Weekly Newsletter – July 4, 2022                               Print version

from St. Peter’s by~the~Sea !

A collect for Independence Day
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
ReadingsDeuteronomy 10:17-21Hebrews 11:8-16Matthew 5:43-48,
Psalm 145 or 145:1-9 

or The Psalm and Lessons “For the Nation,” page 930 BCP, may be used instead.




This week Camp Able Coast was host to 50 campers of diverse abilities. See more photos: https://www.facebook.com/CampAbleCoast
Learn more at: www.campable.org/

Very special thanks to  ALL of our volunteers and sponsors that made Camp Able’s return so AMAZING !!!


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

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 10, July 7th

Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Psalm 25:1-9
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Saturday, July 9th at 7pm 
First United Methodist Church of Gulfport

 An evening that promises an eclectic mix of musical genres including blues, folk, jazz, gospel and swing.  We have an all-star line-up of local performers, who are donating their time and talents for the concert.  Our hope is to return their favor by filling the house!   For more information and/or to purchase tickets, call Kay Capelle at 228-617-0785.

Bethel Free Health Clinic is a small nonprofit organization with a mission of providing free primary health care to Gulf Coast residents who have no health insurance.  Bethel Clinic functions much like a physician’s office and has an all-volunteer staff of medical professionals and clerical workers.  We are dependent on the financial support of individuals, churches, and other groups in order to provide medication, supplies, and lab work for patient care as well as to cover operational expenses such as utilities and office supplies.  We also hold various fundraisers throughout the year. 



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 3 – July 9

4th – Mary Claire Rackley
4th – Chuck Rollins
6th – Pam Barrineau
6th – Tim Barrineau
6th – John Ruble
8th – Casey Funderburk
9th – Landry Bell

7th – Jack & Heather Vincent
9th- Lloyd & Jeanie Munn

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

ECW News

For the Kids !

Sunday, July 3rd
Feeding the 5000

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

Jesus did many miracles. In Matthew 14:13-21, He feeds more than five thousand people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. The passage reminds us that Jesus cares about our physical and spiritual well-being and that nothing is impossible for Him.

Key Points:

    • God can do the impossible.

  • God cares about our needs.

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.

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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.


Pentecost 4 (C) – July 3, 2022

[RCL] 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20



In the movie, “Miss Congeniality,” there is a scene during the beauty pageant in which contestants are asked what society needs most, and each contestant responds predictably, “World peace.” And then Sandra Bullock’s character is asked the same question, but she responds, “That would be harsher punishment for parole violators.” She smiles and the crowd looks back blankly at her. There is a long and awkward silence. Then she blinks and says enthusiastically, “And… world peace!” and the crowd goes wild with cheering and applause.

Wishing for “world peace” is so predictable and overused that it has become cliche’, even the punch line of a joke. And yet, just about every human being on the planet genuinely does desire world peace. In fact, people deeply want peace in their hearts and lives, as well as in their nation, and ultimately in the world. The hope for peace expresses a universal desire that lies in the heart of humans, even if we sometimes disagree on exactly how to achieve it.

Mother Teresa spoke a lot about the concept of peace, but she always spoke about peace in a very practical and tangible way. She was interested in the things we can do here and now, the small things that really make a difference, in order to achieve peace. Peace was not an abstract idea for her; she once wrote, “Peace begins with a smile,” and later wrote, “All works of love are works of peace.”

Yet it’s easy to feel as if peace is totally beyond us, as if it is merely an abstract ideal or pie in the sky and nothing more than a cliche’. We may even be tempted to despair of peace in light of the violence we continue to witness in our own nation as well as in places like Ukraine. But Jesus and the Gospels encourage us to never stop striving for peace. As we read about the 72 missionaries that Jesus sent out in pairs, we learn that Jesus’ followers already have the peace of Christ in their hearts. In fact, this peace is ours the moment we say “yes” to Jesus, and it is ours to give and share with others. Notice that Jesus says whenever you enter a house, extend your peace to all those who live there, saying, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is willing to share in that peace, then, he says, this peace will “rest on that person.” This passage, as well as other passages in the Bible, urges us to offer God’s peace to others. Indeed, this is at the heart of our practice in the liturgy when we “pass the peace” to one another. We even hear echoes of this Scriptural injunction when the Celebrant says, “The peace of the Lord be always with you.” And the people respond, “And also with you.”

This passing of the peace is not just a nice and cordial concept for use in our worship and liturgy. This is actually our practice for taking Christ’s peace to the outside world wherever we go. Have you ever tried to bring the peace of the Lord to those you encounter each day? Just imagine the ways you could begin to practice “passing the peace” outside of church. Perhaps you practice passing the peace by simply smiling, as Mother Teresa described. Or by engaging in acts of loving charity. Or by saying “peace” to people as you pass by them, even if it is just a quiet prayer under your breath. What if we saw ourselves as missionaries and understood our missionary task to include bringing and proclaiming God’s peace wherever we go? How might that change our perspectives and our lives, as well as the lives of those around us?

