Wednesday People

Our 12:05 Wednesday Healing Service 

Today’s reading: Mark 1:1-15 
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

The beginning of the good news[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b]

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,[c]

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,[d]
    who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared[e] in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with[f] water; but he will baptize you with[g] the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[h] with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news[i] of God,[j] 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;[k] repent, and believe in the good news.”[l]

Book of Common Prayer page 621

30   ⁠Exaltabo te, Domine

I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have lifted me up *
⁠and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

O Lord my God, I cried out to you, *
⁠and you restored me to health.

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; *
⁠you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.

Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; *
⁠give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
⁠his favor for a lifetime.

Weeping may spend the night, *
⁠but joy comes in the morning.

While I felt secure, I said,
“I shall never be disturbed. *
⁠You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.”

Then you hid your face, *
⁠and I was filled with fear.

I cried to you, O Lord; *
⁠I pleaded with the Lord, saying,

10  “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
⁠will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

11  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; *
⁠O Lord, be my helper.”

12  You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
⁠you have put off my sack‑cloth and clothed me with joy.

13  Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
⁠O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

 
 
 
From our Rector, Rev. Patrick Sanders

Good People,
 
I just wanted to reach out to you here at the end of our first real week of social distancing. I can only imagine that this will get weirder as we move deeper into the realities of battling the spread of the Coronavirus. How are y’all doing out there?
 
As you know, it is a challenge to discern what it looks like to be the church in the midst of this as it is unprecedented in my lifetime. Bishop Seage has suspended public, face-to-face worship and programming through and including Easter Sunday. Please know that Liz, Scott, JT, and myself are being creative and thinking through how to approach on-line worship in a way that is authentic and meaningful. JT Anglin, you are a treasure to your church and our Lord. Being in this with you is one of the blessings found in a weird wilderness. We are trying to stay connected through Facebook and other streaming formats. I have also collaborated with my clergy friends on the coast to offer formation and Christian Education in the form of panel bible studies as well as question and answer sessions. I will keep the good people of St. Peter’s By The Sea posted as those things go live. Please visit our website for updates! ( https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/ ) I encourage you, if you are not already in the web world, to connect in some way. Some people I know who despise Facebook have logged in during this time as a way to avoid loneliness and isolation. I am grateful to be a priest in a time where we have this as an option. I will be working with Gail Hendrickson this morning (remotely of course!) on ways that we can “rise above the noise” and present on line connection moments that are unique to our community. Big love will be expressed and felt I hope!
 
I have asked Susan Prendergast to work from home as has her other boss. If you’re wondering, I am in fact her favorite boss. She will be coming in for a bit on Thursdays to do necessary bookkeeping and to let our 12-Step folks in the building. (I will say more about this in a minute.) We have turned off all AC units to conserve energy and save some money as the coming months will be tighter than usual without our regular offerings. I don’t expect a major dip as folks are already reaching out about giving on line and mailing their pledges. However, it would be naive of me to ignore the possible economic impact this will have on our community and our church. We are well prepared for this so I’m not anxious but we are being as cautious as possible during these strange days. Y’all, I can’t put into words how lucky we are to have Susan. She is our rock.
 
We have a healthy discretionary fund so people needing groceries and/or financial relief in the coming months will have a place to go for that help. Nearly all of the on line worship and study will have a “give” button so that folks can support the church as well as the discretionary fund and our ability to be the church will be sustained or more than likely strengthened. Jan Shook and our amazing Sr. Warden are keeping an eye on the needs of our community so that our church can respond to them in abundant and transformative ways. There is a note from Jan attached to this email so please keep reading! If you would like to contribute please do! Follow this link https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/services-2-2-2-2/#PLEDGE
 
Pastoral care was the very first conversation we had when this all began. I met with Liz and our pastoral care team about this last week and we began reaching out to folks immediately. We are calling folks when we think of them as well as using the church directory to make sure folks are not falling through the cracks. This is imperfect but working. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Liz or I if you discern a pastoral need or if you yourself need some care! I am asking for prayer requests and spend a good bit of time each day praying for our church family. I believe deeply in the power of prayer as it connects us in holy and miraculous ways.
 
I am allowing, with the bishop’s blessing, our 12-Step group (Step Sisters) to continue their meetings on Thursdays. I am especially concerned about those battling addiction of any kind during all of this. Regular life is hard enough.
 
Last but not least, I ask for your prayers for our priests and deacon. This is a new style of ministry that is taking some creativity and trial-and-error. There are also previously unseen pastoral situations as people are scared, confused, the strength of some marriages is being tested, addictions are being triggered, and folks who were already battling anxiety and/or depression prior to this are having a more difficult time coping with such heightened tension around them. I am trying to tend to them as best I can but your prayers are coveted. I am so so grateful for Liz Jones right now. She is a pastoral ninja and we are blessed to have her in our corner! Scott Williams’ return to our church could not have come at a better time. Scott, you are loved and appreciated more than you can know!
 
I will be in touch concerning a virtual vestry meeting soon.
 
Thank you for being in the kingdom with us and I love each you SO BIG!
 
Father Patrick
 

 
A Note from Outreach Chairperson, Jan Shook
 
Biscuit Brigaders!
 
Please feel free to say that you’d rather not serve during this time. All of you know your personal needs medical and otherwise so I ask you use your best discernment 💜
 
I feel we should assist our neighbors who are in need now more than ever…but within the parameters of safety.
 
We will continue to cook and serve until told otherwise.
 
I am requesting plastic shopping bags as our supply has diminished.
We can put the paper bag, water and apple juice in the plastic bag and less passing.
 
I will being a small pop up table and we can simply set the bags on the tables and monitor til gone.
 
There are amazing groups of people in our community coming together to reach out to others’ need.
 
Please pray for those daring to cook and serve the Elderly.
 
Text or call me with any questions or request to work.
 
**All the above will be under the advisement of our authorities.
If we receive self-isolation orders…we will follow.
 
Thank you for supporting the Biscuit Brigade.
 
Peace and Love in Christ,
Jan Shook

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