Sunday’s Reading for August 8, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 8, 2021

Lesson: 1 Kings 19:4-8 Reading 4 Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down...
The Water Wells of God

The Water Wells of God

The Patriarch Isaac faced a forlorn period in which the Israelites had been through a tough journey. Isaac’s response was to “dig anew the water wells which had been dug in the days of his father, Abraham, and which the Philistines had impeded after Abraham’s death.”...
Worshipping in a Pandemic – July 2021 Update

Worshipping in a Pandemic – July 2021 Update

Dear People of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, I write on behalf of the wonderful clergy and staff of Bethesda and the lay leadership who are looking after the safety of our congregation during and following the worst of the Covid pandemic. As I’m sure you have heard, the...
Sunday’s Reading for August 1, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 1, 2021

Lesson: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Reading 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate...
A Season of Transitions

A Season of Transitions

The Hebrew Scripture writer known as Ecclesiastes made memorable the ancient truth, “For everything there is a season and for every activity under heaven its time.” But he was singularly unsuccessful in suggesting why life must be riddled with so many beginnings and...