September 26, 2022
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TOMORROW ! September 27th


ELNO Ladies will meet Tuesday, September 27th at the Rackhouse in downtown Gulfport.
PLEASE RSVP Jan Shook 228-860-4407 by Monday evening so that we may be seated together and accommodated accordingly.





Men’s Grillin’ Group – ALL men of the parish are invited to gather Tuesday, September 27th at 6PM in the Parish hall. Bring your meat for the grill, beverage of choice and $20 dues. RSVP to Mike Cassady at 228-326-6601

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 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

BLESSING of the PETS THIS Sunday, October 2nd

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

Special gifts for our blessed beasts
AND
Saints on the Big Screen
between services.

SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 30th

For The Love Of All That’s Hallowed Sunday
One Service @ 9:30 followed by Brunch, Ministry Fair and Trunk or Treat 
Costumed Congregants welcome and Candy filled Cars need !
Are you the “contact” person, or lead a special ministry?
We’ll be setting up information tables in the Parish Hall to showcase all of the Ministries offered by St. Peter’s.

THE WEEK AHEAD

WEDNESDAY WAVE cropped

9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Morning Bible Study

Fall Formation CONTINUES

12:05 Noon Healing Service
1 Via Media

6pm Bell Choir Practice

Coming October 12th Casting Nets and Compline return

The Feast Day of Saint Michael and All Angels
Thursday, September 29th

ReadingsGenesis 28:10-17Revelation 12:7-12John 1:47-51Psalm 103 or 103:19-22

Collect: Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

SUNDAY SERVICES and more

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 22, October 2nd

ReadingsHabakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Psalm 37:1-10, 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Gospel reading TBD*

Collect:  Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week

September 
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]
30 Jerome, Priest, and Monk of Bethlehem, 420

October 
 1 Remigius of Rheims, Bishop, c.530
   or [Therese of Lisieux, Monastic, 1897]
 3 [John Raleigh Mott,
Ecumenist and Missionary, 1955]
 4 Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

EYC
Each 
Sunday evening
This year we’re gonna…
Say Something !
Play Something !
Make Something !
and Pray Something !
 each week! 

Time to update our Parish Directory

What better spot,
to take that shot…
than in front of our
newly painted doors !

Email your photo and any updated info to: stpetersbthesea@bellsouth.net
OR, Upload your photos through our website:
https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/send-us-a-selfie/
and send your updates through our form.

UPCOMING

Our neighbors to the East at the
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, BiloxiDo 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)
redeemer1bookkeeper@gmail.com 

Our neighbors to the East at Trinity, Pass Christian have their Pumpkin Patch as well.

Two pumpkins are ALWAYS  better than one !

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

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 25, 2022
Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II

September 25 – October 1
Birthdays
27th – Carter Lishen
28th – Barbara Langlois
30th – Bubba Lang
Anniversaries
29th – Kirk & Louise Edrington
1st – Chris & Nancy Hoppe

October 2 – October 8
Birthdays
2nd – Rebeckah Kersanac
3rd – Mike Cassady
7th – Scott Williams

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

MISSISSIPPI DIOCESAN YOUTH


DOY (Division of Youth) Weekends
registration opens August 1st
Fall Jr. High DOY (grades 5-8) – October 21-23

Youth Groups
@diomsyouth



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


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.

INSPIRATION

Michaelmas: Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels
September 29th

Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels is a Christian festival observed in some Western liturgical calendars on 29 September. Michaelmas has been one of the four quarter days of the financial, judicial, and academic year.

In Christian angelology, the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the angels and is honored for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven.

History

(pictured) Saint Michael defeats the Dragon, from a 12th-century manuscript.
In the fifth century, a basilica near Rome was dedicated in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel on 30 September, beginning with celebrations on the eve of that day. 29 September is now kept in honor of Saint Michael and all Angels throughout some western churches. The name Michaelmas comes from a shortening of “Michael’s Mass”, in the same style as Christmas (Christ’s Mass) and Candlemas (Candle Mass, the Mass where traditionally the candles to be used throughout the year would be blessed).

