In-Person Services Remain Suspended
March 12, 2020
1 God is our refuge and strength, *
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
3 Though its waters rage and foam, *
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult. Psalm 46:1-3
My Dear Church Family -
I wanted to share with you a decision your Parish Council and I have made in light of the unfolding coronavirus situation. It has become clear that the best thing we can do to slow the spread of the virus is to limit contact with others (social distancing). So, based on the latest information, and in consultation with our Bishop, and with the deep desire to love our neighbors as ourselves, we have decided to make the following changes:
As Anglicans, we place a high value on our corporate worship, on the liturgy and receiving the sacraments, and on gathering together for common prayer. These will always be part of our common life at Apostles By-the-Sea! But we are also aware that we are called by our Lord to love our neighbors as ourselves. At this time, and in this situation, we believe the best way for us to love one another and love our community is to make these temporary changes in order to limit the spread of this disease.
So what can you do as a member of the Body of Christ in this place?
We will continue to monitor the situation is it unfolds. We will make our decisions based on the best information from the CDC and consultation with our bishop. And we will keep our website updated with the latest information.
As a Church, we are here to Worship God, Love One Another, and Unleash Heaven! We can do all of those things right now!
I sure do love this Church! (Which means, I sure do love you!)
And I sure do love our savior, Jesus. All of our hope is in him!
God bless you, Church!
P.S. I commend to you these prayers from the Book of Common Prayer (2019) that are especially helpful for times like this:
A Collect for Deliverance from Peril
Almighty God, our strong tower of defense in time of trouble: We offer you praise and heartfelt thanks for our deliverance from the dangers which lately surrounded us and for your gracious gift of peace. We confess that your goodness alone has preserved us; and we ask you still to continue your mercies toward us, that we may always know and acknowledge you as our Savior and mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p 683)
In Times of Social Conflict or Distress
Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p 659)
For The Medical Professions
Almighty God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people: Continue in our hospitals his gracious work among us [especially in __________]; console and heal the sick; grant to the physicians, nurses, and assisting staff wisdom and skill, diligence and patience; prosper their work, O Lord, and send down your blessing upon all who serve the suffering; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p 661)
For Those We Love
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us [especially _____] to your never‑failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p 662)
For Spiritual Communion
Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen. (p 677)
During his earthly ministry, Jesus called people to himself and then sent them out to share his love with the world. These ‘sent ones’ are called Apostles - a word that means those who have been sent. That’s who we hope to be: People gathered together to worship God, to be nourished by his Word and Sacraments, and then sent out with his life, love, and grace into this world.
That's our prayer for anyone who comes to one of our services. And we invite you to come - whether you live here full time or are here for vacation! And when you do come, we pray that you will have an encounter with Jesus. And no matter who you expect him to be, we hope that he will surprise you and challenge you.
So come be fed and healed and forgiven!
You are welcome here!
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Missions and Outreach:
Young Life South Walton
Inviting kids to follow Christ, caring for them regardless of their response, and changing lives in the process.
International Justice Mission
Working to end violence, abuse, oppression, and slavery by bringing justice to the poor.
Kule Joram & Biira Roset
Joram was kidnapped by bandits and forced to be a child soldier at the age of nine when his village was attacked and his parents were crippled. Fr. John met him after his escape and now Apostles By-the-Sea makes it possible for Joram and his sister, Roset, to attend school.
Ryan and Stephanie Robinson
Our missionaries in Haiti with Konbit Haiti and Justice Water.
Rescuing Children from Poverty
in Jesus’ Name.
Caring and Sharing of South Walton
Assisting Local Families in Need
Anglican Relief and Development
The official relief and development arm of the Anglican Church in North America.
Next Worship Service:
April 5, 2020 + 11:15 a.m
Godly Love of Self and Neighbor
Fr. David Trautman
Psalm 139 and Mark 12:28-34
Sunday, January 26, 2020
In 2020, let's read the Bible together along with Nicky Gumbel using his Bible in One Year app or web page.
Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton - an Anglican Church in London - and is also the creator of the Alpha Course which has been used by God to lead many thousands of people into a saving relationship with Jesus.
Click here to be taken to the
Bible in One Year site.
You can also download the app for your iPhone or iPad here.
Ashley Wallace has written a wonderful guide to help us celebrate the season of Advent in our homes.
You can buy it on Amazon
by clicking here!
Ashley also has a website with ideas and recipes for celebrating Advent called SeasonsOfTheChurch.com.
The Last Sunday of Epiphany
February 23, 2020 + 11:15 a.m
February 26, 2020 + 6:00 p.m.
The First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020 + 11:15 a.m
The Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020 + 11:15 a.m
The Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020 + 11:15 a.m
at Apostles By-the-Sea
To the parents of young children...
We love your kids!
If you come to Church with your young children, we welcome you and thank you for making the effort to be here!
We believe that the way we welcome children in Church shapes the way they respond to our Heavenly Father and to Jesus, our Lord. So let them know that they are at home in this liturgical gathering. Let them know that they belong and that God loves them and wants them to be here!
If desired, a nursery is available for our littlest children.
For more information about how we welcome children in our worship services, or for more information about nursery, Acolytes, or Kids Church, click here.
11:15 a.m. in the Town Hall
in Rosemary Beach
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Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
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