Our mission is to be a community of Christian
worship, well-being and service

The week of September 11 - September 18
Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 12

Join us Sunday after 9:00 worship for the Ministry Fair. Learn about the various ministries at St. Mary's and how you can connect to the church and community. We will have a special outdoor coffee hour, and the historic church will be open with people present to answer your questions about the restoration. Visit all of the ministries, and enter to win a gift card for the Newport Restaurant Group.

If you watch the service online, please join us in-person from 10:00 - 11:00 outside of the Parish House.
Thank You,
Murry Edwards




Sunday, September 12: Community Celebration and Ministry Fair
Sunday, September 19: St. Mary's Day of Service follows worship
Sunday, October 3: Worship time changes to 10 a.m.
Sunday, October 3: Blessing of Animals - bring your pets to church!
Sunday, October 24: Welcome Sunday - we celebrate our new members!
Sunday, November 7: All Saints Sunday - remembrance of saints, Baptism
Sunday, November 14: Pledge Ingathering - thanksgiving for financial gifts

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A Collect of Remembrance
Gracious and merciful God, we remember the terrible acts against humanity that the world has suffered and especially those in our country on this day twenty years ago. We pray for the innocent victims and their families. We pray also that those whose hearts are filled with hate might be turned toward love. Help us not to speak or act rashly, but fill our hearts with passion for those in need and strengthen our wills that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before you. Amen.

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Collect For The Week

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.
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sept. 12

Sunday worship is at 9 a.m. in September and changes to 10 a.m. in October

Weather permitting we will worship outdoors.

On Sundays with inclement weather worship will be held in St. George's Chapel, with drive through Holy Communion 10:30 - 10:45 in September and 11:30 - 11:45 in October. Drive through Holy Communion is outside the parish house main entrance.

Sunday Worship Links



This Week's Leaders:

Welcome Team
Murry Edwards & Christine Cotsoridis

Eucharistic Minister
Trish Culver

Lector/ Intercessor
Murry Edwards

Altar Guild
Sheila Benevides & Carol Brierley

Livestream Videographer:
Marlo Pratt

Audio
Jerry Culver

Musicians
Michael Templeton
Choir

Celebrant and Preacher
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick+
Daily Evening Prayer on Facebook live

Lay leaders are praying the evening office at 5:30 p.m. daily online via Facebook Live. You do not need to have Facebook in order to participate in these daily prayers. If you can not make it at 5:30, the service will be recorded and remain on the St. Mary's Facebook page.
Please join us as you may at //www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/.


Prayer Requests
If you would like to add someone to the prayers of the people, to be included in the Sunday morning prayers and in the daily evening prayers, please contact Parish Administrator, Karen Laroche. We typically keep people in the prayers for one month.



Well Being

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Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above...
James 1:17

This week we kick off our new stewardship theme, "Every Perfect Gift" This year we have the opportunity to reflect on the gifts we have received and the gifts we will share. Sunday our Stewardship co-chair, Rita Verespy, will speak about what she has been given and is called to share at St. Mary's as a member and new leader. I am thankful for Rita as one of the gifts God has brought into our midst. Jennifer+
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"And The Glory of The Lord", Isaiah 40:5, set to chorus by Handel in his majestic "Messiah" oratorio is in reference to Christ as the Glory that 'all flesh shall see together'. We do well, not just at Christmastide, but at any time of the year to contemplate that Glory in its many forms as it may present itself. Here that powerful chorus is offered by The Brussels Choral.



To share your special piece here , simply send the music's title or YouTube link to rayjedler@gmail.com.


Do you need groceries, errands or help with something else? 

Contact the head of our Pastoral Care Team, Pauline Davis. There are many people who can help.  Her email address is here. You may also phone her at 401-871-1453, but she would prefer an email if you are able.

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MLK Food Collections
Results and Looking Forward Announcement

Thanks to the generous food donations left at our services and at the Parish House, St. Mary's has contributed 914 pounds of nourishing food and sundries to the Martin Luther King Center Food Pantry from January through May of this year. Donations for May increased by a third over those the previous month! Please continue to bring non-perishable foods to donate as you come for Sunday worship, or leave them in the baskets in the entry to the Parish House. Salt-free or low salt canned goods are especially needed, but all foods are both much needed and welcome! A team of St. Mary's member volunteers continues to make weekly deliveries of donations collected to the food pantry.

Thank you for all your generous contributions.
Jonathan Edwards 



Communication & Other Announcements

If you lead a ministry and wish to share information, please send the content (which should include relevant information, time, date, place, and contact person with email) to:
Ray Edler for eNews, 
The Rector  if you'd like it verbally announced at worship, 
Parish Administrator Karen Laroche to be included in writing in
the weekly worship bulletin
Mattie Gustafson if you want it on our webpage. 
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action) If you have a photo or image that is always welcome.
St. Mary's Leadership and Staff
VESTRY OFFICERS:
Sr. Warden: Marlo Pratt: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: George LeBlanc: jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: David Brierley:  treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:  vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 

STAFF:
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.