St. Peter’s by-the-Sea’s Weekly – December 20, 2021
The Year-End Match will benefit the organization’s Global Needs Fund, supporting key programs in three priority areas: Women, Children and Climate. Gifts will bolster work promoting the health and wellbeing of children, empowering women and helping communities…
Our ERD giving campaign goes until the end of the year.
It’s never been easier to DOUBLE the Big Love from our church pews.
A memorial service for long time parishioner Phil Parker, who passed away earlier this year in Tennessee,
For the Kids !
We are on our final week of the Christmas lesson series. (If you missed any of the past Christmas lessons click here). This week, we will look at the contrast between King Herod and the Wise Men. Our Bible text is found in Matthew 2:1-12.
Some of the key points we will study are:
It is clear in the prophecy given to Isaiah that God intends for his people Israel to be a beacon to other nations. The strong imagery of “garland,” “jewels,” “crown,” and “diadem” bespeak a richness that God bestows upon those who are faithful to him. But these riches adorn his people for a single purpose: they are meant to be a sign to those who do not yet know the God of Israel. The gifts which God graciously gives his people are meant to draw others into relationship with him. The salvation we receive from the Father is meant not as a vindication of ourselves in the face of those who are perishing, but as a means to bring salvation to them. God intends Israel to be a torch to light the path for others.
Bible Study – 2 Christmas – 2022
January 02, 2022
Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in life. The people of God have struggled to keep their end of the covenant with God, and every time they stray, disaster befalls them. In the Deuteronomic Code, they have been given numerous and detailed examples for how to love their God, yet Jeremiah has spent almost 30 chapters demonstrating that their repeated failures to love God as their God loves them has brought them into ruin and exile. At the end of Jeremiah, however, he assures them that God has not forgotten them. No matter how many times God’s people stray and forget to love their God, God remembers them and will always bring them back into the covenant that was promised to them.
In our own lives, it is easy to become distracted by all the things in the world that pull on us. Sometimes, it is only when we lose something that is really important that we realize how valuable it was. Fortunately, we have been assured that God will always be ready to welcome us back when we get distracted, and it is never too late to remember God’s love for us.
When have you found yourself so distracted that you missed what was truly important in life?
What is it like to only realize something is important when it’s gone?
How can you remind yourself that God will always be waiting to take you back?
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|“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.