• St. Mary's by the Sea is a Christian community
  • that strives to create a sanctuary for ALL
  • seekers and believers alike
  • to come and experience the Love of God through Jesus Christ,
  • to share that love with those around us
  • and in the wider world,
  • and to grow in faith
  • as part of a caring Christian family.
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Thus you are no longer aliens in a foreign land, but fellow-citizens with God's people, members of God's household. You are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and Christ Jesus himself is the foundation-stone. In Him the whole building is bonded together and grows into the holy temple in the Lord. In Him you too are being built with all the rest into a spiritual dwelling for God.

Ephesians 2:19-22


A special thank you to our Stewardship committee: Jack Greene, Pam Baker and Mike Mercuro and also to those who spoke “From The Heart” on Sunday’s morning during the worship services: Brenda Iovino, Jessie Mercuro, Mike Mercuro, Pauline Mickle, Hazel Rieling, Mark Smith, Al Soyster, and John Wesson. Many thanks to those who have already turned in their 2017 pledge cards. We are humbled and grateful for your faithful, loving commitment to our parish family. We encourage anyone who has not yet done so to please pray about submitting a pledge card for next year. Pledges of any amount enable us to formulate our parish budget and make plans for all our various ministries in the coming year. Your giving "From the Heart" allows St. Mary's to continue to be a place of Faith, Hope, Love, and Justice for all. Thank you!

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Next week, watch for requests/suggestions for items you can donate to our 2017 Gift Auction.


Join us on Saturday mornings from 7:00–7:45 am in the Jones Room with Michelle Benedict for a gentle but fun yoga session to start the day.


Families please have all children who would like to participate in this year's Christmas Pageant attend Sunday School December 4, 11, and 18. Planning has begun and we would love all children to participate in this fun and heartwarming St. Mary's tradition! THANK YOU!


The vestry has voted to designate this year’s Advent offering to Episcopal Relief and Development. For information on the organization visit www.episcopalrelief.org


MARY’S TABLE is requesting donations of creamy Caesar salad dressing and cakes to serve for desert. Donations would be very much appreciated.

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel's or ship's toiletries to share with the seafarers at SCI.

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Jones Room
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Dec 6--read Genesis: Chapters 31-40
Dec 13--read Genesis: Chapters 41-50

Call Andrea at 732 295-8233 or e-mail her at andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net


The wish list for the residents of Joan Valentine House should be available with in the next few days. If you’re interested in purchasing a Christmas gift for a resident please contact Cherisse in the parish office or email stmssecretary@verizon.net. All gifts will need to be wrapped, tagged and returned to the parish office no later than Sunday, December 18th.

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Second Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2016

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. More ...

Isaiah 11:1-10

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. More ...

Romans 15:4-13

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. More ...

Matthew 3:1-12


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