Weekly Newsletter – August 29, 2022                                                                            Print version

JOIN US TOMORROW

ELNO
all ladies of the parish are invited to join us 
TOMORROW
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
RETURNS TOMORROW
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.

THE WEEK AHEAD

WEDNESDAY WAVE cropped

9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Fall Formation CONTINUES

Morning Bible Study
12:05 Noon Healing Service
1 Via Media

This Week
Touching Tales of Holy Healing

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 18, September 4th

Readings:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14:25-33

Collect:  Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

August 29 [The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist]
August 30 [Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line, Martyrs, 1588, 1586, and 1601]
August 31 Aidan of Lindisfarne, Bishop, 651
September 1 David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon, 1931
September 2 The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942
September 3 [Phoebe, Deacon]
September 4 Paul Jones, Bishop, 1941
September 5 [Katharina Zell, Church Reformer and Writer, 1562]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Labor Day MONDAY September 5th
READINGS: Ecclesiasticus 38:27-32a, 
Psalm 107:1-9 or  Psalm 90:1-2, 16-17, 1 Corinthians 3:10-14, Matthew 6:19-24

Collect     Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

EYC is back !
Each 
Sunday evening at St. Mark’s.
This year we’re gonna…
Say Something !
Play Something !
Make Something !
and Pray Something !
 each week! 

EYC FALL KICK OFF 2022

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
https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/eyc-volunteer-sign-up/

BELLS ARE COMING BACK

St. Peter’s own Hand Bell Choir
is returning this Fall.
Practices are once a week, Wednesday evenings
BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 7th at 6pm
performances are once a month.
OUR FIRST PERFORMANCE
OCTOBER 9th

If you would like to become a
Ding-A-Ling by-the-Sea
Join us September 7,
contact any member or our director Donna Hutchings

ICYMI

John Prine Music Mass

SAVE THE DATES

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

READ MORE HERE
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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

9:30am
 Kids’ Sunday School
10:30am
 Rite II *
*Streaming Services

10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 28, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II

August 28 – September 9
Birthdays
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
Anniversaries
29th – Lonnie & Fran Burch

September 4 – September 10
Birthdays

5th – Harry Yoste
6th – Jim Bush
6th – Barbara Downey
6th – William Funderburk
6th- Jonah Hudson
7th – Teresa Green
9th – Mike Fitzgerald
9th – David Hood
10th- Richard Ladner

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

For the Kids !

Sunday, August 21st
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

Sunday, August 28th
House of Prayer (Jesus clears the Temple)

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

One day Jesus went to the temple to pray. When He arrived, He was angry with what He saw. We read this account in Matthew 21:12-16; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48 and John 2:12-24.
Key points:
We need to remove things which do not honor God,
Jesus wants our lives to be filled by Him,
We should not get distracted from what is most important.
House of Prayer (USA) pdf

Babies and Toddlers
Lesson pack for over 5s
Preteens and Teens

Youth Groups
@diomsyouth

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)

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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.

INSPIRATION

Watching
Pentecost 12 (C) – Track 1

August 28, 2022

Irene Maliaman

[RCL] Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

There is watching going on in the gospel lesson today. Jesus was invited to eat at the house of the leader of the Pharisees, and the Pharisees were watching him. Jesus was watching them back and noticed that the guests were scrambling to occupy the premium seats. Based on his comment to his host, Jesus also observed that his host has invited the who’s who in that community. Jesus, knowing that the seats people choose and the guests they keep reveal not just their social and economic standing but more importantly their inner selves, took the opportunity to teach the guests and the host about humility and hospitality.

To the guests, Jesus tells a parable of a wedding banquet that seems to describe exactly what was going on in front of him. He tells them that it is wiser to sit in the lowest place and wait for the host’s invitation to “move up higher.” He goes on to say, “For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” The parable echoes the first reading from Proverbs (25:6-7), which says, “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.”

Jesus is not just teaching about table manners and practical advice to avoid embarrassment here. He is also not saying that we should not sit in premium seats. He is teaching humility. Apparently, one way to prop one’s social standing at that time was to be invited to parties of influential and affluent people such as the head Pharisee and to sit as close as possible to the host.

While self-promotion is the accepted way to get ahead in the world, humility is the way to please God. Those who exalt themselves tend to think they are better or more important than others. The humble think less of themselves and make room for others.

Jesus then tells his host that when he throws a dinner party, he should not invite those who can invite him back: his friends, families, and affluent neighbors. Instead, he should invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind who could not invite him back so that he will be repaid at the resurrection.

Luke does not mention how the guests and host reacted to Jesus’ politically incorrect comments; it is not hard to imagine that they were shocked!

It can be easy for us to judge the guests at the Pharisees’ dinner who are scrambling for the best seats as arrogant and pathetic social climbers. But the truth is, we are so much like the guests and the host. Pride and the desire to exalt oneself are part of fallen humanity. We all have this desire to be better, to achieve, to be on top, to be number one, and to be admired. We see this in the Garden when Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation to be like God. The story of the Tower of Babel where people wanted to build a tower to reach heaven to make a name for themselves is another example of human desire for attention. The people of Israel took pride and privilege of their “Chosenness” as People of God and Jesus’ disciples often quarreled as to who among them was the greatest. We see this in the divisions in the church. We see it in our own churches. People may volunteer to sit in vestries and committees, be acolytes, read lessons, and do other more “glamorous” ministries but few volunteer to stay behind and wash the dishes, collect the used bulletins after service, cut the grass, or other behind-the-scenes ministries.

