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!
Calendar of Events
Our next HOME CHURCH gathering
will be hosted by Bill & Liz Bogardus at
their home on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:30
to 8:30 pm. Please RSVP to them or to the office.
Hope to see you there!
The ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
will be held on Sunday, January 28th after the
10 am service. This is also a brunch potluck.
Please submit all reports to the office as soon
FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN
We are planning for a Preschool Sunday School
class to begin in the coming weeks with age
appropriate lessons for our youngest students.
PRESCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS
There are signup sheets on the Nursery door
for both the teachers and helpers who have graciously
offered their time to teach our new Preschool
class. Teachers please check the signup and
cover the timeslots when you are able, the lessons
are also noted. Student helpers, please use
the signup dedicated to you for the same purpose.
Happy New Year and Thank You All!
Service of Holy Eucharist are held on
Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church. Please note
- There will be service on Wednesday, January
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Our next IHN cycle begins Sunday, Jan.
7th. Please contact Jessie (732-272-6828)
or Mike (732-746-3060) with any questions or
RSVP to the church office. Thank you!
Sundays between the services (9-9:45
am) in the Jones Room. On Sunday, Jan.
7th, we will introduce our next book,
"The Divine Dance"
by Richard Rohr. Fr. Richard's book will give
us some of the theological underpinnings for the
expanded understanding of God as Trinity that
we discovered in reading "The Shack"
by William Paul Young. Join us (whether you choose
to read the book or not) as we continue to discuss
and reflect on the true nature and essence of
GIFT AUCTION: The Gift Auction
is coming! This year’s Gift Auction will
be on Sat., Feb., 24. Preparations are underway
and as always, we need your help.
We are looking for someone to donate a
LARGE-SCREEN TV that can be mounted
on the wall in the church hall. Please call
the office if you can help with this need.
a volunteer to co-ordinate our EUCHARISTIC
MINISTER'S HOME VISITING TEAM. We also
would like to invite others to join in this beautiful
and important parish ministry. We will gratefully
provide you with all necessary training and support.
Please see Mother Victoria for details and to
volunteer. Thank you!
TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
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
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.
PLEDGE FOR 2018
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
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
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
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
ARE NEEDED FOR THE ASBURY PARK SOUP KITCHEN
St. Mary’s parishioners have helped the
2nd Saturday of every month for almost 30 years.
If you are able to participate, please contact
Sunday after the Epiphany
January 14, 2018
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.
Now the boy Samuel was ministering
to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare
in those days; visions were not widespread.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight
had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was
lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet
gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple
of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord
called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said,
“Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said,
“Here I am, for you called me.” But he
said, “I did not call; lie down again.”
So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!”
Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here
I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I
did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel
did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord
had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called
Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went
to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called
me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling
the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go,
lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak,
Lord, for your servant is listening.’”
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
“All things are lawful for
me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All
things are lawful for me,” but I will not be
dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the
stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will
destroy both one and the other. The body is meant
not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord
for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also
raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies
are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the
members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?
Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a
prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said,
“The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone
united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun
fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside
the body; but the fornicator sins against the body
itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple
of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from
God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought
with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He
found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew
and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him,
“We have found him about whom Moses in the law
and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from
Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can
anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip
said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus
saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here
is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know
me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under
the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael
replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You
are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do
you believe because I told you that I saw you under
the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”
And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of Man.” More