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  • Welcome
  • What to Expect
  • Children & Youth
  • Worship Schedule
  • Directions
  • Contact
  • Greetings,

    Welcome to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a community of people from all walks of life discovering the joy of knowing and following Jesus Christ. We gather on Sundays to hear the sacred stories of God’s love and to be spiritually nourished in sharing Holy Communion. Then, inspired by our fellowship, we strive to make God's love a living reality in our lives every day. At Bethesda, Sunday is the high point of the week. So, look around our web site. Then come and join us on a Sunday morning soon.

    Peace, The Rev. James Harlan, Rector

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  • Every Sunday is where the life begins at Bethesda. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist with glorious liturgy and music. We also celebrate Holy Eucharist during the week and offer a healing service on Wednesdays. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the Holy Eucharist when visiting Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It is not necessary to be a member of the Episcopal Church in order to receive Holy Communion. Persons who have not been baptized are welcome to come to the altar rail and kneel to receive a blessing. Cross your arms on your chest as a sign that you will not receive Communion. Click here for our service schedule.

     

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  • FROM I-95

    Take the Okeechobee Blvd East exit (70). Travel East on Okeechobee Blvd to the Intracoastal Waterway. Cross over the Intracoastal Waterway, and continue going East to the second light (South County Road). Turn North (left) onto South County Road, and travel 1/2 mile. The church will be on the Right.

    PARKING

    Click here and scroll to Directions and Parking Information.

  • Having the faith of a child

    Children and youth bring such wonderful life and energy to our community. Bethesda offers a warm welcome to every child, whether parents prefer to bring their children into the worship service, or put them in the special children's worship (when available), or let them enjoy the nursery. We strive to create a place where even our littlest members know that God loves them, where all of us can grow in our faith, and where parents can find their own sense of peace and support.

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  • God is Love

    Our worship is formal, intimate, transcendent, reflective, fun, and inspiring. As we celebrate our life together, we focus on God's love for each and every person and encourage one another to seek that loving presence of God. We have communion as an integral part of every service where we share together in a simple meal of bread and wine. While our worship may not be entirely familiar, we encourage everyone to join in as they are comfortable. Read more here.

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  • WE LOOK FORWARD
    TO MEETING YOU...

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Concerts & Evensongs

Our concerts and choral services throughout the year include our continuing series of First-Sunday Evensongs, each preceded by a half-hour recital. A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, the annual Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing, and A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols are some of Bethesda's most popular concerts. 

Upcoming 2017-2018 Concerts and Choral Services

October Recital and Evensong

Sunday, October 1 | 3:30 p.m. | Church
Join us for our first Recital and Evensong of the season! A recital will begin at 3:30 p.m., and Evensong led by The Bethesda Choir will follow at 4:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be received in the service, and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

November Recital and Evensong

Sunday, November 5 | 3:30 p.m. | Church
Join us for a recital at 3:30 p.m. and Evensong with The Bethesda Choir at 4:00 p.m. The Necrology—a list of parishioners and friends of Bethesda-by-the-Sea who have died since our last All Saints’ celebration—will be read during the service. A free-will offering will be received, and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Advent Lessons and Carols   

Sunday, December 3 | 4:00 p.m. | Church
Sixteen years after introducing the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to King’s College, Cambridge, the Dean created this service for Advent. He stated that the purpose of the service was “not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it.” The beautiful Bidding Prayer at the beginning of the service describes the lessons which will be read. Advent carols are sung by the Bethesda Choir, and many of the great hymns of Advent are sung by the congregation. There is no recital preceding this service, but Prelude music will begin at approximately 3:50 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing   

Monday, December 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Church
Bethesda presents one of our area’s most popular Christmas concerts! The Bethesda Choir performs with some of the finest instrumentalists in our area, and the audience sings many favorite Christmas carols with the excitement of full orchestra accompaniment. A requested donation of $20 will be received at the door. All are welcome and encouraged to attend—come early to get a seat.

Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival  

Saturday, January 6 | 3:30 p.m. | Church & Sunday, January 7 | 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. | Church
A perennial favorite of the Christmas season returns! Pipes and Drums, Beefeaters, Sprites, Shepherds, the Three Kings and their Pages, Mary and Joseph, Flag Bearers, Jesters, the Herald, King Wenceslas and his Page, a Brass Quintet, the mighty Austin organ, and the Bethesda Choir . . . all will be in place as our Festival takes place on the Sunday closest to The Feast of the Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas! All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A requested donation of $20 will be received at the door.

 

For more information

Contact Hal PysherAssociate for Music & Liturgy, at (561) 655-4555 x103. 

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