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  • 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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The Great Litany

On the first and final Sundays in Lent, we begin the 11:00 service with the Great Litany, an ancient and complex series of penitential petitions that Christians have prayed since at least the fifth century. The prayers are so central to Christian liturgy, in fact, that they were the first rite translated from Latin to English by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII, in 1544, when he gathered the petitions into their present order. The Litany begins with an invocation of the Trinity and continues with petitions for deliverance from evil, spiritual harm, and natural calamities; pleas for the power of Christ’s Incarnation, life, death, and resurrection for deliverance; and prayers of general intercession, concluding with both the Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God…) and the Kyrie (Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy).[1]  At Bethesda, we intone (chant) the petitions while in procession, the congregation responding to each grouping of petitions with a different text. Slow, steady, and intentional, praying the Great Litany is a beautiful way to begin and end Lent, that season of penitence and introspection that leads us to Holy Week and Christ’s death upon the cross for our redemption, and it is our hope that praying the Litany this Sunday will afford us each that beauty of solemn holiness at the beginning of this season.more...

Welcome the Season of Lent

I invite you...more...

Feeding in February

We all know if it is February at Bethesda it is time for "Feeding in February," three events, one cause: eat a meal, make a meal, share a meal! February is when we as a Christian community focus on hunger.more...

Christmas at Sea 2017

This Christmas season over 300 gift bags were delivered to 24 ships. Russians, Ukrainians, Hondurans, Panamanians, Poles, Indians, and for course Filipinos received  Christmas presents which were for the most part provided by the people of Bethesda by the Sea. On Sunday November 19, the people of Bethesda assembled over 250 gift bags in about 40 minutes! The same effort was repeated on Sunday December 24 after the 9:00 service. We truly are a family here at Bethesda. On behalf of the mariners, thank you for all you do for them throughout the year for collecting soap, and shampoo samples as those items are a welcome surprise for the mariners.more...

Still Moving Forward

Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church/Palanca Pantry Make Strides in 2017 more...

Sunday mornings at Bethesda

I hope you’ve heard by now of the exciting plans we are putting in place for Sunday mornings at Bethesda. You received a letter from me several weeks ago that described some of the elements of our plans, and in this note, we will look at the rest of Sunday morning. If you did not receive my previous letter, please get in touch, and we will send it to you right away, either by mail or email; you can also find it on our website (under Resources/Publications/Bethesda Parish Letters). If you know of someone else who needs to read these, please share your copy or encourage them to call the church office. We also have provided more detail about various aspects of Sunday mornings in the weekly E-mail Newsletters, beginning July 20th. Those email newsletters are also available on the website (under Resources/E-newsletter/). If you have not read those, please do so, as they have more insight and detail than can be put in this letter.more...

Sunday Conversations: The Results

The Results more...

Message from the Senior Warden

Dear Bethesda Friends,more...

Palanca Pantry

Hurricane Matthew last October spared very little in the island nation of Haiti, with a reports of nearly 900 dead, more than 200 injured, a half dozen missing, and more than 60,000 residents displaced, and mounting threats of a cholera in areas, according to a recent CNN news story.more...

A gift for his wife

It was Monday, December 19, 2016 and a gentleman walked into the Church Mouse expressing a desire to find a gift for his wife. He was thin, seemed a bit weak, wearing clothes that were faded and frayed. He glanced around our resale shop and found a framed poster of a Paris postcard. He approached a volunteer on the sales floor mentioning that he wanted to give his wife the poster for Christmas. However, he didn’t have enough money to buy it. He asked the volunteer if they would take a couple of hand-made trinkets as a form of payment. He reached into his pocket and placed the items on the counter. The volunteer pondered what to do since they were not accustomed to conducting business in this manner. The manager on duty was informed that the man would like a discount for the poster. It was agreed to reduce the price to accommodate him. Upon the return of the volunteer to the sales floor, a customer overheard the discussion about the price and the man’s situation. The gentleman repeated that although grateful for the reduction, he was still short on funds to purchase the poster. It was then that the customer discreetly approached a staff member and told them to give the gentleman the poster and she would pay for it. We obliged. The gentleman was very appreciative and extremely happy. He left the Mouse and rode away on his bicycle after finding the perfect gift for his wife. more...

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