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.

May 10, 2021

The Good News

Ascension Day is Thursday May 13th


Church capacity has been raised to 75%
We look forward to seeing you at one of our services soon !

Regular Weekly Schedule
10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study

12:05 pm Wednesday In-person and LIVE Streaming Litany of Healing*

8:00 am Sunday Rite I In-person and LIVE Streaming Service*

9:30 am Inquirers' Class
Kids' Sunday School

10:30 am Sunday Rite II In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service*

10:30 am Sunday Children's Church

- Wear your mask
- Maintain social distancing.

Services marked with *
will continue to be streamed LIVE on Facebook and on our website

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May 9 - May 15
11th - Kylie Hood
11th - Jim Joest
13th - Alicia Scarborough
14th - Colette Weber

12th - Richard & Susan Pagano
11th - Ben & Emile Lee

May 16 - May 22
16th - Linda Koury
22nd - Tom Poirier
22nd - Alden Williams
22nd - Grant Williams

17th - William & Casey Funderburk
20th - Billy & Deanie Wood

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We have readings for each day this week
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And, the Lesser Feast Days and Fast for each day may be found here: Lesser Feast Days and Fasts


The Lessons Appointed for Use on
The Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Collect
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


The ECW would like to honor our High School Graduates from the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 as well. Due to the “shut down” last Spring we were unable to honor the graduates of 2020, so we would like to include them as well as we recognize this year’s graduates.
If you know a High School Senior from either of these classes, please let us know as soon as possible as we plan to honor them in June.
Please contact the office on or before Sunday, May 23, 2021 either by phone (228-863-2611) or email ( with the graduate’s name and year.



Sunday, May 23rd at 9:30am

This is the celebration day of Pentecost so everyone wear
We'll conduct the business of our parish and elect new Vestry
as we conclude Eastertide,
get a GREAT GROUP photo

Depending upon the Bishop's recommendations we will be meeting in the church sanctuary. OR, we may be able to have a good ole fashion Pot Luck between the services


We will be electing a new Senior Warden, a Junior Warden and 3 new vestry members. Contact a member of our nominating committee if you would like to add someone to our ballot. Please, before nominating, be sure the candidate is willing and able to serve.

If you are a candidate, please submit a short bio to be included in next week's Traveling Mercies

NomCom: Mellody Jenkins, Gail Hendrickson, Tim Barrineau,  or send to Susan in the office

Sundays @ 9:30am

You've got questions.
We have answers !

Week 6 will focus on Hymnody, the singing or the composition of hymns or sacred songs. Our own choir master and organist, JT Anglin will lead the discussion of our use of music in worship.

Inquirers' Class will last several weeks. Anyone 15 and older wanting to be confirmed, re-affirmed or wanting to learn more about our church is invited to attend.
Once the classes conclude, we extend an invitation to Bishop Seage to visit and perform the confirmations and more. Looks like things are returning to a new normal in 2021


The ECW will meet at Noon on June 8. We will be making plans for the remainder of 2021. All ladies of the church are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join us in the Parish Hall.


Inquirers' Class Week 5
Inside the Good Book and its role in building the Book integral to our worship.

There's an unfounded stereotype that "Episcopalians don't read the Bible".
The fact is, almost half of our Worship Services are composed of The Liturgy of the Word, the Word being, the Word of God, or, reading from the Bible.
We are what is called a Lectionary Centered Church. The Lectionary is a "prescription" for  what we read and is divided into three years...

"Concerning the Lectionary
The Lectionary for Sundays is arranged in a three-year cycle, in which Year A always begins on the First Sunday of Advent in years evenly divisible by three. (For example, 1977 divided by 3 is 659 with no remainder. Year A, therefore, begins on Advent Sunday of that year.) The Psalms and Lessons appointed for the Sundays and for other major Holy Days are intended for use at all public services on such days, except when the same congregation attends two or more services."      ~BCP p.888

Beginning on page 889, the appointed readings are listed. Presently, we are on page 906. The appointed readings can also be found here: Lectionary Page .net. The online page is a valuable resource for all types of readings including the Lesser Feast days and more.
And, after three years, we have read almost read the entire Bible.

Our readings follow a certain order:

  • An Old Testament reading
  • A Psalm
  • The Epistle
  • The Gospel reading

These readings are preceded by a Collect specifically appointed for the day and followed by the Sermon. There should be no less than 2 readings and one must be a Gospel reading. You may have noticed we have recently omitted the Epistle readings to shorten our services while under Covid protocols.

During Eastertide, instead of reading from the Old Testament, our readings come from the Acts of the Apostles, the first book after the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Each week's readings have a thematic connection that can continue for several weeks. Examples of these "tracks" include readings from Exodus and the Bread of Life discourse.

