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

November 23, 2020

Our Virtual Angel Tree is HERE !!!

Just click on the Angel left or click HERE
Choose from one of the ornaments by clicking on it.
You’ll be taken to page with more details on the recipient, the wish list to choose items from and send us your info. If you have any questions contact Gail, by text at 228.760.0179 or by email at

Donations may be dropped off at St. Peter’s OR one of our generous partnering businesses:
– Brushes Salon
15007 Creosote Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503 
– Salon Grove
12373 US 49, Gulfport, MS 39503
– Bloom Hair Studio
200 N Jeff Davis Ave #10, Long Beach, MS 39560
– Gulfport Crossfit
9465 Creosote Rd #300F, Gulfport, MS 39503 
– Salon Bella
2900 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
– The Avenue Salon
825 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

All donations benefit those helped by the Gulf Coast Center for Non-Violence.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all !

There will be NO Bible Study or Litany of Healing Wednesday, November 25
Check our website for streaming re-plays of our Wednesday Services and Centering Prayer.

A Collect for Thanksgiving Day:
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Read more: Lectionary for Thanksgiving Day 2020

167 Water Table Marathon Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStockSt. Peter’s by the Sea is again manning tables for the Gulf Coast Marathon.

We’re looking for volunteers to help pass out water to the runners along the route

7:00 AM

Money earned helps fund our outreach ministries.

For more information, or to volunteer,
Jan Shook 229.860.4407
She will assign you to a team


Virtual Angel Tree

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…

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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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 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent

On the Way: Wake Up!

For the kids

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: Advent 1 (B)

November 29, 2020
Whitney Rice
RCL: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

During Advent and Christmas, we will be using study prompts and other activities tied to the sermon for the week. Read the sermon aloud and follow-up with spoken responses to the two questions at the end. Find our full sermon compilation for individual, small group, or congregational use, Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2020 at

Waiting Upon the Lord
by the Rev. Canon Whitney Rice

Waiting is the hardest thing to do because it feels like you’re not doing anything. And it seems twice as hard when you’re young. When we’re children, Christmas always seems eons away and we think the end of school or our birthday will never arrive.

And we 21st-century folks certainly have an ever-shrinking attention span; our wealth and technology allow us to access virtually anything we want any time we want. Everything is sooner, faster, now. And boy, do we love that speed, especially technological speed. Wait ten seconds to let a webpage load? Are you kidding? Get a faster connection! Wait five seconds for a document to print? What the heck is wrong with this printer? Wait to let yourself cool down before sending that email or posting that social media rant? Are you kidding? Go, go, go! You snooze, you lose, that’s our motto. If anyone needs to learn the Advent virtue of waiting upon the Lord, it’s us.

Read more…

First Week of Advent: Saying “Yes” to the Journey

November 29, 2020

As Advent begins this week, we invite you to orient yourself to the coming of Jesus at Christmas through the practices of Journeying the Way of Love. This journey begins by saying “yes” to God’s call to birth new life into the world—a call that is both powerful and gentle, a call that will, if fully embraced, grow beyond our imaginations, spilling out of ourselves and into our family, friends, community, and the whole world. Over the course of this holy season, we invite you to respond to that call using these daily practices, and encourage you to offer them to your friends, family, and neighbors.

Sunday, November 29
What word or words from worship today have found a home in your heart? Share these words with a friend or family member.

Monday, November 30
Take time to listen closely to someone you may not ordinarily take seriously or someone with a different perspective than you. Pray that you hear this person as God does.

Tuesday, December 1
Read Luke 1:30. What are you afraid of that keeps you from saying “yes” to God?

Wednesday, December 2
Set a timer for three minutes. Silently repeat this prayer – “Here I am, God” – until time is up.

Thursday, December 3
The angel blessed Mary with the gift of presence. To whom can you give the gift of presence this week?

Friday, December 4
In giving generously, St. Nicholas turned from a sense of scarcity to a posture of abundance. What do you need to turn from in order to be generous of heart?

Saturday, December 5
From what could you rest in order to receive renewed life? Find that rest today, and do it for as long as you are able.

For more Advent resources related to the Way of Love, visit There, you’ll find links to the full Advent curriculum Journeying the Way of Love, as well as Living the Way of Love in Community, a nine-session curriculum for use anytime.

“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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