• 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

Message from Saint Mary's by the Sea Wardens and Vestry

Welcome The Reverend Victoria Pretti

Dear People of God,

Often enough, the first question that I am asked as a (female) clergy person when I meet someone new is: “What should I call you?” But please know that what you call me is far less important than the fact that you did indeed call me to be your new priest and pastor! I am thrilled, honored and very grateful to be called to serve as your next Rector at St. Mary's by the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey. I know that we will all have the opportunity to get to know one another more deeply in the very near future, but for now please allow me a few brief words of personal introduction... Read more


Mark your calendars! The fall rummage sale will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 6th and 7th. Items that have been stored below the church will be brought up on Sunday morning following the second service on Sunday, Oct. 2nd.


All ages of students and teachers please meet in the Jones Room at 9:50 a.m. as we welcome a new Sunday School year at St. Mary's. From J2A all the way to our PreK students. We look forward to seeing you all on September 18th! Click here to view Sunday School calendar and registration form.


Our next Gift Auction will be held on Saturday February 25, 2017, and preparation starts now. There will be a brief organizational meeting after church on Sunday, September 18. Everyone is warmly invited to join in; there are many ways to help.


On September 25, from 2-4pm at Ocean County Community College, Interfaith Hospitality Network will sponsor a "Not Just Jazz" concert in memory of Richard J. Allen. Click here.

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.


We welcome all family pets to come to the 10 AM service on Sunday, October 9 as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier, and then bring them with you to the Communion rail where they will receive a blessing when your receive Holy Communion.


Every Saturday beginning Saturday, September 17, from 6:45–7:45 am in Farnsworth Hall, please join Michelle Benedict for a gentle but fun yoga session to start the day. All are welcome – please bring your own mat or towel or blanket; wear comfortable clothes and don’t forget to bring water.


View our weekly Sermon Archive here

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 21
September 25, 2016

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. More ...

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. More ...

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. More ...

Luke 16:19-31


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