Traveling Mercies February 8, 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 8, 2021

Crossofashes.jpgThe Good News

February 17th, Noon and 5:30pm in-person
Ashes to-go 4:30-5:30 under the bell tower.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

~ In-person worship has returned and so far, sooooooo good !
      Wear your mask !          Wash your hands !          Stomp your feet !  
      Sundays at 8am Rite I and 10:30am Rite II and, Wednesdays at 12:05pm
      We are at  25% capacity to maintain social distancing.
      There will be no on-line reservations only a sign -up sheet upon arrival at each service.
~ All of our services will continue to be streamed LIVE on Facebook and on our website

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

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Transfiguration Sunday
The Last Sunday of Epiphany

Not to be confused with the Feast day of the Transfiguration, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, our Gospel reading reveals to us a “transformation” of Jesus from the point of view of the disciples, Peter, James and John.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead
.”   Mark 9:2-9

We began our Epiphany season with the Baptism of Jesus and the words “You are my son, the beloved.” 
Now we end our Epiphany season on a mountaintop with the same words “
This is my son, the beloved.”

From St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, St. Augustine, FL
Vicar of St. Cyprian’s

So, what does the Transfiguration mean?  For me, it means that Jesus who lived his life as if God were alive in him [and that is what I believe it means to be God’s Messiah] is to be prophet and lawgiver.  It means that God in human form is about justice, a right relationship with God and God’s creation, and a healer of a broken world.  It means more than mere words.  Not only did Jesus teach, but he also lived by his words.  He lived with the poor and the dispossessed, and the marginalized, and the disenfranchised, and the outcasts, and the ill, and the unclean.  He invited them to his table … to God’s table … and he ate with them.  He healed not only their blindness or their crippled feet or their leprosy but also their psyche and their souls.  He included those who others deemed unworthy because it was God’s justice to do so and it was God’s law in action.
Peter and James and John saw Jesus transfigured.  They saw the meaning of what it meant to live as if God was alive in Jesus.  They saw robes dazzling white, beyond human comprehension.  And standing next to Jesus they saw the archetype of what it meant to be a prophet and proclaim God’s justice to the world.  The prophet Elijah was the embodiment of the proclamation of God’s justice.  And, on the other side of Jesus they saw the archetype of God’s law… Moses.  The Realm of God would be a world where God’s law would reign; where everyone would be in right relationship with God, with each other, and with all of God’s creation.  Moses was the ultimate lawgiver.”

In summary, the three disciples witness the Transfiguration; a transformed, radiant Jesus flanked by Moses, the law giver, and Elijah, the prophet.

Sounds familiar.
Or, maybe it’s coincidence.
If you attend Rite I services, near the beginning  of our early service, tucked between the “invitation” and the “Gloria” is a little bit of scripture called the “Summary of the Law”. (Not to be confused with the Decalogue, or, all 10 Commandments)

“Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says: 
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 22:37-40

The Beloved, the lawmaker and the prophet.
Everything just depends on Love.


The Lessons Appointed for Use on
Last Sunday of Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Psalm 50:1-6

The Collect
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


View our latest streaming  offerings…
Sunday Worship Service,
February 7, 8:00 am Rite I

Sunday Worship Service,
February 7, 10:30 am Rite II

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
February 4, 11am

Litany of Healing, Wednesday
February 3, 2021 12:05 pm

View any of our services, anytime

February 7 – February 14
7 – Benji Thames
8 – Vanean Green
8 – Stokley Sawyer IV
9 – Vivian Ozerden
11 – Jackie Krass
13 – Billy McCaughan
13 – William Weber
14 – Dale Belham
11 – Michael & Julie Black
14 – Skip & Linda Harborth
14 – Dave & Liz Jones

