• 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 September 15 , 2019

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Collection for the Diocese of the Bahamas
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, contribute to the needs of the saints,
extend hospitality to strangers.”
-- Romans 12:12-13

We’ve all been heartbroken to see the devastation visited upon the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian. As of Friday morning, more than 30 are confirmed dead, with that number expected to rise significantly. Large areas have been completely leveled. Lives, homes, and basic infrastructure have all been destroyed. The blessing of diversity all across our diocesan community also means that the vast majority of our congregations are grieving family members and friends who have been impacted, or have community connections with those whose loved ones have been affected. Bishop Stokes has pledged the support of our Diocese to relief efforts led by the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas & The Turks and Caicos, and is offering us the opportunity to respond in solidarity by asking congregations to take up a second collection every Sunday in September to benefit storm victims in the Bahamas. Checks should be made out to St. Mary’s (please note: Diocese of the Bahamas in the memo) At the end of the month a check for the total will be forwarded to the Diocesan House which will then be forwarded to the Discretionary Fund for Bishop Laish Zane Boyd Sr. in the Bahamas.


A Coronation Tapestry pall has been donated to the Altar Guild in loving memory of James Murtha by Kathleen Blood.

SPECIAL THANKS to John Wesson and Rich Wood for cutting and trimming the church lawn all summer


Each year in October, St. Mary’s hosts the Friendship Dinner held at Harvey United Methodist Church. This year the dinner will be held on October 6th. We are in need of a coordinator. There is an established menu of baked Ziti, salad, bread etc. and also detailed notes explain other details for the day. If you would be willing to coordinate, please contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP.


If you have any experience in fundraising or special event planning we would love to pick your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria, Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the parish office and speak to Cherisse.

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.

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IHN Social

All are welcome to join us for food, fellowship and a brief IHN volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 24th, starting at 6:30pm, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point Pleasant Boro). Our get-togethers are a relaxed and pleasant way to get to know the Interfaith Hospitality program at St. Mary's and to visit together. Please RSVP to the church office, or let us know you can make it. We are actively seeking to welcome new volunteers! Mike Mercuro 732-272-6828, Lynn Schambach 732-403-9708, Jessie Mercuro 732-272-6828.



We welcome all family pets to come to either worship service on Sunday, October 6th as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Well behaved pets, pictures of pets and toy pets are all welcome to attend the services with their people. For those animals a bit too skittish to come into church, Mother Victoria will be blessing them in the parish hall or church’s parking lot following either service. Friends’ and neighbors’ pets are welcome to come for a blessing as well!

St. Mary's Challenge: We are only $1,045 away from reaching $5,000 and receiving the full match!!!

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).

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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. Each month we will give an update on the status of the challenge. To donate just indicate on your check St. Mary’s Challenge or if a cash donation, use any envelope and write St. Mary’s Challenge on the envelope.

We are only $1,045 away from reaching $5,000 and receiving the full match!!!

Check out our Calendar of Events


Sundays Between Services in the
Jones Room 9 to 9:45 am

Join Us Anytime!

October 6 to December 15
God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr


ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE will be held on Thursday, October 10th from 9AM-2PM and Friday, October 11th, from 9AM-1PM. There is a $5 bag sale all day Friday. Set up is scheduled for Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer. The following items will be accepted: clean clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances, jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets, shoes. We do not accept these items: Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books. Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM until 3:00PM on Sunday, 6th.


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.
Our next gathering will be at the home of Liz and Bill Bogardus on Monday, October 28th


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.

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.


Please help yourself to Centering Prayer pamphlet, located at the back of the church. Centering Prayer is a beautiful form of Christian meditation that has, for centuries, drawn people into deeper intimacy with God. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your prayer life and the possibility of trying Christian meditation, please speak to Mother Victoria any time.

MARY’S TABLEMARY’S TABLE is in desperate need of baked items for Thursday evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at 732-600-3916 Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
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Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


Honoring Ministries of Older Adults

There will be an Evensong and reception on Saturday, September 28th at 2:00PM to celebrate
the older adults in the Diocese of New Jersey, their gifts, witness, and ministries. This year Beverly Wilson and Alan Wagner will be honored for the exemplary work they have done during their continued years of service to St. Mary’s by-the-Sea.
For more information, or to register to attend, phone 609-394-5281 or please visit this link

Evensong Honoring Older Adults

If you would like to carpool, please meet at the church no later than 12:20PM. We will be leaving the church parking lot promptly at 12:30PM.


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.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19
September 15, 2019

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse-- a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them.

"For my people are foolish,
they do not know me;

they are stupid children,
they have no understanding.

They are skilled in doing evil,
but do not know how to do good."

I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void;
and to the heavens, and they had no light.

I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking,
and all the hills moved to and fro.

I looked, and lo, there was no one at all,
and all the birds of the air had fled.

I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert,
and all its cities were laid in ruins
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.

For thus says the Lord: The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.

Because of this the earth shall mourn,
and the heavens above grow black;

for I have spoken, I have purposed;
I have not relented nor will I turn back.

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Luke 15:1-10

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