• 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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God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16

Week of Sept 17, 2017 Sermon

15th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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"Trip to Anywhere" Winner Announced

Congratulations to Steve Kenyon! Steve had the winning ticket number 0082 in our 2017 "Trip to Anywhere" summer fundraising raffle. The drawing was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Saint Mary's by the Sea. Steve will receive a certificate good for $5,000.00 worth of travel from Bay Head Travel in Bay Head, NJ. We want to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this event. The proceeds go entirely to supporting the ministries of Saint Mary's by the Sea.


This Sunday, September 17th, our Sunday school opens for the school year and we're excited to see all our students back to begin our new year. K-5 will meet in the Jones Room, Rite 13 and J2A will meet in their classrooms, all just prior to the 10 o'clock service. The Nursery is available but not currently staffed. Thank you all! Any questions please contact Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454. Download Registration Form here.


Many have asked for an encore of our Lenten Home Church gatherings, and Mother Victoria would love to do more of them. We will post a sign-up sheet in Farnsworth Hall. If you would like to host a gathering in your home, please select a date and time (generally 6:30 pm works great), check it with Mother Victoria, and we'll get the word out.


On Sunday, November 19th, at 3:00 pm The Rt. Rev. Bishop William Stokes will join St. Mary’s for the Celebration of New Ministry as we officially install our new rector, Mother Victoria Pretti. More information to follow.


If there are adults who are interested in being either Confirmed as Episcopalians (if you've not been Confirmed in another Christian denomination) or received by Bishop Stokes into the Episcopal Church, during Mother Victoria's Installation service on Sunday November 19th at 3 pm, please let Mother Victoria know ASAP, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


St. Mary’s parishioners have helped the 2nd Saturday of every month for almost 30 years. If you are able to participate, please contact Joan Biondo.


Starting in September Mother Victoria and Deacon Janet will lead book studies between Sunday services, beginning at 9 am. This Fall, we will read "The Shack" by William Paul Young, followed by "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr.

Wednesdays 11 - 12:30

Do you desire to live your life more deeply grounded in the depths of your spirituality? Do you want to know God in a personally experiential way? Come and explore the mystical depths of our Christian tradition. Starting Wednesday October 4th, Mother Victoria will celebrate a casual service of Holy Eucharist, which will be followed by a small group gathering that will focus on prayer, mystical Christianity, and contemplative living.


ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE will be held Thursday, October 5 (9:00-2:00) and Friday October 6 (9:00-1:00) Set up is scheduled for Monday , October 2 & Tuesday, October 3. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer.


If there are adults who are interested in being either Confirmed as Episcopalians (if you've not been Confirmed in another Christian denomination) or received by Bishop Stokes into the Episcopal Church, during Mother Victoria's Installation service on Sunday November 19th at 3 pm, please let Mother Victoria know ASAP, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


St. Mary’s will be hosting the Community Friendship Dinner on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Harvey United Methodist Church. We need volunteers to provide supplies for the meal and to provide pans of baked ziti. We also need help with the cooking, serving and clean-up. If you would like to lend a hand please sign up in Farnsworth Hall. Please direct any questions to Kelly Johnson at kellyj5432@comcast.net or 908-239-1218.


Thank you for using online giving for your support of our parish. Online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It benefits our parish by helping to streamline our administrative process and providing more accurate budgeting. Our current online giving provider, ParishPay, has been acquired by Liturgical Publications. All ParishPay accounts will be transitioned to WeShare, LPi’s online giving platform.

MARY’S TABLE is in need of dessert donations. Home baked or store bought cakes, pies, cookies, etc. All donations are welcome and appreciated.

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


In October, a box will be taken to the Seamen’s Institute. Many seamen are away from their families and not allowed to leave their ships. To help brighten their holidays, please donate comfort items to help them through the season.

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 21
October 1, 2017

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.

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” More ...

Exodus 17:1-7

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, More...

Philippians 2:1-13

When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. More ...

Matthew 21:23-32

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