Keeping close while keeping our distance.
A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.
Volume 1, Issue 6, September 7, 20207
Bishop Brian Seage has sent a letter allowing us to resume in-person worship at half-capacity. So we are having both
services in the nave this Sunday! We will also be having our 10:30 bible study and Noon Healing and Holy Eucharist in the nave next Wednesday. We were considering two bible studies each week under the prior guidelines but these new rules give us the space to return to our traditional time. I am capping our number at 75, a good bit shy of half for us but I want
to ease us into this. We will also be cleaning and disinfecting between offerings.
While I know that opinions vary around mask mandates we are asking that folks wear masks per the bishop’s directions. I believe in his decision to ask this of us. I desperately desire to get this right so that we can keep worshiping together. The bishop has also laid out clear expectations for how we will return in a safe and responsible way. I am including a link to those expectations with this letter ( LINK http://s3.amazonaws.com/dfc_at
To reserve your spot at one of the upcoming services please visit our website
I am hyper-aware that not all of our folks are comfortable or able to return. For that reason, we will still be streaming on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays at noon as well as continuing our Wednesday evening Moveable Feast on the BEACH across from the church.
Of course, the landscape these days is ever-shifting and we are ready and able to adapt as needed. Thank you for your generosity, patience, and grace these last few months!
As an aside, this month marks 5 years together as priest and people. I continue to be inspired by the resilient spirit and profound faithfulness of the people of St. Peter’s By The Sea.
And obviously BIG LOVE!
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Moveable feasts are in full swing !
Wednesdays at 7pm on the beach across from the church by the fire pit
and Sundays in the Courtyard at St. Peter’s at 8am.
so we can stay within the current diocesan guidelines for outdoor worship.
Since attendance is limited to 20 people, we ask that you choose only one service to attend so that everyone has a chance to attend
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
Blessings Under the Bell Tower
Sunday 9am – 10am!
In between the Moveable Feasts at 8am,
and the Streaming Services at 10:30am,
there’s a golden hour…
Join us in celebration under the bell tower !
+ Curbside Communion will be available
+ Drive by Blessings
+ Children Chiming the Big Bell
+ and, More !
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1909 15th street
Gulfport, MS 39501
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September 6 – September 12
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Jordan Walker, 11th
Steven Jenkins, 12th
Paul Maxwell, 12th
Sunday School Lessons
for the kids (and the young at heart):
Proper 19, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
This week’s lesson follows on the heels of Jesus teaching on how we are all to humble ourselves as children in order to enter the Kingdom of God, on how we are to look for the lost sheep if there is one lost, and how we are to solve conflicts in our communities. This section of Matthew deals with how Jesus calls us to live together in community in this new way which leads to a good number of questions about what this means.
Peter asks Jesus how many times we are to forgive someone who has sinned against us or has done us wrong. Jesus responds with the parable known as the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Throughout the ages as people have interpreted Jesus’ answer of 77 times to mean never. We are never to stop forgiving and the parable leads us to see that as well. The servant who comes before the king owes him an outrageous amount. The king’s first reaction is to sell him and his family. Out of fear, the servant begs for mercy, and he is forgiven his debt. However, when the servant requires another person to repay him a rather small amount of money and does not forgive that person of his debt, the king shows no mercy. When the king sees that the servant is unwilling to forgive this small debt, he lets the servant know that he has had enough and hands him over to be tortured until he can pay his debt.
We are to show mercy and forgiveness to others just as God shows us mercy. The king’s willingness to forgive the debt completely at first is an example of how much God is willing to forgive us. It is only when we see the burden of our own debts that we can see the magnitude of God’s mercy in our lives.
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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.”
address: 1909 15th Street
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