Traveling Mercies February 22, 2021

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Gulfport, MS    

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

February 22, 2021

The Good News

Lenten Program
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,
and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.”
[BCP Baptismal Covenant]

This year’s topic for Lenten discussion will cover Dignity in many forms.
In conjunction with Church of the Redeemer’s Father Chris Robinson, we will discuss the importance of practicing civility and humanity throughout several segments of our society:
Political, Theological, Social, Economic and Racial.

Tentatively, our meetings will alternate Wednesdays between St. Peter’s and Redeemer, at 6pm, and take place in-person and through Zoom meetings.

Check our Facebook page for updates.

Revised Worship Schedule
12:05 pm Wednesday In-person and LIVE Streaming Litany of Healing

11:00 am Thursday LIVE Streaming Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz

8:00 am Sunday Rite I In-person and LIVE Streaming Service

10:30 am Sunday Rite II In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service

Worship guidance
– Wear your mask
– Wash your hands
– We are still at limited capacity to maintain social distancing.
      – RSVP not required
– Please sign -in upon arrival    
All of our services will continue to be streamed LIVE on Facebook and on our website

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         Lent is here (sort of)

40 days (not including Sundays)

Lent continues (in the Western church)
Through our intentional acts of fastingrepentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline, it is a time to reflect. The Lenten season is a time set aside to contemplate the life of Jesus; to consider his suffering and sacrifice, his life and death, burial and resurrection.

It’s no coincidence that Lent lasts 40 days but, what is the significance of 40 days ? The number 40 is mentioned 157 times in the Bible.
We recall Noah:

“The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”
Genesis 7:12

Then, Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah:

“Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.””
Genesis 18:29

The Lenten season is based on two specific events, or spiritual tests in the Bible, the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt:

“For the Israelites traveled forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the warriors who came out of Egypt, perished, not having listened to the voice of the Lord. “
Joshua 5:6

And, the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting:

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
Mark 1:12-13

40 days (including Sundays)
A Great Lent is observed by the Orthodox church.

This year (2021) the Great Lent begins Monday, March 15th, on Clean Monday and ends 40 days later (including Sundays), on Lazarus Saturday, April 24th. Palm Sunday and Holy Week follows and Pascha, or Orthodox Easter, is celebrated May 2nd.

A period of preparation begins today, February 22nd. The Triodion, is a period of 3 weeks observed in the Orthodox church prior to starting the Great Lent. Preparing for the  season of preparation.
Instead of Mardi Gras, the day before the Great Lent begins is
Cheesefare. This is also the last day to eat dairy products before Great Lent!
Oh, those Byzantines…

As with the Western church’s Season  of Lent, and Easter, these days are considered movable feasts as their dates are calculated using the Gregorian or Julian calendars and the lunar cycles.

The first mention of a 40-day period of fasting in preparation for Easter is found in the Canons of Nicaea (AD 325), prior to the Schism of AD 1054. It is thought that the tradition may have grown from the early church practice of baptismal candidates undergoing a 40-day period of fasting in preparation for their baptism at Easter. The season has evolved into a period of spiritual devotion for the whole church.

To learn more
The number 40 in the Bible
The Orthodox church in America
Fasting Guidelines: Great Lent 2021
Lenten and Paschal Cycle
Orthodox Pre-Lent and more

The Lessons Appointed for Use on
The Second Sunday of Lent


The Collect
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Check our Facebook page each day for a link to:
Lenten Madness,
the Daily Lectionary for Lent
and Meditation from Forward Day by Day

View our latest streaming  offerings…
Sunday Worship Service,
February 21, 8:00 am Rite I

Sunday Worship Service,
February 21, 10:30 am Rite II

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
February 18, 11am

Litany of Healing, Wednesday
February 17, 2021 12:05 pm

View any of our services, anytime


February 21 – February 27
22nd – Linda Harborth
24th – Lee Crump
24th – Lucia Matheny
24th – Cheryl Shelton
25th – Finnegan Funderburk
25th – Richard Pagano
25th – Lauren Williams

