Weekly Newsletter – September 4, 2022                                                                            Print version

Happy Labor Day

Ecclesiasticus 38:27-32a, Psalm 107:1-9 or
 Psalm 90:1-2, 16-17, 1 Corinthians 3:10-14, Matthew 6:19-24

The 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.

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Not even 40 minute storm could keep the guys of the Men’s Grillin’ Group and gals of ELNO home Tuesday Night

The men celebrated Fr. Patrick’s Birthday while the ladies gathered in a record number at Seagrapes downtown .



9 Intercessory Prayer
10:30 Fall Formation CONTINUES

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

This Week
(with a little “R”)
the Lesson of Lazarus


Would you like to become a
Ding-A-Ling by-the-Sea
Join us Wednesday, September 7,

Practices are once a week, Wednesday evenings
performances are once a month.

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


Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19, September 11th

Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-11,
1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10

Collect: O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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

September 5 [Katharina Zell,
Church Reformer and Writer, 1562]

 September 7 [Kassiani, Poet and Hymnographer, 865]

 September 8 [The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

 September 9 Constance, Thecla, Ruth, Frances, Charles Parsons, and Louis Schuyler, Martyrs, 1878

September 10 Alexander CrummellPriest, 1898

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


Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

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


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


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.


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

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 4, 2022

Sunday Rite I

Sunday Rite II

September 4 – September 10

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
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

ECW News
Next Meeting September 13th at Noon

For the Kids !

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

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


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.


Family Ties
Pentecost 13 (C) – Track 1

September 4, 2022

Amy Richter

[RCL] Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

What does it mean to be family? What do we mean when we say we are part of a church family or God’s family? What about when the interests of our family conflict with other things that pull on us, demand our time and energy and attention? What does love require of us? This morning, we have two readings that focus on family, and on untying and tying the ties that bind us together as family.

In 2004, the BBC reported that an 80-year-old retired teacher of Greek and Latin in Italy was seeking adoption. Widowed for 14 years and lonely, Giorgio Angelozzi placed an ad in an Italian newspaper, searching for a family willing to adopt him as a grandparent. Angelozzi was inundated with responses from throughout Italy, and from as far away as New Zealand, including from many parents who hoped that Angelozzi could teach Greek and Latin to their children; this elderly man could be useful to them. Angelozzi also offered to contribute 500 euros per month to the family that would take him in.

Angelozzi chose the Riva family, near Milan, saying that the mother had a melodious voice that reminded him of the voice of his wife. The Rivas said they hoped that the elderly man would fill a gap for their children, whose grandfather had died.

It would be a sweet story if this is where it ended: a lonely old man with a new family to love, a family with a new grandfather.

Sadly, about a year later, Angelozzi was in the news again. The family had never really bonded. Angelozzi was authoritarian, and the teenage children were more interested in computer games than spending time with the old man. He had irritating habits. He followed the mother around all day. He stuck chewing gum under the furniture. He did pay the 500 euros once, but he ran up a large bill with the family dentist after the Rivas had already paid for new glasses and an operation. When the Rivas told Angelozzi he would have to settle things with the dentist, Angelozzi skipped town. The Italian police found him in an old people’s home in Milan and discovered a history of fraud, theft, bitterness, and alienation from his blood family.

Angelozzi died after being in a coma for six weeks. There had been no flowers, no cards, no phone calls, and not a single relative came to visit or claim his body after his death. A reporter found a sister of Angelozzi and informed her that her brother had died. She seemed relieved. But the Riva family asked the local authorities to organize a funeral for Angelozzi and said they would go and pay their last respects. The mother, Marlena, said, “How can we ask God for forgiveness for our sins one day if we do not pardon [Angelozzi]?”

In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus says some harsh words related to family. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters… cannot be my disciple.” Tough words. Jesus says, “Love your enemies,” but “hate your own family members?”

Jesus wants us to get our attention. When Jesus uses the word “hate,” he’s not talking about hatred as we may think of it, where to feel hatred, we have to feel it, tend it, keep it alive. If we don’t put energy into hatred, it may lessen into ambivalence. It may even get healed.

Jesus isn’t anti-family. But he is anti- anything we put in place of total commitment to God, anything that can become an idol for us. He’s talking about the reality that loving one’s blood family wrongly – giving it a higher priority than the God who alone can rightly order all our relationships – will get in the way of being Jesus’ disciples. Whoever isn’t willing to give up, well, everything, cannot be Jesus’ disciple.

