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.

January 18, 2021

The Good News from St. Peter’s by-the-Sea

~ First and foremost, Father Patrick will back in the pulpit Wednesday for the Litany of Healing, streaming Live at 12:05pm.

~ The Bishop has approved outdoor worship! Beginning Sunday, the 24th at 10:30am we will again gather for in-person worship in the Courtyard. While there are no restrictions on the number of attendees and sign-up will not be required, social distancing and mask wearing should be observed.
       We will continue to streaming a 9am Service.
       Our beachside Moveable Feasts will resume in the near future as well.

~ We are still raising funds for the schoolhouse in Kasimire, Uganda. To date we can purchase approximately 440 bags of concrete!

Revised Worship Schedule
12:05 pm Wednesday LIVE Streaming* Litany of Healing
11:00 am Thursday LIVE Streaming Centering* Prayer with Rev. Liz
9:00 am Sunday LIVE Streaming* Rite II Service
10:30 am Sunday Communion in the Courtyard In-Person

*on Facebook or our website

         Today we celebrate

The Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle

In Christianity, the Confession of Peter refers to an episode in the New Testament in which the Apostle Peter proclaims Jesus to be the Christ. The proclamation is described in the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew 16:13–20, Mark 8:27–30 and Luke 9:18–21.

The proclamation of Jesus as Christ is fundamental to Christology; the Confession of Peter and Jesus’ acceptance of the title "Messiah" form a definitive statement in the New Testament narrative regarding the person of Jesus Christ. In this New Testament narrative,
Jesus not only accepts the titles Christ and Son of God, but declares the proclamation a divine revelation by stating that his Father in Heaven had revealed it to Peter, unequivocally declaring himself to be both Christ and the Son of God.

In the same passage Jesus also selects Peter as the leader of the Apostles, and states: "Upon this rock I will build my church."
[from Wikipedia read more…]

Matthew 16:13-19
When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Episcopal Church will launch “From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference,” a campaign urging Episcopalians and their neighbors to engage in the spiritual practice of listening and sharing in honest conversation across the many differences that separate us, starting with four simple questions:

What do you love?

What have you lost?
Where does it hurt?
What do you dream?

Inspired by the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal – E Pluribus (“from many”) Unum (“one”) – the campaign is designed to offer a faithful perspective and time-tested practice for knitting deeply divided communities into a diverse, more perfect union. In a cultural moment shadowed by pandemic, fractious politics, and deep division within families, communities, and nations, Episcopalians can hold up simple yet powerful ways to celebrate difference, listen with deep curiosity, and promote healing.

“I have never been more profoundly aware of the need for passionate and practical commitment to the way of unselfish, sacrificial love that Jesus taught,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said. “Conversations with others across difference is not just a nice thing to do. It is a spiritual practice of love in action. It’s how we reknit the fabric of our democracy and the human family of God.”
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Today begins a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

With more than 100 years of history, this annual observance involves Christian communities throughout the world.
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

John 17:20-23
Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

[From the World Counsel of Churches

Worship and background material in PDF form

For the eight days of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021, we propose a journey of prayer:

  • Day 1: Called by God: “You did not choose me but I chose you” (Jn 15:16a)
  •  Day 2: Maturing internally: “Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jn 15:4a)
  • Day 3: Forming one body: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12b)
  • Day 4: Praying together: “I do not call you servants any longer … but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15)
  • Day 5: Letting oneself be transformed by the Word: “You have already been pruned by the word…” (Jn 15:3)
  • Day 6: Welcoming others: “Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (Jn 15:16b)
  • Day 7: Growing in unity: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5a)
  • Day 8: Reconciling with all of creation: “So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11)


Readings for January 24
Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20
Psalm 62:6-14

The Collect
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For the Kids: Adam and Eve


Today, most children are taught that they are here only by chance. We want to make sure our children know God created each of us, we are special and made for a special purpose. Next week, we will learn about the fall, so this week’s lesson focuses only on the point that God made us.

Children will learn about themselves and that every person is unique and special. It also fits in with the ‘all about me’ theme taught in many preschools and nurseries.

Some of the main points we will think about are:

  • God made people special

  • God wants us to enjoy fellowship with others

  • God wants us to have fellowship with Him

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Sunday January 17, 2021
Special Services shared from our family of Episcopal Churches

Sunday January 17, 2021 St. James  Greenville, SC
Rite I via YouTube
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Sunday January 17, 2021 St. Stephen’s Wimberly, TX

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Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz January 14, 3pm

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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 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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St. Peter’s by-the-Sea
1909 15th street
Gulfport, MS 39501

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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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Bible Study: Epiphany 3 (B)
January 24, 2021
Daniela Lee

RCL: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The shortest prophecy of the Bible and the most effective. One sentence and the whole great city repents! We see in this text that Jonah does not want to do this, and he puts in the barest minimum effort to honor his commission as a prophet to this city that he hates. And yet the Ninevites hear what he is saying and they immediately start their fast and don the sackcloth. Even the cattle!

Our plans are not God’s plans and we are foolish to believe that God would not offer salvation even to people we despise. Our judgment is not the judgment of God and we are not as capable of mercy as God is. But sometimes, we find ourselves desiring God’s mercy for ourselves and God’s judgment for others.

How would you react if you had to bring the Good News of Jesus to the people you despise the most?
Have you ever been upset about someone receiving forgiveness when it seemed to you that they did not deserve it?
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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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