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 part 2 


After contact with some folks at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope (Alabama’s Camp Bratton Green) Father Patrick led a group of parishioners to Fairhope to help begin the clean up.

“Huge shout out to Lee Crump, Christie Yoste, Jan Shook, Karen and Stephen Reuther, Allan Young, Chuck Rollins and Kyle Bennett for wearing it our in the kingdom this week. The staff at Beckwith are absolutely top notch. It was a joy to help them from under the pile Sally dumped on ’em.”
                                     – Father Patrick



Upon arrival an inspection of the grounds found minimal damage to the building but a mess of branches and trees blocking access for those restoring services and littering the labyrinth and surrounding  grounds. Astonishingly, the patio or, outdoor gathering area seemed relatively untouched. Prior to our group arriving, Executive Director, Eleanor Reeves had her staff  “Clean out where ya hang out”. Words of wisdom for more than just a sacred space to rest and recharge.

Pictured above: the clean-up crew, right: Karen and Steven Reuther and Jan Shook,

left: Father Patrick skillfully wielding a chainsaw,
below: Jan Shook and Christie Yoste at the ready with their rakes.






Pictured left: Lee Crump and his trusty chain saw

Pictured right: Steven Reuther helps clean logs from the labyrinth

While there, members of St. Peter’s were able to assist two neighboring families, one of which had been baptized at St. Peter’s many years ago.
It really is a small world !

The job is not complete, but these efforts made it possible for a small neighboring church unable to accommodate their congregation due to social distancing to return to worship in a larger building on the grounds of Camp Beckwith and for the staff to meet the needs of others.

Our fundraising efforts made it possible to purchase groceries, gas, an additional chain saw, tools and more, with a “bounty” leftover to improve our trailer and continue our relief efforts in the communities affected by Hurricane Sally.


Our fundraising efforts will be on-going with the goal of increasing the resources in our discretionary fund. As we all know, hurricane season is not over and these storms can spin up overnight with the predictability of a toddler. In order to act quickly, grab more supplies, gas, groceries, etc. if you can, please consider continuing to give! Generosity is always the right response.
Donations can be made through our giving portal and choosing the beckwith option.

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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:
October 4, 2020

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

September 27 – October 3

Sept 27- Carter Lishen
Sept 28 – Barbara Langlois
Sept 30 – Bubba Lang
Oct 2 – Rebeckah Kersanac
Oct 3 – Mike Cassady

Sept 29 – Kirk & Louise Edrington
Oct 1 – Chris & Nancy Hoppe

Our church office is temporarily CLOSED !

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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.


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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.

Sign-up HERE 

#biglovebythesea (literally)

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

Bible Study: Pentecost 18 (A) – October 4, 2020

Exodus 20:1-4,7-9, 12-20

When the people are led out of slavery and into the wilderness, they become free of the rule of Pharaoh. But what will they do now? What does it mean to be a free people? While it may be easy to see the Ten Commandments as an imposition of constraints—a series of extensive “you shall nots,” they might instead be boundaries for a new, whole life in freedom. People emerging from great oppression often have only the experience of that oppression to construct their own identity. God is showing them what is expected of them in their freedom, the boundaries of their new life to help them live into their true identities.

What is curious then, is not just what God tells the people they shall not do, but the three commandments that are statements of what they will do. A free people remembers the God that brought them out of their slavery. A free people does not seek God in something of their own creation, but out of their experience of deliverance. A free people honors those that gave them life. And, what seems most important for 2020, a free people remembers the Sabbath day. God explicitly instructs these people to observe a day of rest and to labor only six days a week.

  • What has your practice of Sabbath been like during the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you been able to keep an entire day free of work? Have you practiced small moments of Sabbath?

  • How might you incorporate even 30 seconds of Sabbath-keeping into your day today?

