• 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

This week's Sermon Sept 17, 2017

15th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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"Trip to Anywhere" Winner Announced

Congratulations to Steve Kenyon! Steve had the winning ticket number 0082 in our 2017 "Trip to Anywhere" summer fundraising raffle. The drawing was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Saint Mary's by the Sea. Steve will receive a certificate good for $5,000.00 worth of travel from Bay Head Travel in Bay Head, NJ. We want to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this event. The proceeds go entirely to supporting the ministries of Saint Mary's by the Sea.


This Sunday, September 17th, our Sunday school opens for the school year and we're excited to see all our students back to begin our new year. K-5 will meet in the Jones Room, Rite 13 and J2A will meet in their classrooms, all just prior to the 10 o'clock service. The Nursery is available but not currently staffed. Thank you all! Any questions please contact Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454. Download Registration Form here.


Many have asked for an encore of our Lenten Home Church gatherings, and Mother Victoria would love to do more of them. We will post a sign-up sheet in Farnsworth Hall. If you would like to host a gathering in your home, please select a date and time (generally 6:30 pm works great), check it with Mother Victoria, and we'll get the word out.


On Sunday, November 19th, at 3:00 pm 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. More information to follow.

Confirmation and Reception

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.


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.


Starting in September Mother Victoria and Deacon Janet will lead book studies between Sunday services, beginning at 9 am. This Fall, we will read "The Shack" by William Paul Young, followed by "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr.

Wednesdays 11 - 12:30

Do you desire to live your life more deeply grounded in the depths of your spirituality? Do you want to know God in a personally experiential way? Come and explore the mystical depths of our Christian tradition. Starting Wednesday October 4th, Mother Victoria will celebrate a casual service of Holy Eucharist, which will be followed by a small group gathering that will focus on prayer, mystical Christianity, and contemplative living.


ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE will be held Thursday, October 5 (9:00-2:00) and Friday October 6 (9:00-1:00) Set up is scheduled for Monday , October 2 & Tuesday, October 3. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer.


On Sunday October 1st, we welcome all family pets to come to the 10 am service as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Click here.


St. Mary’s will be hosting the Community Friendship Dinner on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Harvey United Methodist Church. We need volunteers to provide supplies for the meal and to provide pans of baked ziti. We also need help with the cooking, serving and clean-up. If you would like to lend a hand please sign up in Farnsworth Hall. Please direct any questions to Kelly Johnson at kellyj5432@comcast.net or 908-239-1218.


Thank you for using online giving for your support of our parish. Online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It benefits our parish by helping to streamline our administrative process and providing more accurate budgeting. Our current online giving provider, ParishPay, has been acquired by Liturgical Publications. All ParishPay accounts will be transitioned to WeShare, LPi’s online giving platform.

MARY’S TABLE is in need of dessert donations. Home baked or store bought cakes, pies, cookies, etc. All donations are welcome and appreciated.

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.

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19
September 17, 2017

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.

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. More ...

Exodus 14:19-31

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. More...

Romans 14:1-12

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. More ...

Matthew 18:21-35

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