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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...

Christianity and Everyday Life

Christianity and Everyday Life

The relationship between the Christian faith and the working world has often been uneasy, especially between Jesus’ ethics and the business community. In many ways the church has contributed to the split between our Sunday life and what we do all week. Its focus tends...

Dogs and Church

Dogs and Church

An Updated Guideline for Bringing Dogs to Bethesda-by-the-Sea Among our beloved community are our pets. One of the highlights of the year is the Blessing of the Animals — this year on Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 a.m. We value all of our furry friends; they are in so...

On Prayer and Healing at Bethesda

On Prayer and Healing at Bethesda

Historians tell of a legend about the pool at Bethesda. According to this legend, an angel of the Lord occasionally went down into the pool and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped into the pool first, after the waters were blessed, would be healed. It even made it...

On Stock-Taking and Note-Posting

On Stock-Taking and Note-Posting

Summer, particularly summer out of doors in new surroundings, can help us move toward a spiritual balance, seeing God's presence in unexpected places. Of God's presence, Wordsworth wrote: "Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and living...

Heading Into the Fall

Heading Into the Fall

I want to sketch out here what I see to be Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s direction in the immediate future. First, the interim period is nearly over. In the very near future, the Search Committee will have finished their outstanding work and the Vestry will announce who the...

The Practice of Gratefulness

The Practice of Gratefulness

This summer I have found myself intentionally practicing gratitude. Both in Palm Beach and away in several climes I gave thanks for the people and mission of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, for the beauty of the coast, for the generosity of those who make life-changing...

Establishing a Wide Beach Front

Establishing a Wide Beach Front

Iona is a small island off Scotland’s west coast where St. Columba built his religious community in the 6th century. Standing at the back of the island, you look south and west across the rough and windy Irish Sea. It is a route followed by Columba, when driven by...

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