Weekly Newsletter – June 13, 2022                               Print version

Vacation Bible School is here !

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!

No teaching required.
No need to be here each day…
We just need few extra helpers each session.

(contact Debbie 219-1756)

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


All ladies of the church are invited to join us at noon. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Gulf Coast Community Ministries



Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18th
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.



Wednesday Wave, June 8
12:05 Litany of Healing,
~12:40 Via Media Live Stream

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 7,
June 19th

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Psalm 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving–kindness; 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

 June 12 Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902

June 14 Basil of Caesarea, Bishop and Theologian, 379

June 15 Evelyn Underhill, Mystic and Writer, 1941

June 16 Joseph Butler, Bishop and Theologian, 1752

June 17 [Marina the Monk, Monastic, fifth century]

June 18 Bernard Mizeki, Martyr, 1896

June 19 [Adelaide Teague Case, Educator, 1948]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site



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

Details coming soon.
Volunteers needed !

This year’s theme:

Contact Father Patrick

Our next Musical Mass AUGUST 20th, 2022
celebrating the Life and Music of John Prine.

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday Wave

12:05 pm Litany of Healing
in the Chapel
~12:40 pm Via Media
on the Internet

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


June 12 – June 18

12th – Dawson Matheny
15th – Vanessa Edwards-Wasson
16th – Fred Hutchings
17th- Brenda Silkman
17th – Alison Yonko
18th – Brent Benvenutti
14th – Tim & Sandi Dulaney
15th – JT & Debbie Anglin
17th – Harry & Christie Yoste

June 19 – June 25
19th – Billy Edwards
20th – Bets Enochs
20th – Tammie Williams
21st – Jane Glenn
21st – Vickie Taylor
22nd – Ethan Crump
22nd – Liz Jones
23rd – Tracy Chosa

21st – Brett & Patti Nicholas

ECW News
Tuesday, June 14
Gulf Coast Community Ministries
All ladies of the church are invited to join us at noon. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

For the Kids !


Vacation Bible School begins !

Our first stop on the Redemption Railroad, a visit to Blind Bartemeus.

Jesus calls his Disciples.

Cast down your nets and follow me

to Transformation Station stops in Jericho,
to see Zaccheaus


He had everything he could want, because he was a tax collector, except the love and respect of the people around him.

Then Jesus wanted to be his friend.

We’ll stop where Jesus healed the 10 Lepers

I am willing, be cleansed.

The Redemption Railroad takes us to a lesson on Saul 


    • God can change people.

  • God forgives those who do wrong.

  • We should forgive others who wrong us.


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

Donate to the continuing improvements to the Gray Center and CBG


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 Season of Prayer for Revival – June 12, 2022

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians everywhere to mark the season after Pentecost with 30 days of prayer leading up to and encompassing the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

“A Season of Prayer for Revival” – from June 12 through July 11 – will feature daily prayers drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. Individuals can sign up online (iam.ec/soprsignup) to receive the prayers and inspirational messages via email. The prayers will also be posted daily on social media accounts for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement.

Downloadable bulletin inserts are available for congregational use here: iam.ec/ensopr. All materials are in Spanish and English.

“As we move toward and adapt to a shorter, smaller General Convention, I invite every Episcopalian – whether you’re in Baltimore or Alaska or Honduras, whether you’re a deputy, a bishop, or a new member sitting in the pews – I invite all of us to pause each day just for a moment to pray for the expansive, reviving power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds,” Curry said. “We are people of common prayer; may we embrace this season as an opportunity for us all to become a church that truly lives, looks, and loves like Jesus.”

The 80th General Convention is scheduled for July 8-11.

Today’s prayer from A Season of Prayer for Revival:

Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace to continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

You Are Three, We Are Three, Trinity Sunday (C) – June 12, 2022

June 12, 2022

Bertie Pearson

[RCL] Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8 or Canticle 13 (or Canticle 2); Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson had already drafted the Declaration of Independence, built Monticello, and was nearly halfway through his presidency, but in that year, he decided to take on his most ambitious project of all: President Thomas Jefferson decided to rewrite the New Testament! Well, not rewrite exactly – he didn’t want to add anything, just remove all the stuff that didn’t make sense. There were inconsistencies, implausible stories, and most of all, there was all that confusing stuff about God being Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

For Jefferson, an Enlightenment-era intellectual who was president, not only of the United States but also of the American Philosophical Society, the Trinity just didn’t make sense – how could one God exist in three persons? It was, he might have said, a simple matter of addition: you could be one being or three beings, but not both at the same time!

