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

Volume 1, Issue 9, September 21, 202078

Bringing a Bounty of Big Love to Camp Beckwith

Father Patrick has been in contact with some folks at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope (Alabama’s Camp Bratton Green).
The need there is significant.
A group from St. Peter’s will be heading over on Tuesday to help with clean up. We are asking for donations and volunteers. We are excited that we are positioned to help in such an immediate way and the folks at Beckwith are also eager to get back to fighting weight so that they can be a relief resource for their community and beyond.
Working plan is to return on Friday.  Junior Warden Allan Young will be delivering our trailer on Monday and getting the lay of the land for us.
Thanks, Allan!

It is always so challenging to discern what we can do to assist folks after a storm that changes, temporarily or otherwise, the lives of those impacted. It is so good then when we know someone in the thick of it. We were fortunate that Hurricane Sally turned east and spared us. However, as is always the case, the storm went to another place and damage was most definitely done.


John Dreyfus, a dear friend and program director for Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, has asked us for help. Our plan is to deliver our relief trailer to Beckwith Monday morning and take volunteers to assist with cleaning their property on Tuesday. I am convinced that helping them get back to work in ministry will ensure a more speedy recovery for the entire area.

We will of course be using our time on site to discern other needs in the surrounding communities!


We will be gearing fundraising efforts through the weekend towards increasing the resources in our discretionary fund in order to grab more supplies, gas, groceries, etc. If you can, please consider helping us in this way! Generosity is always the right response.
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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 @ 5:30 pm

Moveable Feasts
Wednesdays @ 7pm on the beach


Looking ahead:
September 27, 2020

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

September 20 – September 26

Sept 20 – Michael Wilkes
Sept 21 – Mellody Jenkins
Sept 22 – JT Anglin
Sept 23 – Bill Murdock
Sept 23 – Claire Yoste 

Sept 22 – Cameron & Hannah Bell  

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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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 Returns !!!

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

Study will be followed by
the Healing Service at 12:05pm
Sign up is requested at the above link.

Moveable feasts are in full swing !

Wednesdays at 6:30pm* on the beach
across from the church by the fire pit
Bring your blanket, or chair. Don your flip-flops.

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*Worship times will be adjusted for the earlier Autumn sunsets.

Bible Study: Pentecost 17 (A) – September 27, 2020

Exodus 17:1-7

Anyone who has been in a position of leadership can relate to Moses’ dilemma in this passage. Acting on faith and with divine guidance, he is leading his people from slavery into the promised land. Moses might be tempted by the potential for personal power, but he never really gets a chance. Instead, he finds himself in a “don’t shoot the messenger!” situation when there is a scarcity of water for his people. His people did what people do: they complained, they quarreled, and they turned on Moses. And Moses, in turn, sought the ear of the Lord in his frustration, asking, “What shall I do with this people?” As you might hear, the narrative becomes more about quarrelling and blame than it does about the vital, living water. The instruction Moses receives from the Lord isn’t about managing the people, but about how to draw that life-giving water in abundance from a place of seeming scarcity. And, no surprise, at the source of this water is the Lord, “I will be standing there in front of you…” reminding us of God’s eternal presence even in times when we are parched, quarrelsome, and doubtful.

  • What are the quarrels and complaints that can keep us from experiencing the providential love of God?

  • When have you noticed unexpected abundance, exactly when you needed it most? Where was God in that time?

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

In these sections of Psalm 78, the narrative from Exodus can be found woven into the larger life and context of the people of Israel. Psalm 78 is often characterized as a Covenant or Liturgical Psalm. Neither a lament nor a song of praise, these psalms were used to characterize the public worship of the people as a community of faith. This psalm recounts praise-worthy actions of divine intervention: freedom from oppression, splitting open the sea, leading by a cloud, splitting open the rocks to provide water. This ritual of remembering and recounting is a community-building act of worship. It is, perhaps, the exact opposite of selfish complaining because it draws attention to communal recognition of God, whose actions are greater than any of us individually could accomplish.

