Weekly Newsletter – September 12, 2022                                                                           Print version


ECW meets tomorrow,Tuesday, September 13th at noon in the parish hall.
This is open to ALL ladies of the parish,
please bring a sack lunch and join in the fellowship.


Parents, Friends, Aunts, Uncles, College Aged Sublings, Grandparents…
We need volunteers to prepare meals for EYC Sundays and chaperone/helpers.

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9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Fall Formation CONTINUES

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

This Week
The Gospel of Mark and Sam:
Touch the Hem of His Garment

Listen here:

Touch the Hem of His Garment
Song by Sam Cooke

Whoa, there was a woman in the Bible days
She had been sick, sick so very long
But she heard ’bout Jesus was passin’ by
So she joined the gathering throng

And while she was pushing her way through
Someone asked her, what are you trying to do?
She said, if I could just touch the hem of his garment
I know I’ll be made whole

She cried oh, Lord (oh, Lord), and whoa, Lord (oh, Lord)
And oh, oh Lord, and whoa, Lord (Oh, Lord)
Said, if I could just touch the hem of his garment
I know I’ll be made whole

And whoa, she spent her money here and there
Until she had no, had no more to spare
The doctors, they’d done all they could
But their medicine would do no good

When she touched him, the savior didn’t see
But still he turned around and cried, somebody touched me
She said, it was I who just wanna touch the hem of your garment
I know I’ll be made whole right now

She stood there cryin’, oh (oh, Lord) oh (oh, Lord)
And oh, oh Lord, and whoa, Lord (oh, Lord)
Said, if I could just touch the hem of his garment
I know I’ll be made whole right now.

Holy Cross Day
Wednesday, September 14th

Readings: Isaiah 45:21-25Philippians 2:5-11 or Galatians 6:14-18,
John 12:31-36aPsalm 98 or 98:1-4

Collect: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Join us Wednesday evenings at 6pm
performances are once a month.

for more info, contact any member or, our director Donna Hutchings


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 20, September 18th

Readings:  Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

Collect:  Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday evening at St. Mark’s.
5th-8th Grade 4-5 p.m.
Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.
9-12th Grade 5:30-7 p.m.

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

September 12 John Henry Hobart,
Bishop of New York, 1830

September 13 Cyprian of Carthage,
Bishop and Martyr, 258

September 15 [Catherine of Genoa,
Mystic and Nurse, 1510]

September 16 Ninian, Bishop, c.430

September 17 Hildegard of Bingen,
Mystic and Scholar, 1179

September 18 Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, 1882

September 19 Theodore of Tarsus,
Archbishop of Canterbury, 690


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site


St. Pierre’s Episcopal Church in Gautier, Mississippi will host its annual 
James Henry LeBatard Conference 
for those involved in reading during the church service. 
All lay Eucharistic ministers,
lay readers and those interested in learning more are invited to attend.
This conference does count for recertification.

Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time:  Registration 8:15 until 9:00 a.m.
Conference will start at 9:00 a.m. and end by noon.

 Cost:  $20.00 per person.         Snacks and coffee/ tea will be provided.
All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you.

Join us Tuesday, September 27th
Ladies at the Rackhouse Downtown Gulfport
Men at the Church

Cats, dogs, pigs or frogs
Can’t bring your pet?
Bring a collar or favorite toy
A child’s stuffed animal
Special items of the beloved
who have passed.
We’re gonna bless them all !

Sunday October 2nd
At BOTH services !

We will be accepting bags of pet food
and cash donations for HSSM


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


John Prine Music Mass

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

4, 5 & 5:30pm EYC

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II


September 11 – September 17
11th – Paige Rackley
11th – Jordan Walker
12th – Steven Jenkins
14th – Ryan Frederic
14th – Carl Rackley
17th – Norman Ruble
12th – Marvin & Crama Koury
14th – Bill & Ruthie Murdock
16th – Mark & Donna Lishen

September18 – September 24
19th – Becca Gerardine
20th – Michael Wilkes
21st – Mellody Jenkins
22nd – JT Anglin
23rd – Bill Murdock
22nd – Cameron & Hannah Bell

ECW News
Next Meeting September 13th at Noon

For the Kids !

Sunday, September 4th
Peter Walks on Water
Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s

Jesus’ disciples often had to choose between faith and doubt. In Matthew 14:22-36, we read the miracle of Peter walking on water until he took his eyes off Jesus.

