• Welcome
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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

  • 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.


  • 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.


    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.



  • 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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The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea historically has made an effort to ensure that its music is of the highest quality. We at Bethesda-by-the-Sea consider the many concerts and services which take place beyond the scope of the regular Sunday morning worship to be a very real form of outreach to the community. A fine, flexible instrument—tonally capable of enlivening widely-varied styles of music, both choral and instrumental—makes such outreach possible.

From the time Bethesda’s “third” building was built, critical observations had been made regarding the acoustical qualities of the building. It is built in the architectural style of English churches, cathedrals, and collegiate chapels, where the sound of the organ and choir is meant to be enhanced and refined by the room itself. It has often been said that the most important stop on any organ is the building, so it was indeed fortunate that a generous gift from an anonymous parishioner permitted two acoustical studies to be done in preparation for the new organ. 

The firm of Austin Organs, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut, at the time one of America’s oldest and most distinguished builders, was selected as the builder. They designated our new instrument as their Opus 2777.

The Gallery portion of the organ was installed in the fall of 1999 and was ready just in time for Christmas celebrations that year. At a national conference of The Association of Anglican Musicians held in June 2000, with Bethesda as the host church, the organ was hailed by professional musicians as a “world class” instrument. The reaction of the parish and of the community at large has been just as rewarding!

Due to careful design and planning—and the generosity of many—Bethesda-by-the-Sea is the home of a magnificent instrument which may be numbered among the largest and finest in the south. The instrument comprises 109 ranks, with over 6,000 pipes.

While our organ, from a tonal point of view, is decidedly English in character, it plays the vast expanse of organ literature superbly. It also is an outstanding accompani­mental instrument for both choral and instrumental ensembles.  Perhaps most important of all, the organ—with its very real sensation of “surround sound”— encourages vigorous singing, as the congregation lifts its voice in praise to the Almighty!

Click here to view the organ specifications.


For more information

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