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A Prayer from the Clergy

A Prayer from the Clergy

We encourage everyone to include this prayer in their daily prayers between now and the inauguration: Almighty God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth, we pray for this nation, as we prepare to witness again the lawful transition of power from one party to...

Why do we have music in church?

Why do we have music in church?

Perhaps you have heard me say some of this already in Wednesday classes. But I love to repeat everything on my favorite topic! Music has the indisputable ability to change the mood and atmosphere of any occasion. Imagine your favorite horror movie without those...

Such Joy!

Such Joy!

Such joy! My heart overflows this Christmastide, having seen the Holy Spirit at work these past two weeks at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, and this holy season continues to be balm for this priest’s soul. After a very long 2020, the weeks leading up to Christmas and this first...

Bethesda is many things

Bethesda is many things

Bethesda is many things. It’s a beautiful space to worship. It’s a place where angelic voices rise to dark wooden beams and twinkling rays of light catch the colored pattern on the face of a saint and shine on a hard stone floor. It’s a place that smells like hints of...

Nothing will be impossible for God

Nothing will be impossible for God

The recessional hymn on the fourth Sunday of Advent at Bethesda by the Sea has traditionally been Hymn 56; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and this year was no different except that there was no recession from the church. For me, that final hymn has always been the...

Timeless and Timely

Timeless and Timely

In the beginning was the Word…And the Word became flesh and lived among us. (John 1) Can something be both timeless and timely, grounded in some eternal, universal divinity and yet so specific as to feel custom-ordered for the moment? With God, of course, the answer...

Gratitude From the Silly to the Sublime

Gratitude From the Silly to the Sublime

The first hymn I ever memorized was for an elementary school Thanksgiving concert. I liked the tune, but I didn’t have the foggiest idea what the words meant: We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known; the wicked...

Angel Tree 2020

Angel Tree 2020

This year, our Angel Tree outreach ministry will, like just about everything else, look a bit different. We won’t need to pick up ornaments with specific gifts identified on them. Rather, we will join with other organizations in our community to support the Town of...

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