• 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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Our Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Illness:

Dear Ones,

These are truly amazing times. And they come with the difficult challenges and the grace-filled potential of all truly amazing times. If nothing else, we are certainly learning, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we are all deeply and profoundly connected. We are one, even as the God Who we worship is One. Our main task right now is to love, and pray, and care for one another, and especially for the smallest, weakest and poorest among us.

To that end, over the past two days we have held a series of meetings with the leaders of our various outreach ministries, after which the Vestry met in emergency session, and we held a couple of follow up meetings with church staff. I wanted to take this opportunity to keep you informed of our efforts and deliberations at this point. Read more ...

Bishop Stokes has ordered that all public worship services be suspended. Therefore, there will be no Sunday services held at St. Mary’s until we receive permission from the Bishop to resume them.

Praying for health and healing for all, with much love,
Victoria+

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!

Message from the Rector: Click here
(Updated April 1, 2020)
Holy Week Home Worship

In light of the current advisory, you can watch this week's Gospel in our Facebook Live on
St. Mary's by the Sea Facebook page.




Week of March 29, 2020
Fifth Sunday in Lent

You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.

Visit us on
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

SINGERS NEEDED The choir is in need of a few singers, especially females (altos and sopranos). If interested, please speak to
JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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.

Lent & Holy Week & Easter 2020
Schedule

Check out our Calendar of Events



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.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

Want a more convenient way to support St. Mary’s?
Want to support St. Mary’s consistently throughout the year?
Want to make sure your pledge is there when you can’t be?

Switch to electronic giving – simply click on the heart below or go to
https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or call 1 (800) 950-9952 and select Option 1.

ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE 2020
WHAT IS THE ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE?

Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous donor will match that donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. St. Mary’s Challenge envelopes are available at the back of the church. Please indicate ‘St. Mary’s Challenge’ in the memo if you are donating by check.

HOME CHURCH GATHERING

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did! Sign-up or call the parish office for details.
On Monday, April 27th, Home Church gathering will be hosted by Diane and Jack Buckley from 6:30-8:30PM

THANK YOU TO ALL Our 14th Annual Gift Auction was an incredible success. We owe that success in no small part to all of you. Whether you solicited gifts, ads or sponsorships, donated towards the prizes, helped underwrite the grand prize, or whether you loaded the trucks, decorated and set up the hall, made baked goods, or volunteered that night, your contributions made this all possible. There is a small but mighty core group of people who work behind the scenes for almost 6 months to plan and implement this event, from finance and ticket management, to basket creation, marketing and promotion, but make no mistake - this event could not succeed without all of you. Many, many thanks for your unfailing commitment to our little church and all the wondrous things we do.

The Auction Committee

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES We’re nearing the start of another fun Sunday School year and we look forward to seeing the children of St. Mary’s. Copies of the calendar and registration form are attached here and can also be found at the rear of the church. Please complete the registration form and return to teachers on the first day of class in September (the 15th).

Download Registration Form here

HANDBAGS TO HELP

Vincent’s Legacy is seeking ‘like new’ designer handbags for its new fundraising initiative. The 100% volunteer-driven ministry is in its 10th year.

Please help by contacting handbags.to.help@svdptrenton.org. 17 bags
have been collected and are currently for sale at Selective Seconds in Belmar.

2020 LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Jones Room, 10AM, Tuesdays, March 3-April 7
Click here
Any questions, please contact Andrea at
732 295-8233 or email at andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net


SOUP KITCHEN SPRING FUNDRAISER

Get your tickets! The annual fundraiser show for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church in Asbury Park will be "Monty Python's Spamalot", Friday March 20th at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30, and checks should be made out to Trinity Church with “Food Justice” in the memo.

St. Mary’s By The Sea
The Way of Jesus

Please help please yourself to a “Way of Jesus” booklet located at the back of the church. Mother Victoria invites you to join her in this spiritual practice during Lent or any time!


Lent & Holy Week & Easter 2020

Schedule



Saint Mary's by the Sea & Jenkinson's Aquarium
Present

Perky the Penguin and the Plastic Talk

The ocean is full of life. For millenia, the creature in the ocean have worked together to maintain the balance of the ocean's ecosystem. The ocean ecosystem is being threatened by plastic.

Come meet Jenkinson's mascot, Perky the Penguin, and his Live Penguin Friends! Let's learn about plastic pollution, how we can change our habits and tell others about what is happening to the ocean.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:30 am
804 Bay Avenue Point Pleasant NJ 08742

Open to the public - Appropriate for young children!
Goodwill donation to Plastic Oceans International

MARY'S TABLE

Mary’s Table provides food and fellowship to all who hunger or seek companionship in a loving environment of acceptance. Started by parishioners of Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, and located there, Mary's Table opened her doors on November 1 of 2012. Volunteers from other churches, communities and businesses quickly became involved in this worthy mission. Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
Read more
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SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE

Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel’s or ship’s toiletries to share with the seafarer’s at SCI. SCI is eager to receive travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (hand or body), and soap. Unscented items are preferred. Please leave your donations in the kitchen marked for Elaine Long.


Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

Ezekiel 37:1-14

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Romans 8:6-11

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

John 11:1-45


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