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 15, 2021

the Good News

It has been exactly a year since we produced our very first on-line service in the wake of the pandemic shutdown.
This week, while still at reduced capacity, we are thrilled to announce our
Holy Week schedule of services and much more… 

Saturday, March 278:30a.m.Making Palm Crosses
Meet in the Parish Hall to ready palms and make crosses
Palm Sunday, March 28 8am and 10:30amPalm Sunday Services
There will be no processional
Palm Sunday, March 28 5:00p.m.Holy Week Lessons and Carols
Performances include our Hand Bell Choir, J.T. Anglin and some of his students
Wednesday, March 315:30p.m. Stations of the Cross
Attendees will remain seated during readings

Paschal Triduum
Maundy Thursday, April 15:30p.m.Holy Eucharist and
Stripping of the Altar

no foot washing
Good Friday, April 2Noon and 5:30pmGood Friday Services
No Holy Eucharist
, Saturday, April 3

The Great Easter Vigil 
There will be no gathering outside with “kindling of the Easter Fire” pit.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4
7:00a.mRite I service
9:00a.m.Family Eucharist (Rite II with Children’s Church)
followed by Easter Egg Hunt
10:30a.m. Rite II service

* We are offering 4 Easter Services *
We are asking parishioners choose one service to attend
so that everyone wanting to attend may do so without exceeding our 50% limit
* All services will be live streamed

* Volunteers Needed *
– to make palm crosses 3/27 @ 8:30am in the Parish Hall
– readers for Station of the Cross 3/31 @ 5:30pm
– readers, servers and ushers for all services
– help wiping down surfaces after each service

* Filled plastic Easter Eggs *
We need eggs (no chocolate please) and
volunteers to hide eggs during the 9am Easter Sunday

If you are able to help with any of these please contact the church office by phone: (228) 863-2611 please leave a message
or by email: or

 Check our website for links to streaming services,
pre-recorded Stations of the Cross and instructions on making Palm Crosses

  • 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

  • MEN’S GRILLIN’ GROUP RETURNS !!!    April 27that 6PM in the Parish hall.   All Men of the parish are invited, bring your entree’ to grill, beverage of choice and $15 dues.  Reservations are REQUIRED please contact Mike at 228-326-6601 to make yours.

Could our ELNO or ELOTE be far behind ?
Stay tuned !

In addition to our in-person worship services increasing to 50% capacity, we are happy to announce the following:

 Wednesday Bible Study is back at 10:30 am

 Sunday School for Adults AND kids is back at 9:30 am (no donuts yet)

 Children’s Church and Nursery Care is back at 10:30 am on Sundays

BCPs are back in the pews !

 To read the latest protocols from the Diocese:

That’s right. SPRING is near and you don’t want to be late for church, or is it early? 

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

Upcoming Services


Wednesday Bible Study


Litany of Healing*


Wednesday Lent Progam *


Thursday Centering Prayer *


Sunday Rite I *


Sunday School
Adults & Kids


Sunday Rite II *
Children’s Church & Nursery

– Wear your mask
– Wash your hands  
– Maintain social distancing
 – Please sign -in upon arrival    

 Would you like to be a reader ?
 Interested in being an Usher?
Contact Susan at
 be sure to include your contact info and time and date you can serve.

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Wednesday Bible Study

a story about Mary Magdalene

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53 Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
                       John 7:53-8:11


This week’s Lent discussion moves back to Biloxi’s Church of the Redeemer
 Join us Wednesday 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 week’s topic for Lenten discussion will cover Economic Dignity.
Check our Facebook page or our website for updates.


Passiontide and the
Sunday formerly known as Passion Sunday

What happened to Passion Sunday ?

Before the revisions of Vatican II, Passiontide was the period of Lent that commemorates the increasing revelation of Christ’s divinity (John 8:46-59) and His movement toward Jerusalem. While our current season of Lent is a time for preparation, reflection and more, Passion week seems to have been a building climax to Holy Week.
Passiontide was the two week period following the fifth Sunday of Lent,
Passion Week being the first and Holy Week being the second week of Passiontide. Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday were,  unlike today, separate celebrations.

