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On Being Faithful – Re-opening Guidelines

On Being Faithful – Re-opening Guidelines

Dear Bethesda Family,The evening news these days focuses on “re-opening” the country with images of politicians issuing new directives and of people dining once again in restaurants. Naturally, folks are asking what this next phase of the pandemic looks like at...

Realm Giving

Realm Giving

Did you join a group in Realm last week? I know many of you did because I got the requests. I hope you are using it now to reach out to your friends in the parish. Today we are going to talk about giving using Realm. I should start by saying that if you have given...

Hearing Old Words in a New Way

Hearing Old Words in a New Way

Last Wednesday night, we prayed Compline at the end of our online Middle Way gathering. I’ve loved Compline for years, and I thought I knew the service well, but last week it surprised me. We read Psalm 91, which has never been my favorite choice. It’s long and it...

Join a Group in Realm

Join a Group in Realm

I hope everyone signed up for your Realm account last week. I know that many of you did, but many did not. If you did not, here is a link to last week’s email about how to sign in. If you need help or can’t find the invitation email (originally sent last...

Try Something New

Try Something New

Our Easter season is off to a joyous start, but we must keep in mind that this festive season lasts for fifty days. Easter worship takes a distinctive feel, with lots of alleluias, the paschal candle burning right by the high...

Realm launch is here!

Realm launch is here!

Our church uses a church record keeping solution called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way we are all involved in...

Inexorable Hope

Inexorable Hope

On Tuesday of this week, Mother Margaret, Father James, and I recorded the next set of morning prayers that we will post on bbtsvirtual.org, each of us in black cassock and assuming either the officiant or the reader’s role. The lectionary for morning prayer, of...

Our Times Are in Your Hand

Our Times Are in Your Hand

Time is a funny thing. In our heads we know what a second is, or an hour, or a day. But, in our hearts, we can experience years as if they fly by or moments that linger forever. Jane Caruso, a Bethesda parishioner most of us remember well, passed on a ministry to me...

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered you, O Zion.    Psalm 137. Many of us are grieving in our present Babylonian captivity away from normal life.  Psalm 137 is a communal lament of being in exile, cut off in a far...

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