Keeping close while keeping our distance.
A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.
Volume 1, Issue 1, July 28, 2020
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”
Eight minutes and seventeen seconds. In just under ten minutes the light from the surface of the sun lands on the surface of the earth. The brightness outside your window is eight minutes and seventeen seconds old. It’s fast. But it’s not instant. In the beginning, that’s how long the light took to get to the face of the deep. Moving at the speed of light, the light became the first traveler. This is the first, the very first, journey.
Imagine being able to make that journey. Traveling with the traveling light. In the passenger seat as the first created thing makes its way to dissolve the darkness. It is just being obedient. It is only doing what God has asked it to do. And it takes a little time. It’s impressive how quickly the light can get to the surface, and yet it doesn’t seem fast enough. There’s an impatience in the light, an eagerness. The light is not anxious. It’s simply in a hurry.
Good People, so am I. In a hurry to be home. Back in the church with the gathered children of God, impatient and eager to sing God’s praise, to ask for absolution, to commune with my friends, to sit in the stained light, to gaze at the golden cross, to be blessed, and to be sent.
Isn’t that something!? All of that eagerness to return only to be turned around and sent again! Another journey. Or another leg of the eternal journey that began in the beginning. Like light, constantly in motion and never really arriving. Even Resurrection is not the end. There is still the journey into the world to proclaim that same Resurrection. Then the journey home to rest up so we can journey on and proclaim some more.
What would we do with that time with the traveling light? Eight minutes and change to do what? What a waste to just ride along. What a tragedy if we did not engage the light. Waiting on the light sounds like something only a formless void would do. Formless we are not. We are formed by God in the image of God. And like the light, we are created to dispel darkness and that’s just what we’re gonna do. Traveling Mercies, friends. Grateful to journey with you.
~ Father Patrick Sanders
This just in…
Harry and Christie Yoste
as they welcome
new grand-baby boy
Ethan Dowe Ward
to the world.
** PLEASE NOTE **
Our church office is temporarily CLOSED !
Please call ahead for drop-offs as there is no secure way leave anything
Offerings made by check
should be mailed to:
St. Peter’s by-the-Sea
1909 15th street
Gulfport, MS 39501
Or, made on-line at:
July 26- August 1
Jennifer Sanders – July 28th
Lawrence Rojas – July 29th
Leslie Stanfield – Aug 1st
Mark & Becky Jenner – 27th
Patrick & Jennifer Sanders – 31st
“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.”
address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, Ms 39501