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

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 288am and 10:30amPalm Sunday Services
There will be no processional
Palm Sunday, March 285:00p.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 7:22p.m

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


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group resumes March 26th at 2PM in the Parlor. Meetings are scheduled for the 4th Friday of each month.                Contact: Al Kirsh (228)383-5718 for more info

 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 ?

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 year’s Lent discussion concludes at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea 
 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 Political Dignity.
Check our Facebook page or our website for updates.


Passiontide and the
Sunday formerly known as Passion Sunday

From our Rev. Liz Jones for the Episcopal Cafe website:

Real Presence

For March 22, 2021

My latest distraction in life is my new Apple Watch. I have it because I’m an old lady of 75. (I’m in a threeyear heart study with Johnson + Johnson)

The other evening as I was studying J+J’s messages to me, I came across these facts. “In one’s lifetime, the heart will beat about 3 billion times. Three billion! Think of it. As well, every day your body uses 2,000 gallons of blood to send around your veins and arteries. That’s five hot tubs worth!!

So today, as I began to write for the Episcopal Café, for March 22, 2021 I looked up who we were honoring as their feast day and it is The Reverend James DeKoven, priest, professor, and confessor of the Real Presence of Christ.

And I thought about that. I thought about my blood, all 2,000 gallons of it, and the body and blood of Christ, that continues to inform my faith and strengthen my love affair with God.

I know almost none of the arguments for literal presence and the typical ones for symbolic, but I know a whole lot about my own physical blood, that precious fluid that runs this body. And then I thought about my experiences of Centering Prayer, and those moments of true exhilaration of being in God, and God in me. Of being a body in which Christ lives, reconciling the world to himself and us to one another and I began to get it… Real Presence or as Dr. King would say, “a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love”.

The whole quote actually goes like this:

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t’ have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think The Reverend DeKoven would agree.

Palm Sunday

29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
                                             ~ Luke 19:29-31

The account begins.
Jesus travels to Jerusalem knowing that this journey would end in his sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of all mankind. 
The colt is brought to Jesus and cloaks are placed on its back. As Jesus sat on the young donkey he slowly made his humble entrance into Jerusalem.
The people greet Jesus enthusiastically, waving palm fronds and covering his path with palm branches:

The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
                      ~  Matthew 21:9

The people did not fully understand Christ’s mission, but their worship honored God.
And, immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he began his journey to the cross.

The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in all four Gospels: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.
Today, Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, our commemoration of Jesus’ days following this reception, concluding on Easter Sunday.

The liturgy begins with a blessing and procession of palms. Focus is given to a lengthy reading of the Passion, with parts taken by the priest, lectors, and congregation.
The palms can be taken home by the members of the congregation to serve as sacramentals (sacred signs of the 
sacraments), and some of them are burned the following year to serve as the ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Traditional processions through Jerusalem in the time of Jesus were reserved for Roman officials, either royalty or those returning from victorious military campaigns.

Jesus’ “parade” makes an important statement as he rides into the city on a donkey colt, a symbolic animal of peace. Like a great emperor returning victoriously from war, he was greeted by the crowds with shouts of triumph and joy and waving palm branches.


From the Imago Dei Anglican Church website:
Jesus’ triumphal entry declares to everyone that he is King and Lord and that he will be victorious in his mission to defeat sin and death once and for all.

Palm Sunday is an invitation to the journey of Holy Week – a journey to healing. As we wave our palm branches and acclaim Jesus as our King as the people in Jerusalem did that day, we walk beside Jesus toward Jerusalem, toward the place of sacrifice, as we experience his inevitable and eternal victory.

However, when we arrive with Jesus in Jerusalem there is a dramatic shift, we hear the Passion reading – the account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. The same crowd that was worshipping Jesus now turns against him, calling for his death. Again, we see ourselves in the crowd realizing our own sin of rejecting Jesus so often. In the grittiness and length of the Passion reading, we realize the depth of suffering Jesus endured for us.

The prayers of Palm Sunday focus on Jesus’ suffering. We are called to imitate Jesus in his humility and to walk with him through his suffering and death. We do this so that we might also share in his resurrection and victory – a victory that we have had a glimpse of in this service. This invitation is not to be taken lightly. If, by faith, we embrace the call to share in Jesus’ suffering and allow the Lord to meet us, we will be changed.

