• 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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God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16

Sunday, Nov. 19th, at 3:00 P.M.

The Rt. Rev. Bishop William Stokes will join St. Mary’s for the Celebration of New Ministry as we officially install our new rector, Mother Victoria Pretti. Please note: There will be no 8:00AM or 10:00AM worship services that morning. Please plan on attending this special celebration.

Week of Nov 12, 2017 Sermon

23rd Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church.

ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES Please mark your calendars...there are three consecutive Sundays approaching in November when there will not be Sunday School instruction. There will be NO Sunday School, November 12, November 19, and November 26. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 3rd with preparation for the Christmas pageant.

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 ...


Show the world that you are proud of your church by wearing your St. Mary's T-shirt. The blue shirts are well made with the St. Mary's logo on the front. Shirts are available in all sizes for $10 each.

ST. MARY'S SOCIETY MEETING will meet on Tuesday, November 14th, 1:00 PM. Hostesses: Joyce, Marilyn, and Barbara

FALL BOOK STUDY "The Shack" by William Paul Young, every Sun. in the Jones Room from 9-9:45am.


If there are adults who are interested in being either Confirmed as Episcopalians (if you've not been Confirmed in another Christian denomination) or received by Bishop Stokes into the Episcopal Church, during Mother Victoria's Installation service on Sunday November 19th at 3 pm, please let Mother Victoria know ASAP, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY on the book of PSALMS will meet in the Jones Room at 10:00AM on Tuesdays; November 7, 14, 28 and December 12, 19. Please see Andrea Rittenhouse for the weekly reading list or contact her at 732-295-8233 or andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net

ST. MARY’S COOKIE WALK will be held Saturday, December 2nd. up sheets have been posted in Farnsworth Hall for cookie bakers. Vendors and Crafters Wanted! The cost is $20.00 for a 6 ft space. Please contact Karen at 732-920-7458 to reserve your spot or for more information.

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.


Our next IHN host week begins Sunday, November 12th. There is a sign-up sheet in Farnsworth Hall and while it is mostly full, there are still a few opportunities to volunteer.

THANK YOU FROM MARY'S TABLE When Mary's Table opened its doors on November 1, 2012 it welcomed a community reeling from Superstorm Sandy. 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.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUBS next meeting will be held at Bennett Cabin (corner of Maxon and Riverfront in the Boro) on Tuesday, the 14th from 7-9. In December we will resume our meetings at St. Mary’s in Farnsworth Hall. Everyone is invited to join!

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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Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27
November 12, 2017

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. More ...

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. More...

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” More ...

Matthew 25:1-13

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