Weekly Newsletter – August 8, 2022                               Print version


The ECW will meet at Noon on August 9.
All ladies of the church are invited to bring
a brown bag lunch and join us in the Parish Hall.


John Prine Mass Commemorative T-Shirts
Short Sleeve T-shirt $20 (XXL & XXXL $24)
Long Sleeve $24 (XXL & XXXL $28)

Contact Gail @228-760-0179 to order by phone

Proceeds benefit Grace at the Green Light


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

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! 


the week ahead

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

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 15, August 14th

Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Collect:  Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son 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 8 Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221
 August 9 [Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Philosopher, Monastic, and Martyr, 1942]
August 10 Laurence of Rome, Deacon and Martyr, 258   |   August 11 Clare of Assisi, Monastic, 1253
August 12 Florence Nightingale, Nurse, 1910   |   August 13 Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Theologian, 1667
August 14 Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Martyr, 1965

 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 August 3, 2022
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 7, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II


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

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

ECW News
@ Noon

For the Kids !

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


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

Youth Groups

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

Support our Local Non-Profits

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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.


In final Lambeth address, Archbishop of Canterbury calls the church to tell, teach and transform


Posted Aug 7, 2022

[From: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/07/in-final-lambeth-address-archbishop-of-canterbury-calls-the-church-to-tell-teach-and-transform/]

In his third and final keynote address of the 15th Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called on the church “to tell, to teach and to transform by responding to human need,” driving home the conference’s theme, “God’s Church for God’s World.”

“The church united is not merely a help to the world; it is the sign of salvation to the transformation of the world. The church humbled and hospitable, generous and full of love, is not just a nice thing to have in society; it points to the kingdom of heaven,” said Welby on Aug. 7 at the University of Kent, the site of the conference.

The church is not just another nongovernmental organization but “God’s chosen means of shining light in the darkness,” he said. Welby emphasized evangelism, formation and discipleship, focusing on bishops’ vocation in leading God’s church, which exists for the sake of the salvation of God’s world, throughout his final address.

It’s in periods of darkness that churches confront the world’s challenges and grow, and their members must be educated in Scripture and extrapolate it into the world.

“The strength of many churches that grow – grow deeper and grow in numbers – is that everyone knows the Gospel and can say something about their own testimony of their love and meeting with Jesus Christ,” Welby said. “They may not be eloquent, their theology may be slightly crude, but when they speak from the heart, others listen and their transformed lives illustrate their words.

“It is essential throughout the churches of the communion that everyone understands themselves to be witnesses because they are baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Over 650 bishops from across the Anglican Communion gathered July 26 at the University of Kent, just outside the city center, for the 12-day conference. Welby addressed the conference one last time when he preached at the closing Eucharist.

The office of the archbishop of Canterbury is one of the four Instruments of Communion, as is the Lambeth Conference, which is typically held every 10 years. Installed in March 2013, Welby is the 105th man appointed to the office.

At this Lambeth Conference, discussion centered on “Lambeth Calls,” draft papers on 10 subject areas that were intended to initiate discussion among the bishops and to offer action items for when they return to their provinces and dioceses after the conference. Calls focused on mission and evangelism, discipleship, environment and sustainable developmentreconciliation and human dignity.

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By Faith
Pentecost 9 (C)

August 7, 2022

[RCL] Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40



By faith… by faith… by faith… These words pulse through today’s epistle like a heartbeat, lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub. (It also works in Greek, the language the letter was originally written in – a single, two-syllable word we translate “by faith.” It sounds like pist-ay). “By faith our ancestors received… by faith we understand… by faith Abraham obeyed… by faith he stayed… by faith he received.” If we add in the verses our lectionary reading skips today, we would hear even more: By faith . . . by faith . . . by faith . . . like the rhythm within us that keeps us alive.

We don’t know who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews. But what we can tell from reading the whole letter and hearing its concerns is that it’s written to people who are giving up, who are leaving the church, who are leaving the faith. It’s written to people who have made sacrifices for their faith, who have even endured suffering, but now, these people are growing weary. It was hard enough in the short term – they can’t see staying in it for the long haul. They can only see what’s immediately in front of them, and they don’t like it. They think they can get a better deal somewhere else. So, Hebrews is the sermon of a preacher to people who are heading out the door.

