Weekly Newsletter – September 19, 2022                                                                           Print version



For The Love Of All That’s Hallowed Sunday
One Service @ 9:30 followed by Brunch, Ministry Fair and Trunk or Treat  


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

Friday, September 30th

The ECW will be parking cars for the special drone show.

Volunteers are needed from 5-5:30 – 10pm
This is a fundraiser for our ECW.
If you are willing and able to help contact
Ann Milsted (601)479-7477 or Sandy Dowdle (228)731-0132


Scenes from this week’s
EYC at St. Mark’s

Special thanks the Hawkins’,
Chip, Rachel, Reid
and Hill (not pictured)

for providing this week’s dinner of
Nacho Topped Taters !

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




9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Fall Formation CONTINUES

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

This Week

The Feast Day of St. Matthew
Wednesday, September 21th

Readings: Proverbs 3:1-62 Timothy 3:14-17,
Matthew 9:9-13Psalm 119:33-40

Collect: We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Join us Wednesday evenings at 6pm performances are once a month.
for more info, contact any member or, our director Donna Hutchings


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 21, September 25th

Readings: Amos 6:1a,4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19Matthew 4:23-25*

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.

Matthew 4:23-25: Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, people possessed by demons or having epilepsy or afflicted with paralysis, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

* With permission from Bishop Seage, we will be using our Fall Formation Gospel passages in place of the RCL

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 19 Theodore of Tarsus,
Archbishop of Canterbury, 690

September 20 John Coleridge Patteson,
Bishop, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871

September 22 Philander Chase, Bishop, 1852

September 23 [Thecla of Iconium 
Proto-Martyr Among Women, c.70]

September 24 [Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Deaconess and Teacher, 1947]

September 25 Sergius of Radonezh,
Monastic, Moscow, 1392

September 26 Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626

 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

Our neighbors to the East at the
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi

Do you, or someone you know, need community service hours?
This is a great way to earn those hours, while helping out with a local favorite community event!
Pumpkin arrival date and time is contingent upon the arrival of the truck.
We ask that you let us know if you are planning to volunteer,
so we can call if there are changes in the schedule!

Contact Mary Tio or Margaret Fish
228-594-2100 (leave a message)

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

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II

September18 – September 24
19th – Becca Gerardine
20th – Michael Wilkes
21st – Mellody Jenkins
22nd – JT Anglin
23rd – Bill Murdock
22nd – Cameron & Hannah Bell
September 25 – October 1
27th – Carter Lishen
28th – Barbara Langlois
30th – Bubba Lang
29th – Kirk & Louise Edrington
1st – Chris & Nancy Hoppe

ECW News
Parking cars for the special drone show
September 30th
5-5:30pm – 10pm


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.


The British Monarch as Governor of the Church:
A Rookie Anglican Guide
By Anglican Compass|September 19th, 2022

For the seventy years of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II served as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Now that Charles III has ascended to the throne, he takes the same role, and like Elizabeth promises to “maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England.”

This does not mean that the British Monarch acts as a religious minister. Neither the late Queen nor the new King is ordained. In the 39 Articles of Religion, the 37th Article explains, “we give not to our Princes the ministering either of God’s Word, or of the Sacraments.” Rather, the Monarch is to “rule all estates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Temporal, and restrain with the civil sword the stubborn and evil-doers.”

But what does this mean in practice? On the one hand, it means that the Monarch has a unique responsibility to rule as a Christian. This is dramatically expressed in the coronation service, in which the Monarch is anointed in the manner of the Biblical kings, accompanied by a choral anthem taken from the anointing of Solomon in 1 Kings 1: “Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king. And all the people rejoiced and said: God save the King! Long live the King! God save the King! May the King live for ever. Amen. Hallelujah.” Here is the video of the anointing anthem at Elizabeth’s coronation: https://youtu.be/Y3qH0rpwwe4

On the other hand, the Monarch has the unique authority to appoint English Bishops and senior clergy, upon the advice of other political and ecclesial leaders. This arrangement of church-state relations is sometimes called “Erastianism,” after the 16th century theologian, Thomas Erastus.

The arrangement has a long history, dating back to Henry VIII in the 16th century. And it continues today, as reflected in the photo at the top of this article, where the Bishops pay homage to the newly crowned Queen. But Anglican history is longer than Erastianism, and there is reason to believe Erastianism will not mark the Anglicanism of the future.


Church & State in the Anglo-Saxon Church
The evangelization of England proceeded in part through the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon kings, who subsequently became generous patrons of the church. But such kings were rarely involved in the selection of Bishops in the church.

