Weekly Newsletter – July 18, 2022                               Print version

The SUMMER HIATUS' continues...

There will be
no Wednesday activities this week

while Fr. Patrick is touring Sewanee with Skye

will be back July 27th


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

Men’s grillin’ group will NOT meet in July

we will meet again August 30th

the week ahead

The Feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene
July 22, 2022

The Collect
Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings:   Judith 9:1,11-14, 2 Corinthians 5:14-18, John 20:11-18, Psalm 42:1-7


ELNO, we will go !
(Episcopal Ladies Night Out)

Ladies will gather to share fellowship and a meal
on Tuesday, July 26th at the Half Shell Oyster House
downtown Gulfport

Flock at 5:30, Feast at 6
Half Shell Menu

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.

November 2nd -4th, 2022
Grace Church Cathedral Charleston
Fall Flower Festival

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Weekly Worship Schedule 

NO Wednesday
Wave this week

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


Sunday Rite II 
Via Media


July 17 – July 23

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

July 24 – July 30

25th – Nancy Wheeler
28th – Jennifer Sanders
29th – Lawrence Rojas
Anniversaries –
24th – David & Suzi Wilson
27th- Becky & Mark Jenner

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Youth Groups

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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.


St. Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus

[From: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Mary-Magdalene]

St. Mary Magdalene
, also called Mary of Magdala, (flourished 1st century CE, Palestine; feast day July 22), one of 
Jesus most celebrated disciples, famous, according to Mark 16:9-10 and John 20:14-17, for being the first person to see the resurrected Christ.

The unchallenged facts about her life establish that Jesus cleansed her of seven demons (Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9), probably implying that he cured her of a physical disorder rather than the popular notion that he freed her of evil spirits. She was one of the women who accompanied and aided Jesus in Galilee (Luke 8:1-2), and all four canonical Gospels attest that she witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and burial; John 19:25-26 further notes that she stood by the cross, near the Virgin Mary and the unidentified Apostle whom Jesus loved. Having seen where Jesus was buried (Mark 15:47), she went with two other women on Easter morning to the tomb to anoint the corpse. Finding the tomb empty, Mary ran to the disciples. She returned with St. Peter, who, astonished, left her. Christ then appeared to Mary and, according to John 20:17, instructed her to tell the Apostles that he was ascending to God.

The Gospels reveal her to be of practical character. Origen and other early textual interpreters usually viewed her as distinct from the mystical Mary of Bethany, who anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair (John 12:3-7), and from the penitent woman whose sins Jesus pardoned for anointing him in a like fashion (Luke 7:37-48).

The Eastern Church also distinguishes between the three, but, after they were identified as one and the same by St. Gregory the Great, Mary Magdalene’s cult flourished in the West. This identification has since been challenged, and modern scholars feel that the three women are distinct.

Gnostics, pre-Christians and early Christians who believed that matter is evil and redemption is attained by an enlightened elite through faith alone, regarded her as a medium of secret revelation, so described in their Gospel of MaryGospel of Philip, and Pistis Sophia. According to Eastern tradition, she accompanied St. John the Evangelist to Ephesus (near modern Selcuk, Turkey), where she died and was buried. French tradition spuriously claims that she evangelized Provence (now southeastern France) and spent her last 30 years in an Alpine cavern. Medieval legend relates that she was John’s wife.


Eternal Father, your Son surprised Mary Magdalene by appearing to her in a moment of confusion and despair. Because of her great faith and love, she was able to know that it was him. We pray that you will surprise us each day with the wonder of your presence. Strengthen and sustain us by the sound of your voice as it speaks to us in ways and at times that we would never expect. By the power of your grace, we will know that it is you. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

A Trick Question
Pentecost 6 (C)

July 17, 2022

Phil Hooper

[RCL] Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

Here’s a trick question: Are you a Mary or a Martha?

If you have ever spent time hearing interpretations of today’s gospel passage, you probably understand the dichotomy implicit in the question. Martha, we often say, is the “active” one, rushing around, busying herself with the demanding practicalities of life. Mary, on the other hand, is the “contemplative” one, resting attentively at Jesus’ feet, engaged in a more conventionally prayerful, intellectual encounter with her Lord. Two sisters, two followers of Jesus, and, we are told, two diverging possibilities for discipleship, with Mary’s prayerful receptivity being “the better part” and, therefore, the one to which we are taught to aspire.

