Weekly Newsletter – August 22, 2022                               Print version

Reminder !
Susan is out of the office this week!

ICYMI (In case you missed it)

Fish and Whistle: A Music Mass
celebrating the Life and Music of
John Prine
Plate offerings of $1500 will benefit
Grace at the Green Light

Did you miss it ?

EYC returns !

Kick off party and parent meeting
Sunday evening at St. Mark’s.
This year we’re gonna…
Say Something !
Play Something !
Make Something !
and Pray Something !
 each week! 

Parents, Friends, Aunts, Uncles,
College Aged Sublings, Grandparents…

We need volunteers to prepare meals for EYC Sundays and chaperone/helpers.
To sign up, please scan the QR Code or visit


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.

Memorial Service
for our dear
Dot Parker
Friday, August 26, 2022 11:00 AM
St. Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church

the week ahead

Fall Formation begins !

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Wednesday Noon Healing Service
Via Media
and Adult Sunday School
We will take a deep dive into the more ambiguous aspects of our sacred stories, traditions, and liturgy in search of some insight into just what the Holy Spirit might be saying to her church about what we can be and what miracles we can perform!

This Week:
Walking on Water Into Wine

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

Wednesday, August 24th 2022
The Feast day of Saint Bartholomew

Deuteronomy 18:15-181 Corinthians 4:9-15Luke 22:24-30Psalm 91 or 91:1-4

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 17, August 28th


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 22 Philander Chase, Bishop, 1852
23 [Thecla of Iconium 
Proto-Martyr Among Women, c.70]
24 [Anna Ellison Butler Alexander,
Deaconess and Teacher, 1947]
25 Sergius of Radonezh, Monastic, Moscow, 1392
26 Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626
27 [Euphrosyne/Smaragdus of Alexandria,
Monastic, fifth century]
28 [Paula and Eustochium of Rome, Monastics and Scholars, 404 and c.419]

 Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


St. Peter’s own Hand Bell Choir
is returning this Fall.
Practices are once a week, Wednesday evenings
performances are once a month.

More info coming soon…
If you would like to become a
Ding-A-Ling by-the-Sea
contact any member or our director Donna Hutchings


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 August 17, 2022

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 21, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II


August 21 – August 27

21st – Lynn Singletary
21st – Thomas Weber
26th – Kay Andre
August 28 – September 9
28th – Troy Grantham, Jr.
28th – Lucia Matheny
29th – Johnnie Blake
29th – Gini Fellows
30th -Joey Callahan
30th – David Delk
30th – Skip Harborth
30th -Patrick Sanders
31st – Johnny Kersanac
29th – Lonnie & Fran Burch

ECW News
ELNO 8-30
Next Meeting
September 13th
at Noon

For the Kids !

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

Sunday, August 14th
The Woman that Touched Jesus

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s
In Mark 5:21-34, we read about a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. Nothing worked to heal her until she reached out to touch Jesus in faith.
Key points:

What is impossible for people is possible for God.
Only Jesus can make us whole.
Jesus cares about our needs.
The woman who touched Jesus (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.


Saint Bartholomew: Christian Apostle

From Britannica on-line
Saint Bartholomew, (flourished 1st century AD – died unknown date, traditionally Albanopolis, Armenia; Western feast day August 24; date varies in Eastern churches), one of the Twelve Apostles.

Apart from the mentions of him in four of the Apostle lists (Mark 3:18, Matt. 10:3, Luke 6:14, and Acts 1:13), nothing is known about him from the New Testament. Bartholomew is a family name meaning “son of [Hebrew: bar] Tolmai, or Talmai,” so he may have had another personal name. For that reason and because he was always associated with St. Philip the Apostle in the Gospel lists, a 9th-century tradition identified him with Nathanael, who, according to John 1:43-51, was called with Philip by Jesus. Upon seeing Nathanael, Jesus said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” This identification sought to explain how the otherwise unknown Bartholomew could be mentioned in the Apostle lists, while Nathanael, whose call is explicitly described by John, does not figure in them. His full name would then be Nathanael bar Tolmai.

The 4th-century Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea in his Ecclesiastical History relates that, when the 2nd-century teacher St. Pantaenus of Alexandria made a visit to India, he found a Hebrew copy of The Gospel According to Matthew, which had been left behind there by Bartholomew. Traditionally, Bartholomew also served as a missionary to Ethiopia, Mesopotamia, Parthia (in modern Iran), Lycaonia (in modern Turkey), and Armenia. The apostle is said to have been martyred by flaying and beheading at the command of the Armenian king Astyages. His relics were supposedly taken to the Church of St. Bartholomew-in-the-Tiber, Rome.


