Keeping close while keeping our distance.
A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.

November 16, 2020

21 Days of Thanks continues

This week’s services:

~ Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:30pm
St. Peter’s Vestry, Clergy and Administration

~ Wednesday, November 18 @ 6pm STREAMING
Global and Traveling Missions: Ugandan Mission, Honduras Medical Mission, Grace at the Green Light (New Orleans), Clean-up Missions to Port Aransas and Camp Beckwith

~ Thursday, November 19 @ 5:30pm
Newcomers, Welcome Wagoneers and Rendezvous

~ Saturday, November 21 @ 10:30am
Needle, Fiber and Artist Guilds, Book Club, Writers and The Key

~ Sunday, November 22 @ 8am and 10:30am
Rite I Wrap up and Blessing of Pledge Cards
Rite II Wrap up and Blessing of Pledge Cards

Each Thank YOU-charist is given with special intention, thanking members of our congregation through each Mission, Ministry or service they attend.

Join us in Thanking these groups or to learn more…

Join us in Thanking these groups or to learn more…



The One Talent Grows!

November 15, 2020
for the Episcopal Cafe
by Liz Goodyear Jones

Matthew 25:14-30

I am a gardener. I have not always been a gardener though. For 36 years I was a rector, chaplain, head of school, retiring four years ago for the “good Life”. Why the quotation marks? Well, retiring and this Gospel of burying talents and multiplying them, has a lot to do with me.

I could not wait to bury my talents in the grounds of leisure, recreation and reading. All of which I did and then… looked around to see what else there was to do. I practice yoga, walk on the beach daily, read copiously, became a pretty good cook and love old movies.  But as I found out, this wears thin when it’s all about me. 


St. Peter’s by the Sea
And Rotary Club of Gulfport Sunset

9:30 AM—2:30 PM
1909 15th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501

Come give the gift of life and your donation will be tested to find out if you have the COVID-19 antibodies!! *

*The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. For the next few months, Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory, where the samples will also undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing. Should you test positive for the COVID antibodies, your plasma may be used to help a current critical COVID patient. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

American Red Cross is practicing all COVID protocols, prescreening donor temperatures prior to entry to the blood drive, providing masks and hand sanitizer and extended cleaning between each donor. The safety and confidence of all donors, volunteers and our staff is very important.


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Angel Tree time is coming !!!

St. Peter’s is partnering with the following to collect gifts and women’s necessities for the Center for Non-Violence:

Brushes Salon
Bloom Salon
Salon Grove
Salon Bella
The Avenue
Gulfport Crossfit

We are still gathering a list of our Angels but you may drop off an unwrapped gift at any of these locations. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

We’ll announce our Angel needs as soon as possible. 


Returning to Worship

While there is a seat at God’s table for everyone,
St. Peter’s requests you let us know you’ll be in attendance.

Sign up is easy through the forms on our website. Just choose a service from the dropdown menu.

Rite I (8am) or Rite II (10:30am) Services on Sundays
or, Litany of Healing (12:05pm) on Wednesdays

Having trouble? email
In a hurry? text Fr. Patrick at 901-849-0400 or, Gail at 228-760-0179
As always, Safe Worship Guidelines will be observed, including the ability to contact attendees if needed.

Bible Study
Wednesdays at 10:30am
To maintain Social Distance we will gather in the Nave,
Let us know you will be joining us by emailing

Study will be followed by the Litany of Healing at 12:05pm


View our latest streaming offerings…

View our latest streaming offerings…
(please note our Thank YOUcharists are not streamed )

Veterans Day,
Wednesday November 11, 12:05

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
November 12, 2020

Rite I Service,
Sunday November 15, 8:00 am


November 15th – 21st

15th – Bob Clower
17th – Tabitha Williams
18 – David Wilson
19th – Sharon Martin
19th – Celeste McInnis
15th Mike & Janice Fitzgerald
17th – Michael Wilkes & Roland Woodruff
18th – Chuck & Amy Rollins

