chains are Gone”, and others.

  • We will have a ‘word’ with the congregation at the time of the Eucharistic Prayer. We might say something like this: “Jesus died so that we may live. That is why we remember his act of love and courage for us at this Eucharistic service. The impulse to lay down a life for another is inherently Christian. And today so many here carry in their heart a sense of thanksgiving for those who have given their lives in the service of their country. We remember and honor the war dead today even as we remember the Lord’s Supper.” (This helps the immigrant population too, by the way. It doesn’t “wave the flag” at the altar …  but it does honor the virtue and value of sacrificial love.)

  • Our Collect of the Day for Memorial Sunday is changed to read this way: God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and hold them in your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (I adapted this from another other prayer.)

  • During the Prayers of the People we pray this: We remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms which millions enjoy every day.  For all who serve the cause of freedom and peace, please cover them and their families with your sheltering grace and presence.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

  • The Lectionary reading of the Gospel is from Luke 7 this Sunday. It is the story of the Centurion who had such a deep faith that Jesus commended him for it. Imagine that.  A man of the sword, a Roman Centurion, who served his pagan country and still honored God’s people (the Jews in Capernaum) and sought the ministry of Jesus! What a rich text to preach on this weekend.

These are obvious ways the church can observe this important weekend. Memorial Day Weekend can mean far more than the opening of a public pool.  It is a civic holiday, of course. But we can highlight also that it is an intersection between a value of our Christian faith and its surrounding culture. We can minister to God’s people and yet we should always and ultimately point to the Cross of Christ.  

https://anglicancompass.com/memorial/

Altar flower arrangement, Kerry and Derrick Hudson

THE WEEK AHEAD

 

TOMORROW: Tuesday, May 31st the Ladies Night Out and Men’s Grillin’ Group will meet

Ladies Night Out – All ladies of the parish are invited to gather at
Salute Italian Restaurant in downtown Gulfport. 
We will begin gathering
about 5PM for social hour and dinner at 6PM. 
All ladies are invited to join in the fellowship and fun,
meal is “dutch”.

Men’s grillin’ group will meet at 6PM in the Parish hall. 
Bring your meat for the grill,
beverage of choice and $15 dues.
Reservations are REQUIRED –
please contact Mike Cassady at 228-326-6601 to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 31st
The Feast of the Visitation


Readings:
1 Samuel 2:1-10  Romans 12:9-16b  Luke 1:39-57   Psalm 113

The Collect
Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.







PENTECOST
Whitsunday, 
June 5th
Everyone wear RED !!!

Readings:

Collect
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
or this
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

June 1 Justin, Martyr, c.167

   June 2 Blandina and Her Companions, The Martyrs of Lyons, 177

  June 3 The Martyrs of Uganda, 1886

  June 4 [John XXIII (Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli), Bishop, 1963]

  June 5 Boniface, Bishop and Missionary, 754

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

UPCOMING


 




CBG IS HERE!

Camp Bratton Green is returning this Summer.
Learn more here.

Donate to the continuing improvements to the Gray Center and CBG
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Vacation Bible School returns !!!
June 12 – 16



Vacation Bible School returns !!!
June 12 – 16
This year we take a ride on the Redemption Railroad.
Our Destination, Transformation Station.
Sign up using our convenient on-line form!
We need a headcount  ASAP so we can order t-shirts


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS:
~ Crew leaders (Conductors)
~ Science Station demonstrator
~ Game leaders and more!
(contact Debbie 219-1756)

 

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

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18th
FOUR CHURCHES ONE MISSION
FOR THE HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION
What: Crawfish Boil    Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
When: June 18th 4pm – 7pm
Individual Tickets $25
Family Tickets $65

Purchase tickets from any of the supporting churches
or on-line by clicking one of the tickets below

          

*** please note, your bill may show a payment to bayou view studio, who is processing our on-line payments.
We will email you a printable ticket upon payment.

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

Details coming soon.
Volunteers needed !

This year’s theme: 
LIGHTS, CAMERA, CAMP ABLE !

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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.
Thanks,
Dennis Boer










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

 

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Weekly Worship Schedule 
Wednesday Wave
We will have no activities THIS WEDNESDAY while Fr. Patrick is away at CBG’s Special Session.