Simply put, the Bible is a collection of family stories we share before "dinner", Holy Eucharist.

Our Old Testament reading is the beginning of the "lesson". The Psalms connect things using a rhythmic, poetic form. (Psalms cover all sorts of themes). The Epistles, or "letters", give us more information on Jesus' instructions for us. The Epistles, most by Paul, are attributed to the Apostles and reflect different tones depending upon the group being addressed.

We conclude our Liturgy with a reading from the Gospel. Everyone stands and, in some circumstances, there is a procession with our big Gold Book held in reverence. Some make the gesture of three crosses over the forehead, the mouth and heart signifying "God be in our minds, on our lips and in our hearts".
The reading is concluded with, "The Word of the Lord!".  It's what He said; Jesus, as He is best remembered.

Inspiration Ascension Day

Forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus’ body ascended to Heaven. He was clear with his disciples that even though he was leaving, the work that he had begun was not over. Like Christmas, Easter and All Saints Day are principal feast days, so is the Feast of the Ascension.
While it seems the story of Jesus
might be ending, it was just the beginning. And, as He left his disciples there, He knew the Holy Spirit would soon be upon them. That day being celebrated as Pentecost.
Jesus left, but He left us empowered to do the work of God, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, welcome the stranger and to share the Good News.

Readings for the Feast Day of the Ascension

lmighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



For the Kids !

May be an image of flower and text that says '오 Great 50 Days ofEaster with your Household'

From the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
Sixth Sunday of Easter   May 9 -May 15

Night Prayers - Reflecting on the Day
To be used after work or at bedtime

The Table - Sharing Our Sacred Stories
To be used during a meal, preferably at a table

Produced by Whitney Robinson, the Missioner for Children & Youth Formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi. Free to be used widely, but please be sure to give credit to outside authors/creators of sections if cited. Questions? Contact Whitney Robinson



Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s

This week we will be looking at the story of the Israelites escaping the Egyptians by walking through the Red Sea from Exodus 14.  Some of the learning points we will focus on are:

  • God makes a way where things seem impossible.
  • Nothing gets in the way of God’s plans.
  • Miriam led the people in worship. We need to worship God and give thanks to Him for the way He looks after us.


St. Peter’s Ornaments are back !
Commissioned in 2009, and the 4th in a series of Downtown Gulfport Landmarks, these cast pewter ornaments are the original work of artist Maurice Milleur.
Measuring approximately 2 3/4″ tall.
These make great gifts for Easter, Mother’s or Father’s Day and help support our ECW.
Ornaments are $20/each and may be purchased by contacting any ECW member or the church office.


Being Episcopalian

The Mississippi Episcopal Diocese

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National Cathedral

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First United Methodist Church

Bible Study

Easter 6 (B) – May 9, 2021

Acts 10:44-48

This lesson from Acts concludes the story of Peter and Cornelius. Cornelius, a devout centurion living in Caesarea, was bidden by God to find Peter in Joppa. He sends people to find Peter and return. Peter was residing with Simon the tanner. It was in this house that Peter had the dream challenging his views of what foods were clean. Directed by God to go with Cornelius’ people to Caesarea, Peter discovers that God has been acting in and through this surprising person, a Gentile centurion. Peter begins to preach about how he is learning that all people fearing and following God are acceptable to God, and testifies to the good news of Jesus, his life, death, and resurrection.

It is while he is speaking that the Holy Spirit shows up, as we hear today, poured out even on the Gentiles in the crowd. Peter realizes that baptism cannot be withheld from them, for the Holy Spirit had already been received. This is a story of two lives that cross unexpectedly by the guidance and call of God. It results in quite a surprising conclusion for all those involved.

  • How is God challenging us to grow right now? What are we withholding that God invites us to extend?

  • How has the Holy Spirit brought you a surprising lesson? What was the lesson?


Easter 7 (B) – May 16, 2021

RCL: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Where violence seeks to end life, God seeks to bring new life. The invitation in this Easter season is to pay attention to the little buds of new life all around us. They are there, if only we take the time to notice. In this passage, new communities are forming. Communities of love who seek to follow the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this community formation, it is important for there to be people present who were actual witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. This reminds us that we are part of a great cloud of witnesses who have lived into this story over many years and over many generations. Mothers telling their sons. Grandparents telling their grandchildren. We get to join in that story and that legacy. Thanks be to God.

  • What does it mean to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ today?
  • What does it mean to cultivate resurrection hope while also acknowledging the reality of grief? Can both be true?


“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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