Palm Sunday holds special significance because it is the beginning of one liturgical movement, or single, multi-day service, that spans Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, otherwise known as The Triduum.

How to make a palm cross
Download a PDF of instructions here

OR, watch Gail’s video
from last year by clicking here

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 Feast Day of
The Annunciation
March 25th

The Collect
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons Appointed for Use on
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

The Liturgy of the Palms

The Liturgy of the Word

The Collect
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; 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

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: GO
As we discover the Way of Love and the practices through which we can follow Jesus more closely, we realize that Jesus did not stay in one place very often. The pursuit of Jesus can often mean moving out of our circles of comfort and going to other places – geographically, culturally, economically, spiritually. Because if there is one thing Jesus did, it is that he went – out of his home, out of his town, out of his community – to engage with other cultures and people, to listen and dignify their stories, no matter their culture or station in life. Jesus was a listener and witness to outcasts and sinners, drinkers and tax collectors, strangers and foreigners, the rich and the poor. He uplifted women who were considered unequal to men. He dignified people of other faiths or no faith at all, and showed them the values of the Kingdom of God, through his teaching, through his healing, through his listening, and through his meeting them where they were and putting love into action.
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Explore the Way of Love – Bulletin Insert Series

View the entire Way of Love in Lent Curriculum here:

For the Kids !

Abraham and Lot preschool Bible lesson. Learn about Godly choices. Games, Crafts, Activities, songs, lesson, worksheets and more.

This week’s lesson covers Abraham’s search for a wife for Isaac. God leads his servant to Rebekah. Our Bible passage is found in Genesis 24.

Some of our main points are:

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From the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

All about Lent — the 40 days before Easter

Lenten Activities For Children

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

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Bible Study

Lent 5 (B) – March 21, 2021

RCL: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Jeremiah 31:31-34

This powerful passage speaks of God’s promise of reconciliation and hope to the people of Israel. The Babylonian army had conquered Jerusalem, razed the Temple, and sent Jeremiah and many others into exile in Babylon. Many exiles believed that this traumatic defeat was God’s punishment for their idolatry and their injustice towards one another. They knew they had turned away from God, and they believed God responded in kind, by turning away from them.

But Jeremiah here tells them that this is not the end of the story: even now, God is making the first move to restore their relationship. God promises to make a new and even better covenant with them—to forge an even more honest, open, and intimate connection with God’s people. The people have sinned, yes; but God’s forgiveness flows from an even deeper generosity, from the depth of God’s longing to know and be known by God’s people. “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.” God does not want outward signs of obedience or fear, but the love of hearts that are both just and genuine.

  • All of us have turned away from God in one way or another. Be honest: when you think about repentance, do you imagine yourself having to earn back God’s love? Or do you imagine God as eager to make the first move, to forgive?
  • Have there been moments when you did right by someone, not out of duty or guilt, but out of authentic desire? What made that possible? How might you bring that possibility into other spheres of your life?

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Bible Study

Palm Sunday (B) – March 28, 2021

RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, [40-47]

Isaiah 50:4-9a

This passage is from what scholars call “Second Isaiah,” written while the people of Israel were living in exile in Babylon. This text is one of the “servant songs,” speaking of God’s servant, called to gather the exiled people back together and restore Zion. In these songs, sometimes the servant seems to stand for all of Israel, and sometimes the servant seems to be describing an individual person. Christians have long read these texts as pointing toward Christ, but this is certainly not the only way to approach them, even for us as Christians.

The speaker in this passage talks about God who “wakens my ear” and “has given me the tongue of a teacher,” allowing the speaker to listen to God’s word and tell it to others. But servanthood has consequences – the servant has to endure violence, insults, and disgrace for telling God’s truth. This is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer has called the “cost of discipleship,” and it continues to ring true in our present times, where fighting inequality and injustice is incredibly hard, and can lead to painful divisions.

  • Where are the servants you look to in these times, who set their “face like flint” and do the hard work of truth-telling and justice-making?
  • What are the difficult truths to which you are being called to waken your ear? And where are you being called to speak out?

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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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