Vital Signs

Vital Signs

I see new vital signs of Christian authenticity and purpose. Churches are showing renewed passion and exuding a stronger sense of mission and service. As one colleague said to me recently: “it’s not rocket science …you proclaim a respectful gospel in...
Repacking Our Bags

Repacking Our Bags

During the pandemic shut-down, I joined myriads of people in re-reading out-of-date books. One of the popular drugstore books of the 1990’s was “Repacking Your Bags.” The book was conceived by a career development and life-coach named Dick Leider during a backpacking...
What psalm has meaning for you?

What psalm has meaning for you?

“For God alone my soul in silence waits*     from Him comes my salvation.He alone is my rock and my salvation*     My stronghold, so that I will not be greatly shaken. Put your trust in Him always, O people*     Pour out your hearts before Him,     for God is our...
Walk into the empty tomb

Walk into the empty tomb

Returning to Bethesda in the fall, we often hear one question, “Did you have a good summer?” While our secular world refers to the seasons in this manner, our liturgical calendars refer to the time between Pentecost and Advent as Ordinary Time. Interestingly, our...
A letter from the Interim Rector

A letter from the Interim Rector

Dear Bethesda Family, It is with mixed emotions — joy and loss, that I announce that the Rev. Margaret McGhee has accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Manhattan, Kansas. Please see Margaret’s note to the congregation, below. Our joy, of course, is...
A Holy Mystery

A Holy Mystery

In July, as I was taking my first walk through the Nave of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, there was a middle-aged man sitting quietly in one corner. As I passed near him headed for one of the doors in the Narthex he blurted out: “Thanks for letting me just...