Keeping close while keeping our distance.
A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.

Traveling Mercies
December 7, 2020

We still have Angels
on our Virtual  Tree !
We know it’s a strange time to be getting out and about,  shopping and dropping off, so we’re making it even easier.

We will be set up to accept
drive-by and drop-off of gifts
under the bell tower
Saturday, December 12th, from 9am – 2pm.

~ Gift cards in lieu of gifts are greatly appreciated.
~ Please feel free to drop off any new,
unwrapped gifts as well.

~ Want to join us ?
Contact the church so we keep within recommended guidelines.

Click on the Angel above or click HERE
Choose from one of the ornaments by clicking on it.
You’ll be taken to page with more details on the recipient, the wish list to choose items from and send us your info. If you have any questions contact Gail, by text at 228.760.0179 or by email at contact@stpetersbytheseagulfport.com

Donations may be dropped off at one of our generous partnering businesses as well:

Brushes Salon Salon Grove
15007 Creosote Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503  12373 US 49, Gulfport, MS 39503

Bloom Hair Studio

Gulfport Crossfit
200 N Jeff Davis Ave #10, Long Beach, MS 39560 9465 Creosote Rd #300F, Gulfport, MS 39503 

Salon Bella

The Avenue Salon
2900 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 825 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

Chuck Ryan Cars
18012 Pineville Rd, Long Beach, MS 39560

All donations benefit those helped by the Gulf Coast Center for Non-Violence.

167 Water Table Marathon Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock
St. Peter’s by the Sea is again manning tables for the Gulf Coast Marathon.

We’re looking for volunteers to help pass out water to the runners along the route

7:00 AM

Money earned helps fund our outreach ministries.

For more information, or to volunteer,
Jan Shook 229.860.4407
She will assign you to a team

Ugandan Mission

While our in-person mission to Uganda had to be cancelled this year, the need continues, and past Senior Warden and missionary to Uganda, Jane Glenn received this message from Fr. Ezra:

“The May floods affected the Kasemire Community income, hence the Christians have failed to complete the construction of the school which you built for their children. The walls of the school building which you started at the foundation need to be plastered. The classrooms’ floor need to be cemented. Currently, the classrooms are dusty and they are infecting the children with flue and cough. Constructing the classrooms floor and plastering the walls need 630 bags of cement ; and each bag costs $9 (9 dollars) We therefore humbly request you to mobilize Christians, friends and well wishers to generously contribute some bags of cement for a strong Church founded School building.
God bless you abundantly.
Peace and good health to you all.
Your friend in Christ’s service, Fr Ezra.
Uganda “

We will be accepting donations to help, though the church. Please note “Uganda” on your check.


 Journeying with Family and Friends [via episcopalchurch.org]

As we continue our Advent walk, we invite you to see the Way of Love as a journey that can expand to include family and friends. Mary said “yes” to the call to birth Jesus, God’s Word, into the world and immediately went in haste to share her good news with her cousin, Elizabeth—a four-day journey into the Judean hills. Isn’t that what happens when we hear good news? We are driven to go and tell others. The Way of Love is good news that demands to be shared.
 Sunday, December 6

 What part of gathering for worship fills your heart with hope?
 Monday, December 7
 Read or watch your local news. Where is reconciliation needed? Pray for healing.
 Tuesday, December 8
 Read Luke 1:45. Consider how your faith is a blessing. Share your faith story with a friend.
 Wednesday, December 9
 Offer a prayer of thanks for each person you encounter – both stranger and friend – silently or aloud.
 Thursday, December 10
 Call or write a family member with whom you desire a closer relationship. Share with them how they are a blessing.
 Friday, December 11
 Reflect: Where have I fallen short this week? How can I make amends? Give thanks for the gift of fresh starts that we have through God’s grace.
 Saturday, December 12
 Set aside 30 minutes to rest, pause, and breathe deeply with a friend or family member. Give thanks for the restorative power of love in relationship.
 For more Advent resources related to the Way of Love, visit episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove. There, you’ll find links to the full Advent curriculum Journeying the Way of Love, as well as Living the Way of Love in Community, a nine-session curriculum for use anytime.

All church activities have been suspended !

We WILL be streaming services and more on our website.