Set Free by the Holy God
Pentecost 11 (C) – Track 1

August 21, 2022

Frank S. Logue

[RCL] Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

Three mountains stand within our scripture reading – Sinai, Zion, and Calvary – and on these mountains of God, we learn how we can find healing and wholeness. Only Zion is named in the reading, but all three of these mountains overshadow the words in Hebrews. While these are real places that you can go visit today, the author of Hebrews is talking about spiritual geography. Each mountain presents a fuller picture of God without superseding the image that came before it.

The first mountain is Sinai, the mountain of Moses and the ten commandments. Sinai was in the wild, untamed expanse of wilderness the Hebrews crossed as they left Egypt. This is the place our reading from Hebrews describes, saying, “You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken them.’
That is a tightly packed description of Mount Sinai using images taken from the Exodus account of God’s teaching being given to the people through Moses. God’s teaching, called the Torah, is for Judaism the means to commune with a personal and loving God.

Yet, the encounter with God on Mount Sinai is an encounter with a mighty and dreadful presence, the unseen deity atop a mountain. The people do not approach God themselves, but through Moses, who serves as a mediator.

The second mountain in our reading today is Zion. This mountain inside the city of Jerusalem has long been associated with the Temple Mount. Zion is the premier place to worship the God of Israel. At the Temple on Mount Zion, the priests served as mediators between God and the people in their role of offering sacrifices to God.

The author of Hebrews calls Zion the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. Unlike Sinai in the wilderness, Zion was a known hill within the walled city. God’s presence had moved from the unknown to the familiar. The knowledge that God’s presence was felt in the Temple in a powerful way never kept the people of Israel from thinking that God was everywhere. In the same way, we can feel God’s presence in a particular way in church, but we do not have to go to church to feel God’s presence. Beyond this and just as important, God’s presence is more dependable than our feelings.

continue reading…

From the Episcopal Church website:

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Pentecost 11 (C) TRACK 1  
August 14, 2022

Lisa Ginggen
Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

Jeremiah 1:4-10
HELP WANTED: Seeking prophet in Jerusalem. No previous experience necessary. Children may also apply. There is no pay. You will be required to proclaim things that your audience does not want to hear – mostly things admonishing them to change their bad behavior. It is a 24-hour per day job and things are about to get worse as your king dies and foreigners conquer your people and make them leave their homes. You will, however, have the unconditional support of your boss, who will literally put the words in your mouth. Much of what you will be required to say is about destruction, though there will be some messages of restoration and hope. To apply, please pray to God.

How many people would apply for such a role? And yet, Jeremiah was called by God at a tender moment in Israel’s history when it lost its independence and was ultimately exiled to Babylon. Jeremiah, much like Moses, is resistant to God’s call. He highlights that he is only a boy. How could he possibly know what to say as a prophet to the nations? How scary that must have been. God, however, tells Jeremiah that God has always been with Jeremiah since his very beginning and that God will be with him as Jeremiah says hard things to his people.

  • What is an example of a hard situation where you felt called to speak up against an injustice?   How did you react? Where was God in that situation?

  • What does it mean to be a prophet?   What were the biblical prophets doing?

  • Who do you see as a prophet in our current times?

Psalm 71:1-6
In Psalm 71, the psalmist presents themselves as aged (v. 9), perhaps looking back and appealing to God not to forget them. It is a lament mingled with appeal, hope, and praise of God. The theme of God as refuge implies the psalmist’s relationship with God is one of seeing God as providing safety but also as one of a sanctuary (v. 2) or more concretely, as a stronghold (v. 3). The psalmist also expresses their faith in God from birth until now (v. 5-6).

  • When has God been your refuge? How have the psalms been a part of that experience or how could they be in the future?

  • How do your prayers to God resemble this psalm or not? What in this psalm inspires your own prayers to God?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-11-c-august-21-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 10; Jeremiah 7:16-26; Revelation 3:7-13
Complementary: Psalm 109:21-31; Ezekiel 20:18-32; Revelation 3:7-13

Wednesday, August 24, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 10; Jeremiah 7:27-34; Luke 6:6-11
Complementary: Psalm 109:21-31; Ezekiel 20:33-44; Luke 6:6-11

Thursday, August 25, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Jeremiah 11:1-17; 1 Peter 3:8-12
Complementary: Psalm 112; Proverbs 15:13-17; 1 Peter 3:8-12

Friday, August 26, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Jeremiah 12:1-13; 1 Peter 4:7-11
Complementary: Psalm 112; Proverbs 18:6-12; 1 Peter 4:7-11

Saturday, August 27, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Jeremiah 2:1-3, 14-22; Matthew 20:20-28
Complementary: Psalm 112; Proverbs 21:1-4, 24-26; Matthew 20:20-28

Sunday, August 28, 2022Proper 17 (22)

Monday, August 29, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 58; Jeremiah 2:23-37; Hebrews 13:7-21
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; 2 Chronicles 12:1-12; Hebrews 13:7-21

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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