Weekly Newsletter – August 1, 2022                               Print version


Mark your calendars for our next Music Mass
AUGUST 20th at 5:30pm
Fish and Whistle
celebrating the Life and Music of
John Prine

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

Plate offerings and donations will benefit the
Hello in There Foundation

The Hello in There Foundation is an initiative established by the family of John Prine, to honor his memory and continue the love, kindness and generosity he shared with the world. The work of the foundation will be inspired and guided by John’s simple song title, Hello In There. Our mission aims to identify and collaborate with individuals and communities to offer support for people who are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten.


Ladies Night Out AUGUST
will be at Tony’s Brick Oven
2417 14th St, Gulfport, MS 39501

Flock at 5:30, Feast at 6
Tony’s Website

Men’s grillin’ group will be back August 30th

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 concludes
This 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 The Transfiguration
August 6, 2022

The Collect
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings: Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Peter 1:13-21, Luke 9:28-36, Psalm 99 or 99:5-9

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 14,
August 7th

Readings: Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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

 August 1 Joseph of Arimathaea

  August 3 [Joanna, Mary, and Salome, Myrrh-Bearing Women]

  August 7 John Mason Neale, Priest and Hymnographer, 1866

  August 8 Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221

 Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


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


Via Media July 27, 2022
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 31, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II 

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

August 7 – August 13
9th- Taylor Dobson
9th- Tim Dulaney
10th – Lenny Sawyer III
13th – Gordon Stanfield
8th – Paul & Jackie Krass
11th – Scott & Dale Belham
13th – Jim & Judy Ownbey

ECW News
Meeting August 9th

For the Kids !

Sunday, July 24th

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

When Jesus was on earth, He had three friends who were siblings, Lazarus, and his sisters Mary and Martha. Jesus loved these friends.  In John 11, we learn about a great miracle Jesus did for them.

Key Points:
Jesus cares about His friends.
Nothing is impossible for Jesus.
God’s timing is different than ours.

Lazarus (USA) pdf

Babies and Toddlers

Lesson pack for over 5s

Preteens and Teens

Sunday, July 31st
Jesus and the Little Children

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

When the disciples thought little children were not important enough for Jesus, Jesus replied, “Let the little children come to me.” Our passage is found in Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, and Luke 18:15-17.

Key Points:
Jesus welcomes children.
We should not judge people by how “important” they seem.
Jesus doesn’t welcome us because of who we are but because of who He is.

The Little Children (USA) pdf

Babies and Toddlers

Lesson pack for over 5s

Preteens and Teens

Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
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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 The Transfiguration

 [From: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Feast-of-the-Transfiguration]

Feast of the Transfiguration, Christian commemoration of the occasion upon which Jesus Christ took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John, up on a mountain, where Moses and Elijah appeared and Jesus was transfigured, his face and clothes becoming dazzlingly bright (Mark 9:2-13; Matthew 17:1-13; Luke 9:28-36). The festival celebrates the revelation of the eternal glory of the Second Person of the Trinity, which was normally veiled during Christ’s life on earth. According to tradition, the event took place on Mount Tabor.

It is not known when the festival was first celebrated, but it was kept in Jerusalem as early as the 7th century and in most parts of the Byzantine Empire by the 9th century. It was gradually introduced into the Western Church, and its observance was fixed as August 6 by Pope Calixtus III in 1457 as a thank offering for the victory over the Turks at Belgrade on that day in 1456. In 2002 Pope John Paul II updated the meditations of the rosary with five “luminous mysteries,” of which the Transfiguration is one.

In the Orthodox Church it has always been a major festival. In some churches it is celebrated on other dates. The Armenian Apostolic Church keeps it on the fourteenth Sunday after Easter, and some Lutherans on the Sunday after Epiphany.

Obituary for a Fool
Pentecost 8 (C)

July 31, 2022

Amy Richter

[RCL] Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Obituaries are about the life, not the death. The death is the occasion, but it’s usually reported in just one sentence, maybe with a detail–a disease, a condition, a struggle, an accident – and an age. We appraise: so young; a long life; so sudden; a shock.

Of course, when we know the person, there’s more emotion as we read the details — the birthplace, activities, schools attended, occupations, associations, and the list of those closest who are bereaved. “She is survived by her loving…” – “Survived.” Obituary-speak that softens the phrase’s meaning, “outlived by,” and hints at our hope that the life of the deceased will be lived out by the memories, commitments, or DNA of those left behind.

Naming survivors so soon after a loved one’s death can sound aspirational, optimistic. Will we survive this loss? The hole in our hearts? The disruption of plans and destruction of hopes? When it’s our loved one, the death is the headline, or at least the pivot point in the plot around which everything else will turn until we maybe someday come to the realization, I actually have survived.

But written about a stranger, a celebrity, or a public figure, an obituary is about the life lived, not the death. Obit writers collect facts, write drafts, and file them away, waiting for the when and the how. When the time comes, as it will, details are updated. Maybe an agent or spokesperson makes a statement. The death releases the facts of the life into view.

We read the obituary of someone we’ve admired, and we feel appreciation, maybe sorrow. For someone unknown to us, but impactful, we may feel like we’re getting an answer to a question we didn’t know we had — oh, that’s who…    In the case of the infamous, we may feel a rekindling of aversion or anger. The most engaging obituaries can entertain or instruct. Some function like a window; others like a mirror.