One of the most notable such conversions was King Aethelbert of Kent, who in 597 received the monk Augustine on his missionary journey from Rome. Aethelburt did not believe when Augustine first shared with him the gospel, but he did welcome the monks and give them a place to live in Canterbury. Bede, the historian of the early Anglican Church, explains that king Aethelbert eventually believed and was baptized, because he was “attracted to the pure life of the saints and by their most precious promises, whose truth they confirmed by performing many miracles” (I.26). Thereafter Aethelbert “bestowed many gifts on the bishops” and “added both lands and possessions’ for the maintenance of the bishops’ retinues” (II.3).

But Augustine himself selected and consecrated his successor, Laurence, to be the second Archbishop of Canterbury after his death. Moreover, Pope Gregory, who had sent Augustine on his mission, authorized Augustine to “ordain twelve bishops in various places who are to be subject to your jurisdiction” (I.29). Thus the early Anglo-Saxon church, with the support of the Bishop of Rome, selected and consecrated Bishops, often by the determination of the Bishops themselves.


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From the Anglican Compass website:
The British Monarch as Governor of the Church: A Rookie Anglican Guide – Anglican Compass

Feast Day of St. Matthew
September 21th

St. Matthew, also called St. Matthew the Evangelist, St. Matthew the Apostle, or Levi, (flourished 1st century CE, Palestine; Western feast day September 21, Eastern feast day November 16), one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and the traditional author of the first Synoptic Gospel (the Gospel According to Matthew).

According to Matthew 9:9 and Mark 2:14, Matthew was sitting by the customs house in Capernaum (near modern Almagor, Israel, on the Sea of Galilee) when Jesus called him into his company. Assuming that the identification of Matthew with Levi is correct, Matthew (probably meaning “Yahweh’s Gift”) would appear to be the Christian name of Levi (called by Mark “Levi the son of Alphaeus”), who had been employed as a tax collector in the service of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee. Because Levi’s occupation was one that earned distrust and contempt everywhere, the scribes of the Pharisees criticized Jesus on seeing him eat with tax collectors and sinners, whereupon Jesus answered, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:15-17). According to Luke 5:29, the aforementioned dinner was given by Levi in his house after his call.

Other than naming Matthew in the list of Apostles, usually pairing him with St. Thomas, the New Testament offers scant and uncertain information about him. Outside the New Testament, a statement of importance about him is the passage from the Apostolic Father Papias of Hierapolis preserved by Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea: “So then Matthew composed the Oracles in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as he could.” The Gospel According to Matthew was certainly written for a Jewish-Christian church in a strongly Jewish environment, but that this Matthew is definitely the Synoptic author is seriously doubted. Tradition notes his ministry in Judaea, after which he supposedly missioned to the East, suggesting Ethiopia and Persia. Legend differs as to the scene of his missions and as to whether he died a natural death or a martyr’s. Matthew’s relics were reputedly discovered in Salerno (Italy) in 1080. His symbol is an angel, and he is a patron saint of tax collectors and accountants.

from the website: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Matthew

A Song of Sorrow
Pentecost 15 (C) – Track 1

September 18, 2022

Kellan Day

[RCL] Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

On some Sundays, it’s enticing to piece together a puzzle. It’s interesting to do interpretive gymnastics and sit in the presence of a bewildering word. On some Sundays, it’s a whole lot of fun to weave together an impossible text and sit in the heap of unanswerable questions.

But on other Sundays, we need sounds and rhythms and poetry. We need sonic reassurances. Some Sundays, we simply cannot take another puzzle because at least one of the pieces always seems to be missing. Some Sundays, we just need to sit in the company of our own ache and anger and sorrow.

Once in a while, we just can’t stomach an inscrutable parable and for days like that, the prophet Jeremiah offers us something very different indeed.

Jeremiah is often called the weeping prophet, and the scholar Kathleen O’Connor likes to call our text appointed for today a weeping poem. A weeping poem is for when we find ourselves weeping and for when we find ourselves unable to weep. It is a gift for God’s people – a people who find themselves in all sorts of varied and exhausting and heart-wrenching circumstances.

Jeremiah offers his weeping words for when you don’t have any words yourself, when only a dead silence greets you in the night. They are poems for when your words come so hot and fast that they slip out of you like darts aimed at the closest target – maybe this weeping poem will melt those darts into tears, exposing the sadness that your anger hides. They are words for when you feel as if salvation is a hoax and there is literally no hope rising on the horizon and you are utterly convinced that every day ahead will be barren and empty. They are words for when you wonder if God is going to show up to help with any of the messes we find ourselves in, for when you hurt not only for yourself but for all those who suffer far more than you. They are words for when you see disease sweeping across the land and health seems far from being restored. They are words for when trauma bites and you find yourself reeling from another panic attack. And they are words for when you wish you could cry because at least you’d be able to release some of the sorrow in you, like a pressure valve, whistling out a song of relief.