And notice that, according to Jesus, not everyone will be ready to receive this peace – or even want it. Jesus says, “And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you.” Maybe you have experienced this: you smiled at someone and they simply scowled back. Or you tried to offer a peaceful solution to an argument, but your solution was rejected. On a global scale, the rejection of peace is actually quite alarming. But according to Jesus, regardless of whether this peace is accepted or not, we are still called to extend this blessing of peace to those we encounter, knowing it will return to us if rejected.

This is related to what it means when Jesus says, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” Peace is evidence of the Kingdom of God in our midst and the Kingdom of God is indeed present, here and now. But here’s the problem: the peace that God has placed in our hearts can get buried and hidden underneath fear, impatience, shame, resentment, bitterness, or even hatred. In fact, it is not a coincidence that one of the results of the missionaries’ experience in this passage is discovering that they had the power and authority of exorcism, the ability to exorcise evil. Jesus says, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. Indeed, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” In Jewish tradition, snakes and scorpions were symbols of the sources of evil, not literal reptiles or arachnids. This passage is not a call to engage in snake handling, as some have interpreted it, but a call to engage in exorcising evil whenever and wherever we, as followers of Christ, encounter it.

As Christians who have accepted the peace of Christ into our hearts, we all have been given the power and authority to exorcise the evil in our world. The responsibility to exorcise sin and evil from our own hearts and lives is first and foremost, however. Wherever fear or hostility reign and threaten to control us, we are called to declare the peace of the Lord and to announce the presence of the Kingdom of God, which is one powerful way to dispel evil. We should never forget that God has come near and is with us. From there we can confront evil with the power of Christ’s peace that leads to acts of justice and righteousness.

And sharing Christ’s peace really can begin with something as simple and small as a smile. We can choose the smile over the scowl, even when others don’t deserve it. It was once confessed by Arthur Bremer, the serial killer, who had made the decision to commit mass murder followed by suicide one day, that his mind was suddenly changed because when he went to eat his last meal at a diner, “The waitress was friendly and smiled at [him]”. Her smile meant that no one died that day. Talk about the power of peace in dispelling evil.

The big audacious goal that is being proposed by Jesus and by Christians like Mother Teresa is that world peace really does start with us, with the peace of Christ in our own hearts, given to us by God and then extended to others. This peace can carry us out of fear and bitterness and into the blessed calm and sanctuary of God’s love and presence – God’s smile upon us. From there, we can spread this peace to others: our family, our neighbors, our nation, and yes, even the world. We can choose to bring the blessing of peace wherever we go.

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

The Rev’d D. Rebecca Dinovo serves as the Minister for Congregational Life at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California, and is the Missioner for Justice & Peace for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. She has served parishes in Oregon, Missouri, and Ohio, and as a chaplain at the University of Michigan. She discovered her call to ministry while serving as a missionary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a young adult.

From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/peace-pentecost-4-c-july-3-2022/


Pentecost 4 (C)

July 3, 2022

Brittany Sparrow Savage

[RCL] 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Editor’s Note: You will note that today’s author uses a convention common in some traditions for avoiding fully writing out the name, or in this case, a common substitute for the name, of the Lord. Generally, this spelling is used by writers who do not wish to risk the name being destroyed or defaced. It can be read as you normally might.

2 Kings 5:1-14

Our story opens with the introduction of Naaman, a great and powerful general. However, despite this warrior’s military prowess, it could not prevent him from contracting leprosy. Naaman’s wife had in her care an Israelite slave girl who believed that a prophet from Israel could save his life. Naaman believed the slave girl, and with his king’s approval and lavish gifts, Naaman made his way to the king of Israel. Upon hearing Naaman’s request, the king is distressed, because he does not believe that Naaman can be healed. Elisha rebukes the king of Israel for his unbelief and has Naaman come to his house so that “he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” Elisha does not greet Naaman. Instead, he sends a messenger to instruct Naaman to bathe in the Jorden River seven times. Naaman is now angered; he is sick, tired, and offended. Yet again, a servant speaks up and, heeding his servant’s advice to do as Elisha had said, Naaman is cured of his leprosy. Naaman survives because he is willing to be humble enough to listen. Naaman listens, not just to kings and rulers, but also to a girl who was enslaved, an uncouth prophet, and his servants. Naaman listens to those believed to be lowly. G-d reveals those lowly persons’ inherent value by using them to dispense divine wisdom, speak the truth, and help save a life.

  • Have you ever received advice or wisdom from an unlikely source?

  • Have you ever felt like you were an unlikely source of wisdom?

