• 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

STEWARDSHIP

We've received 74 pledges as of today. That's 77% of the total projected for the year that we need to fund the budget. Out of the 74 pledges received, 13 did not pledge last year, 16 have increased their pledge from last year and 4 have decreased their pledge from last year. If we receive pledges from the 29 people who have yet to return a pledge card, we will meet our goal for 2017. 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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Saint Mary’s “AMAZON ADVENTURE!”

Saint Mary’s “AMAZON ADVENTURE!” our 11th Annual Gift Auction, is set for Saturday,
February 25! Your support is very much appreciated and needed! Please keep the Gift Auction, which benefits our Outreach Ministries, in mind while you are making your Christmas shopping list.

BEGINNER SPANISH LESSONS:

Six weeks of lessons (Jan 22 - Feb 26) offered at St. Mary’s following the 10:00 am service. Cost is $75 for 6 lessons; 45-50 minutes per lesson. If interested, please contact Tracy Benson by Wed, Jan 18. (732) 899-7481 or tbensonemail@aol.com. Pre-registration is required.

SATURDAY MORNING YOGA:

Please join us Saturday mornings from 7:30–8:30 am in the Jones Room for a fun morning yoga practice with Michelle Benedict. All are welcome. Please bring your own mat; wear comfortable clothes and don’t forget to bring water.

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

SEAMEN'S CHURCH INSTITUTE

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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Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 15, 2017

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!

The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother's womb he named me.

He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;

he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.

And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

But I said, “I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;

yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God.” More ...

Isaiah 49:1-7

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. More ...

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” More ...

John 1:29-42

 



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