It’s not surprising that we tend to engage the story in this way, as a sort of spiritual personality test. We love personality tests. Consider the enduring popularity of frameworks and tools that measure and compare our dispositions, from astrological signs to the Enneagram to those random Facebook quizzes that reveal which dog breed or Disney Princess you resemble. We are and always have been – in ways both meaningful and absurd – people desperately seeking a glimpse of ourselves. We sift through our habits and tendencies for some definitive indicator of who we are, some solid thing at our core, a name by which we might be distinguishable in this increasingly crowded and confusing world.

And so, when we hear Luke’s Gospel today, we might ask ourselves: which one are you? Martha or Mary? Busy or mindful? Striving or tranquil? Perhaps, as you hear the question right now, you can already feel the pressure of having the right answer, of measuring up, of choosing that “better part.”

But before you get too lost in all of that, remember what was said at the outset: it’s a trick question. It is a false choice.

It is false, quite simply, because it is not the choice that Jesus, by way of this text, asks us to make. Jesus is not pitting the sisters against one another, nor is he creating a hierarchy of modes of discipleship. The dichotomies that we read into the text are our own fabrications, borne of our own desire to render the world intelligible through categories and labels. We do this all the time, in ways both benign (like the roles we take on in a group of friends) and destructive (like the reductive stereotypes that continue to harm people at the margins).

This is not Jesus’ agenda. When he tells Martha that Mary has “chosen the better part” he is not challenging Martha’s “personality,” nor is he even rejecting Martha’s present busyness, but is instead gently calling her back to the fullness of herself, reminding her of both the ground of her being and the telos, the purposeful endpoint, of all of this good, hard, and necessary work: namely, himself….


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/a-trick-question-pentecost-6-c-july-17-2022%ef%bf%bc/


Pentecost 6 (C)

July 17, 2022

[RCL] Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

Amos 8:1-12

A basket of summer fruit: the prophet Amos lived among a group of shepherds and was “a dresser of sycamore trees” (Amos 7:14), so he knew and appreciated a basket of fruit more than anyone. He also knew that ripe summer fruit rots quickly. That’s the warning he was giving to the privileged people of Israel. In a talk at the Faith and Politics Institute in Washington, D.C., Thomas Cahill described prophets as “inconvenient party-poopers.” He said, “Amos is the first in a long line of Hebrew prophets who tell the people the truth, however unwelcome, about how they actually stand with God.”

While the privileged class was enjoying a time of wealth, stability and prosperity, Amos warned them that it wouldn’t last – at least if they continued to uphold religious and moral corruption, take advantage of and oppress the less privileged, and only look out for themselves. Amos knew that just as the Nile rises and subsides, so does wealth and privilege, which leads to a “toss[ing] about” of God’s judgment. God will punish injustice with wrath and bitterness.

  • In what ways does your privilege take advantage of others? What can you do to lift others up using your privilege and prosperity, however you define them?

  • If Amos were examining your life and lifestyle, what kind of truth do you think he would tell about you?



From the Episcopal Church website: hhttps://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-6-c-july-17-2022/


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 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

Tuesday, July 19, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 8:13-9:4; 1 John 2:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 119:97-104; Proverbs 9:1-18; 1John 2:1-6

Wednesday, July 20, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 9:5-15; John 6:41-51
Complementary: Psalm 119:97-104; Deuteronomy 12:1-12; John 6:41-51

Thursday, July 21, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 85; Hosea 4:1-19; Acts 1:15-20
Complementary: Psalm 138; Esther 2:19-3:6; Acts 1:15-20

Friday, July 22, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 85; Hosea 5:1-15; Acts 2:22-36
Complementary: Psalm 138; Esther 3:7-15; Acts 2:22-36

Saturday, July 23, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 85; Hosea 1:11-2:15; Luke 8:22-25
Complementary: Psalm 138; Esther 4:1-17; Luke 8:22-25

Sunday, July 24, 2022Proper 12 (17)

Monday, July 25, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 44; Hosea 2:14-3:5; Colossians 2:16-3:1
Complementary: Psalm 55:16-23; Esther 5:1-14; Colossians 2:16-3:1

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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