• 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 Jan 14, 2018 Sermon

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Thank you to all who donated desserts and sweets to the November 19th Reception honoring Mother Victoria and our Confirmation Class! The dessert table was nothing short of splendid. We are blessed to have such a wonderful St. Mary's family!

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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 as possible.

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. Read more ...

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!

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist are held on Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church. Please note - There will be service on Wednesday, January 17th.


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 God

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.

We 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!

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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:

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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.

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


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.

VOLUNTEERS 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 Joan Biondo.

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Second 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. More ...

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

“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. More...

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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 ...

John 1:43-51

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