Presently, we veil our crosses for the entire season of Lent. Perhaps that is to reflect a more austere atmosphere for this time of self-denial and simplicity.
That’s all well and good…   Keep things plain until that time when we again can use “the A word”. But that wasn’t the practice of veiling’s original intent.

Traditionally, when Passiontide was observed, the veiling of the cross, paintings, statues and any other Holy objects occurred on Passion Sunday. The veiling was associated with Passion Sunday’s Gospel
(John 8:46-59), in which Jesus “hid himself” from the people.


We’re all familiar with the dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday in the 1979 BCP. Makes sense. It IS now, called Passion Sunday as well as Palm Sunday.
However, in previous editions of the BCP, the Gospel reading for the Fifth Sunday, formerly known as “Passion Sunday” came from John’s 8th chapter, ending with, “but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.” Today, this chapter from John’s Gospel appears nowhere in our Sunday lectionary.

But why ?

There are several theories.
From the thought that people didn’t come to church on Good Friday so they needed to hear the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday to condensing the “home stretch” into Easter in to that one, Holy Week.

The former of these is a bit too cynical for me. In the latter we find “Lent was no longer about discipling others in the way of Jesus, but rather about trying to discipline ourselves for our sins, if only for these forty days”. The revision moved us from “a season of fasting and penitence with constant reminders of the suffering of Jesus along the way” to “a forty-day season of fasting and spiritual preparation intended to help congregations accompany candidates for baptism during a “home stretch” in practices, ritual and disciplines critical to living in the way of Jesus”.

While Passiontide blurred the line between Lent and Holy Week, a consolidation of Sundays puts a period on the end of Lent and clear beginning of Holy Week.

Church of England and Passiontide

15th – Katherine Thames
 15th – Susan Prendergast
 16th – JonMarc Van Zutphen
 20th – Susan Dobson Rojas
 March 21- 27th

 21st – Hiram Edrington
 22nd – Nathan Boddie
 24th – Emile Ozerden Lee
 25th – Gabriel Cabral
 26th – Steven Taylor
 27th- Catherine Frederic
 27th – Jeffrey Lukas

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The Lessons Appointed for Use on The Fifth Sunday of Lent

 The Collect
 Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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

From the Episcopal church website: Way of Love Practices

Turn        Learn        Pray        Worship        Bless        Go Rest

Explore the Way of Love: WORSHIP
Throughout the Scriptures, the people of God are called to worship.
As the Psalmist writes, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.” Just as God wants to enter into our lives and meet us where we are, so God desires for us to enter into God’s space together and be present there.
read more…

Explore the Way of Love: BLESS
The Christian tradition calls us not just to believe, but also to bless the world with the Good News
that we have learned. As the writer of Mark’s Gospel tells us, Jesus said, “Go into all the world and
proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” When we incorporate the practice of Blessing
others into our lives, we are putting our love into action by becoming the Good News for others.
As part of the Way of Love, Blessing gives us a way to follow the example of Jesus.
Just as Jesus was a leader and a teacher, he also was a son, a friend, a servant. Jesus understood
the need to know and be known by those in his community and beyond.
read more…

Explore the Way of Love – Bulletin Insert Series

View the entire Way of Love in Lent Curriculum here:

For the Kids !

Sodom and Gomorrah preschool Bible lesson. Learn about praying for others & running from sin. Games, Crafts, Activities, songs, lesson, worksheets and more.

This week’s lesson is taken from Genesis 18:16-19:29 and covers the account of Sodom and Gomorrah. While this is a difficult passage to teach younger children, it is important we don’t overlook the important truths that the passage teaches.

Main points:

  • God is patient but will judge sin.
  • We should pray for others.
  • We should flee from sin and temptation.
  • God is gracious to save.

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From the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

All about Lent — the 40 days before Easter

Lenten Activities For Children

“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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