During the Middle Ages, Michaelmas was celebrated as a Holy Day of Obligation, but this tradition was abolished in the 18th century. In medieval England, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman’s year, George C. Homans observes: “at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year.”

Because it falls near the equinox, this holy day is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. It was also one of the English, Welsh, and Irish quarter days, when accounts had to be settled. On manors, it was the day when a reeve was elected from the peasants. Michaelmas hiring fairs were held at the end of September or beginning of October. The day was also considered a “gale day” in Ireland when rent would be due, as well as a day for the issuing or settling of contracts or other legal transactions.

Celebration
On the Isle of Skye, Scotland, a procession was held. One of the few flowers left around at this time of year is the Michaelmas daisy (also known as asters). Hence the rhyme: “The Michaelmas daisies, among dead weeds, Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds…”

In Ireland, (Irish: Fomhar na nGeanna), pilgrimages to holy wells associated with St Michael took place, with pilgrims taking a drink from the holy water from the well. The greeting “May Michaelmas feinin on you” was traditional. Boys born on this day were often christened Michael or Micheal. In Tramore, County Waterford, a procession with an effigy of St Michael, called the Micilin, was brought through the town to the shore to mark the end of the fishing season. In Irish folklore, clear weather on Michaelmas was a portent of a long winter, “Michaelmas Day be bright and clear there will be two ‘Winters’ in the year.”

Modern observances
Because Saint Michael is the patron of police officers, Michaelmas may also see a Blue Mass. Lutheran Christians consider it a principal feast of Christ, and the Lutheran Confessor, Philip Melanchthon, wrote a hymn for the day that is still sung in Lutheran churches: “Lord God, We All to Thee Give Praise” (The Lutheran Hymnal 254), which shares its tune with the Old 100th hymn.

Michaelmas is still celebrated in Waldorf schools. Rudolf Steiner considered it the second most important festival after Easter. The celebration of this holiday teaches the importance of facing fears and strengthening resolve. As the first festival of the new school year, it is celebrated is with an all-school play, in which each class assumes a role, such as peasants, townspeople, nobles, etc. Students assume a new role as they pass from grade to grade, and it becomes something of a rite of passage.

In the City of London, Michaelmas is the day when the new Lord Mayor of London is elected, in the Common Hall.

In Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, Michaelmas has been observed since 1786 as Goose Day. Local tradition holds that eating goose on 29 September will bring prosperity. The good-luck goose connection comes from Queen Elizabeth I, who was said to be eating goose on Michaelmas in 1588 when she received news that her royal navy defeated the Spanish Armada. The Juniata River Valley began celebrating this version of Michaelmas when a Pennsylvania Dutchman named Andrew Pontius moved his family to neighboring Snyder County to farm. When his farm prospered, he decided to hire a tenant farmer to help. On his way to Lancaster to hire a German immigrant, he stopped in Harrisburg for the night where he met a young Englishman named Archibald Hunter, who was offered the job. The contract that was drawn for employment contained a clause specifying their accounts were to be settled each year on the traditional day to do so, 29 September. When that day came, Hunter appeared at Pontius’ door with his accounts and a goose, explaining that in England, eating a goose on 29 September brought good luck. The tradition spread to nearby Lewistown, Pennsylvania, where it is still honored today with many local restaurants and civics groups offering goose dinners, local festivals, and other county-wide activities. In honor of the holiday, painted fiberglass goose statues can be found throughout the county all year long.

from the website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas

Real Life
Pentecost 16 (C) – Track 1

September 25, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

We have all heard that the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” While that is certainly true, the maxim alone may leave us feeling judged, helpless, or defensive. Thank goodness that isn’t the only thing Paul said about wealth as he coached Timothy about how to pastor communities with wealthy folk in them. He says that rich folk are to “do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.”

You see, Paul knows, as Jesus knew, as the Psalmist knew, as Amos knew, as God knows… that wealth can be a particularly heavy and intransigent stumbling block when it comes to living wholeheartedly, living the abundant life Jesus offers, living the life that is really life. Too much money can easily get in our way. In fairness, too little money also poses its own temptations, but that’s a topic for another time. Traditionally, for better and worse, more people in our particular denomination of Jesus-followers have wrestled with the temptations and blind spots that come with having too much money, rather than too little.

