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Making the Most of the Time

Making the Most of the Time

Several years ago a middle-aged man came out of church on a very normal Sunday morning. He had an unusually big smile on his face, and he shook my hand profusely and said, “About seven minutes into your sermon, you said, ‘Now that’s the first part, now I want to focus...

Fire in the Darkness

Fire in the Darkness

I’m sure you know the story. The people of Israel flee slavery in Egypt, and God leads them through the wilderness, taking the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. I was struck recently by a passing reference to this account. In particular,...

You Are Precious in My Sight

You Are Precious in My Sight

Last week, something shifted in the cosmos. In a year of unprecedented events and continued pandemic uncertainty, there was more. Simone Biles, US gymnast with thirty-two Olympic and World Championship medals, unexpectedly withdrew from all but one competition at the...

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 CDC...

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...

Glory Be to God

Glory Be to God

A ship plying the coastal waters off the Atlantic Seaboard picked up a seasoned pilot to guide the ship. The new captain in obvious pride exclaimed: “I know most of the shoals and reefs in these waters” — at which point there was a thud of hull hitting bottom — “and...

Relax

Relax

This summer, my daughter Savannah and I will go on a long-planned and long-delayed trip of a lifetime—what some refer to as an event from their bucket list. We will take a rafting trip on the Green River in Colorado and Utah, in the High Desert Canyons of Lodore. In...

Hello From Bob Dannals

Hello From Bob Dannals

Dear People of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, On behalf of my wife Valerie, I write with enthusiasm as we join you in Palm Beach for the interim period. Thanks to the hospitality of the wardens, the welcome and commitment of the vestry, and the care and guiding wisdom of the...

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