Key Points:

We should never doubt God.
Jesus is with us in life’s storms.
When we call out to Him, Jesus will save us.
Peter Walks on Water (USA) pdf
Babies and Toddlers
Lesson pack for over 5s
Preteens and Teens


Sunday, September 11th
The Great Commission

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

Jesus gave His followers many instructions during His time on earth. One of the most famous instructions is found in Matthew 28:16-20.

Key Points:
Christ has sent us to the world.
We should share the Gospel.
We should strive to reach all nations.
The Great Commission (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)

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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.


Holy Cross Day
September 14th

A major feast observed on Sept. 14 in honor of Christ’s self-offering on the cross for our salvation. The collect for Holy Cross Day recalls that Christ “was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself,” and prays that “we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him” (BCP, p. 192). The themes of Holy Cross Day are powerfully expressed by the hymn “Lift high the cross” (Hymn 473).

This feast is known as “The Exaltation of the Holy Cross” in the eastern church and in missals and sacramentaries of the western church, and it is known as “The Triumph of the Cross” in the Roman Catholic Church. It was one of the 12 great feasts in the Byzantine liturgy. The 1979 BCP is the first American Prayer Book to include Holy Cross Day.

Historically, the feast has been associated with the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings built by the Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337) in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ’s tomb. This shrine included a large basilica and a circular church. Constantine’s mother, Helena (c. 255- c. 330), supervised the construction of the shrine, and a relic believed to be the cross was discovered during the work of excavation. Claims by the Church of Jerusalem to have the cross date from the mid-fourth century, and the pilgrim Egeria mentions a feast commemorating the discovery of the cross in Jerusalem in the late-fourth-century. This feast has also been associated with the exposition at Jerusalem of the cross by the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (575-641). He recovered the relic from the Persians who took it from Jerusalem in 614 when they destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Although the authenticity of alleged relics of the cross may be questionable, Holy Cross Day provides an opportunity for a joyous celebration of Christ’s redeeming death on a cross. See Cross; see Relics.

from the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/glossary/holy-cross-day/

Wrath of God
Pentecost 14 (C) – Track 1

September 11, 2022

Kirk Alan Kubicek

[RCL]: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

“The wrath of God is his relentless compassion, pursuing us even when

we are at our worst. Lord, give us mercy to bear your mercy.”

– Maggie Ross, from The Fire of Your Life

Perhaps it helps us to remember that the fourteenth chapter of Luke concludes, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Then we hear, “All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus.” Tax collectors were reviled because in the depressed economy of first-century Israel under Roman occupation, some of the people had taken the only jobs they could find: collecting taxes for the emperor. For this, they were reviled and seen as traitors. As to sinners, well, Jeremiah 4 and Psalm 14 pretty well sum things up with phrases such as: “They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good,” “My people are foolish, they do not know me,” “The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all, to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God. Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad.”

The only comfort in such pronouncements is that we are all in this together! What is interesting in these little parabolic stories in Luke 15 is that some new folks are drawing near “to listen”: the Pharisees and scribes, that is those who most often challenge Jesus to test and sniff out his orthodoxy. They have yet to grasp that we are all in this together and sneer, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Perhaps Jesus tells these stories as he notices that his simple practice of hospitality toward all persons has attracted a new group of listeners!

A sheep and a coin are lost. Their owners go to great lengths to find them, presumably a shepherd, which were most often men, and a housewife, a woman. Shepherds had particularly nasty reputations and were considered so outside the boundaries of civil life that they were not allowed to testify in legal proceedings. And yet, in Luke’s story of Jesus, they are the first to announce, to testify, to the birth of the Christ child!

Going to the heart of these stories, the shepherd and the woman play the part of God. Despite the ongoing angst of some at having to admit it, the Bible frequently depicts God as a woman: as a mother nursing her child, as a mother hen gathering her chicks, and as this woman searching for a lost sinner. God is depicted as a woman! And here Jesus tells us what the parables are about: lost sinners are found and God and the angels in heaven rejoice. We might note in both stories the result is the same; both the shepherd and the woman invite all their neighbors, as in all, everyone without qualification, to “Rejoice with me, for I have found [that which] was lost.” There is more joy over one sinner who is found than any 99 who have no need for repentance.

