Traveling Mercies March 1, 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.

March 1, 2021

The Good News

Nursery is BACK !!!   But, only for 10:30 services.
Sunday School is returning as well. Stay tuned on Facebook and our website for updates.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE April 13th from 11AM until 4PM in the parish hall.  Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment

This week’s discussion continues at Biloxi’s Church of the Redeemer, at 6pm
In-person, on Facebook and through Zoom meetings.

Lenten Program
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,
and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.”
[BCP Baptismal Covenant]

This year’s topic for Lenten discussion will cover Dignity in many forms.
In conjunction with Church of the Redeemer’s Father Chris Robinson, we will discuss the importance of practicing civility and humanity throughout several segments of our society:
Political, Theological, Social, Economic and Racial.

Check our Facebook page for updates.

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

Worship guidance
– Wear your mask
– Wash your hands
– We are still at limited capacity to maintain social distancing.
– RSVP not required
– Please sign -in upon arrival    

All of our services will continue to be streamed LIVE on Facebook and on our website

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         Lent is here!

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Today, March 1st, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint David.

St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and March 1st was the date of his death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonization of David in the 12th century, by Pope Callixtus II.
Traditional festivities include wearing daffodils and leeks, recognized symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively, eating traditional Welsh food and wearing traditional Welsh dress.

Why celebrate St. David ?
The national day is similar to St Andrew’s Day in Scotland, or St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

Saint David is thought to have been born between 462 and 515 AD.

Legend has it that his mother gave birth to him on a Pembrokeshire cliff top in the midst of a wild storm
and that he lived for more than 100 years and died on Tuesday, 1 March 589.

3 facts about St David
1. He was a vegetarian
St David and his monks ploughed fields by hand and didn’t eat meat. It is also believed that St David himself only ate leeks and drank water.

2. His words live on
His last words to his followers before his death are thought to have been: “Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.” The phrase gwenwch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd – ‘Do the little things in life’ – is still a well-known phrase in Wales.

3. He left his mark
It is said that he went on a special religious journey to Jerusalem and brought back a stone with him. The stone now sits on an altar in St David’s Cathedral, which was built on the site of David’s original monastery.

Folklore says that Saint David performed miracles throughout the country during the sixth century.
One legend has it that he made the ground rise up under him so he was able to preach to a large crowd at the Synod of Llanddewibrefi.
A white dove was seen sitting on his shoulder, which is why it became his emblem.

These fun facts brought to you from:
wikipedia, the Yorkshire Post and the BBC
check the links above for more about St. David

In honor of our Vegetarian friend, Saint David, and,CRS Rice Bowl since we cannot gather for our traditional Wednesday Lent Soup Suppers, here are a few vegetarian recipes from around the world presented by the CRS Rice Bowl website.

Makes 4–6 servings

1 T fair trade olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 c water or vegetable broth
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tomatoes, diced
1 green chili, diced
2 t ground cumin
2 t chili powder
½ t salt
Cilantro, minced (optional)
In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in oil until brown. In a blender, combine 1 c water/vegetable broth and 2 cans of beans. Blend until smooth. Add to onion mixture. Stir in tomatoes, chilis, remaining beans, spices and remaining water/broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with cilantro.

Makes 6 servings


4 scallions, chopped
6 sprigs parsley
4 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 t salt
Vegetable Stew:

1 T fair trade olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 chayote squash, peeled and chopped
1 small eggplant, peeled and chopped
3 c cabbage, chopped
1 15-oz can of coconut milk
4 c water or vegetable broth (or more, as needed)
1 large tomato, chopped
Salt to taste
For the seasoning, mix first 6 ingredients in a food processor and set aside. Sauté onions, carrots, squash, eggplant and cabbage in oil in large pan for 3 to 4 minutes. Add coconut milk and 3 cups broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until soft. Add tomatoes and continue to simmer. Add more broth if the mixture appears too dry. Add seasoning to simmering vegetables and cook one minute. Mash vegetables with a large fork. Season with salt, to taste.

2 ½ cups cornmeal
4 cups water
Boil water and then stir in cornmeal. Simmer, stirring often to prevent burning, until mixture is thick and fluffy and water is absorbed. Serve with spicy vegetables.

Spicy Vegetables:
3 tbsp fair trade olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
1 chili pepper, finely diced
2 tomatoes, finely diced
Sauté onion and peppers in pan with oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 15 minutes. Serve warm over pap.

Makes 4 servings.

