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A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.

November 2, 2020

21 Days of Thanks continues

We began our series of Thank You charists with a Sunrise Service in our Courtyard celebrating All Saints Day.

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

This week’s services:

~ Monday, November 2 @ 5:30pm, 

Camp Able and Dance Able

~ Tuesday, November 3 @ 6:30am,
Election Day Morning Prayer

~ Tuesday, November 3 @ 7:30pm,
Election Day Liturgy

~ Wednesday, November 4 @ 6pm,
Bell and Vocal Choirs

~ Sunday, November 8 @ 8am,

Rite I Readers, Servers, Ushers

~ Sunday, November 8 @ 5:30pm
Coastwide FYC Lantern Release at the Courthouse Pier

Join us in Thanking these groups or to learn more…


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.

Bags full of Thanks-Giving

Each year, we collect donations and fill Thanksgiving Meal bags for people and families in the Gulfport Community. Gulf Coast Community Ministries is coordinating with us to serve this need.

Thanksgiving Litany |

Please share a Thanksgiving Blessing by supporting this mission.
Bags may be dropped off on Sunday mornings at the church or brought by the office Thursday morning  before noon. ALL BAGS need to be turned in no later than Sunday, November 15th.

NOTE: Canned Meats are NOT on the list this year as GCCM has been blessed with a donation of Turkeys this year.



  • 2 cans of fruit

  • 2 cans of veggies

  • 1 large can of sweet potatos

  • 1 bag of marshmallows

  • 1 package of stuffing


  • 1 can of cranberry sauce

  • 1 pkg/can of gravy

  • 1 box of instant mashed potatoes

  • 2 boxes of jello

  • 1 package of cookies

Celebrating All Saints Day

You’ve probably heard of All Saints’ Day, and you know about Halloween, of course. But what about All Souls’ Day, and All Hallows’ Eve, and All Faithful Departed? What’s the difference?

Well, November 1 is All Saints’ Day, one of the principal feasts of the Episcopal Church, when the church remembers the saints, known and unknown.  It is also one of the four holy days denoted as especially appropriate for baptisms. (The others are the First Sunday after Epiphany, the  Easter Vigil, and Pentecost.)

The origins of All Saints’ Day aren’t completely clear. A feast for all martyrs was observed as early as the fourth century on May 13. And Pope Gregory III dedicated a chapel in Rome to all saints on November 1,  while Pope Gregory IV officially declared its general observance in 837.

In medieval England this feast was known as All Hallows (hallow was an old English term for saint), and the day before was All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween. It is believed that the traditions we associate with Halloween originate with Celtic harvest festivals, in particular the festival of Samhain, which celebrated the harvest and when the dead were said to return to their homes because the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds was thought to be thinnest at that time. Bonfires were lit to frighten away evil spirits.

There is an Episcopal service for All Hallows’ Eve that includes prayers and readings such as “The Witch of Endor,” which it may surprise you to learn is a story from the Bible (1 Samuel 28: 3-25), not Tolkien. 

November 2 is the commemoration of All Faithful Departed, sometimes called All Souls’ Day. It is a day when faithful Christians who have died are remembered.

While in the New Testament “saints” refers to the entire Christian community, it has come to mean people of “heroic sanctity” whose holy deeds are remembered by Christians. Beginning in the tenth century, the church began to remember all departed Christians on November 2. Many remember their loved ones who have died on this day.

Together these three days are sometimes called Allhallowtide.

Worship with us:
Mornings Rite I* at 8am or
Rite II* at 10:30am 
Wednesday Litany of Healing* at 12:30pm
and Moveable Feast on the Beach start times TBA

Remember… there is a seat for everyone at God’s table,
 but St. Peter’s by-the-Sea requests an RSVP !

Please sign up for any of our offerings using the Sign-up form
Safe Worship Guidelines will be observed. 


