Weekly Newsletter – August 15, 2022                               Print version


Blood Drive TODAY !
We are hosting a Red Cross Blood drive Monday,
August 15th from 1-6 PM.
Visit Redcrossblood.org to make your appointment

The Memorial Service
for our dear
Dot Parker
has been postponed.
Updated arrangements are pending.

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
Grace at the Green Light

EYC returns !
Kick off party and parent meeting
Sunday, August 21st, 5pm at St. Mark’s.
Dinner will be Priest prepared

This year we’re gonna…
Say Something !
Play Something !
Make Something !
and Pray Something !
 each week!

all ladies of the parish are invited
to join us on Tuesday, August 30th at 5PM
for “happy gathering” at Seagrapes
then at 6PM we will go next door
to Tony’s Pizza for dinner.

Men’s Grillin’ Group
meets Tuesday, August 30th at 6PM
in the Parish hall.
All men are invited,
but we do ask that you RSVP
to Mike at 228-326-6601.
Bring your beverage of choice,
meat for the grill and $20 dues and join us.


2nd Annual Reunion of the Holy Family Friday night
Watch it here: stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/
or, on Facebook:

the week ahead

Today, August 15th 2022
The Feast day of Saint Mary the Virgin
Isaiah 61:10-11Galatians 4:4-7Luke 1:46-55Psalm 34 or 34:1-9

Collect: O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 16, August 21st

Readings: Isaiah 58:9b-14, Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Collect:  Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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 18 William Porcher DuBose, Priest, 1918

August 20 Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153

 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

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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 August 10, 2022

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 14, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II


August 14 – August 20

14th – Barbara Felder
15th – Whitney Lang
15th – Jim Ownbey
16th – Arlene Snyder
17th – Kirk Edrington
18th -Dickie Doucet
20th – Ann Milsted
August 21 – August 27

21st – Lynn Singletary
21st – Thomas Weber
26th – Kay Andre

ECW News
ELNO 8-30

For the Kids !

Sunday, August 7th
Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s
While on earth, Jesus healed many people. In John 9: 1-42 He heals a man born blind in an unusual way.
Key Points:
We need spiritual sight.
We live in a fallen world.
God works in different ways.
The Blind Man (USA) pdf   Babies and Toddlers
Lesson pack for over 5s   Preteens and Teens

Sunday, August 14th
The Roman Centurion

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s
Many people asked Jesus for help during His time on earth. One man was a Roman officer who displayed amazing faith and asked Jesus to heal his servant. We read the story in Matthew 8:5-13.
Key Points:
God has authority.
Distance is no barrier for God.
We need to have faith in God.
The Roman Centurion (USA) pdf
Babies and Toddlers
Lesson pack for over 5s
Preteens and Teens

Youth Groups

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

DOY (Division of Youth) Weekends
registration opens August 1st
Fall Sr. High DOY (grades 9-12) – September 16-18
Fall Jr. High DOY (grades 5-8) – October 21-23

Happening A Christian Experience
Happening #93 November 18-20
St. Columb’s, Ridgeland
Register to Attend Happening #93 (grades 10-12)

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.


Celebrating St. Mary: Marian feast days

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Marian feast days are specific holy days of the liturgical year recognized by Christians as significant Marian days for the celebration of events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her veneration. The number of Marian feasts celebrated, their names (and at times dates) can vary among Christian denominations.

Early history
The earliest feasts that relate to Mary grew out of the cycle of feasts that celebrated the Nativity of Jesus. Given that according to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2:22-40), forty days after the birth of Jesus, along with the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Mary was purified according to Jewish customs, the Feast of the Purification began to be celebrated by the 5th century, and became the Feast of Simeon in Byzantium.

The origin of Marian feasts is lost to history. Although there are references to specific Marian feasts introduced into the liturgies in later centuries, there are indications that Christians celebrated Mary very early on.

In the 7th and 8th centuries four more Marian feasts were established in the Eastern Church. Byzantine Emperor Maurice selected August 15 as the date of the feast of Dormition and Assumption. The feast of the Nativity of Mary was perhaps started in the first half of the 7th century in the Eastern Church. In the Western Church a feast dedicated to Mary, just before Christmas was celebrated in the Churches of Milan and Ravenna in Italy in the 7th century. The four Roman Marian feasts of Purification, Annunciation, Assumption and Nativity of Mary were gradually and sporadically introduced into England and by the 11th century were being celebrated there.

Development of feasts
Over time, the number and nature of feasts (and the associated Titles of Mary) and the venerative practices that accompany them have varied a great deal among diverse Christian traditions. Overall, there are significantly more titles, feasts and venerative Marian practices among Roman Catholics than any other Christians traditions.[3]

While the Western Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, some Eastern Catholics celebrate it as Dormition of the Mother of God, and may do so on August 28, if they follow the Julian calendar. The Eastern Orthodox also celebrate it as the Dormition of the Mother of God, one of their 12 Great Feasts. The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of Dormition not on a fixed date, but on the Sunday nearest August 15. Moreover, the practices apart from doctrinal differences also vary, e.g. for the Eastern Orthodox the feast is preceded by the 14-day Dormition Fast.

Other differences in feasts relate to specific events that occurred in history. For instance, the Feast of Our Lady of Victory (later renamed Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary) was based on the 1571 victory of the Papal States against the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Lepanto, is hence unique to Roman Catholics.