Honestly, the last one sounds like Southern Africa’s version of grits with creole veggies !

Check out the Rice Bowl website for more recipes from around the world and their home page to see what these wonderful folks are doing around the world.

The Lessons Appointed for Use on The Second Sunday of Lent

The Collect

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons Appointed for Use on The Third Sunday of Lent

The Collect

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Did you know we have readings for each day in Lent ?
Find them here:
And, the Lesser Feast Days and Fast for each day may be found here: Lesser Feast Days and Fasts

View our latest streaming  offerings…
Rite I Service, Sunday February 28, 2021 8:00 am from Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC

Rite II Service, Sunday February 28, 2021 10:00 am from the National Cathedral

Rite II Service, Sunday February 28, 2021 11:00 am from Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas, TX

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
February 25, 11am

Litany of Healing, Wednesday
February 24, 2021 12:05 pm

View any of our services, anytime

February 28 – March 6
29th – Susan White
1st – Kathy VanZutphen
3rd – Jeanie Munn
5th – Debbie Anglin
5th – Ann Bowden
29th – Hal & Susan White
1st – Kirk & Vanessa Edwards Wasson
March 7th – 13th
7th – Gene Meeks
7th – Laura Moorefield
7th – William Wood
8th – Caroline Feeney
8th – Henry Sawyer
9th – Mason Bell
9th – Tracy Williams
10th – David Glass
10th – John Weber
13th – Kim Bush
9th – Derrick & Kerry Hudson
11th – Carl & Paige Rackley

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Check our Facebook page or our website each day for a link to:
Lenten Madness,
the Daily Lectionary for Lent
and Meditation from Forward Day by Day

From the Episcopal church website:

Way of Love Practices

Turn        Learn        Pray        Worship        Bless        Go Rest

View the entire Way of Love in Lent Curriculum here:

For the Kids !

Isaac is born preschool Bible lesson. Learn about waiting on God. Games, Crafts, Activities, songs, lesson, worksheets and more.

This week’s lesson continues from God calling Abraham and Sarah and focuses on the fulfilment of His promise.

Key points:

  • Patience – We need to wait on God.
  • We can trust God even though things don’t happen straight away.
  • God will do what He promises.


From the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

All about Lent — the 40 days before Easter

Lenten Activities For Children

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Bible Study

Lent 2 (B) – February 28, 2021

RCL: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

In our passage, we witness another in a long history of exchanges between God and Abram. Abram listens, receptive and humble as God makes his everlasting covenant. The covenant is a promise that he and Sarai, heretofore childless, will be the forerunners of multitudes – of kings and of nations. This is a spectacular promise, given that Sarai and Abram are way beyond childbearing years. God gives Abram and Sarai new names, signifying their new role as the progenitors of multitudes with Yahweh as their God.

There are many instances in Abram’s life of going off in his own direction and being influenced by fear or the desires of others. He also has an abiding faith in God and follows God’s direction, even when that direction seems improbable and even impossible. Abram’s faithfulness pales in comparison to God’s generosity and grace.

  • Recall a time when God’s generosity and promises gave you new direction.

  • Our lives can seem small in comparison to the monumental story of Abraham. But God is as generous and faithful to us as to him. How would you describe God’s faithfulness to you today, and your faithfulness to him?

  • In our passage, Abram’s only action is a humble acceptance of God’s promise and direction. How do you respond to God’s direction and promises?

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Bible Study

Lent 3 (B) – March 7, 2021

RCL: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Exodus 20:1-17

Moses and the Israelites have finally reached Mount Sinai. They’ve escaped their bondage in Egypt, and now God will lay out the expectations for their covenantal relationship. But before handing down the Decalogue, or the laws as the Israelites would understand them to be, God begins by reminding the people of all that God has done for them and consequently of God’s power and mercy. It is important that God, not Moses, delivers this message because God is inviting the people into a new relationship and way of being with God. While Moses has done a sufficient job leading the people, God’s choice to speak directly to them reminds them of God’s immense power and ensures them that God’s presence extends beyond their miraculous exodus and into their continual relationship. Additionally, the Decalogue balances the commandments of a right relationship with God with commandments that encourage a right relationship with neighbor. God is not merely concerned with how they treat their Lord but also how they care for one another.

  • Where have you been reminded of God’s continuing power and presence in your life this week?
  • As Christians, our lives too have been altered by God’s mercy and these commandments. How have these commandments affected your relationship with God and your neighbor?

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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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