Psalm 30

Psalm 30 is a song of praise and thanksgiving for G-d’s covenantal faithfulness. The psalmist does not make an empty claim; instead, they give testimony to how G-d has provided for them. This testimony undergirds the psalmist’s implicit argument that G-d is for them; specifically, G-d is for G-d’s people. Furthermore, the movement of the psalm reveals the bold theological statement about G-d’s faithfulness is steadfast both in times of trial and in times of joy. Walter Brueggemann calls Psalm 30 a psalm of reorientation. He explains, “The song is not about the natural outcome of trouble, but about the decisive transformation made possible by this [G-d] who causes new life where none seems possible.” (The Message of the Psalms. Walter Brueggemann. Pg. 125) The natural outcome of being pursued by one’s enemies is to be overtaken. The natural outcome of going down into the grave is death. The natural outcome of being out of favor with G-d is divine rejection. But G-d is not like other gods. G-d hears the cries of G-d’s people. G-d intervenes on their behalf, turns to them in times of trial, and transforms their wailing into dancing.

  • Can you describe a time that G-d has reoriented your reality?

  • I wonder: What does it feel like to believe all is lost and then experience salvation through divine intervention?

Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16

Like many people who grew up in the church in America, I grew up in an environment that imposes our socio-political context on the Scriptures. Paul’s letter to the Galatians was not immune from being funneled through a myopic, individualist lens. The first half was misinterpreted to mean that each person should “do their own work” or “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” However, Paul’s intentions were quite the opposite. Paul is motivated by the desire to see communal unity. At the beginning of the letter, we remember that Paul is writing to people struggling to accept non-circumcised Jews as faithful followers of “The Way.” This is where the Galatians are reminded that the law is a trusted way to encourage and correct, but the law neither negates nor supersedes the movement of the Spirit.

Furthermore, the law is not an end in itself. The law, coupled with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, is a means to bear the fruits of the Spirit, which Paul outlines in the previous chapter. Therefore, the work that Paul is referring to is those transformational practices that allow the community to be bound together in unity – to be the hands and feet of Christ. Some may do this by following the law, and some may not, but their “work” should produce a cruciform life of self-giving love for one another, their community, and the world.

  • How do you cultivate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?

  • Can you recall a time when you were corrected with gentleness? How did you work through that correction?

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

In this text, Jesus sends the seventy disciples out into the world to, as we might say, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” While the Gospel of Luke recounts Jesus as giving more in-depth instructions than what is articulated in the dismissal that is vibrantly uttered by our deacons after the Sunday morning worship service, the overall sentiment is there. These numerous instructions regarding how long one should stay in a town or home and the many disciples being sent out are connected to the urgency of the proclaimed message, which is the news that the Kingdom of G-d has come near. The disciples should not waste time, but be urgent in sharing the Good News, and so should we. The good news of the kingdom of G-d coming near is that the broken will find wholeness, the lonely will be restored to the community, the captive will be set free, and all wrongs will be righted. The disciples return home overjoyed because the good news of G-d’s reign did not return void. It can be challenging for our 21st-century brains; the language of demons and Satan can trip us up. However, the point is that whoever or whatever, whether it be persons, beings, systems, or structures, is antithetical to the Gospel cannot withstand the reign of G-d. 

  • Does this story in the Gospel of Luke reframe how you understand the sending at the end of the service?

  • What does it mean for you to be sent out into the world in peace to love and serve the Lord?

This Bible study was written by Brittany Sparrow Savage. Growing up, I was raised in the Church of the Nazarene. This denomination, being very mission-minded, introduced me to the love of G-d and the ways in which the Spirit moves. Sensing a call to ministry, I decided to attend Trevecca Nazarene University and majored in religion with a minor in pastoral ministries. After graduation, I married the fabulous Cameron, and we moved to Kansas City so that I could attend seminary at Nazarene Theological Seminary. During my time in seminary, I discovered the Anglican tradition. I fell in love with the ancient liturgies, their love for social justice, and above all the formation through prayer. I graduated from seminary in May of 2021, and I am finishing my Anglican Year at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry. Many thanks are given to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church for their mentorship and love. This blessed community has helped me find my church home and a place to rightly discern G-d’s call on my life.



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 4, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 6; 2 Kings 5:15-19a; Acts 19:21-27
Complementary: Psalm 119:73-80; Jeremiah 6:10-19; Acts 19:21-27

Tuesday, July 5, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 6; 2 Kings 5:19b-27; Acts 19:28-41

Complementary: Psalm 119:73-80; Jeremiah 8:4-13; Acts 19:28-41

Wednesday, July 6, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 6; 2 Kings 6:1-7; Luke 10:13-16
Complementary: Psalm 119:73-80; Joshua 23:1-16; Luke 10:13-16

Thursday, July 7, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 82; Amos 1:1-2:3; James 2:14-26
Complementary: Psalm 25:1-10; Genesis 41:14-36; James 2:14-26

Friday, July 8, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 82; Amos 2:4-11; Acts 7:9-16

Complementary: Psalm 25:1-10; Genesis 41:37-49; Acts 7:9-16

Saturday, July 9, 2022:

Semi-continuous: Psalm 82; Amos 2:12-3:8; John 3:16-21

Complementary: Psalm 25:1-10; Leviticus 19:1-4, 32-37; John 3:16-21

Sunday, July 10, 2022Proper 10 (15)

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

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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