In the Anglican Communion

In calendars throughout the Anglican Communion and Continuing Anglican churches, the following Marian feasts may be observed, although the practice of different provinces varies widely:

Gifts to the Church by Episcopal Convents and Monasteries – The Community of St. Mary, Southern Province
The Community of St. Mary, Southern Province, describes their offering of guest ministry.

What is the guest ministry?


The term “guest ministry” refers to accommodations for visitors in religious communities. Depending on the size of a monastic house, guest accommodations can range from sections of the convent or monastery available for guests to stay in or retreat centers att ached to, or nearby, the religious community itself. A guest ministry typically involves a varying amount of contact with the nuns or monks, such as having meals with the Community or separate spaces for guests to eat. Guests are invited to attend chapel services and participate in the monastic life as much as is fitting for a Community, depending on its size and various ministries.


Why is it significant for the Church?


It is significant for the Church because it gives people a welcoming place for retreat and reflection, and a place to grow and develop in their spiritual lives. Guest ministries are havens of rest and renewal. Some places offer spiritual direction as well. This ministry gives the Church areas for stillness in the midst of the noise of their lives. 

One way to introduce people to the Episcopal monastic life is to have guests come and visit, spend the night, get to know the Community, and be invited into the monastic rhythm and balance of chapel services, work, silence, and rest. Staying at various Episcopal monastic communities allows people to see firsthand the impact of the Religious Life within The Episcopal Church. Visiting a convent or monastery also helps dispel a lot of myths and stereotypes people have about nuns and monks.

How is CSM involved in this ministry?


As Benedictines, hospitality is central to our way of life. St. Benedict wrote in his Rule, “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ who said, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.'” We strive to live that out by greeting the Christ in all who visit and stay at our convent. We have a variety of guest accommodations, including five rooms within our convent walls and a hermitage cabin located beside our chapel. Our hermitage cabin does not have any internet, so guests are particularly drawn to this accommodation as a time to disconnect from their social media feeds and work emails and just enjoy the silence, solitude, and space for reflection within nature. Guests who stay with us enjoy our scenic mountain views and times to slow down, be still, and discern how God is speaking to them during their stay with us.

Learn more about the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province, at https://www.communityofstmarysouth.org .


Pentecost 10 (C)

August 14, 2022

Jake Schlossberg

[RCL] Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-18; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56

Isaiah 5:1-7

Chapter five concludes the introductory section of the Book of Isaiah. While previous chapters have been hopeful, chapter five is one of indictment and judgment. The primary verdict is that God’s people have acted unjustly; they have not acted in accordance with God’s justice. Isaiah uses the metaphor of a vineyard, depicting God’s activity as agricultural labor. Israel and Judah are the vineyard in which God has labored, striving for good fruit, but what his people have yielded is inedible. He will now remove them from the land promised to their forefathers and it shall become a wasteland. Saint Jerome recalls the tears that Jesus shed for Jerusalem in Luke 19:41-44, weeping for the city that is the religious and political center of his people. Saint Basil the Great offers a spiritual reading of this passage, calling each of us to be vines in the vineyard, cultivating fruit in our souls and in our lives, so that we might not be thrown into the fire. One might think of Jesus cursing the fig tree in Mark 11 or the vine that is burned in John 15. Let us respond to, rather than reject, the Lord’s cultivating labor.

  • Where do you see fruitful branches in your life? Where do you see branches needing to be trimmed?

  • We do not often think of God grieving over his people. How does such an image change your perspective of Isaiah’s prophetic message?

Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-18

We see here a different twist on a similar theme as Isaiah. The first verse depicts the Lord as a shepherd rather than a vinedresser, but he is the guardian of Israel. When we look at verses eight and beyond, we see the agricultural theme of Isaiah, but in the aftermath of God’s judgment, executed by foreign powers. Israel is the vine that the Lord brought out of Egypt, a reference to God’s saving power in the Exodus. God established his people in the land like one establishes a vineyard, with care and intentionality. In light of this care, the Psalmist asks how the Lord can let his people be subjected to these foreign powers. These foreign powers do not glorify the Lord. They are not godly. In verse sixteen, we see a prefiguration of Christ, “the man of your right hand, and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.” Despite the devastation that our sins have wrought, the Lord is faithful to his people and will restore them. The vineyard will be restored to full health – a new and greater health.

  • If God has planted you and me in this time and place, how can each of us respond to his cultivating hand and flourish?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-10-c-august-14-2022/

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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 15, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 74; Isaiah 5:8-23; 1 John 4:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 32; Jeremiah 23:30-40; 1 John 4:1-6

Tuesday, August 16, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 74; Isaiah 5:24-30; Acts 7:44-53
Complementary: Psalm 32; Jeremiah 25:15-29; Acts 7:44-53

Wednesday, August 17, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 74; Isaiah 27:1-13; Luke 19:45-48
Complementary: Psalm 32; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Luke 19:45-48

Thursday, August 18, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 6:1-19; Hebrews 12:3-17
Complementary: Psalm 103:1-8; Numbers 15:32-41; Hebrews 12:3-17

Friday, August 19, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 6:20-30; Acts 17:1-9
Complementary: Psalm 103:1-8; 2 Chronicles 8:12-15; Acts 17:1-9

Saturday, August 20, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 1:1-3, 11-19; Luke 6:1-5
Complementary: Psalm 103:1-8; Nehemiah 13:15-22; Luke 6:1-5

Sunday, August 21, 2022Proper 16 (21)

Monday, August 22, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 10; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Hebrews 3:7-4:11
Complementary: Psalm 109:21-31; Ezekiel 20:1-17; Hebrews 3:7-4:11

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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