Perhaps Jeremiah’s words don’t resonate with you right now – and if that’s the case, give thanks for such a season of grace. Relish the goodness in your life, savor the peace, proclaim the joy, and carry all this with you into our aching world.

But if Jeremiah’s words did resound, or if they echoed in you, bouncing off your past, then you are invited to rest in them. To let them become a haven, an oasis, a place where you might experience solidarity and accompaniment.

To these words, the words that might offer us some company and comfort this morning, we now turn.


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From the Episcopal Church website:

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The Rev. Kellan Day is the assistant rector at Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, North Carolina. She is a graduate of The School of Theology at the University of the South. Kellan and her spouse, Kai, relish time outside – climbing, hiking with their dog, and sitting on porches with friends.


Pentecost 15 (C) TRACK 1  
September 18, 2022

Andrew Gordon

[RCL] Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

Here in the eighth chapter of Jeremiah, we hear directly from God’s voice, as God laments the waywardness of God’s chosen people. Watching as the people of Israel worship idols and turn away from their relationship with the Divine, God cries, “Grief is upon me; my heart is sick.” God hears the shouts of God’s people as they claim an absence of Holy presence and that not one among them will be saved. In response to this claim, God states, “For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken, I mourn, and horror has seized me,” and we hear God’s deep desire for relationship with God’s chosen people. For even while lamenting Israel’s infidelity, God consistently invites the chosen into continued relationship, one defined by abiding loyalty. God longs for reciprocity in that relationship of loyalty and mourns when that loyalty is forgotten or lost. Yet even amid lament, God’s promise of loyalty remains, as well as God’s invitation to participate in the loyal relationship that defines the covenant.

  • Where in our lives have we turned away from the loyalty of God?

  • How might we turn toward a relationship of loyalty with God?

Psalm 79:1-9

Is it possible for justice and mercy to both rule the day? It seems that the psalmist prays for just this as the psalm petitions for God to “pour out your wrath” and “let your compassion be swift to meet us.” How, though, can wrath and compassion both serve in hastening the coming of the Kingdom of God? The psalmist asks God to deal wrathfully with those who have “profaned [the] holy temple,” those who have destroyed that which is God’s. Reducing Jerusalem to “a heap of rubble” must be answered for and amended, as it goes against the very heart of God. This raises the questions: What in our own time has been destroyed and turned to a heap of rubble that belongs to God? What systems still profane the holy temple?

As the psalmist shifts the tone toward the end of the psalm, we are taken again into the heart of God’s promise of relationship, one marked by forgiveness and compassion. Committing to living as recipients of that compassion calls for an admission of “our past sins,” as the psalmist names, and serves as a reminder that we are forever called to look to God when “we have been brought very low.” Thus, we begin to see the connection of justice and mercy, a Divine connection that, in serving justice by correcting the wrong of the destruction of the holy, gives us a compassionate, merciful, and eternal place to dwell.

    • Where do we see that which belongs to God being destroyed in our own time?

  • What do we see that calls for God’s justice? What do we see that calls for God’s mercy?

  • How might we know when justice and mercy have both been served?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-15-c-september-18-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, September 20, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 106:40-48; Jeremiah 10:1-16; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Complementary: Psalm 12; Proverbs 17:1-5; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Wednesday, September 21, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 106:40-48; Jeremiah 10:17-25; Luke 20:45-21:4
Complementary: Psalm 12; Proverbs 21:10-16; Luke 20:45-21:4

Thursday, September 22, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 23:9-22; 2 Corinthians 8:8-15
Complementary: Psalm 146; Proverbs 22:2-16; 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

Friday, September 23, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 23:23-32; Ephesians 2:1-10
Complementary: Psalm 146; Proverbs 28:3-10; Ephesians 2:1-10

Saturday, September 24, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 24:1-10; Luke 9:43b-48
Complementary: Psalm 146; Proverbs 28:11-28; Luke 9:43b-48

Sunday, September 25, 2022Proper 21 (26)

Monday, September 26, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:49-56; Jeremiah 32:16-35; Revelation 3:14-22
Complementary: Psalm 62; Amos 6:8-14; Revelation 3:14-22

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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