• 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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We are a loving and inclusive community of believers and seekers who know that God is love (1 John 4:16), mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13), and being a Christian means living and loving like Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). Come and see!

Week of May 20, 2018 Sermon

Day of Pentecost

The Rev. Neil Turton

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Mark your calendars for June 10th at Camp Zehnder! A sign up sheet has been hung in Farnsworth Hall.

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Each Sunday, we kneel in our pews and pray “for the good earth which God has given us and for the wisdom and will to conserve it.” In answering this call to be intentional stewards of God’s creation, a new ministry at Saint Mary’s, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry (ESM), has come into being. Read more ...


SUNDAY BOOK STUDY between the services 9-9:45.Our Spring book is "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. A bestseller for more than 20 years, this book will point us to the powerful spiritual practice of being more fully present to the present moment, which is exactly where God always is!

Please join us anytime!

Eucharistic Ministers
are available to bring Communion to those who are not able to get to church for extended periods of time due to illness or mobility issues. We are grateful to Robin Henry for stepping forward to co-ordinate this vital parish ministry. If you know of someone who needs home, hospital, rehab, or nursing home visits, please let us know. If you would like to be trained to participate in this beautiful ministry, please contact Robin or Mother Victoria.


For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or 2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura Grodewald (ldunn06@gmail.com / 732-948-3186) for more information.

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist

Midweek Service will resume after Labor Day


The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, June 12 from 7-9.

Everyone is invited to join!

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES, TEACHERS, AND OTHERS We will meet in the Jones Room following the 10:00 a.m. service on May 6th to discuss future plans for our Sunday School. Low student numbers have been a challenge at all age levels and we will take this into consideration as we plan for next year. Alternative approaches will be discussed and new ideas are welcome. Any questions please contact Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454

Thank you all for making the Gift Auction such a success. There are so many tasks requiring so much time and labor - and every year we have your enthusiastic support. Your generosity, energy and commitment resulted in a net profit of $28,000. And our parish family had fun working as a team in the process. God is good! All the time!


If you have ever felt the urge to more deeply explore and expand your faith and to discern your purpose within it, I'd like to invite you to an open house gathering of my current EFM group in Shrewsbury, NJ. We meet each Thurs evening from mid Sept to mid June. On May 31, we will be welcoming guests to experience what EFM is all about. It is a program that leads to personal growth through interaction with scripture, literature, theological reflection, and peer group discussion.
In Peace, Anthony Pretti If interested contact me @ emailantny@gmail.com or 609-600-7864
P.S. more info at: EFM Education for Ministry

ST. MARY’S T-SHIRTS A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!

DONATIONS FOR TENT CITY A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean winter/spring clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell.

St. Mary’s Society, our local branch of the ECW, encourages our young adults to apply for this opportunity. The monetary awards, offered through our Diocese, are open to all high school Seniors and to Freshmen through Juniors in college. The applications, in English and Spanish, are available from Cherisse in the church office. The deadline for all applications is May 27th, 2018; at least two letters of recommendation are required.

REMINDER - ST. MARY’S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are due in to the parish office no later than Sunday, May 27th.


High School Seniors, who will be entering their first year of college in the Fall, are also encouraged to electronically submit their applications for the Van Duzer Scholarship to www.dioceseofnj.org or to www.newjerseyyouth.org. Questions may be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at dclarke@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

Following this week’s transition, here are several things to keep in mind as you familiarize yourself with WeShare. We take the security of your website seriously. We take the security of your website seriously. Your recurring donations will continue as scheduled. But you must authenticate your account and email to receive WeShare emails to make any changes to your account or receive WeShare emails. The first time you enter the system-you will have to go through a onetime validation requiring:

• Your ParishPay user name, The last 4 digits of the bank account or credit card used with
ParishPay And ONE of the following two options:
• Your email address
• A collection name and the specific amount donated within the last 6 months

Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.


If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2018, please return your pledge card to the office as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead for ministries and expenses in the new year.

For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact our office.

MARY’S TABLE is in need of someone to deliver meals every third Thursday anytime between 4 and 5 PM. It takes approximately 1/2 hour of your time to deliver meals to three different addresses in Point Pleasant Beach. Read more...

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



St. Mary’s will be installing a pane in the next stained glass window in honor of our sister, Joan Biondo. If you would like to contribute to this tribute, please send a check payable to St. Mary’s to the church office, with a note indicating “Joan’s window.”

A special collection has been set up on the WeShare site for those that wish to make a donation on line.



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.

Day of Pentecost
May 20, 2018

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Read more ... Acts 2:1-21


The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Read more ... Ezekiel 37:1-14

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Read more... Romans 8:22-27


Acts 2:1-21 [See above]

Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. Read more ... John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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