Worship for the Week of 7 March 2021

Daily, Monday to Friday Midday prayers are said at 12pm
Saturday, 6 March 5pm Eucharist (Vigil – Rite II)
Sunday, 7 March Third Sunday in Lent
7.20am Mattins; 8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist with children’s programme
4pm Music & Meditation for Lent:
Chuck Lamb, jazz piano
Wednesday, 10 March 12pm Eucharist
Saturday, 13 March 5pm Eucharist (Vigil – Rite II)
Sunday, 14 March Fourth Sunday in Lent
7.20am Mattins; 8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist with children’s programme
4pm Music & Meditation for Lent:
Oona Grady & James Gascoyne, Celtic duo, ‘Drank the Gold’

Social distancing protocols will be observed at all times.  Please read the instructions.

Sunday Videos and Podcasts

We recognise that in-person attendance is not appropriate or possible for everyone. We offer a selection of links to other churches in the Episcopal/Anglican Communion.

Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and forgive me all my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults and my sin is ever before me.

Wash Me Throughly
Text: Setting of Psalm 51 vv.2-3. Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

See our Online Resources for links to resources for worship at home.

Lenten Musical Meditations

Join us Sunday afternoons at 4pm during Lent for a series of contemplative recitals played by illustrious local concert artists. Classical guitar recitalist, Harry Pellegrin, opens the series on Sunday, February 21.  We are also delighted to welcome well-known clarinetist Jonathan Greene, classical guitarist, Joel Brown (Distinguished Artist in Residence at Skidmore), Chuck Lamb, jazz pianist, and Oona Grady and James Gascoyne of local Celtic duo, Drank the Gold.

21 February               Harry Pellegrin, classical guitar

28 February                Jonathan Greene, clarinet

7 March                        Chuck Lamb, jazz piano

14 March                      Drank the Gold, Oona Grady and James Gascoyne, Celtic duo

21 March                     Joel Brown, classical guitar

Freewill donation.  Advanced Registration is required to reserve a seat for these recitals.   Please register for each concert that you plan to attend by clicking on the artist name(s) above. 

LENT STUDY 2021:  Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot

Four Thursdays at 7pm:  25 February, 4 March, 11 March and 18 March

TS Eliot is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and an acute describer of the modern age. His greatest work is the Four Quartets, a series of four long poems that are deeply philosophical and theological, while also appealing to the universality of human experience, particularly the human experience of the Divine. In this course we will read Eliot’s Four Quartets closely, while also attending to their spirituality and sense of God. Through an analysis of what the poems say and our own responses to them, we will use these poems as a path to come closer to God and gain a deeper insight into the unique spirituality expressed through poetry.

Our facilitator is Evan Craig Reardon. Evan is a poet, librarian, and archivist. He is completing an MA in English and MSLS at SUNY Albany where he focuses on poetry and poetics, and literary archives, respectively. He is a layperson in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, and devoted to bringing poetry to as many people as possible.

You can purchase your own copy of the Four Quartets, or it may download a copy at: http://www.paikassociates.com/pdf/fourquartets.pdf

Please register via email at office@bethesdachurch.org or by calling the parish office:  518.584.5980.

Holy Week & Easter Services 2021

Sunday, 28 March 8am Blessing of Palms & Eucharist
10am Blessing of Palms & Sung Eucharist
Monday, 29 March 12.05pm Mid-day Prayers
Tuesday, 30 March 12.05pm Mid-day Prayers
Wednesday, 31 March 12.05pm Mid-day Prayers
7pm Stations of the Cross
Thursday, 1 April 12.05pm Mid-day Prayers
7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy
The church is open for prayer following the liturgy.
Friday, 2 April 12.00pm Sung Liturgy for Good Friday
7pm Sung Vespers for Good Friday
Sung by Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir, Albany
Advanced registration required; please click on the service to register
Saturday, 3 April 12.05pm Holy Saturday Mid-day Prayers
No 5pm Eucharist today
Sunday, 4 April Easter Day
8am Holy Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist
Advanced registration required; please click on the service to register

Bethesda Office – New Address

Moving: The building on Ballston Avenue which houses our church office was recently sold. Beginning 1st February, our new office will be located at 178 Elm Street (at the corner of Ash and Elm), Suite 3, Saratoga Springs.

LifeWorks Community Action (LCA, formerly EOC) Donations

Thank you to all those who have already donated items. At this time LCA is in serious need of diapers (size 4 & 5), baby wipes, baby care products, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hygiene products, razors and shaving cream. At this time they cannot collect clothing items. We
will be delivering the donations to LifeWorks Community Action for distribution to those
who need them in our community, and we will continue this collection drive during the
pandemic. Thanks again for your generosity.

Volunteers Needed – The Gateway House of Peace

Direct Care Volunteers Needed The Gateway House of Peace, and end of life home
that provides hospice care and emotional support to families managing with the last few
months of life, is in great need of licensed or retired health care volunteers capable of
providing direct care. Other volunteers are needed as well, for facility management and
event planning support. Please contact Executive Director, Bethany Gonyea at
bgonyea@gatewayhouseofpeace.org for more information

New Parish House and Mercy House of Saratoga

We are preparing to construct a new Parish House next to our church.  This building will provide church meeting space and offices on the first floor, and the second through fourth floors will house Mercy House of Saratoga.

Drawing of Washington St exterior, JG Waite Assoc, architects

Rendering of approximate finished appearance







Mercy House of Saratoga is a major mission for Bethesda.  It will provide 26 units of housing for people with various disabilities or housing needs.  More information on Mercy House of Saratoga can be found on their website.