There’s the rub. We try to understand the joke implied in Jesus’ conclusion by making confession every Sunday either in the Eucharist or Morning Prayer. But often, we are like the scribes and Pharisees who think everyone else but them needs to repent, to turn, turn till they “come round right” as the Shaker hymn has it.

We can assume Jesus knows who is surrounding him to listen. The scribes and Pharisees are newly interested. They are sneering at the crowd with no understanding whatsoever that they are now actually part of the very crowd at which they sneer! Sneering ranks low on the scale of Biblical virtues and high on the scale of sin itself.

There are lessons for all who have ears and listen – really truly listen to what’s going on here. For what we have is a story of God’s unstoppable goodness – God’s unstoppable love and compassion for all people, all creatures, and all creation itself. We are to note the great risk the shepherd takes in leaving the 99 in the wilderness while he pursues his search for the one who is lost – because as anyone who knows anything at all about sheep can tell you, when he gets back they will be as good as gone! Yet he still throws a party for everyone, which no doubt will cost him more than the value of the one sheep he has spent all his energy to find! Perhaps neither the tax collectors nor the sinners are lost, except in the narrow eyes and stereotyping of the scribes and Pharisees.


Continue Reading…

From the Episcopal Church website:

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This sermon, written by the Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek, originally ran for Proper 19 (C) in 2019.


Pentecost 14 (C) TRACK 1  
September 11, 2022

Amy Feins 

[RCL] Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

There is no way to read this passage from Jeremiah and not compare it in some way to all the news that we hear each day from around the globe. It does indeed seem that there is a hot wind blowing fiercely at us, the foolish people, the stupid children. From record-breaking heat, fire, and floods right in our backyards to Saharan dust clouds high in the atmosphere, it is not hard to imagine that our fruitful land will be a desert and that the cities will be laid in ruins. Yet verse 27 of Jeremiah’s lament reminds us that the Lord is not going to end it here; there is something on the other side of this desolation.

Jeremiah’s prophecy is not exactly hopeful, but it also does not allow us to simply give up and pack it in. Things are going to be bad, “the earth shall mourn,” but we remain God’s people, we have no choice but to remain steadfast in our faith as we move through what might be our own dark night of the soul.

  • Do you think that God has given up on us, or is there a chance for redemption?

  • What in this passage might give you insight into a way through these dark days?

Psalm 14

Psalm 14 maintains the same theme that was articulated in the reading from Jeremiah. In fact, it provides some more details that can help us see exactly how we ended up in this dismal state. We are the fools who have lost our faith and have committed “abominable acts,” and there is not a single one of us who has proved faithful.

What the psalm also provides is a glimmer of hope about the restoration of Israel. It certainly won’t be by our own doing, however, but by the Grace of God.

  • Do you feel singled out as the fool in this psalm, or are you tempted to think that it applies to other people in another time?

  • Do you find hope in verse 7? How might we show that our faith has been restored?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-14-c-september-11-2022/

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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, September 12, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 94; Jeremiah 5:1-17; 1 Timothy 1:18-20
Complementary: Psalm 73; Amos 7:1-6; 1 Timothy 1:18-20

Tuesday, September 13, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 94; Jeremiah 5:18-31; 2 Peter 3:8-13
Complementary: Psalm 73; Jonah 3:1-10; 2 Peter 3:8-13

Wednesday, September 14, 2022Holy Cross

Wednesday, September 14, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 94; Jeremiah 14:1-10, 17-22; Luke 22:31-33, 54-62
Complementary: Psalm 73; Job 40:6-14; 42:1-6; Luke 22:31-33, 54-62

Thursday, September 15, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 12:14-13:11; Romans 3:1-8
Complementary: Psalm 113; Exodus 23:1-9; Romans 3:1-8

Friday, September 16, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 8:1-13; Romans 8:31-39
Complementary: Psalm 113; Ezekiel 22:17-31; Romans 8:31-39

Saturday, September 17, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 8:14-17; 9:2-11; Mark 12:41-44
Complementary: Psalm 113; Isaiah 5:8-23; Mark 12:41-44

Sunday, September 18, 2022Proper 20 (25)

Monday, September 19, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 106:40-48; Jeremiah 9:12-26; Acts 4:1-12
Complementary: Psalm 12; Proverbs 14:12-31; Acts 4:1-12

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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