And this is not an uncommon response to the Christian worship of a Triune God. The Trinity is illogical, it’s unmathematical, so why don’t we just straighten it out once and for all? We could go back to the religious drawing board and proclaim ourselves absolute adherents to the singleness of God, or we could throw in the monotheistic towel and embrace a great plurality of gods – either way makes good sense. Aren’t we just creating unnecessary confusion by sticking with this poorly constructed math problem? The problem here is that Christianity is not an equation or a theorem: Christianity is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.

“In the beginning,” wrote St. John, “was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God,” and the world said, “Wait, what? What do you mean the Word was with God and the Word was God? Which is it?” But rather than clarifying this doozy of an introduction, John goes on to tell us that this very same Word of God – the One who is both distinct from God and who is God – took flesh as a tiny, helpless baby in middle-of-nowhere Palestine. That God the Son was the loving friend of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, that the Word of God himself died on a cross, and in so doing, destroyed death itself.

And if that weren’t complicated enough, we also have to wrestle with today’s Gospel in which Christ speaks of the Holy Spirit. This is the life-breath of God, the active love of God, and yet Jesus doesn’t call the Spirit “it,” as though speaking of an energy, an activity, or a force. Instead, Jesus says of the Holy Spirit, “He will guide you into all the truth.” This is the same Spirit of God whom we see hovering over the waters of creation in Genesis, transforming judges and prophets in the Old Testament, the Spirit who, St. Paul tells us, can be grieved by our actions, who speaks in the hearts of his faithful people, teaching us to pray, and coming alongside us as advocate and guide.

What do we make of all of this? What do we make of the Father, the source of all that is, spoken of, not as a theory about why there is something instead of nothing, but as a person who loves each of us infinitely, who grieves with us over our smallest worries, who numbers every hair upon our heads? What do we make of the Word of God, who is not an inspiring message or an important set of instructions, but a person who gives himself to us in his incarnation and gave his life for us on the Cross? What do we make of the Holy Spirit, who is not the Star Wars force, or a warm fuzzy, but a person, who takes up his abode in our hearts; who offers to make our lives living signs of his goodness and love? We are sometimes tempted to think of the Holy Trinity as a piece of technical theology, or the misguided math of a primitive age, but in fact, the belief in one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the living heart of the Bible’s revelation of God.

And yet, what impact does faith in the Trinity have on our lives? Isn’t it something we can reflect upon one Sunday a year and then safely shut back in the catechism where it belongs? We often confuse knowing and knowing; if I say to you, “You know Joe Biden, right?” You’ll say, “Of course, he’s the president!” But if I then say, “Can you text him and let him know that I won’t make it to the White House for dinner tonight?” You’ll realize that I didn’t mean, “Do you know about him?” but, “Do you know him, do you have a relationship with him, are you pals?”

We sometimes imagine that the doctrine of the Trinity is useful for knowing about God, as though it were necessary to get the facts straight, but understating the Trinity is not about holding the correct opinion on God’s nature. Instead, it is the starting place for truly knowing him. To believe in abstract forces, explanatory hypotheses, or good or bad math problems, is to hold a set of opinions on the truth; but to come into relationship with God the Holy Spirit, to feel him praying in your heart, to feel him pulling you up into a life of ever-increasing selflessness and joy, this is to begin to build a real friendship with God.

To know the love of Jesus, fully God and fully human, to see how much God incarnate cares for you, to feel the living Word of God walking with you, helping you to transcend all that keeps you from living a life of love for God and neighbor, this is to begin to fall in love with God. To worship our Heavenly Father, to know that we now stand, not as infinitesimally unimportant myriads of mortals, but as his beloved children, as coheirs of his Heavenly Kingdom: as the beloved creatures to whom he gives all that he has, this is to truly know God the Father.


The Eastern Orthodox Bishop Kallistos Ware tells an old Eastern European story about a bishop of a large diocese who decided to visit every single one of his parishes. After spending years on horseback, he thought that he had seen them all, when someone told him about a tiny chapel, on a remote island in the sea. Faithful to his mission, he chartered a boat and set out for the island. Upon landing, he found it to be a desolate spot, inhabited only by three old men. He greeted them and began to question these isolated Christians about the orthodoxy of their faith. “Tell me,” said the bishop, “how do you pray?” They replied, “We simply stand, holding hands like this.” And the three old men clasped their hands together, saying, “You are three, we are three, have mercy upon us.”