Here at the Cathedral we’re busy planning for the most wondrous time of the year. We’re so excited to bring the glory of Christmas at home with the National Cathedral straight to you — no matter where you are!

For all of us, Christmas will look and feel a little different this year. And while we won’t be able to gather together in-person to welcome the Christ child like we normally would, we can actually welcome more of you than ever into the National Cathedral.

We’re honored to offer new ways to celebrate the beauty of the season and to shine a light into the darkness around us. From a soulful Gospel Christmas service to the timeless Lessons & Carols program to a new spin on the children’s Christmas pageant, we are dreaming up multiple ways for your family to join us in the Christmas celebrations at the Cathedral.

Please note: The Christmas Season Pass requires a special one-time subscription; please register (for free) even if you already receive communications from the Cathedral. Registration is required to access your Christmas Season Pass.
read more and sign up…


View our latest streaming offerings…

In-person worship
 has been suspended !

 While Father Patrick is on Advent retreat we WILL be streaming services from other diocese.

 Tentative Christmas Eve schedule:
 4pm Family Service
Walk through Bethlehem
 outside with Communion under the bell tower

 8pm Bell Choir Service

 10:30pm Traditional Midnight Mass

 11am Christmas Morning
 Gift Blessings in our PJs

View our latest streaming offerings…

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz December 3, 2020

Rite One Service of Morning Prayer, Sunday December 6, 8:00 am, from St. John’s Portsmouth, NH

Holy Eucharist Rite II live-streaming from St. Steven’s Episcopal Church, Wimberley, Texas, Sunday December 6, 10:30 am

December 6th – December 12th
7th – Billy Wood

9th – Merritt Bell
10th – Clark Seemann
10th – Deanie Wood
11th – Scott & Tracy Williams

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Our church office is temporarily CLOSED !

Please call ahead for drop-offs as there is no secure way leave anything
Offerings made by check
should be mailed to:
St. Peter’s by-the-Sea
1909 15th street
Gulfport, MS 39501

Or, made on-line at:

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Bible Study: Advent 2 (B)
December 6, 2020

Michael Toy
RCL: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
During Advent and Christmas, we will be using study prompts and other activities tied to the sermon for the week. Read the sermon aloud and follow-up with spoken responses to the two questions at the end. Find our full sermon compilation for individual, small group, or congregational use, Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2020 at www.sermonsthatwork.org.

Pointing to Christ

by Michael Toy

The perennial challenge during Advent and Christmastime is to hear anew the familiar story we all know. We all know the story. We’ve all seen the Christmas pageants. We’ve set up the Nativity crèche with the holy family, cow, donkey, and shepherds. It’s become almost too familiar. In part, that’s why we have the season of Advent. These four weeks serve to prepare the way to Christmas via a bit of liturgical wilderness. The penitential season provides a time of reflection and contemplation so that we can hear the good news of Jesus’ incarnation afresh and let the gospel sink more deeply into our lives.

This year is a bit different, to say the least. For many, this does not feel like the usual joyous march toward Christmastide. Hundreds of thousands around the globe will be spending their first Christmas without a loved one who has passed on due to the pandemic. Millions more will be attempting a celebration without their usual large and festive gathering, due to travel restrictions. For almost the entirety of the year, we have all been a people anxious and waiting in a lockdown-long Advent. And with no cure or vaccine, there is no clear path forward out of this dark season.

Read more…

Third Week of Advent: Journeying with Community – December 13, 2020

December 13, 2020

As we continue our Advent walk, we invite you to see the Way of Love as a journey that includes the community. The witness of Zechariah and Elizabeth who bring infant John to the Temple to be circumcised reminds us of the importance of our faith community to sustaining the Way of Love. Just as the community did for John’s family, communities provide a place for discernment, sometimes challenging us and other times affirming us. Communities celebrate and mark important moments along the journey.

Read more…

“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.

Contact Us
email: stpetersbythesea@bellsouth.net
phone: 228.863.2611
address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, Ms 39501

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Has your Big Love tee become thread bare?
not quite white anymore ?

We have had some requests for a “re-issue” and after a re-design we have a lot more styles, colors and items to choose from.

Big Love Collection
Micah 6:8 Collection

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