In today’s Gospel, we read an obituary of sorts. It’s a parable, and it too can function like a window or a mirror. Jesus puts it before us. Do we see through it to some truth? Do we see ourselves? Some of both?

“Mr. Rich Man died last night of unspecified causes. Known as very fortunate, some neighbors even called him blessed because his land produced abundantly. Man made plans to build bigger storage facilities for the wealth produced by his land, but he died before building could commence. He is survived by no one. Perhaps that is why he was sometimes observed talking to himself. No spokesperson could be reached for comment, but God, in a written statement called him a Fool.”

Okay, that’s not quite accurate. In the parable, God doesn’t pronounce about the man. God talks to the man. “You fool,” God says. “Your life isn’t your own, and neither is all that stuff. You poor fool.” The fact of the death releases the details, shows them for all to see. The rich man’s wealth wasn’t his, a fact his death makes clear. Just when he was trying to expand his tight grip on what he thought belonged to him, death loosened it. Permanently.

But the rich man isn’t the first person to have his plans interrupted by death. Why call him a fool?

Not because he’s wealthy. At least, that’s not stated in the parable, and in Jesus’ day, it was the same as in ours: money is a tool. Money funds, builds, clothes, feeds. Money builds hospitals, houses the homeless, teaches the illiterate, supports the arts, feeds the hungry. Jesus depended on the money of others to support him and his disciples. Jesus praised the woman who poured expensive perfume on him, preparing him, he said, for his death. Jesus was buried by a rich man who placed him in his own tomb. In the book of Acts, the sequel to the Gospel of Luke, a mark of Christian community is not communal poverty, but communal wealth, where through people’s sharing with one another, everyone has enough. The fool’s foolishness is not that he is rich….


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/obituary-for-a-fool-pentecost-8-c-july-31-2022/

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Pentecost 8 (C)

July 31, 2022

[RCL] Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Hosea 11:1-11

Meditating on this passage of prophetic imagining surfaces the tension that characterizes the relationship between God and Israel. Both parties bend their backs, but God’s bending nourishes while the peoples’ bending isolates them from infinite sustenance. The poet paints a picture of YHWH – the God of their ancestors – who calls out to them time and again only to be cast aside. The more God called out, the further the people ran outside of earshot. In the poet’s hands, God reminisces about teaching the people how to walk, embracing them with open arms, and healing them when healing was needed. God says, “I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love” (v. 4), but perhaps the people mistook the cords and bands as tools of bondage rather than connectors of infinite mercy. In verses five through seven, it seems that the Assyrian conquest vindicates God’s anger, tempting God to turn a blind eye when the people finally wave their arms in distress and return God’s call.

But this is a God who desires closeness. And perhaps the poet even endeavors to imagine YHWH, the great I AM, into a space of introspection. The poet’s words seem to push the creator of all things to say, “For I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst” (v. 9) – a reminder to the Holy One of his abundant capacity not only for anger and wrath but also for intimate knowing and loving.

In verse eight, the poet writes that God’s heart recoils within God, as if it had been previously wretched out by Israel’s rejection. Instead of burning with wrath outside of the chest, God’s heart recoils and grows warm and tender with compassion close to Godself. The writer suggests that YHWH can no more exist without the love and affection of humans than a fish can live outside of water.

  • What causes us to bend away from God?

  • How might we straighten our backs to meet God?

Psalm 107:1-9, 43

A great companion to the Hosea passage, this psalm reiterates the steadfastness of God’s love. For the psalmist, God’s love moves beyond words and feelings that make one feel tingly on the inside. God’s grounding and dynamic love shows up to do something. It is the kind of love that moves bodies from one place to another and joins person to person – from the wild desert to an inhabited town. God’s steadfast love is the kind of love that materializes in the form of food and water when souls are weary. The psalmist reminds us that for those who have wandered beyond the bounds of civilization, finding themselves stranded from all that they know, God’s love follows them with unceasing tenacity.

  • Can you name your last desert dwelling? What led you there and how did you get out? If you are still in your desert moment, what effect does this psalm have on you?

  • What are the “food” and “water” in your life that God has provided for you?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-8-c-july-31-2022/

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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, 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

Tuesday, August 2, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 60; Hosea 13:1-16; Colossians 4:2-6
Complementary: Psalm 127; Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:8; Colossians 4:2-6

Wednesday, August 3, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 60; Hosea 14:1-9; Luke 12:22-31
Complementary: Psalm 127; Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, 13-14; Luke 12:22-31

Thursday, August 4, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 9:8-17; Romans 9:1-9
Complementary: Psalm 33:12-22; Job 21:1-16; Romans 9:1-9

Friday, August 5, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; Acts 7:1-8
Complementary: Psalm 33:12-22; Ecclesiastes 6:1-6; Acts 7:1-8

Saturday, August 6, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 1:2-9, 21-23; Matthew 6:19-24
Complementary: Psalm 33:12-22; Genesis 11:27-32; Matthew 6:19-24

Sunday, August 7, 2022Proper 14 (19)

Monday, August 8, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 11; Isaiah 2:1-4; Hebrews 11:1-7
Complementary: Psalm 89:1-18; 2 Chronicles 33:1-17; Hebrews 11:1-7


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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