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


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 Drop off at the church office

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 @ 5:30 pm

Moveable Feasts
Wednesdays on the beach
Time TBA


Looking ahead:

Readings for
November 8, 2020
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
August 02, 2020 Be Ready... Pt. 1 (Matthew 25:1-13) - YouTube

COASTWIDE EYC Lantern Release
Courthouse Pier Gulfport, Sunday November 8 @ 5:30

November 1st – 7th

1st – Sue Cassady
1st – Bill McFarland
2nd – Paul Krass
3rd – Susan Grantham
3rd – Adrian Smith
4th – Suzi Wilson
3rd – Adrian & Cheryl Smith

November 8th – 14th

8th – Ethan Lishen
9th – Reedie McCaughan
10th – Sam Crump
10th – Ames Sanders
8th – Kippy & Whitney Lang

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

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

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Bulletin Insert: All Saints’ Day (A) – All Saints’ Day – November 1, 2020

November 1, 2020

All Saints’ Day, celebrated November 1 or the nearest Sunday afterward, is characterized by the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) as a Principal Feast, “taking precedence over any other day or observance” (BCP, 15). The day is set aside to remember and commend the saints of God, especially those who are not recognized at other points in the church year.

According to Holy Women, Holy Men, in the tenth century, it became customary to recognize on a single day “that vast body of the faithful who, though no less members of the company of the redeemed, are unknown in the wider fellowship of the Church” (Holy Women, Holy Men, 664). Over time, the day became associated with special remembrances of an individual’s family and friends.

While several churches abandoned the commemoration during the Reformation, the Feast of All Saints was retained on the Anglican liturgical calendar. All Saints’ Day began to assume the role of general commemoration of the dead: all Christians, past and present; all saints, known and unknown.

Because of the day’s association with the remembrance for the dead, many churches publish a necrology. This reading of the names of the congregation’s faithful departed may include prayers on their behalf. Such prayers are appropriate, as the Catechism reminds us, “because we still hold [our departed] in our love, and because we trust that in God’s presence those who have chosen to serve him will grow in his love, until they see him as he is” (BCP, 862).

The day is often characterized by joyful hymns, including such favorites as “For All the Saints,” “Who Are These Like Stars Appearing,” and “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.” These hymns share motifs of rest, fellowship, and continued, joyful service to God—salient indeed on this day, as we remember “those of dazzling brightness, those in God’s own truth arrayed, clad in robes of purest whiteness, robes whose luster ne’er shall fade”!

Collect for All Saints’ Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Bulletin Insert: Pentecost 23 (A) – Meet Our Religious Communities: The Society of St. Margaret – November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020

Meet the Society of St. Margaret (SSM), a religious order for women in The Episcopal Church:

How have SSM sisters experienced their call to monastic life?

Each call is as different and varied as the sisters. Some came to community through our summer camp, either as staffers or campers. Others discovered us on the internet and got to know us virtually before they met us in person. What matters is a call not just to community, but to this particular community. Saying yes to a vocation is not easy, but for those who are called, it is a wonderful life!

What do sisters do all day?

The sisters at SSM try to live our ancient tradition with a modern outlook. We keep a daily schedule of four offices and daily Eucharist, as well as time for meditation, prayer, reading, and study. In between, we do all the things that everyone does: schedule car repairs, cook meals and clean the kitchen, answer lots of email, and interact with associates, friends, and inquirers on social media.

What are your ministries?

Our mission work varies based on location and need. We run a home for indigent elderly women in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and work with parishes in New York City and Dorchester, Massachusetts. In Duxbury, we offer hospitality, providing sacred space to groups and individuals. There are also opportunities for individual mission and ministry in areas to which a sister feels called, such as prison ministry, pastoral care, or work with children. Many of the sisters also preach and lead retreats and quiet days. 

Do you take vows?

We take vows of Poverty, Celibate Chastity, and Obedience as a means of free self-offering – not, however, on day one! The journey begins when a woman is received as a postulant. After six months, if all goes well, she is clothed as a novice. The novitiate lasts two to three years, during which the novice lives with a series of promises. After a further period of discernment, she may ask to be “life professed”. Then she will have the joy of making these vows, promising, along with them, “to devote every faculty of body, mind and spirit to God’s service for ever.”

How can I learn more about the Society of St. Margaret?

  • Invite us to lead a retreat or quiet day virtually or in-person

  • Ask us about becoming a sister or associate

  • When we reopen, book a retreat on our Duxbury campus

  • Follow us on social media: @sistersofstmarg on Twitter, SistersOfStMargaret on Facebook, and @Sistersofstmargaret on Instagram

For more information, visit the Society of St. Margaret’s website at or contact us at

“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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address: 1909 15th Street
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