February 15 – February 21
14th – Dale Belham
15th – Fran Burch
15th – Carl Chosa
15th – Judy Joest
15th – Miriam Ozerden
16th – Julius Ward
18th – Noah Moorefield
18th – Doug Singletary
19th – Olivia hood
19th – Vicki Jo McArthur
19th – Karen Reuther
20th – Kiara Kersanac
20th – Amy Rollins
20th – Jan Shook
20th – Ajia Wood
14th – Skip & Linda Harborth
14th – Dave & Liz Jones
15th – Julius Ward & Maria Watson
16th – Jordan & Rebecca Gerardine
17th – Ian & Heather Phillips


World Mission Sunday – February 14, 2021

Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday after Epiphany, this year World Mission Sunday is observed on February 14. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry invites the church to observe World Mission Sunday, focus on the global impact of the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305), and raise awareness of the many ways in which The Episcopal Church participates in God’s mission around the world. Watch his message here.

World Mission Sunday is also the launch of the Global Mission Digital Toolkit. A collaboration between The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships (OGP), the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), and the Standing Commission on World Mission (SCWM), this toolkit explores The Episcopal Church teaching that the mission of the church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (Book of Common Prayer, p 855) in a global context and offers resources to help Episcopalians live into this teaching. The project collaboration is supported by a generous grant from the Constable Fund. 

The toolkit is intended for individuals, small groups, congregations, dioceses, and our partners across the Anglican Communion. The lens of the toolkit focuses on The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life and the Standing Commission’s Guiding Principles for World Mission. These principles have guided the work of the Standing Commission on World Mission in this triennium and will be proposed for adoption at the next General Convention.

The toolkit includes webinars, videos, downloadable PDFs, articles, and other online resources. These resources explore the biblical, theological, historical, ecclesial, and cultural dimensions of God’s call to global mission. The materials also highlight the sacred truth that world mission means being present with others, as Jesus became incarnate and was present with us, and that as companions in mission, we are open to one another, learn from one another, and are transformed as we reach a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christians together, even across boundaries that might otherwise divide.

Additional resources for World Mission Sunday include a sermon from The Rev. Paul Feheley, interim partnership officer for Africa, Global Partnerships.

“We need to be able to experience the wonder and mystery of God to live out our baptismal promises. Over the years many have made the mistake of assuming that ordination was the call to ministry. It is in fact baptism that makes us missionaries,” said Feheley. Read the sermon here.

Check here for more information and updates.

Episcopal Church missionaries have served in many international locales, including Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel/Palestine, Panama, the Philippines, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Additional Resources

Additional resources on global mission can be found here

Additional global mission resources from GEMN can be found here.

Current Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corp members here.

Information about Episcopal Volunteers in Mission here.

For more information, contact Jenny Grant, officer for Global Relations and Networking, 212-716-6269.

For information regarding the toolkit, email


Mark your calendar for Trinity Episcopal Church’s
St. Monica Guild 91st Annual Valentine Silver Tea

The tea will be held online Friday, February 12, 2021 from 3 PM to 4 PM on Facebook @TrinityEpiscopalinthePass. Regretfully, we are unable to bring the Silver Tea from a Pass Christian featured home as was done in the past due to COVID-19, but look forward to doing so next year.

The Silver Tea is an annual fundraiser given to support many ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church’s St. Monica Guild. All monies collected will be given to charities:

  • The Boys and Girls Club,

  • Gone Fishing Ministry,

  • Mercy Flight Southeast (which provides free air transportation to ill families needing medical treatment from out of state hospitals and facilities),

  • Wilmer Hall Children’s Home,

  • Missionary work in Chile,

  • St. Monica Benevolent Fund,

  • Trinity Rector’s Discretionary Fund,

  • Camp Able (for communities that celebrate our diverse abilities and gifts), and

  • Christian Concern Ministry Food Pantry.

There is no registration or charge to attend the tea, however donations are requested and greatly appreciated. Donations may be made out to St. Monica Guild and sent to Wilma Rizzardi, Treasurer, 101 Hursey Ave., Pass Christian, MS 39571 or give online at > Give > Online Giving > select St. Monica Guild under Fund.

