Weekly Newsletter – May 9, 2022                               Print version


looking Ahead...

~~~ 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.      
23504 Stablewood Circle, Pass Christian. Fried Chicken will be provided please bring a side dish to share.

We will honor all of our
Graduating High School Seniors

on May 15th !


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

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 15th

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

Collect:  Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; 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.

***EYC Meets at Trinity, Pass Christian immediately following our late Sunday Services for a crawfish boil and music by Lemon Pepper.



Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

May 9  Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian, 389
 May 11 [Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme, Mystics, 1621 and 1624]
 May 13 [Frances Perkins, Social Reformer, 1965]
 May 15 [Pachomius of Tabenissi, Monastic, 348]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Concerts for Ukraine

Saturday, May 14th
6pm at the Mary C. in Ocean Springs


Saturday, May 21th
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, Annika Lunde, 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.

(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.
Volunteers needed.


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

Details coming soon.
Volunteers needed !

This year’s theme



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


***THIS WEEK ***
EYC Meets at Trinity, Pass Christian immediately following our late Sunday Services
for a crawfish boil and music by Lemon Pepper.

Fourth Sunday of Easter Streaming Services

Holy Eucharist Rite I 8:00
Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link

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

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

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

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 !

Sunday, May 15th
The Parable of the Persistent Widow

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

Throughout His ministry, Jesus told many parables to help explain a Biblical truth. This week we will study the one found in Luke 18:1-8 to teach us about prayer.

Key Points:

    • We should pray without ceasing.

  • Perseverance is important.

  • God is good and always does what is best.

The Persistent Widow (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

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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 the Acts of the Apostles

Understanding the Book of Acts
By Kelli Mahoney
Updated on September 06, 2017

The book of Acts is an important book for understanding the actions of the apostles, mostly Paul and Peter, after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. It is an important book in understanding how we can be directed by the Holy Spirit and the role of Jesus’ lessons in our lives. This is the story of Christianity’s beginnings and how evangelism played a role in the spread of faith around the world.

Who Wrote the Book of Acts?

It is widely believed that the book of Acts is the second volume in Luke’s gospel. While the first volume was what happened while Jesus was here on earth. It described the past. It described Jesus’ story. However, in Acts, we learn more of how all the lessons inherent in Jesus’ time with His disciples came to influence their lives after He ascended into Heaven. Luke, most likely, was a highly educated gentile. He was a physician who was believed to either be a very close friend to Paul or even Paul’s doctor.

What Is the Purpose of the Book of Acts?

There seem to be several purposes of Acts. Like the gospels, it presents a historical account of the church’s beginnings. It describes the founding of the church, and it continues to put an emphasis on evangelism as we see the church’s teachings grow around the world. It also gives gentiles a reason for possible conversion. It describes the way people fought against the other prominent religions and philosophies of the day.

The Book of Acts also goes into principles of living. It describes persecutions and specific situations that we even face today as we evangelize and live our lives in Christ. It gives examples of how Jesus’ promises came to fruition and how the disciples faced persecution and hardships head on. Luke describes the great devotion of the disciples to Jesus.

Without the Book of Acts, we would be looking at a far shorter New Testament. Between Luke and Acts, the two books make up a quarter of the New Testament. The book also provides a bridge between the gospels and the epistles that will come later. It provides us with a contextual reference for the letters we will read following.

How Acts Guides Us Today

One of the biggest impacts of the book of Acts is that it gives us all the hope that we can be saved. Jerusalem, at the time, was primarily made up of Jews. It shows us that Christ opened up salvation to all. It also shows that it was not just a chosen group of men that would spread God’s word. The book reminds us that it was not, in fact, the apostles that lead the way in converting gentiles. It was believers that had run from persecution that brought the message of salvation to non-Jews.

Acts also remind us of the importance of prayer. There is a reference to prayer 31 times in this book, and prayer is present before almost any significant event described by Luke. Miracles are preceded by prayer. Decisions are preceded by prayer. While much of Acts is descriptive rather than prescriptive, in this particular way, we can learn a lot about the power of prayer.

The book is also a guide to the church. Many of the principles of church-growing are found in this book. There are basic ideas that are still practical today present in his book, especially in the depiction of how the church teaching spread from Jerusalem to Rome. It demonstrated that God’s hand is in everything and that Christianity was not the work of men, but the world of God.

Mahoney, Kelli. “Understanding the Book of Acts.” Learn Religions, Aug. 27, 2020, learnreligions.com/know-your-bible-the-book-of-acts-712731.


Week 3: Reflections on the Resurrection – May 8, 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.

Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe” (John 20:27).

Jesus’ hands, feet, and side remain wounded as he appears to his first followers after his resurrection. He has risen from the dead yet remains wounded. What is the Holy Trinity telling us with this not insignificant detail? This is Jesus, after all, who made lepers clean, gave hearing to a man born deaf, and sight to one born blind. Jesus fed the multitudes, walked on water, calmed the storm, and raised the dead. Jesus healed the centurion’s servant without even stepping foot in his yard. Jesus, who in so many ways showed that his power was unlimited, does not heal himself.

Jesus comes back still bearing humanity’s marks on his flesh. If Jesus rose healed over, nice and neat, we could be tempted to see the cross as less significant. We could decide that suffering, particularly suffering and sacrifice for others, holds no meaning for us. Instead, we see how far the compassion of the Holy Trinity extends. Compassion means “suffering with.” Jesus had compassion for Thomas whose doubts had overtaken his faith. Jesus offers Thomas the proof the disciple needs to understand that, though Jesus died, he has truly risen from the grave.

For me, the most astounding part of these wounds is that it reveals Jesus as vulnerable. The literal meaning of vulnerable is “able to be wounded.” God the Son was fully human as well as fully divine, and so able to be wounded. He was wounded by humans for the sake of humanity. This matters to our day-to-day lives, as we are called to live our bodily, daily existence, transformed by the Christ who is present with us in our suffering and loss. Jesus, who felt the pain of what humans did to him, knows suffering. Jesus, who experienced abandonment on the cross, knows that pain – and yet will never abandon you.

To love is to make oneself vulnerable. Jesus’ vulnerability shows the depths of God’s love for all humanity. The Holy Trinity could have remained outside of creation as a righteous judge. Instead, God entered the creation in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. A necessary part of being one of us is emotional and physical vulnerability. People could and did reject him and put him to death. Yet Jesus did not give up on loving us, even when the cost of that love was death on a cross.

Whatever you are facing, you have alongside and within you a loving God who understands fully. Ask Jesus to touch your wounded life with his hands that still bear the marks of what we humans did and yet remain open, reaching out with love and healing.

This reflection, titled “Touch My Hands and Side”, was written by the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue. Logue is the bishop of the Diocese of Georgia. He previously served as the church planter for King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia, and as canon to the ordinary of the diocese he now serves as bishop.



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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022: Psalm 100; Ezekiel 45:1-9; Acts 9:32-35

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: Psalm 100; Jeremiah 50:17-20; John 10:31-42

Thursday, May 12, 2022: Psalm 148; Ezekiel 2:8-3:11; Revelation 10:1-11

Friday, May 13, 2022: Psalm 148; Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 11:15

Saturday, May 14, 2022: Psalm 148; Daniel 7:27; Revelation 11:16-19

Sunday, May 15, 2022: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Monday, May 16, 2022: Psalm 133; 1 Samuel 20:1-23, 35-42; Acts 11:19-26

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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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