Sunday by-the-Sea
PENTECOST SUNDAY
WEAR RED

8:00 am Rite I Deacon’s Mass*
9:30 am Caffeinatin’ and Congregatin’ in the Great Room

9:30 am
 Kids’ Sunday School
10:30 am Rite II Deacon’s Mass*
In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service*
10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

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

June 5-June 11
Birthdays
10th – Marvin Koury
10th – Vicky Reed
10th – Heather Sawyer
11th – Wendy Foster
Anniversaries
5th – Doug & Lynn Singletary
9th – Jim & Judy Joest

ECW News
 Giving Boxes to support the United Thank Offering or, UTO.
We ask that they be returned Pentecost Sunday

Learn more about UTO 
HERE

For the Kids !

 


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


Sunday, June 5th
The Parable of the Great Feast

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

In Luke 14:15-24, Jesus tells the parable of the great banquet and reminds us that God invites us to join Him for a special celebration.

Key Points:

    • God invites us to come to His feast.

  • People will either accept or reject this invitation.

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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.

INSPIRATION

The Feast of the Visitation

Mary visits her relative Elizabeth; they are both pregnant: Mary with Jesus, and Elizabeth with John the Baptist. Mary left Nazareth immediately after the Annunciation and went “into the hill country … into a city of Judah” (Luke 1:39) to attend to her cousin (Luke 1:36) Elizabeth. There are several possibilities as to exactly which city this was, including Hebron, south of Jerusalem, and Ein Karem. The journey from Nazareth to Hebron is about 130 kilometres (81 mi) in a direct line, probably up to half as far again by road, depending on the route taken. Elizabeth was in the sixth month before Mary came (Luke 1:36). Mary stayed three months, and most scholars hold she stayed for the birth of John. Given the prevailing cultural traditions and needs for security, it is probable that Joseph accompanied Mary to Judah then returned to Nazareth, and came again after three months to take his wife home. The apparition of the angel, mentioned in Matthew 1:19-25, may have taken place then to end the tormenting doubts of Joseph regarding Mary’s maternity.[1]

In the Gospel of Luke, the author’s accounts of the Annunciation and Visitation are constructed using eight points of literary parallelism to compare Mary to the Ark of the Covenant.[2][3]

 

Some Catholic commentators have maintained that the purpose of this visit was to bring divine grace to both Elizabeth and her unborn child. Even though he was still in his mother’s womb, John became aware of the presence of Christ, and leapt for joy as he was cleansed from original sin and filled with divine grace. Elizabeth also responded and recognized the presence of Jesus, and thus Mary exercised her function as mediatrix between God and man for the first time.[1]

And she [Elizabeth] spoke out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb. And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

In response to Elizabeth, Mary proclaims the Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the LordLuke 1:46-55.

The word “blessed” is rendered in Greek not by the word “makarios” but as “evlogimeni”, which is the feminine second person singular, used only this once in the New Testament. Its masculine third person singular counterpart “evlogimenos” is used only for Jesus and only on this occasion and when he was welcomed into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord“. The masculine/mixed gender third person plural “evlogimenoi” is used by Jesus only when referring to the righteous who are to be raised to life in the Last Judgement.

from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visitation_(Christianity)

Statue of the Visitation at Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, Israel

BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study – Easter 7 C – 2022
May 29, 2022

 

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

 

 

Acts 16:16-34

It is only after the apostles are thrown in jail that God rescues them with a dramatic earthquake. Why does God wait to free them until after they are beaten and persecuted? Why not save them before the trouble? Sometimes God doesn’t intervene on our timeline or in the way that we think would be best for us. But instead of being frustrated or afraid, Paul and Silas continue to trust in God’s faithfulness.

This passage is hugely dramatic. The apostles are flogged and then put in the innermost cell with their feet bound. Their prospects look bleak. Yet despite their wounds, even at midnight they are still praying and singing to God. Their faith is evident to all those around them. Because they’re together, they’re able to support each other until God makes a way.

The jailer and his entire family converting in the face of God’s power is an example of all things working together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28). God transforms even this enormous hardship into something beautiful.

    • When has God’s timeline been different than what you might have chosen for yourself, and what was the result?

  • Who can you rely on to support you when things look bleak?

  • Why is it important that not only the jailer but his entire household becomes believers?

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2022Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 31, 2022Psalm 29; 2 Chronicles 5:2-14; Acts 26:19-29

Wednesday, June 1, 2022Psalm 29; Ezekiel 3:12-21; Luke 9:18-27

Thursday, June 2, 2022Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Isaiah 32:11-17; Galatians 5:16-25

Friday, June 3, 2022Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Isaiah 44:1-4; Galatians 6:7-10

Saturday, June 4, 2022Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 2 Kings 2:1-15a; Luke 1:5-17

Sunday, June 5, 2022Day of Pentecost

Monday, June 6, 2022Psalm 48; Joel 2:18-29; 1 Corinthians 2:1-11












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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. 
Amen.

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