Psalm 19

Much of the northern hemisphere is, at this moment, experiencing the explosive wonder of fall color season. Reds and yellows and oranges hang in the sky. Canopies of gold hang over our neighborhoods. If your congregation has been worshiping outside, you may be experiencing this wonder in your new, makeshift sanctuary. Psalm 19 is a beautiful meditation on the wonder of God’s creation and how it tells the story of God’s glory. The sun and the moon have personalities, run with joy through the heavens, and declare the order of the world as a testament to God’s creative power. The psalmist experiences a sense of smallness and wonder in this magnificent world, concluding the psalm with a plea to be kept from “presumptuous sins.”

  • Have you ever realized how grand the world is – and simultaneously how small you are within it?

  • Have you ever experienced God in the natural world, only to wonder how you fit into such a magnificent creation?

Philippians 3:4b-14

Paul has every reason to believe that he has accomplished righteousness. Every aspect of his religious life until this moment has been “right” – his rituals, his lineage, his practices, even his hatred of those who disagree with him. However, Christ has come to him and Christ has transformed his knowledge of all those righteous things. He did not, as it turns out, have control over his goodness before God. Christ has now shown him another path to understanding who he is and how he must be in relationship with God. All his practices of right-religion could not truly prepare him for the reality of resurrection.

It may be easy to imagine that Paul is putting down the Judaism of his pre-Damascus road life, but this is a dangerous direction to go. Instead, is Paul putting down all obsession with right-religion that makes us believe we have control over our relationship with God? Is his message universal, encouraging Christians today to also look critically at our own concern with “doing religion right’”?

  • Where might Christ be calling us to look beyond our ownership of righteousness and instead toward the work of resurrection, through which God has claimed us?

Matthew 21:33-46

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shifted the setting in our gospel: from “on the way” to in Jerusalem. Because this is early fall and not Holy Week, we’ve skipped over the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but it is essential when approaching this passage that we know that where we are in the arc of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus’ teachings here are charged with the same intensity and danger that surround that week of triumph and betrayal—he is preaching directly to the Pharisees, chief priests, and other temple elites who, in the same chapter, he cursed for turning the Temple into a den of robbers.

Jesus presents here a parable to the elites, asking them: what would you do if you were disrespected in such a way? Then he flips the tables on them, saying, “What do you think God will do when disrespected in such a way?” This is a useful rhetorical tool, a tool that makes the chief priests and Pharisees see themselves in an unforgiving light. After all, throughout the Hebrew Bible—throughout the history of all religions—religious elites have often become threatened by the voices of true prophets, prophets who speak about justice, mercy, and peace. These things tend to threaten the religious establishment that has become so good at claiming to speak for God.

The struggle, of course, with this text is: Do we believe that God acts retributively against those who fail to follow? To get into the technicalities here, Jesus does not necessarily claim that God will put them to a miserable death: he only asks them what they would do. He does say that the cornerstone, rejected by those who could not see its value, will be a weight too heavy to bear for those who could not see its worth. Perhaps that is the point for us as well: if following Jesus’ way of love seems too heavy a burden to bear now, what will it feel like to bear when wealth, power, and prestige are stripped away and we are met with the reign of God?

  • What aspects of the way of Jesus feel especially hard to bear these days? What small practices can you build in your life to create a way for these things to take root and grow?

  • Where have you seen the voice of God rejected in your context today? What do you think the consequences will be for the community as a whole because of that rejection?

Maggie Nancarrow is the Assistant Priest for Intergenerational Ministry at St. Matthew’s in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds an M.Div. from the University of Chicago and completed her formation with the School for Formation in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. She meets God in the woods, at the lake, and occasionally in the desert—usually on a bicycle.

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

Proper 22, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 21:33-46

This follows the parable of The Two Sons who were sent to the vineyard.  One son, when asked to go work in the vineyard by their father said no, but went to work in the vineyard later.  The other son, when asked to go work in the vineyard by the father, said yes, but did not go work in the vineyard.  The parable from last Sunday and the one for this week are both about working in the vineyard and about doing God’s will, but this one has a twist at the end, reminding us that Jesus is the cornerstone.

Download the Lesson Plans for Proper 22

LPTW Proper 22, Year A, Younger Children
LPTW Proper 22, Year A, Older Children
LPTW Proper 22, Year A, Adults
LPTW Proper 22, Year A, All

*Crafts and Videos soon

“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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