Weekly Newsletter – July 25, 2022                               Print version

A Special Thank You...

Camp Able Coast would like to thank St. Peter’s By-the-Sea for opening your doors to us again this year! We are so lucky to be able to call this church home year after year. At Camp Able we aspire to be a community that celebrates our diverseabilities and gifts. We truly appreciate your support in these aspirations, and are so grateful we are able to create and provide a unique camp experience unlike any other. Without your support camp would not be possible! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
-the Camp Able Coast team


Ladies Night Out TOMORROW (Tuesday, July 26th) !

Ladies will gather to share fellowship and a meal
at the Half Shell Oyster House
2500 13th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501


Flock at 5:30, Feast at 6

Half Shell Menu

Men’s grillin’ group will NOT meet .

we will meet again August 30th

will return this week
~ Intercessory Prayer at 9am
~ Bible Study at 10:30
~ Litany of Healing at 12:05pm
~ Via Media streams at about 12:45, 1

Our Summer Series: Creation to Community continues
This Week : Law
Next Week : Community


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


the week ahead


The Feast day of
Saint James
July 25, 2022

The Collect
O gracious God, we remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings: Jeremiah 45:1-5, Acts 11:27-12:3, Matthew 20:20-28, Psalm 7:1-10



Join us for our FOURTH Music Mass,
August 20, 2022
5:30 pm
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.

October 2 – Blessing of the Pets
October 30 – For The Love Of All That’s Hallowed Sunday

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

PDF Application

Weekly Worship Schedule 
Wednesday Wave
9am Intercessory Prayer
10:30am Bible Study
12:05pm Litany of Healing
~12:45pm Via Media Streaming

Sundays by-the-Sea
8am Rite I *
9:30am Coffee and Adult Sunday School in the Great Room

 Kids’ Sunday School
 Rite II *
*Streaming Services

10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 24, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II 

July 24 – July 30

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

July 31 – August 6
1st – Leslie Stanfield
5th – Luke Dulaney
5th – Nicholas Dulaney
5th – Paul Harris
6th- Shannon Ozerden
31st – Patrick & Jennifer Sanders

ECW News
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For the Kids !

Youth Groups

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


The Feast day of St. James

[From: https://nationaltoday.com/feast-of-saint-james-the-apostle/]

The Feast of Saint James the Apostle is celebrated yearly on July 25. Saint James alongside his brother, John were sons of Zebedee and part of the first four Apostles chosen by Jesus. James the Great or James the Greater (due to his greater size or the age difference between him and James The Lesser). The day is Galicia day as Saint James is the patron saint of Galicia and Spain. It is believed his remains are in the Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The day is set aside to celebrate one of the most important saints in Spain.


Apostle James was one of the first of the 12 apostles to be recruited by Jesus. He was recruited by Jesus while fishing on the sea of Galilee with his younger brother, John. He was called to help spread the gospel and together with Peter, Andrew and John. James formed the inner circle of Jesus. He was also one of the three people to witness the transfiguration of Jesus, the agony at Gethsemane, and the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus.

After Jesus was put to death and ascended into heaven, his apostles moved far and wide to spread the gospel and James’ travels took him to Spain. Unfortunately, his preaching was not received with open arms, and he was arrested in Grenada. He was soon released and he took his message to Galicia.

In January 40 A.D., James was preaching the gospel on the bank of the Ebro river, a river of the north and northeast of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain that flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

While he was there, Mary the mother of Jesus, appeared to him on a pillar and advised him to return to Jerusalem once the Church had been built. The pillar remains today and is placed at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain.

James returned to Jerusalem in 44 A.D. and was taken prisoner upon his arrival under the rule of King Herod Agrippa I. The king put James to death, making him a martyr, and his body was taken by his devotees and was buried at the Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.



Pentecost 7 (C)

July 24, 2022

Anne Marie Witchger

[RCL] Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13



In the face of devastating events and in our polarized political climate, “prayer” has become code for: “I don’t know what else to say.” Or, “I want to say something neutral and inoffensive,” or, “I don’t want to take action.” So often politicians, leaders, even clergy people offer “thoughts and prayers” in response to tragedy or injustice because it is the easiest thing to do.