This is the preacher’s message: Don’t give up. Have faith. Trust. Jesus Christ is the one in whom we can hope. Jesus Christ is the one in whom we can trust. Jesus Christ is the one in whom we can place our faith because Jesus Christ is faithful. You have not seen the future, but Jesus holds the future. Have faith in Jesus because Jesus is the faithful one.

This is why the writer’s by faith… by faith… by faith… is more like the rhythm of a heartbeat than the pulse of repeated pushups.

The analogy of practice and commitment – okay, give me five more! You’ve got this!  – like in exercise may be helpful. It matters that we show up. It matters that we keep giving it another try. It matters that we keep at it even if our efforts seem tiny and all we experience in the short term is how tired our arms are.

But instead of thinking of faith as an accomplishment, something done by our own efforts and through gritted teeth, think of it more like openness, like acceptance, like receiving something life-giving and empowering because it’s Jesus’ faith and faithfulness that really matters. In baptism, we are connected to Jesus’ faith and faithfulness. In baptism we receive Jesus. We are baptized into his death. And if we are united with Jesus in a death like his, we will be united with him in a resurrection like his (Romans 6:5). Whether the trust that is faith comes easy to us or feels like it takes great exertion, we all receive the same strong Jesus. Jesus is enough to carry us into a future that is unseen by us.

Think about being on an airplane. Some people who travel by plane are confident flyers. Others are not. But here’s the thing: all you have to do is get on the plane. That’s your responsibility. Get on the plane and behave kindly to the people around you. You can be a relaxed passenger or a nervous passenger, but what really matters is the ability of the pilot. You can be utterly undaunted by turbulence, or you can hunker down and eat your little packet of pretzels like it’s your last meal, but what matters is the training and experience of the pilot. The pilot is the same for the calm and reassured as well as the nervous and fearful. But confident passengers have a much better experience during the journey.

Our epistle writer’s by faith… by faith… by faith… is encouragement to stick with the community of Christians and to stick with Jesus Christ, to trust that by living with willing hearts, hearts open to the future God has prepared, like our forebears in faith did, we too become inheritors of that future, a future better than anything we can ask for or imagine.


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/by-faith-pentecost-9-c-august-7-2022/

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Pentecost 9 (C)

August 7, 2022

Kirstin Swanson

[RCL] Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

The part of Isaiah that this reading comes from was written before the Babylonian Exile and is part of a series of oracles against Judah and Jerusalem. Judah was the southern part of what was once the united kingdom of Israel.

God’s words to the people of Judah are hard to hear. The oracle Isaiah preaches compares Judah and the temple worship in Jerusalem to Sodom and Gomorrah, and God refuses to hear their prayers. Though God does not abide the sins of Israel – their offerings are worthless in the shadow of their injustices – there is an opening for them to restore their relationship, to come back into covenant.

First, God opens the way for the Israelites to learn to do what pleases God: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (1:17). Then, God invites the people into a conversation: “Let us argue it out” (1:18) refers to reasoned argumentation, not aggressive confrontation. God wants to reach toward the people with open hands of forgiveness and will accompany them as they work toward it.

  • In this passage, Isaiah points out a disconnect between the worship of the people in the temple and what they do outside of the temple. Do you observe the same disconnect in Christians? What are some examples of this?

  • What could Christians do that would close gaps between the ideals expressed in worship and the lives we live?


From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-9-c-august-7-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, August 9, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 11; Isaiah 24:1-13; Hebrews 11:17-28
Complementary: Psalm 89:1-18; 2 Chronicles 34:22-33; Hebrews 11:17-28

Wednesday, August 10, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 11; Isaiah 24:14-23; Luke 12:41-48
Complementary: Psalm 89:1-18; Jeremiah 33:14-26; Luke 12:41-48

Thursday, August 11, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Isaiah 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:26-31
Complementary: Psalm 82; Joshua 7:1, 10-26; Hebrews 10:26-31

Friday, August 12, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Isaiah 3:1-17; Hebrews 10:32-39
Complementary: Psalm 82; 1 Samuel 5:1-12; Hebrews 10:32-39

Saturday, August 13, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Isaiah 3:18-4:6; Matthew 24:15-27
Complementary: Psalm 82; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Matthew 24:15-27

Sunday, August 14, 2022Proper 15 (20)

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


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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