The idea of cutting a branch off the family tree may come as welcome news, especially if your family tree is producing a lot of nuts. George Burns once said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, close-knit family… in another city.” But even with good relationships, Jesus wants them all to be subordinate to our relationship with God. What does God want for your children? Raise them with God’s desires in mind. What does God want for your spouse? Live in such a way that your marriage serves God. What does God want from you? Don’t use your family as a reason not to tend to your spiritual life.

What’s more, through baptism, through calling us together to be his brothers and sisters, children of God, Jesus makes a new family. Even when our earthly blood families fail us, we are part of a larger, eternal family. Even when we need to detach from people who raised us, even when, in order to be faithful to God, we need to unknot the ties that would bind us, we find ourselves tied to a larger family, parented by a God who will not fail us, will always love us, who cares for us, always and forever. When we have failed those we love, when we let down our own kith and kin, we find ourselves held within a fellowship of forgiveness, members of a family whose very purpose is reconciliation.

That is great news! But now we need to hear our second lesson for today, in which we see up close how hard it can be to live as a member of this Christ-centered family.

In his Letter to Philemon, a book in the New Testament we heard almost in its entirety this morning, Paul challenges Philemon to do something he probably does not want to do. That is, to take back his runaway slave, Onesimus, not as a slave, but as a brother; to receive him, not as property over which he has legal rights, but as a human being, and a living member of the family of which Philemon, too, is a part – the family of Jesus Christ.

Continue Reading…

From the Episcopal Church website:
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Pentecost 13 (C) TRACK 1  
September 4, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

Jeremiah 18:1-11

In this passage, the word potter in Hebrew is yoser. The verbal form of this Hebrew word is also used in the second creation story (Gen 2:7 and 19) referring to God forming humans and forming animals. Jeremiah is using the image of a potter to remind the people that they were created by God.

My son reminded me that objects created by a potter can be functional, beautiful, and fragile. A clay cup dropped on a tile floor will result in it breaking into pieces. It is no longer useful as an object or beautiful. It can be thrown away or it can be repaired. The Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold, kintsugi, treats the breakage as part of the story of the object. Beauty is created out of brokenness.

Jeremiah is part of a long line of prophets calling the people to repent, which simply means to turn or return to God. God, our own potter, can restore us more times than we can count if we only let God.

  • What gets in the way of us returning to God as individuals? As a nation?

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

Much as Jeremiah likened God to a potter creating humans, here the psalmist turns to poetry to attempt to describe how intimately God knows us as our creator. In verse 5, the psalmist says that such a realization of how utterly completely God is woven into all that we are (and think and do) is too wonderful (pil’i, in Hebrew). An alternate translation of this word is incomprehensible. We cannot fully fathom what it means to be created – from our heads down to the tips of our toes – and fully known by God. What a wonderful affirmation, not only of our inner lives but also of our bodies as they are!

In the verses omitted in this reading (v. 6-11), the psalmist recounts that (s)he cannot escape God, not even in Sheol, the abode of the dead. God is truly present with us everywhere. What can be our response? We can attempt deception and hiding, but that is a short-term, losing strategy. Ultimately, to be in full communion with God asks sincerity of us in our relationships with God and our fellow humans. Jesus says whatever you have done for the least of these siblings of mine, you have done for me (Matthew 25:40).

  • How do you experience the idea that you are fully known by God? What worries you about that idea?

  • What might be important about our sincerity with God if God already knows everything about us?



From the Episcopal Church website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-pentecost-13-c-september-4-2022/

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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 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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 2; Jeremiah 19:1-15; 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Complementary: Psalm 101; 2 Kings 18:9-18; 1 Timothy 4:6-16

Wednesday, September 7, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 2; Jeremiah 20:1-18; Luke 18:18-30
Complementary: Psalm 101; 2 Kings 18:19-25; 19:1-7; Luke 18:18-30

Thursday, September 8, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 14; Jeremiah 13:20-27; 1 Timothy 1:1-11
Complementary: Psalm 51:1-10; Genesis 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Friday, September 9, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:1-10; 2 Peter 2:1-10a
Complementary: Psalm 51:1-10; Genesis 7:6-10; 8:1-5; 2 Peter 2:1-10a

Saturday, September 10, 2022:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:13-21, 29-31; John 10:11-21
Complementary: Psalm 51:1-10; Genesis 8:20-9:7; John 10:11-21

Sunday, September 11, 2022Proper 19 (24)

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

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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