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

A weekly guide for our kingdom journey

November 15, 2021


JOIN US THIS SUNDAY as Stewardship Season comes to a close!

Please have your pledges returned to the church for Sunday’s blessing.

Between services and
after the 10:30 service we will be
to celebrate!
If you can dream it, we can bisc-it !

To make your 2022 pledge on-line
Click the link below:

Did you know St. Peter's by-the-Sea is Takin' Care of Biscuits EVERY Saturday morning ?

Every Saturday morning a merry band of our Biscuit Brigade gathers
to prepare breakfasts to distribute at Feed My Sheep.
BUT, did you know when night time temperatures dip below ~40 degrees the Salvation Army’s cold weather shelter opens and our baking brigadiers deploy to prepare breakfasts for those seeking refuge from the chilly nights.

Did you know you can help without any cooking skills at all ?
Do you have a gently used pair of gloves or mittens,
a winter hat or scarf you don’t use anymore ?
Our points of distribution are a great way to put these in the hands of those that can really use them. Drop them off at church and we’ll get them to those in need. 



Thanksgiving by-the-Sea is BACK !

Everyone is invited to join us at Thursday, November 25th. We will have two smoked turkeys donated by Daddy’s BBQ.

Social gathering at 11:30
Meal at Noon.
We are requesting you bring a dish to share, your beverage of choice and please RSVP.
 Contact Audrey Montgomery at 228-697-9129 to RSVP, let her know what you are bringing and for any questions you may have.

Shop our Creative Congregants!

 Grab a great gift and support local artists
Paintings, jewelry, cards, pottery, glass and more
Friday November 26th, noon – 6pm
Relax after the rush with a glass of complementary wine and 
Music by Dave Jones
Saturday November 27th, 10am – 5pm
Sunday November 28th, between services
VERY limited preview Thursday afternoon 

20% of our sales will fund a reception for Central Elementary’s  first grade Christmas Music program December 16th
Contact Gail for more info
or text 228-760-0179

Some of our participating artists' work

All of his life Dave has had equal passions for jazz and modern art.

“I’ve been drawing and painting since I was 12, when I first saw an abstract painting by Jasper Johns. …When an abstract painting speaks to you, whether through the colors used or the forms or the composition, you have a chance to transcend any everyday concerns that may be keeping you in hiding from your self. “

  Read and see more…

James Anglin Studios features colored pencil artwork, Christmas cards, pottery jewelry, freshwater pearls and ancient Roman glass necklaces and earrings  

While Gail’s primary material to work with is steel, her body of work spans a variety of mediums; from steel, wood, clay and glass, to graphic design, watercolor, pen and ink, jewelry, fabric and more.

See more Art metal, custom glassware, coastal inspired adornment at


Joy’s journey into the world of visual art began through her experience as a dancer.  I take what I learned though dance regarding composition, form, and movement, and transpose it to to the canvas as if the process of painting is a dance itself.

    Read and see more…

Cecily Cummings of Gulfport is a fine-arts instructor at MGCCC Harrison County Campus, a vintage fashion connoisseur, and personal stylist for her 6-year-old diva daughter Mirabella. Limited-edition prints of her painting of St. Peter’s By the Sea will be available for sale.


CASTING OUR NETS, NOVEMBER 10th       Drama and a lesson on Cezanne from Joy Jennings


Wednesday People
Mid week by-the-Sea
Bible Study @ 10:30am
in the Parish Hall,
Litany of Healing
@ 12:05pm
in the Chapel
Via Media Live Streaming at ~12:45pm*
please note the earlier start
Casting our Nets @ 2pm
in the Parish Hall

Lesser Feast Days
and Fasts for this week

The Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King
November 21th

Readings: 2 Samuel 23:1-7,
Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19), Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37

Collect:   Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.




Since this coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year…

Fun Facts to Know and Tell About Christ the King Sunday

by Melissa Hayes, Director of Liturgy,  All Saints Church, Pasadena

When we first started exploring this history of the feast of ‘Christ the King’ Sunday, I assumed it had been in our lectionary since the publication of the King James Bible (1611) – or at least the composition of Handel’s Messiah (1741). I decided to research its history going to the library (i.e., Google) and learn a bit more about it. I thought the first link (Wikipedia) was a joke – or at least a mistake: it claimed the feast day was established in 1925! Other links confirmed that:

Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that their allegiance was to their spiritual ruler in heaven as opposed to earthly supremacy, which was claimed by Benito Mussolini.

The encyclical Quas Primas, symbolically marked that Christ must reign now temporally. In its replacing of the feast on the last Sunday of Pentecost, the later Mass of Paul VI calendar symbolized the new orientation of the Second Vatican Council in that Christ will reign, not now among nations, but at the end of time.

The Anglican Church, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Methodists joined in adding this Feast Day to their lectionary. I couldn’t find the Feast Day in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, but it does appear in the 1979 version (our current version.)


I took this information to our Language & Liturgy group and we had a field day with it. To 21st century ears the language of “Christ the King’ Sunday can sound like heavy-handed, hierarchical hold-over from our patriarch dominated past – and yet it makes perfect sense when you realize it was a response to the growing fascist movement in Europe.

Our group discussed Jesus standing against the empire and what that leadership looks like. We admitted our human response to someone of great spiritual authenticity is to venerate them – even if titles and hierarchies are not important to them. Our findings led us to conclude that Jesus “kingship” does not involve domination or triumphalism — but the radical, all-powerful compassion and love of Jesus seeking justice for all.