  • What is the earliest story you remember hearing about God’s providence for God’s people from the Hebrew Scriptures? What stands out about these “Sunday School Stories” for us today?

  • What are the actions of God toward the people of God that should be remembered and retold to our own children, and our children’s children?

Philippians 2:1-13

“… be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

There are many times in our contemporary lives when it seems like being of one mind is an impossible reality. Political and ideological differences pull us in different directions and fill our minds with sounds bites of divisive rhetoric. And yet, the language of this Epistle to the Philippians tells us to be of the same mind, to have the same love and to do all of this because of the lavish and loving example set forth by Jesus Christ. It is sobering to read words written thousands of years ago and feel them still convicting our hearts and exhorting our actions about how to be Church in the world. At the core of the reminders of this Epistle are the virtues of humility and service. Or, in other words, “is it better to be right, or to be kind?” There are lessons in this Epistle for vestries, for church leaders, for our own devotional reflections. Jesus is our example: how do we find the humility to live into that example rather than succumbing to our own wants and needs?

  • How does our Baptismal Covenant instruct us to act out of the same mind and the same love of Christ? Name examples of the way you have observed this lived out covenant in your lives both in the church and in the world.

  • What are the areas where you struggle to be of the same mind and the same love as Christ and each other: as a person, as a parish, and/or as the Church? Name these areas, and consider ways to hold both the division and the possibility of reconciliation in Christ in your prayers.

Matthew 21:23-32

This Gospel lesson plays out almost like a theatrical scene: Jesus is met with a question and responds with a question which is lobbed around almost like a tennis ball among the officials and the people. With all the banter back and forth about how to answer the question and what that answer might imply, it quickly becomes clear that what was posed to Jesus as he approached was really more of a trap than an honest question. And so it is that Jesus uses a parable to further illustrate the folly of our attempts to please others (or God), which end up revealing our own lack of moral grounding. Jesus illustrates what we might call the “question behind the question” to strip away all of the pretense and break down the rhetoric around what one should say, in order to reveal one’s true intentions. The almost incomprehensible reality is that God doesn’t ask us to say and do what we think will please God. God asks us to come, humbly and honestly, exactly as we are with our hearts open to God’s transforming love.

  • What are places in our lives where our lips are saying “yes” to God, but our actions are not following through? How can we align our yes-saying with our yes-doing?

  • How can we ask questions of others with openness, inviting genuine conversation without expecting a particular response? How does this apply to our lives of prayer, and to our lives of Christian service?

This Bible study, written by Sarah Kye Price, originally ran in 2017.

Sunday School Lessons
for the kids (and the young at heart):

Proper 21, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32

Jesus’ journey takes him to the temple for the last time and stays there.  During these next three chapters we see Jesus teaching on a variety of topics, not because he set out to do so, but because the high priests, elders and Pharisees are trying to trap him by asking tricky questions and backing him into a corner.  As we read these stories, we know that Jesus was not going to play that game.

Jesus is seen by others as having the authority to heal and teach, but in today’s lesson the chief priests and elders question this authority.  By answering their question with a question about John the Baptist, Jesus is not stalling them, but rather evoking the prophets that have come before him and identifying himself and John the Baptist with the prophets of the past.  When the chief priests and elders respond, they respond not from what they know to be true, but rather from a place of political maneuvering.  To save themselves, they say they do not know.

So Jesus presents them with a parable, a story that teaches us about a truth.  This is a parable about doing the work God has given us to do, not just saying we are going to do it, but going and doing the work, no matter where we are on our own journey or about what we may or may not have done in the past.  God wants us out in the world, doing what we are called to do.  As people of God we are to witness, to name our beliefs and be a worker in the field.

Download the Lesson Plans for Proper 21

LPTW Proper 21, Year A, Younger Children
LPTW Proper 21, Year A, Older Children
LPTW Proper 21, Year A, Adult
LPTW Proper 21, Year A, All

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“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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