November 22 – November 28th
22nd – Cameron Bell
22nd – Janice Fitzgerald
25th – Sandi Dulaney
26th – Jane Swett
26th – Kevin Walker
27th – Donna Lishen
28th – Christie Daniels
23rd – Roy & Janet Dodd
25th – Lenny & Earline Sawyer
27th – Lewis & Lottie Hastings

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Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Worship Services
(in-person and 
Sundays @ 8:00 am
Sundays @ 10:30 am
Wednesdays @ 12:05 pm

Centering Prayer
(streaming only)
Thursdays @ 11am am

Moveable Feasts
(temporarily discontiued)
Wednesdays on the beach
Time TBA


Looking ahead:

Readings for
November 22, 2020
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Feast of Christ the King

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46


For the kids

Paul’s Shipwreck

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:

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Bible Study: Christ the King – November 22, 2020
The Rev. Maggie Nancarrow

The texts for Christ the King Sunday in Year A mince no words: from the beginning of the Ezekiel text to the end of the Matthew text, they work together to tell the story of what kind of reign we can expect from Christ. On a Sunday like this one, some questions may be helpful to explore around the whole concept of Christ as king:


    • What strengths and challenges come up when you imagine Christ as a king or God as a ruler? How does this image resonate or not resonate with you, from where you are located in the 21st century?
    • How might Christ’s life, death, and resurrection rule us differently than human governments and rulers?

Read more…

Feast of Christ the King

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King or Christ the King Sunday, is a relatively recent addition to the Western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. In 1970 its Roman Rite observance was moved to the final Sunday of Ordinary Time. Therefore, the earliest date on which it can occur is 20 November and the latest is 26 November. The AnglicanLutheran, and many other Protestant churches also celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which is contained in the Revised Common Lectionary. Roman Catholics adhering to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite use the General Roman Calendar of 1960, and as such continue to observe the Solemnity on its original date of the final Sunday of October. It is also observed on the same computed date as the final Sunday of the ecclesiastical year, the Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent, by Western rite parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.[2]

Read more…

The NEXT week, Advent begins !

Preparing for Advent and Christmas
Bulletin Insert: Pentecost 24 (A) – Advent and Christmas Resources
November 15, 2020

New and updated Advent and Christmas resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are available, with additional resources coming soon. Available now: Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Advent curriculum; Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit; updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum; AdventWord 2020. Be sure to sign up for daily Advent and Christmas emails. Find Advent and Christmas resources from The Episcopal Church here:

New for Advent 2020 is a five-session podcast series, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community, hosted by the Rev. Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg, Episcopal Church staff officer for Racial Reconciliation. Prophetic Voices explores where that dialogue intersects with faith. Join Brokenleg and invited guests as they share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice. The following resources are also available now:

Preparing to Become the Beloved Community: Revised to reflect the Year B readings, this resource features reflections by people from across The Episcopal Church who are committed to the work of fostering Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.  The Episcopal Church Racial Reconciliation Department will produce a version of the curriculum for Year C in 2021, and a version for Year A in 2022.

Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum and Advent calendar: A four-week Advent curriculum and Advent calendar pegged to readings and themes from the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke that incorporates Way of Love practices and the nativity/infancy narrative of Jesus.

Digital Invitation Kits for Advent and Christmas: Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love more deeply to the seasons of the year, these kits include customizable posters, postcard, and flyer; a social media-ready graphic; and a Facebook cover image.

#AdventWord: For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar beginning Sunday, November 29.

Daily Advent and Christmas emails: From Advent 1 through Christmas Day, daily emails will feature the reflection from AdventWord, the daily practice from the Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar, and a resource from The Episcopal Church. For the Twelve Days of Christmas, the newsletter will highlight one new Way of Love resource from the last year.

Watch for these resources in the coming weeks: Sermons for Advent and Christmas from Sermons That Work; bulletin inserts; EMM Advent Vigil; Episcopal Church Global Partnerships Global Advent Reflections; a Christmas video message; Christmas readings; and a digital Christmas card.

“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.

Contact Us
phone: 228.863.2611
address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, Ms 39501

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Has your Big Love tee become thread bare?
not quite white anymore ?

We have had some requests for a “re-issue” and after a re-design we have a lot more styles, colors and items to choose from.

Big Love Collection
Micah 6:8 Collection

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