Whether through aphorisms like we heard at the beginning of the sermon, or prophetic censures from Jeremiah or Amos or Hosea, or poetic exhortations as we hear in the Psalms, like “The Lord cares for the stranger; he sustains the orphan and the widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked,” or the familiar folktale Jesus turns into a parable in the Gospel reading, the plain sense message of today’s Scripture is clear: “You cannot serve God and wealth,” as Jesus says, just before launching into the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man.

Our God – who is faithful and just, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love – doesn’t work through coercion, shaming, or fear-mongering; the Lord knows those methods may produce short-term change. However, in the long run, they generate deep resistance to the freedom and joy and the life that is really life that Jesus offers. Coercion, shaming, and fear work against Jesus’ invitation to transformation, to repentance, to changing our hearts and minds. So instead of seeing these readings as a big warning to those of us who are rich, replete with the threat of eternal damnation, as some have interpreted Jesus’ parable -perhaps the Spirit invites us to receive the “fullness of [God’s] grace,” as our collect says, so that we “may become partakers of [God’s] heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Maybe the tragedy of the Rich Man is less about him burning in Hades and more about the way he had constructed his life to be cut off from reality, from feeling compassion in the face of suffering, from the joy of sharing what we have, from the satisfaction of being able to see dignity and even beauty in the faces of those whom we might instinctually turn away from seeing, like a man with a dog licking his open sores.

Jesus is retelling a classic folktale of his era. We think it originated in Egypt and was told among Gentiles of Luke’s audience. And he uses a classic storytelling technique about an imaginary future to provoke a change in his listeners. Think here of the modern story A Christmas Carol. Dickens used the same technique, right? A Christmas Carol isn’t about the reality of ghosts, it is about the possibility of a stubborn, closed-in, old man’s conversion to generosity and joy. After his conversion, Scrooge says, “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”

Jesus focuses very little attention on the afterlife through the Gospels, but he regularly uses images of the future to shake us up and help us become more conscious of how we are living now. He speaks about the kingdom of heaven, not as an ethereal destination where your soul goes after you die; it is, rather, how God intends this world to be when we have our priorities right and follow God’s will for our lives. Remember that line, “on earth as it is in heaven?”

On the one hand, Jesus’ parable affirms the moral of the folktale: Don’t be like the Rich Man… or else!

But, on the other hand, a parable is a parable because there is always more meaning than just the plain sense. So perhaps some of “the more” in this parable is that God’s Kingdom has a special affinity for the least, lost, last, and lonely. And Lazarus certainly is among the least and last, but maybe the Rich Man is among the lost and lonely.

The Rich Man lives behind a wall with a gate. We know very little about him but that he dresses sharply and feasts sumptuously every day. Did he dine alone? The Rich Man, who is ironically nameless, knew Lazarus by name but didn’t help him. Did the Rich Man develop a sort of callus over his soul so that the plight of Lazarus would no longer affect him? Did he no longer even see Lazarus at the gate?

Maybe most of us have a little of the Rich Man in us. After all, we’re often glued to our screens, staring at social media or our bank balances or strings of texts related to our family’s emotional drama. All of that buffers us from noticing and being available to what actually is. Charles Taylor, the Catholic philosopher respected both within the academy and the church (which is a near miracle!), coined the term the “buffered self.” Taylor contrasts the buffered self with the porous self, a person who is open to the transcendent, to being encountered by reality that may be surprising, uncomfortable, and, of course, beyond our ability to control.

With the buffered self, the Holy Spirit works overtime to get our attention, to pull us out of ourselves. But, thank God, the Spirit does finally poke holes in our defenses. We might call those conversion processes. They are often painful, and it can feel like you’re going through hell – or even Hades, for that matter. But it is only through the puncture of the buffers, the breaching of the walls, the opening of the gates, that mercy flows.

So, to stay with the imagery of the parable, while his death and confinement in Hades might have poked a few holes in the Rich Man’s buffer, I suspect that the chasm between him and Lazarus will remain until he can see the full humanity of Lazarus, until the scope of his concern for others’ wellbeing extends beyond his kith and kin.