The online Silver Tea event will feature some of Trinity Episcopal Church’s physical assets as well as highlight the charities St. Monica supports. Past Silver Tea recipes including favorites such as Cucumber Sandwiches, My Pimiento Cheese, “Not So Sweet” Spiced Tea, Coffee Punch, Sand Fingers, Rum Balls, and more will be posted on the Events Facebook page @TrinityEpiscopalinthePass.

We invite all to join us online in the comfort of your own home to experience the St. Monica Guild 91st Annual Valentine Silver Tea. For more information call 313-598-4786 or 228-216-3646.

For the KidsGod keeps His Promises – Free printable Bible lesson for preschoolers

God keeps His Promises

This week’s lesson continues from part 1 of Noah’s Ark. If you missed it, you may download it from the website for free. This week’s lesson focuses on God’s promises and faithfulness. Our Bible reading is Genesis 8-9. Some of our key points are:

  • God always keeps His promises.

  • We must wait for God’s timing.

  • We should give thanks to God.

1) God keeps His Promises Baby and Toddler pack

2) God keeps His Promises main lesson – British version / USA version.

3) God keeps His Promises over 5s lesson pack – British version / USA version


“Jesus The Ultimate Superhero” Sunday Lesson from Mark 1:29-39


Love Bible lesson for Kids. Learn about God's love and how we are called to love others

A special lesson for Valentine’s day!
 we are glad to be able to share this special lesson. Our lesson on love will include some key Bible passages.

Key Points:

  • True love comes from God.
  • God’s love for us.
  • Our love for others.

You may download the lesson for FREE from:

Love Bible lesson for Kids

From the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Transfiguration of Jesus Lesson for Kids

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Bible Study
Epiphany 5 (B) – February 7, 2021

RCL: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Isaiah 40:21-31

I have spent many days and nights in the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota and the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Colorado. The modes of travel are either paddling or walking, often leading to weariness and faint feelings. However, when you truly live for some days in the wilderness, you cannot help but be overcome by the majesty, the beauty, and the wonder of nature and of God. Isaiah, in this poem, describes God in that same way, in majesty and wonder, a presence that has always been. Isaiah ends this passage with the great hope of resting into a God who will not tire and who will renew our strength, even when we are weary of paddling and walking any of the wildernesses we travel through.

  • How do you see God’s majestic presence in your life?
  • Do you allow yourself to hope in God, a presence that is always there, to renew your strength? If so, how do you do this?

read more…

Check out our neighboring
Coast Churches

St. Mark’s Gulfport

Trinity Pass Christian

Christ Church Bay St. Louis

St. Patrick’s Long Beach

St. Thomas Diamondhead

Church of the Redeemer Biloxi

St. John’s Ocean Springs

First United Methodist Church


Last Sunday in Epiphany (B) – February 14, 2021

RCL: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

2 Kings 2:1-12

Elisha and the company of prophets knew the great prophet Elijah would leave them, that God would take him away soon. Elijah himself could sense he would soon leave this earth, and he asks Elisha what he can do for Elisha. Elisha asks Elijah for a portion of his spirit, like an inheritance for a firstborn. Elisha has been with him for some time now and sees him as a father; Elisha vows not to leave Elijah’s side when Elijah tells Elisha to stay behind. He knew Elijah’s time was coming to an end and wanted to be with Elijah as much as possible.

After Elijah ascends, Elisha takes up Elijah’s mantle (the mantle being the symbol of prophetic power), the origin of this common phrase. Elijah knows Elisha is to be his successor, yet, in his faith, he leaves that fate in the hands of God.

Elisha sees Elijah ascend into heaven; Elisha mourns and tears his clothes. Following this passage, we see the grief Elisha experiences in mourning leads him to cry out and ask where the Lord, the God of Elijah, is. God seems to respond by parting the waters as Elisha strikes them, and this exhibits the connection between Elijah and Elisha. They are so intimately connected, Elisha performs some of the same miracles Elijah did.

  • What mantles have you taken up? What spiritual authority have you received from your mentors?
  • What gifts do we leave behind for those who learn from us and look up to us?
  • What spiritual inheritances have you received? From whom did you receive them?

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.

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