St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Gulfport, MS

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January 11, 2021


As defined by Merriam-Webster:
1: an act or instance of sharing

2   a. capitalized : a Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ’s death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant or as the body and blood of Christ
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For our purposes, today, we’re concerned with 2a above. From the Episcopal Church website, the Sacraments (there are 7) are:

"Outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means for receiving God’s grace.
Baptism and Eucharist are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his church. (BCP, pp. 857-858)."

We celebrated the Baptism of Christ on the first Sunday after Epiphany yesterday; a simple task to achieve remotely as we renew our own Baptismal Covenant  (BCP, pp. 304-305). "…the baptismal covenant is widely regarded as the normative statement of what it means to follow Christ."

But, what about Communion or, Holy Eucharist ?
What can we do when we can’t receive physical bread and wine, remotely ?
Spiritual Communion.
From the Forward Movement site, excerpts from St. Augustine’s Prayer Book:

Spiritual Communion is excerpted from Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book. © 2004 Forward Movement

The Book of Common Prayer reminds us that if one is unable to actually consume the consecrated bread and wine due to extreme sickness or disability, the desire is enough for God to grant all the benefits of communion (p. 457). When being present at a celebration of the Eucharist is absolutely impossible, this act of prayer and meditation can provide the means by which you can associate yourself with the Eucharistic Action and open yourself to God’s grace and blessing.

Invocation and Collect
Blessed be God, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
​And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen​.

Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord,
to mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities;
​through Christ our Lord. Amen​.

The Lessons
The Epistle: Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you,
​and you with me.

The Psalm: Psalm 23:5-6
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life,
​and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Gospel: John 15:5
Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches.
Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit,
​because apart from me, you can do nothing."

The Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
​creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
​He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  ​Amen.

Act of Contrition
O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
and for all the wrongs I have done,
and the good I have not done.
Especially I confess …
Forgive me for Jesus’ sake,
and grant me strength and wisdom
to amend my life. ​Amen.

Act of Reception
In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day (and remembering particularly my own parish and those worshiping there,) I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.

And particularly for the blessings given me …

I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen​.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen​.

Come, Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen​.

And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ my Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, + the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen​.

If you’re interested in some more about Spiritual Communion, check out the links I have included in the right-hand column. I hope y’all find this addition to worship as useful as I have; a complement to our weekly streaming services.
Gail Hendrickson
Traveling Mercies editor

Readings for January 17
Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

The Collect
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For the Kids


This week we will begin our Bible lessons for children by studying the account of creation founTd in Genesis 1. As we study the creation of the world, some of the key points we will learn are:
  • God created all life.
  • God is in charge of all life.
  • God is powerful and spoke the world into existence.
  • We should love and honor God.

View our latest streaming/shared offerings…

Sunday January 10, 2021
Special Services shared from our family of Episcopal Churches

Sunday January 10, 11am
Trinity by-the-Sea Episcopal Church,
Port Aransas, Texas

Sunday January 10, 10:15am
National Cathedral,

Washington, D.C.

Sunday January 10, 2021
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
Burke, Va

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
January 6, 11:00am

Celebration of the Feast of Epiphany, Wednesday January 6, 12:05

Rite II Service, Sunday
January 3, 9:00 am

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Donations and Offerings for 2021 can be made on our website or by mailing your check to the church

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January 10- January 16
10th Joy Jennings
11th Dona Long
12th Billy Ruble
12th Jack Watson
12th Rowland Yonko
13th Amelia Edrington
13th Lottie Hastings
15th Austin Gottschlich
16th Collin Moorefield
16th Maria Watson

10th Hardy & Katherine Thames

January 17- January 23

17th Hardy Thames
18th Samantha Dobson
23rd Marie Porter

17th David & Lee Hood

From the Diocese of Mississippi



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 our website
choose "UGANDA" from the fund dropdown menu

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Bible Study: Epiphany 2  (B)
January 17, 2021
Janelle Hiroshige

RCL: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
“The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.”

For a community that feels that the inspiration of God is absent, this interaction between God and Samuel is ever more extraordinary. Imagine a time when the divine presence was hard to find. Now imagine the gift of hearing God calling your name. Whom does God call? God does not seek out the king, the teachers, or the successful. God’s voice calls out to a boy. The boy responds: “Speak, for your servant is listening.” The voice of God is diverse; it calls out to many different people and places at different times. It does not discriminate between the deserving and undeserving. When we hear the voice of God, we need only to respond: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

What does it mean to hear God’s call today?
What do you do when it seems that God’s word is far away and there is a lack of vision?

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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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