But you know, while his brothers may be so buffered they won’t be able to say “yes” to repentance, to the fullness of God’s grace, to opening themselves to the miracle of someone rising from the dead, hope abounds. Because that chasm that separates the Rich Man and Lazarus in Hades is bridged by the One who spans the chasm between heaven and hell: Jesus. Of course, Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, to the last and lost like Lazarus. And he came to set the captive free, like the Rich Man captive to his wealth, likely lost and lonely, unable to engage reality.

Friends, Jesus invites us through this teaching to let our guards down, keep our gates unlocked, our ears unplugged, our eyes wide open, so that our souls may become less buffered and more and more porous to the flow of Spirit’s generosity. Amen.


From the Episcopal Church website:
https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/real-life-pentecost-16-c-september-25-2022/
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The Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer serves as the Rector of Grace Church in the Mountains, in Waynesville, NC. She has degrees from Davidson College, University of Edinburgh and Episcopal Divinity School. In this phase of life, most of her discretionary time is lovingly devoured by small children. Her two primary spiritual disciplines are child-rearing and sermon-writing, and she is regularly humbled by both.

BIBLE STUDY

Pentecost 16 (C) TRACK 1 
September 25, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

 

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

This reading from Jeremiah finds us at a time of certainty: certainty that Jerusalem is about to be destroyed. Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, is besieging Jerusalem and its fall is a forgone conclusion. This is not the time to invest in real estate. However, Jeremiah purchases a field from his cousin, Hanamel, to keep the land in his family. And while this action is in obedience to Levitical law (Lev. 25:23-28, NRSV), to most people the idea of following this law when invasion of the land and exile of her people are imminent would be absurd. However, Jeremiah knows that God plays the long ball. He knows that while despair, fear, and suffering are overwhelming present realities, hope is the ultimate reality because of God’s guiding hand. Even though Jerusalem will be destroyed, it will eventually be restored: “Houses and fields,” says the Lord, “and vineyards shall again be bought in this land” (Jer. 32:15). Times of uncertainty and despair are unfortunate realities in our lives. However, our lives are not locked into the consequences of a single moment. God is always present and because of that, our lives are lives of hope.

  • When you look at your life, where do you see moments when you didn’t see hope? How did God guide you through these moments?

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

There are a lot of things that stalk us “in the darkness” (Ps. 91:6, BCP), things that unnerve us or disturb our peace. But what makes our faith so hopeful is the fact that God invites us to share all of that with God. God is not some abstract and nebulous idea, but a reality that humanity is bound to in love (Ps. 91:14). God hears us in our times of struggle. God participates in our lives. God does not detach. God is our refuge, our eternal, immovable refuge, that comforts and softly embraces us as a hen embraces her chicks (Mt. 23:37 and Lk. 13:34). How fortunate we are to have such a devoted friend who walks with us in every step of our lives!

  • When have you been most vulnerable before God?
  • How has God comforted you?

CONTINUE READING…

From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-16-c-september-25-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, September 27, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:49-56; Jeremiah 32:36-44; James 5:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 62; Hosea 10:9-15; James 5:1-6

Wednesday, September 28, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:49-56; Jeremiah 33:1-13; Matthew 19:16-22
Complementary: Psalm 62; Hosea 12:2-14; Matthew 19:16-22

Thursday, September 29, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Lamentations 3:19-26; Jeremiah 52:1-11; Revelation 2:8-11
Complementary: Psalm 37:1-9; 2 Kings 18:1-8, 28-36; Revelation 2:8-11

Friday, September 30, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Lamentations 3:19-26; Jeremiah 52:12-30; Revelation 2:12-29
Complementary: Psalm 37:1-9; 2 Kings 19:8-20, 35-37; Revelation 2:12-29

Saturday, October 1, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Lamentations 3:19-26; Lamentations 1:7-15; Matthew 20:29-34
Complementary: Psalm 37:1-9; Isaiah 7:1-9; Matthew 20:29-34

Sunday, October 2, 2022Proper 22 (27)

Monday, October 3, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:16-22; James 1:2-11
Complementary: Psalm 3; Habakkuk 1:5-17; James 1:2-11

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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