Farewell and God Bless

Farewell and God Bless

Human beings are usually much better at beginnings and “hellos” than endings and “goodbyes,” but the people of Bethesda could not have concluded our time and this interim in more wonderful ways. Valerie and I are touched by your expressions of gratitude, for the...
Love in Search of Form

Love in Search of Form

How do any of us decide what to do with our lives? Obviously, in an ideal world, who we are should determine what we do. As philosophers say, “Being precedes doing.” The trouble is that no matter at what age and stage of life we ask, “Who am I … really? the answer has...
What if the Church were a Baseball Franchise?

What if the Church were a Baseball Franchise?

Many people work hard and give their best to the professions of their callings. Those who work at high-threat vocations need a release from the almost constant burden of their jobs. Skill and dedication are needed, but so are rest, recreation, prayer, contemplation,...
Faithful Offering

Faithful Offering

In 1941, Dorothy Sayer’s mother wrote to her adult children a love note at the height and horror of the bombing of London. In part she penned, “In the Christian life we are converted to a great mission that began before we arrived, is larger than the present age and...
World-class concerts at Bethesda

World-class concerts at Bethesda

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, we will enjoy the first in a new series of world-class events at our beloved Bethesda. The idea is to invite some of the best performers from around the world for concerts that are not available anywhere else in the region and...
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The nice thing about travel, some say, is in the homecoming. Many of us enjoyed trips this summer, even if they were merely short-day travels to a swimming pool, to grandparents’ houses, or to the beach. If you’ve been away some during the past several months, welcome...