So here’s the Collect of the Day we pray at All Saints on Christ the King Sunday (this year November 26th:)

Most Gracious God, who in Jesus of Nazareth showed us an alternative to the kings, queens and emperors of history, help us to revere and emulate Jesus’ leadership: To love, and to seek justice for all people. Help us to recognize the true grandeur and life-changing power based in loving you and all of our neighbors. In Christ Jesus with you and the Holy Spirit, may we co-create a world ruled not through domination, but in that radical and all-powerful compassion and love. Amen.

From the All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA website
Published November 24, 2017

Weekly Worship Schedule

 We are now offering bread AND wine
 during Holy Eucharist,
 but… Dip ! don’t Sip.

Wednesday People

10:30 am  Bible Study
12:05 pm Litany of Healing
~12:45 pm Via Media
Live Streaming*

Sundays by-the-Sea

 8:00 am Rite I Service
~9 am Coffee in the Courtyard 
(weather permitting)

9:30 am Kids’ Sunday School
10:30 am Rite II Service*
In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service*

10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available 

Last Week's Streaming Services

Wednesday’s Via Media
Streaming Link

November 14 – November 20th
15th – Bob Clower
17th – Tabitha Williams
18th – Dave Wilson
19th – Sharon Martin
19th – Celeste McInnis
19th – Oliver Phillips
15th – Mike & Janice Fitzgerald
17th – Michael Wilkes & Roland Woodruff
18th -Chuck & Amy Rollins

November 21 – November 27th
22nd – Cameron Bell
22nd – Janice Fitzgerald
25th – Sandi Dulaney
26th – Jane Swett
27th – Donna Lishen
24th – Bob & Barbara Clower
25th – Lenny & Earline Sawyer
27th – Lottie & Lewis Hastings


Support our Local Non-Profits

Gulf Coast Community Ministries

Agency Logo

Camping for Hope is right around the corner on Saturday, Dec. 4th and we need help!

We anticipate serving 150 homeless men and women at this year’s event! Our goal is to show the love of Christ by helping to prepare them with everything needed for our cold wet Mississippi winter. To find
out how you can partner with us and help with Camping for Hope visit our website at the link below!
Thank you!

Our goal at Camping for Hope is to help prepare
homeless men and women on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for our cold wet winter. This year we anticipate equipping 150 individuals. Coast Transit Authority will provide free bus service to/from the event. We will provide a hot breakfast and a meal to take with them. Supplies and volunteers are always needed!


To sponsor items for this event, shop below. Use our secure online checkout system to sponsor these items. By “purchasing” these items through our website, you are donating the cost of the items to Gulf Coast Community Ministries, we will use the donation to purchase the items and distribute them at Camping for Hope. Any residual items at the end of the event will be distributed to the homeless through our Homeless Street Outreach Program at a later date.

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St. Peter’s Ornaments
will be available during Arts by-the-Sea!

Commissioned in 2009, and the 4th in a series of Downtown Gulfport Landmarks, these cast pewter ornaments are the
original work of artist Maurice Milleur.
Measuring approximately 2 3/4″ tall.
These make great gifts and help 
support our ECW.
Ornaments are $20/each and may be purchased by contacting any ECW member or the church office.



Youth Groups

Check out all of the upcoming events
for our youth and follow their
instagram page

November 14 Lesson: Joseph

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s

This week we will look at the story of Joseph. 

You can point out that Joseph is the grandson of Isaac and Rebekah and the son of Jacob. His story is found in Genesis 37-45.

Some of the key points that we will examine are –

November 21 Lesson: Baby Moses

Our lesson this week looks at the story of baby Moses. The passage is found in Exodus 2.


Consider telling the story by a local river to help your child visualize the scene. Some of the main points we will examine today are:

  • Families and caring for each other.

  • God watches over us and protects us.


Bible Study Pentecost 25 (B) – November 14, 2021

RCL: 1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

1 Samuel 2:1-10

In this ecstatic, prophetic and powerful song we witness a woman’s joy from experiencing a miracle. Her words are familiar, we hear similar ones erupt from the mouth of Mary when she too conceives a special child. In a world colored with grey areas, it can be difficult to say with certainty – This is from God! This is from the touch of the Spirit!

  • When have you been able to say “the Almighty has done great things for me?”

  • When have you (or someone you know) experienced a miracle?

  • In our world we may have heard others tell us what is or is not from God. How do you discern when the Spirit has touched you or your community in a special way?

read more…

Bible Study Christ the King (B) – November 21, 2021

RCL: 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Samuel 23:1-7

King David—perhaps the greatest King of Israel—in his final words, did not take credit for himself, but instead declared that it was God who had

 anointed and exalted him to his place of leadership. David credited God not only for his rise to power, but also for his ability to rule the people justly. David proclaimed, “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” Godly leadership was not simply the right thing to do for King David, but it was a thing of great beauty. David understood that to use our positions of authority and influence for good and just purposes is to make our houses, our tiny kingdoms, like the Kingdom of God.

  • In what positions of authority do you serve where you could invite the Kingdom of God to be made present?

  • What is something small you could do today to make your house more like the Kingdom of God?

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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        phone: 228.863.2611      
address: 1909 15th Street  Gulfport, Ms 39501
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