September 14, 2023

This Sunday we will be celebrating St. Peter's 30th Anniversary.

Join us on the patio after the service for cake and fellowship.

Note from the Pastor

Worship at St. Peter's

This Sunday, September 17, Pastor Steve will continue the On the Go with God series, bringing the message Jeremiah: Realistic from Jeremiah 7:1-26; 31:31-24. The service begins at 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary.

St. Peter's wants to ensure you get the most out of in-house worship. If you are having difficulties hearing the message, sound-amplifying devices are available at the back of the Sanctuary. Ask an usher to assist you.

The FLOWERS this Sunday are given by Mary Dempster in celebration of St. Peter's By-the-Sea's 30th Anniversary.



“Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

The phrase "great is thy faithfulness" comes from the Book of Lamentations. Although we often think of it as a long-time hymn of the church, it is actually only 100 years old, first published in 1923. It was not particularly well-received. The words were by Thomas Chisolm, who shared his work often with his friend William Runyan, a musician associated with Moody Bible Institute. The hymn was unearthed some years later by an MBI professor who loved it and requested that it be sung so often at chapel services that the song became the unofficial theme song of the college (and it continues to be so today.) It was made well-known when George Beverly Shea began to sing it at Billy Graham Crusades beginning in 1945.

Thomas Chisolm had a difficult adult life due to fragile health, which often confined him to bed. Between his bouts of illness, he would have to work extra hours to meet expenses. After coming to Christ at age 27, he found great comfort in Scripture and the fact that God was his strength during his illness and weakness. Lamentations 3:22-23 was one of his favorite verses: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”


There are many versions of this hymn on YouTube, but one of the finest is from the depths of the Covid pandemic, when God continued to show his faithfulness to us in our time of need.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Worship from Home

Our 9:00 AM service will begin broadcasting at 8:55 AM. Join us on our YouTube channel to view the service.

Prayers for Our People

Immediate Prayer Needs

Please remember these people in prayer this week: Jane Alexander, Randy Alltizer, James Cho, Bob Cogan, Sandy Emery, Helen Evans, Wendy Gingerich, Kathy Gurden, Tim Hale, Bill Haislett, Betty Hickey, Shirley Miller, Sharon Nelson, Tom Nelson, Don Pageler,

Pam Primich, Phil Ridout, Brenda Schisler, Vic Schisler, Terry Weisman.

Do you need prayer?

The Prayer Team (Praying Hands) is available to pray with you on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM in Room B in the Worship Center. Contact Dixie Brain at to get more information. You can also call our Prayer Line at 714-846-6641, press #3, or ext. 228. Our Prayer Line is monitored daily, and Prayer Teams are also available on campus Sunday mornings after the service.

Join a Prayer Team

St. Peter’s is a praying church—founded on prayer. Our Prayer Ministry is growing, and we invite you to join us. In addition to the prayers of all small groups, Bible Studies, meetings, and gatherings, the following are teams who use their gift of prayer for specific requests:

  • Praying Hands meets Wednesday at 8:00 AM in Room B.
  • Our At-Home Prayer Team is reached with requests via E-Mail.
  • Sunday morning Prayer Partners are available for personal, confidential requests after each service.

Should you be led to use your gift of prayer with us, please contact the church office at 714-846-6641 or

Tomorrow Night

Movie Night

Friday, September 15, 7:00 PM

in the Sanctuary.

The film, The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, is a beautiful tribute to the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The film was inspired by Estevez's son, Taylor, who took the route with his grandfather and later became an associate producer on the movie. The film explores themes of loss, community, and faith. Real-life pilgrims from all over the world appear on-screen, lending an air of authenticity to the production. The Way is a heartfelt and meaningful film that celebrates the journey of self-discovery that the Camino de Santiago can provide. Pastor Steve will be traveling to the Camino de Santiago in October.

Admission and popcorn are FREE!!! 

The Way Trailer

Bible Studies

Women's Bible Study


9:00-11:30 AM

Room C/D

The world is filled with counterfeits. And the church is not immune, as false ideas and doctrines can infect believers and congregations. So, how can we tell fact from fiction when it comes to spiritual teachers, messages, and movements? The answers are found in 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, and Jude, where the apostles provide practical insights for discerning truth.

For more information


Mid-week Bible Study


9:30-11:00 AM

Room C/D

Do angels really have wings? Do they protect people from harm? Can people become angels after death? Misconceptions about angels abound--in books, in movies, and on talk shows. In this eight-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Douglas Connelly explores with you what the Bible says about angels, including their service to God and ministry to people.

For more information


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