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Way of Love Practices

Turn        Learn        Pray        Worship        Bless        Go Rest

Week Two – Learn
Explore the Way of Love: LEARN As humans, we often think of our lives in terms of stories. So much of the input of our senses, what we hear and what we read – and even what we feel – is processed in terms of story. We are the protagonist, the heroine or hero on a journey, pursuing our goal, facing conflict along the way, and each day is another chapter in our story. When we look to the example of Jesus, we see a life in which God was incorporated in a very real way as part of that story. As we embark on the Way of Love, the practice that leads us in the footsteps of Jesus and those who have followed him for generations, we can invite God into our own stories. The Way of Love calls us to the practice of learning. As the Psalmist prays, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” By reading the scriptures, taking time to study, listen, and absorb what they say, we are entering into the long, deep, stream of humankind’s experiences with God. By taking time daily to engage with the Scriptures, particularly the stories of the life of Jesus, we move beyond pop culture interpretations and quick one-line verses and immerse ourselves into the character, will, and story of God. And by internalizing what we read—meditating and allowing even the most mysterious words to flow over us and work inside of us—we are allowing God to work in our story, too. Diving into the Scriptures can be daunting for some. The Bible is not a rulebook or instruction manual to be easily digested and applied on first reading. Instead, it is a library of different experiences with God, written or told by many different people in different places for different reasons over generations of time. Beginning to understand and know the Scriptures is a lifelong practice, and calls for patience, openness, and a willingness not to know every answer. But as we continually study, and discuss with other people who accompany us on our journey, and reflect upon the ideas on the page, sometimes wrestling with them, and sometimes just letting them flow by like a spring breeze, we will grow in understanding, and we will get to know God better, as God becomes more and more intertwined with our own story. Are you willing to commit to the practice of learning? Are there those around you who can support and join you as you learn?

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For the Kids !

All about Lent — the 40 days before Easter

Lenten Activities For Children
God calls Abraham and Sarah - FREE printable Bible lesson for kids and preschoolers


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Bible Study
Lent 1 (B) – February 21, 2021

Molly Jane Layton


RCL: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Genesis 9:8-17

The covenant that God establishes here is an unusual covenant. Most covenants are between two entities, with the more powerful one promising protection and provision and the less powerful one promising fealty. Here, however, God establishes a covenant with not just Noah, but with “every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Noah is merely a stand-in entity; God makes this promise to the billions and billions of creatures, both human and animal, who will call Earth home. Further, despite the fact that the first flood was the consequence of humanity’s evil, God requires no promises from humanity in this covenant. God will never destroy the earth by flood again, even though humanity is still sinful and will forsake God again. The rainbow is God’s pledge to us of this unusual covenant: a sign visible to all generations that God will remember God’s abundant promises.

  • What kind of a God makes a one-sided, everlasting covenant with humanity? What aspects of God’s character does this passage highlight?

  • God promises to remember this covenant through the rainbow. What does it mean for us as humans to remember this covenant?

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Bible Study

Lent 1 (B) – February 21, 2021

RCL: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

In our passage, we witness another in a long history of exchanges between God and Abram. Abram listens, receptive and humble as God makes his everlasting covenant. The covenant is a promise that he and Sarai, heretofore childless, will be the forerunners of multitudes – of kings and of nations. This is a spectacular promise, given that Sarai and Abram are way beyond childbearing years. God gives Abram and Sarai new names, signifying their new role as the progenitors of multitudes with Yahweh as their God.

There are many instances in Abram’s life of going off in his own direction and being influenced by fear or the desires of others. He also has an abiding faith in God and follows God’s direction, even when that direction seems improbable and even impossible. Abram’s faithfulness pales in comparison to God’s generosity and grace.

  • Recall a time when God’s generosity and promises gave you new direction.

  • Our lives can seem small in comparison to the monumental story of Abraham. But God is as generous and faithful to us as to him. How would you describe God’s faithfulness to you today, and your faithfulness to him?

  • In our passage, Abram’s only action is a humble acceptance of God’s promise and direction. How do you respond to God’s direction and promises?

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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.

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