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

Traveling Mercies
November 30, 2020

Big Thanks to donors of Bags of Thanksgiving for the GCCM !
The response was amazing and the recipients most appreciative.
It is probably no surprise that Mississippi ranks among the highest in rates of food insecurity and the Covid crisis has only added to the need to give.
Please remember our food banks throughout the holiday season.

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 contact@stpetersbytheseagulfport.com

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.

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


Say “Yes” to the journey [via episcopalchurch.org]

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 episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove. 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.

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 contact@stpetersbytheseagulfport.com
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…

Wednesday’s Bible Study and Noon Litany of Healing are on hiatus while Father Patrick is on Advent Retreat.
Rejoin us on Wednesday, December 16th as we do a deep dive into The Christmas Story.
 December 6th’s Deacon Masses will not be streamed.
We WILL be streaming services from other diocese.
 Tentative Christmas Eve schedule:
 4pm Family Service
Walk through Bethlehem
 outside with Communion under the bell tower
 8pm Bell Choir Service
 10:30pm Traditional Midnight Mass
 11am Christmas Morning
Gift Blessings in our PJsView our latest streaming offerings…

Litany of Healing, Wednesday November 18, 12:05

Centering Prayer with Rev. Liz
November 12, 2020

Rite I Service, Sunday
November 22, 8:00 am 

Rite II Service, Sunday
November 22, 10:30 am

November 29 – December 5th
1st – Jack Vincent
3rd – Judy Ownbey
4th – Thomas Frederic
4th – Lisa Kersanac
5th – Sul Ozerden
29th – Bob & Audrey Montgomery
4th – Fred & Donna Hutchings
4th – Bill & Joan McFarland

December 6th – December 12th
7th – Billy Wood
9th – Merritt Bell
10th – Clark Seemann
10th – Deanie Wood
11th – Scott & Tracy Williams

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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
December 6, 2020
Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

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 2 (B)
December 6, 2020

Michael Toy
RCL: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
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 www.sermonsthatwork.org.

Pointing to Christ

by Michael Toy

The perennial challenge during Advent and Christmastime is to hear anew the familiar story we all know. We all know the story. We’ve all seen the Christmas pageants. We’ve set up the Nativity crèche with the holy family, cow, donkey, and shepherds. It’s become almost too familiar. In part, that’s why we have the season of Advent. These four weeks serve to prepare the way to Christmas via a bit of liturgical wilderness. The penitential season provides a time of reflection and contemplation so that we can hear the good news of Jesus’ incarnation afresh and let the gospel sink more deeply into our lives.

This year is a bit different, to say the least. For many, this does not feel like the usual joyous march toward Christmastide. Hundreds of thousands around the globe will be spending their first Christmas without a loved one who has passed on due to the pandemic. Millions more will be attempting a celebration without their usual large and festive gathering, due to travel restrictions. For almost the entirety of the year, we have all been a people anxious and waiting in a lockdown-long Advent. And with no cure or vaccine, there is no clear path forward out of this dark season.

Read more…

Second Week of Advent: Journeying with Family and Friends
December 6, 2020

As we continue our Advent walk, we invite you to see the Way of Love as a journey that can expand to include family and friends. Mary said “yes” to the call to birth Jesus, God’s Word, into the world and immediately went in haste to share her good news with her cousin, Elizabeth—a four-day journey into the Judean hills. Isn’t that what happens when we hear good news? We are driven to go and tell others. The Way of Love is good news that demands to be shared.

Read more…

“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
email: stpetersbythesea@bellsouth.net
phone: 228.863.2611
address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, Ms 39501

Christmas will be here in:

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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