• 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 March 17 , 2019

Second Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2019, 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.


one day retreat for all women of the diocese. April 6 from 10-3PM. Led by the Rev. Maria Sanzo. Register by Tuesday, April 3, contact Mary Anne Clisham at 609-394-5281 ext. 10 or at https://tinyurl.com/WomensQuietDay04062019


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.


St. Mary’s is forming a new committee that will focus on staying connected with our current parishioners as well as welcoming our new ones. Please contact Pam Baker at pbakerwood@gmail.com if you are interested.


In the near future, Pampered Chef will be having a fundraiser for Mary’s Table! We will be posting it on the Facebook site and will ask all of you Facebook users to kindly pass it to your friends and family.

Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room.

March 3 - April 14 (Lent): "The Soul's Journey Into God by St. Bonaventure

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES It's that time of year again and we're very excited to see our students for another fun-filled year! Registration forms will be in the back of the church each Sunday through the first day of classes, Sunday, September 16th. Please return completed forms (which can be found at the back of the church) to Cherisse in the Parish Office. If you have questions or would like to volunteer your time for Sunday School or Nursery, please call Laurie Clayton at 732-600-5454. Thank you!!

Download Registration Form here

NURSERY/PRESCHOOL HELP NEEDED We need a few adults and teens who are willing to rotate to oversee the Nursery/Preschool during our 10 o’clock service each Sunday. This will allow our young families to attend church while their children are in a safe and fun space. Please call Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454, if you are able to help out.

CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning and need your input to create an effective program. Specifically we need to know if your teen will regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an alternative meeting time might be preferable. Please contact Laurie Clayton either by phone or email to discuss alternatives for the coming year.
732-600-5454 or claytombs1961@hotmail.com


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. To date $1000 has been donated to St. Mary’s Challenge ($2000 with the match!)


Get your tickets! The annual fundraiser show for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church in Asbury Park will be "The Producers", Friday March 29th at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30, and checks can be made out to "Trinity Church" & in the memo write "Food Justice". To reserve a ticket, please email Laura by 3/15 - ldunn06@gmail.com and mail your check to Laura Grodewald, 16 Elizabeth Ave, Brick, NJ 08724.

TRINITY CHURCH SOUP KITCHEN SPRING FUNDRAISER will be "The Producers", Friday, March 29 at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30. Checks should be made out to "Trinity Church" & in the memo write "Food Justice". For tickets please contact Cherisse in the parish office

WILL YOU WATCH WITH ME? The signup is posted in the back of the church for anyone wishing to participate in the night watch from Maundy Thursday evening into the early morning hours of Good Friday. Please signup if you wish to be part of this quiet time of prayer and reflection.

FROM YOUR GIFT AUCTION COMMITTEE: Dear Saint Mary's Family, Our 13th Annual Gift Auction, "Mardi Gras" proved to be the exciting, successful event we have become accustomed to hosting. As you know, the undertaking is no simple feat. By the Grace of God and with the support of many who contributed time, talent, energy, donations of gifts, gift cards, money, home baked and store bought treats, Saint Mary's Gift Auction netted $21,465.00!! We extend a heartfelt and gracious thank you to all whose help made it possible to raise vitally needed funds so we, through our outreach ministries, may continue to touch the lives of those in need in our community.


This year, in light of all the recent fires, storms and natural disasters that have caused suffering for so many people around the country, we would like to make a Christmas donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display beautiful but simple and donate the remaining funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those in need. Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you!


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.

Palm Sunday, April 14th
Palms, Passion, & Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am

Holy Wednesday, April 17th
Candlelight Tenebre at 7 pm.

Maundy Thursday, April 18th, Beginning at 7 pm.
Middle-eastern-ish potluck supper, tableside service of
Holy Eucharist, ritual hand and foot washing,
stripping of the altar, chapel night watch.

Good Friday, April 19th
Good Friday Service at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Holy Saturday, April 20th
Easter Vigil Service at 7 pm.

Easter Sunday, April 21st
Sunrise Service at Jenkinson’s Pavilion 6 am.
Easter Services at St. Mary’s at 8 am and 10 am.

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.


MARY’S TABLEMARY’S TABLE is in need of salad dressing. We would particularly like creamy Caesar, Italian, or ranch. Because of your generosity our shelves are stocked with peanut butter and jelly! 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


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.

Second Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2019

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Luke 13:31-35

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