Indeed, many of us prefer to sit in premium seats and share the same guest list as the host of Jesus. We like to brush shoulders with famous people hoping that their importance will rub off on us. And just like in the time of Jesus, we do what is easy and automatically invite families, friends, and respectable members of the community to our dinner parties. In church functions and gatherings, people normally take selfies with the visiting bishop or famous guest of honor and post them on their social media. Nothing wrong with this – but people do not normally take selfies with those laboring behind the scenes. If they do, the photos are not usually posted on Facebook or Instagram.

This desire to exalt oneself is connected to our need for love, admiration, and attention. There is nothing wrong with wanting to excel and achieve and be loved or admired. But this can be destructive and self-defeating when, in our desire to impress people and get their attention, we think less of them. The gospel challenges us to “fix” this need to exalt ourselves for the sake of being loved by being humble. This is like one of those paradoxical teachings of Jesus, like “Those who save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.” In other words, Jesus is saying in the gospel that the way up is down.

Jesus invites us to review our guest list, especially those we do not welcome. Who is the equivalent of the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind who are not usually invited to our parties? Check your list if it includes the following:

    • Drug addicts

  • Immigrants, strangers, and people who do not speak and look like you

  • Homeless people

  • Members of the LGBTQ community

  • People who disagree with you politically and religiously

  • People who have hurt you in the past

Consider this as you ponder your list: if you do not invite these people, might you be saying that Jesus is not welcomed at your table?

Then look around your church and communion table. Who is present and who is not? Is there diversity? Do the people there look mostly like you and speak the same language as you? We need to expand our circle and redefine family and friends and not just stick to what is easy and familiar. Family is not an exclusive or private group based on bloodline or race; as Jesus said in Luke 8:21, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Finally, have you ever thought that we might be the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind? And still, Jesus freely extends his invitation and welcomes us to his table. We are sinners, and yet, by God’s grace, we have seats of honor at God’s table. It is a wonder that we get welcomed, though we cannot reciprocate God’s hospitality. How are we to respond to the gracious generosity of God? We reciprocate by opening our lives to those who are different from us and those with whom we would not normally associate. As the writer of Hebrews reminds us in our second lesson, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Amen.

This sermon was written by the Ven. Irene Egmalis-Maliaman, of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Tamuning, Guam.

From the Episcopal Church website:
https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/watching-pentecost-12-c-august-28-2022/
Download the PDF

BIBLE STUDY

Pentecost 12 (C) TRACK 1  
August 28, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

Jeremiah 2:4-13

In the second chapter of Jeremiah, God is laying out a case against the people of Jerusalem for straying and turning to other gods. What stands out to me in this passage, however, is how God is upset with them for failing to lament: “They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt?'” And a few verses later, the prophet relays, “The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?'” In other words, the people stopped asking where God was, and the priests stopped reminding them to do so (see Rodney R. Hutton’s footnote for Jeremiah 2:6-8 in The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version, Oxford University Press, 2010).

God is calling attention to the fact that the people have ceased to complain to God! I love what this says about the importance of lament: it is an integral part of an intimate relationship with God. God not only expects but even desires that we voice our anguish when we feel God is absent. The cry in and of itself is an act of faith – it is a reaching out for God. At times we may feel guilty for wondering where God is and wanting to cry out, but in fact, this very cry embodies a faithfulness to the relationship.

  • Does lament have a place in your prayer life?

  • What cries of your heart might God be desiring you to voice?

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

With the psalm, we move from lament to singing with joy. The psalmist recounts what God has done for God’s people, bringing them out of slavery and feeding them abundantly in the desolate wilderness. The response one might expect to such loving care is a song of joy, and yet instead the people “follow their own devices,” forgetting how present God has been.

The last verse of this selection is particularly poignant: “But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with honey from the rock.” This tenderness calls to mind God’s care for the house of Israel in Deuteronomy 32:11-13: “As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him…  He set him atop the heights of the land, and fed him with produce of the field; he nursed him with honey from the crags, with oil from flinty rock.”

In both of these passages, one can hear God’s readiness to nurture and care for Israel as a mother cares tenderly for her children, but in their distraction the people miss this loving hand extended to them.

  • What “devices and desires of our own hearts” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 41) do you see causing us to overlook or stray from the loving care God offers us?

 

CONTINUE READING…

From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-12-c-august-28-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, August 30, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 58; Jeremiah 3:1-14; Titus 1:1-9
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; Isaiah 2:12-17; Titus 1:1-9

Wednesday, August 31, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 58; Jeremiah 3:15-25; Luke 14:15-24
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; Isaiah 57:14-21; Luke 14:15-24

Thursday, September 1, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Jeremiah 15:10-21; Philippians 2:25-30
Complementary: Psalm 1; Genesis 39:1-23; Philippians 2:25-30

Friday, September 2, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Jeremiah 16:14-17:4; Colossians 4:7-17
Complementary: Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 7:12-26; Colossians 4:7-17

Saturday, September 3, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Jeremiah 17:14-27; Matthew 10:34-42
Complementary: Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 29:2-20; Matthew 10:34-42

Sunday, September 4, 2022Proper 18 (23)

Monday, September 5, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 2; Jeremiah 18:12-23; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Complementary: Psalm 101; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5

 

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. 
Amen.

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