But Jesus didn’t teach us to pray so that we could be passive or inoffensive. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus offers a parable about a persistent, or in other translations, “shameless” neighbor whose audacity to keep asking will eventually get him the help he needs. Jesus teaches us that prayer should be like knocking on your neighbor’s door in the middle of the night demanding loaves of bread. When the neighbor doesn’t want to get up because he is already in bed, Jesus’ advice is to keep asking until he gives in. It doesn’t matter if he wants to give you the bread or not; he’ll do it eventually if you bother him enough.

Prayer is meant to be bold, persistent, uncomfortable; it’s meant to get results. Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” It may be unlikely that adding a petition to the Prayers of the People is going to lead to any kind of radical, lasting change. So, what does Jesus mean when he says, “For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened”? It just doesn’t always seem true. Probably 9 times out of 10, a politician who offers to pray isn’t going to pray at all, and even if he or she does, it won’t mean anything practical in terms of policy or resources. 

So, why do we pray? How does Jesus want us to pray? How can Jesus promise us that God will hear and respond to our prayers – that we will receive what we ask for, that doors once locked shut will be opened?


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/prayers-pentecost-7-c-july-24-2022/

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Pentecost 7 (C)

July 24, 2022

Jake Schlossberg

[RCL] Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

Hosea 1:2-10

Hosea, like the major prophets, performs prophetic sign acts to convey the Lord’s prophetic message, in addition to spoken or written words. These acts are grotesque in the literary sense: they are over the top and cannot be ignored; they are obtrusive, demanding the attention of the inattentive. In Hosea’s case, he has married a woman who is adulterous and unfaithful to their marital covenant. She gives birth to children who are quite likely not Hosea’s offspring, yet will be raised in his house. Some commentators have speculated that her adultery was also idolatry, as a result of engaging in the Ba’al sex cult. This marriage is a sign act for God’s relationship with Israel; Hosea’s wife’s adultery is paralleled with the idolatrous behavior of Israel, God’s chosen people. Hosea’s faithfulness to his unfaithful wife mirrors God’s faithfulness to unfaithful Israel. The legal and constitutional language of other prophets is inadequate to capture the intimate love of God betrayed by Israel.

The harsh language used in naming Gomer’s children is jarring, but it finds resolution at the end of this pericope: Those children who were called “not his children” –  neither Hosea’s nor the Lord’s – are finally restored into the house of God. It seems that the Lord can redeem even the fruit of idolatry. Augustine saw these children as the foretelling of the salvation of the Gentiles. St. Irenaeus saw God building the church from the least likely people.

  • What idols do I have in my life drawing me away from the Lord, causing me to be unfaithful to him?

  • In verse 7, we see that not by military might will the Lord save Judah, but by the Lord their God. Are there other forces I’m relying on for salvation? In what ways can I orient myself back to the Lord my God?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-7-c-july-24-2022/

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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, 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

Tuesday, July 26, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 44; Hosea 6:1-10; Romans 9:30-10:4
Complementary: Psalm 55:16-23; Ester 6:1-7:6; Romans 9:30-10:4

Wednesday, July 27, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 44; Hosea 6:11-7:16; Matthew 5:43-48
Complementary: Psalm 55:16-23; Esther 7:7-8:17; Matthew 5:43-48

Thursday, July 28, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Hosea 8:1-14; Romans 11:33-36
Complementary: Psalm 49:1-12; Proverbs 23:1-11; Romans 11:33-36

Friday, July 29, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Hosea 9:1-17; Ephesians 4:17-24
Complementary: Psalm 49:1-12; Proverbs 24:1-12; Ephesians 4:17-24

Saturday, July 30, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Hosea 10:1-15; Mark 10:17-22
Complementary: Psalm 49:1-12; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Mark 10:17-22

Sunday, July 31, 2022Proper 13 (18)

Monday, August 1, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 60; Hosea 11:12-12:14; Colossians 3:18-4:1
Complementary: Psalm 127; Ecclesiastes 2:1-17; Colossians 3:18-4:1


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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