We are a Loving and Affirming Community for ALL
All are WELCOME HOME!
Experience the JOY that is St. Mary's
COME and SEE
Sunday 9 AM
The Holy Eucharist Rite II
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tue. - Fri 8:30 AM
Sunday leaflet for the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2023
may be downloaded here.
December 1, 2023
Embracing Faith, Art, and Compassion
Welcome to the blog of
by The Rev. Allison Burns-LaGreca
Embark on a spiritual journey this Advent season with "Radiant Dawn: Advent Meditations through Lectio and Visio Divina." This unique devotional guide by Rev. Allison Burns-LaGreca combines the ancient practice of Lectio Divina with the contemplative art of Visio Divina, inviting you to experience the timeless stories of Scripture through both word and image.
In "Radiant Dawn," each day unfolds with a carefully selected scripture passage, inviting you to read, reflect, pray, and contemplate the coming of Christ. Accompanied by a thoughtfully crafted meditation, the words of Scripture come alive, guiding you deeper into the themes of anticipation, hope, and the profound mystery of the Incarnation.
But "Radiant Dawn" offers more than just words. It engages your senses and imagination with beautiful, original artwork designed for each meditation. These visual elements, created in prayerful consideration of the day's theme and meditation, provide a focal point for Visio Divina, deepening your understanding and experience of the divine narrative.
This Advent, let "Radiant Dawn" illuminate your path to Christmas. Whether in the quiet of morning or the stillness of night, this book is a perfect companion for anyone seeking a more meaningful and contemplative Advent season. It is an invitation to slow down amidst the busyness, to gaze upon the beauty of God's work, and to allow the light of Christ to penetrate and warm your soul.
Ideal for personal reflection or as a gift for a loved one, "Radiant Dawn" is more than a book—it's a journey, a retreat, a moment of divine encounter. It promises to be a beacon of light that not only brightens your Advent but also transforms your approach to the Christmas story. Embrace the season with "Radiant Dawn" and let the journey towards the manger change you in ways you never expected.
Events, Announcements, Upcoming
This 'n That is collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program from now to December.
Toys may be dropped off at the thrift shop Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: St. Mary's This 'n That
The Village Shoppes Shopping Center
1304 Route 47 So., Rio Grande, New Jersey 08242 - 609-886-7272
"Longest Night" - A Blue Christmas
A Service of Healing, Hope and Wholeness will be held on Thursday, December 21st at 7 pm.
The Nativity of Our Lord will be celebrated on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 9:00 PM.
Please check our calendar for weekly events
Advent Fellowship Workshop
December 10th after worship
Find out more here.
Love Lives Here
Come be a part of our church family
Let us know if you would like to make St. Mary's your church home. Whether you are a year 'round resident, a summer visitor or a friend of St. Mary's, we would love to welcome you into our parish family. Please let the church office know if you would like to be added to the church data base, or use this link.
All are welcome
WELCOMING YOU HOME
St. Mary's of Stone Harbor was established in 1910 and sits snugly on the Seven Mile Beach, a barrier island which serves as a popular seaside summer resort at the Jersey shore. Beautifully located St. Mary's has a rich history of service to the community both on and off the island. The Episcopal Church Welcomes ALL! Our mission is "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ." As part of that mission, we're following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other, and with the earth as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We accomplish this through Worship, Prayer and Outreach to our community and those in need. We seek every day to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:36-40
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Long known as St. Mary's
by the Sea, our charming church and congregation have a long and inspired history serving many. We welcome all who strive to know Christ and to make Christ known to the world with joy, faith and service.
St. Mary's offers Holy Eucharist at 9 AM on Sunday mornings.
Worship with Holy Eucharist is held on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion on Saturdays at 5:30 PM during July and August.
Weekday Morning Prayer is said Tuesday - Friday
8:30 AM on Zoom