Weekly Newsletter – July 11, 2022                               Print version

THE WEEK (and more) AHEAD

Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:30 as we begin our discussion Creation to Community 
12:05 in the Chapel
streaming at approximately 12:45

Summer Series: From Creation to Community
Via Prophecy and Law

Walking through the Hebrew Scriptures
and re-imagining how they have shaped who we are
and how they continue to call us
into living sacred lives
individually and collectively! 

  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ 10:30am

  • Wednesday Healing Service @ 12:05pm

  • Wednesday Via Media (On-line offering) @ 1pm

  • Adult Sunday School @ 9:30am between services 


Week One: Creation
Week Two (this week): Prophesy
Week Three: We’ll take a break
(Vestry meeting on Sunday and Sanders’ college tour Wednesday)
Week Four: Law
Week Five: Community


Upcoming Fall Formation: Mystery and Ministry
A deep dive into the more ambiguous aspects of our sacred stories, traditions, and liturgy


There will be NO ECW meeting tomorrow
The ladies will not hold a meeting in July but be sure to mark your calendar for August 9th at noon for the next meeting 

Men’s grillin’ group will NOT meet in July
we will meet again August 30th

(Episcopal Ladies Night Out)

Ladies will gather to share fellowship and a meal
on Tuesday, July 26th. Stay tuned for the location

(Pictured below at the Downtown Bistro)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 11, July 17th

Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm 15
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


It all began with
Love and Mercy: A Beach Boys Mass.
A Grateful Dead Mass and Beatles Mass followed.

Join us for our FOURTH Music Mass, August 20, 2022
Fish and Whistle: A John Prine Mass

We’ll celebrate the life and music of one the best storytellers of our time. Sadly, the pandemic postponed plans, then took the talented Mr. Prine before we could schedule this very special event.

“John Prine  lyrics make us better human beings”


Mark your calendars for our next Music Mass
AUGUST 20th, 2022
Fish and Whistle
celebrating the
Life and Music of
John Prine.

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Wednesday Wave

10:30 am Bible Study Returns
we begin our discussion Creation to Community
12:05pm Litany of Healing
~12:45pm Via Media* Live stream

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service
9:30 am Coffee and Adult Sunday School 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

July 10 -July 16
10th – Jax Crump
10th – Kitty Huddle
11th – Ava Gottschlich
12th – Liam Funderburk
15th – Brianna VanZutphen
16th – Brenda Young

July 17 – July 23

18th – Lewis Hastings
18th – Joscie Steiner
19th – Ryan & Catherine Frederic
23rd – Brian & Susan Prendergast

ECW News

For the Kids !

Sunday, July 3rd

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

In Luke 19:1-10, Jesus changed the life of a tax collector named Zacchaeus. This passage reminds us no matter what we’ve done, Jesus cares for us and can change us.

Key Points:

    • Jesus knows your name and cares for you.

  • God can save anyone.

Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
for our youth and follow their
instagram page

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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.


An Alternative Consciousness
Pentecost 5 (C) – July 10, 2022

July 10, 2022

Charles Hoffacker

[RCL] Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Flashing through the Bible and beyond is a lightning bolt known as prophetic ministry. What prophetic ministry does, according to Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, is generate “a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.” This is not a small order.

Whatever the dominant culture happens to be in a particular place and time, prophetic ministry comes along and overturns the apple cart by promoting an alternative consciousness, a different way to see the world. This biblical witness to the God of life, when faithfully accepted, proves too hot for any dominant culture to control.

Today let’s investigate three instances of prophetic ministry and the alternative consciousness it generates. The first comes from the prophet Amos. Another is found in a story Jesus tells, one of his best-known parables. The third instance of prophetic ministry and alternative consciousness appears whenever we celebrate the Eucharist together.

Amos the prophet is the figure behind the brief Old Testament book that bears his name. He was a herdsman and field hand who lived more than seven hundred years before Jesus. While not the earliest of the biblical prophets, he is the first whose name goes with a book entirely concerned with his life and message; we know nothing of him from any other source.

Today we heard perhaps the most memorable passage from the book of Amos. The prophet sees the Lord standing beside a wall, and in the Lord’s hand, there is a plumb line. A plumb line is a cord that has attached to it a weight, known as a plumb weight. Simply put, a plumb line functions as a level, but in a vertical way. It is used to ensure that a structure is built right. This presupposes the grim possibility that a structure can be built wrong….


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/an-alternative-consciousness-pentecost-5-c-july-10-2022/


Pentecost 5 (C)TRACK 1

July 10, 2022

Kirstin Swanson

[RCL] Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Amos 7:7-17

The prophet Amos is known for siding with the powerless against the powerful. He prophesied during the 8th century BCE, during the reign of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam in Israel. This is the time in Ancient Israel’s history when the kingdom was divided: Israel in the north, Judah in the south. Amos, called from his work as a shepherd to bring the word of God to King Jeroboam, uses the imagery of a plumb line, which measures the structural integrity of a wall, to describe what YHWH is doing by sending him. God is measuring their worship, and, as we hear in other parts of this book, taking note of their oppression of the poor.

YHWH finds Israel wanting in these areas and sends Amos to warn Israel of their coming defeat and exile. But King Jeroboam will not hear of it. He sends Amaziah, a priest of Bethel, to send Amos away. Amos refuses to budge and shares his prophecy. While he is neither a “prophet nor a prophet’s son” (v. 14), he knows God called him, and can only speak what God has told him to speak.

By the end of the 8th century BCE, Israel is defeated by the Assyrians, placed in exile throughout the Assyrian empire, and the region is purposely populated by people from other lands conquered by the Assyrians.

  • In this passage, Amos uses the image of a plumb line to describe how God measures the structures of their society, both in terms of their religious integrity and socioeconomic oppression. What critique might a modern-day Amos bring to this country, and this Episcopal Church?

  • Amos is not from a line of prophets. He is a shepherd and “a dresser of sycamore trees” (v. 14). While he is likely to be a relatively well-off person, he is not a member of the royal court nor part of the religious elite. He offers his prophecy as an outsider. Can you think of a time when you or someone you know felt the need to offer critique as an outsider to a system? How did you feel, and what kind of reaction did that criticism receive?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-5-c-july-10-2022/

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, July 11, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 7; Amos 3:9-4:5; James 2:1-7
Complementary: Psalm 25:11-20; Job 24:1-8; James 2:1-7

Tuesday, July 12, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 7; Amos 4:6-13; 1 John 3:11-17
Complementary: Psalm 25:11-20; Proverbs 19:1-17; 1 John 3:11-17

Wednesday, July 13, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 7; Amos 5:1-9; Matthew 25:31-46
Complementary: Psalm 25:11-20; Ecclesiastes 9:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46

Thursday, July 14, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 52; Amos 5:10-17; Hebrews 5:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 15; Genesis 12:10-20; Hebrews 5:1-6

Friday, July 15, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 52; Amos 5:18-27; Ephesians 3:14-21
Complementary: Psalm 15; Genesis 13:1-18; Ephesians 3:14-21

Saturday, July 16, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 52; Amos 6:1-14; Luke 8:4-10
Complementary: Psalm 15; Genesis 14:1-16; Luke 8:4-10

Sunday, July 17, 2022Proper 11 (16)

Monday, July 18, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 7:1-6; Colossians 1:27-2:7
Complementary: Psalm 119:97-104; Exodus 18:1-12; Colossians 1:27-2:7

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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