“What?” said the bishop. “This will never do. Don’t you know the Lord’s Prayer?” “No,” said the hermits, “Please teach us, O holy man of God!” The bishop spent all afternoon teaching the absent-minded old hermits the Lord’s Prayer, and when they had finally gotten it, he said his goodbyes, returned to the boat, and headed back out to sea, puzzling over these odd, old men and their island.

It grew dark as he mused on the deck of his boat, looking out over the sea, when from far away he began to see a tiny point of light coming from the island. As it drew nearer, the light grew brighter and brighter, until he could see that it was the three hermits, holding hands, running swiftly on top of the water, beards flying in the wind, their faces radiant with the light of Christ. “O holy man of God, holy man of God!” said the hermits, “We have forgotten the prayer you taught us! Please teach us again so that we may pray rightly!” “On second thought,” said the bishop, “I think that your prayer must be fine.”

You are three, we are three, have mercy upon us. To the holy and undivided Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Fr. Bertie Pearson serves as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas, and as Dean of the Austin Area Convocation of Clergy. He also produces the popular podcast The History of Christianity with Bertie Pearson. This podcast is an exploration of the ideas and themes which continue to shape the Christian faith, and is available on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever fine podcasts are distributed. Before his current parish, Bertie served both Spanish and English-language churches in Austin and San Francisco, played drums in the band Poolside, and toured as a DJ. He now lives a much more sedate life with his wife, Dr. Rahel Pearson, their two children, a small room full of dusty records, and a very goodhearted Australian Shepard named Ida.


Bible Study – Pentecost – 2022
Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022

Anna Sutterisch

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

The book of Proverbs is a collection of traditional cultural lessons -propositional statements, observational sayings, analogies, and ethics -structured as the teachings of a father to a son. This kind of “instructional literature” is one of the ways a family nurtures how a child is socialized into a certain world. These proverbs were passed on in the oral tradition and are therefore used extremely contextually: they use references and assumptions housed in a particular time, place, and culture. This particular passage comes from the Proverbs of Solomon (David’s son, King of Israel.)

Wisdom is one of the major themes here. The Proverbs illustrate wisdom as an agent of Yahweh, present and active even in determining the shape of creation. Wisdom (anthropomorphized throughout Proverbs as a lady or goddess) was involved in the creation of the world, and so forms a bridge between the Creator and the created. This offers an alternative way to see the relationship between God and the universe- instead of blind obedience, here we have collaboration and co-creation. This kind of relationship teaches that by acquiring wisdom, human beings can also share in the wisdom of God and can flourish and receive a sense of purpose and meaning. As Walter Brueggemann says, “This is indeed literature for ‘grown-ups.'”

  • What kind of sayings, analogies, and proverbs have socialized you in your context? Think about the aphorisms, nursery rhymes, songs, family tales, etc. that have influenced you.

  • How does or can wisdom help grow your relationship with God?

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

Sunday, June 12, 2022Trinity Sunday

Monday, June 13, 2022Psalm 124; Proverbs 7:1-4; Ephesians 4:7-16

Tuesday, June 14, 2022Psalm 124; Proverbs 8:4-21; Ephesians 5:15-20

Wednesday, June 15, 2022Psalm 124; Daniel 1:1-21; Luke 1:46b-55

Thursday, June 16, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 42 and 43; Genesis 24:1-21; Romans 2:17-29
Complementary: Psalm 22:19-28; Isaiah 56:9-12; Romans 2:17-29

Friday, June 17, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 42 and 43; Job 6:14-30; Galatians 3:15-22

Complementary: Psalm 22:19-28; Isaiah 57:1-13; Galatians 3:15-22

Saturday, June 18, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 42 and 43; Proverbs 11:3-13; Matthew 9:27-34

Complementary: Psalm 22:19-28; Isaiah 59:1-8; Matthew 9:27-34

Sunday, June 19, 2022Proper 7 (12)

Monday, June 20, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 59; 2 Kings 9:1-13; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Complementary: Psalm 64; Job 18:1-21; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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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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