January 24, 2018
Volume 8, Number 21

A standing ovation by 1300 people greeted Presiding Bishop Michael Curry following his introduction by Bishop Scott Benhase at Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love, Saturday, January 20th at Honey Creek. The congregation stood again at the conclusion of his rousing message of Jesus' love.

"The Revival was beyond what I could have hoped for," said Bishop Benhase. "Even though we had to move it to January because of last September's hurricane and shorten what we had planned to less than 24 hours, Presiding Bishop Curry brought his "preachin' shoes" and enlivened us all with the Gospel of Jesus, plain and simple: The love of Jesus transforms us all out of our self-centeredness and liberates us to love one another. That couldn't be clearer. Now, we must take that straight-forward message to our neighbors and invite them to trust the One who said: "Come unto me all that are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest." It's time for all of us to get up, get going, and share the Good News of God's love in Jesus."

The Presiding Bishop's 24 hour-long visit to the Diocese of Georgia began the evening before the Revival when he had dinner with the clergy of the diocese followed by an informal gathering (at left) at Honey Creek Retreat Center. 

That evening Curry also met with the youth of the diocese (at left) 
who participated in a retreat during the weekend.

On Saturday the Presiding Bishop made a pilgrimage to Pennick where Deaconess Alexander had planted Good Shepherd Church and a school. The sanctuary was standing room only and those who were there heard a rousing sermon which included these words:  "Deaconess Alexander knew that education was one of the keys to real emancipation. It is not enough to simply free the mind, though. The way of Jesus guides the mind into what is good, right, and noble."

At noon the Revival at Honey Creek began with performances by the Savannah Children's Choir, the Albany State University Concert Chorale, and Roger Moss. 

In his sermon he said, " "When I die, I want to ask Deaconess Alexander, 'How did you love when your own church turned its back on you? How did you love when the law of this land denied you?' She'll go back to Jesus, who said 'Come unto me all you who are heavy laden, and learn from me. For my yoke is easy. Trust in me even when you can't see. Trust in me even in midst of the whirlwind.' As long as you know there is a God, you can deal with unjust laws. As long as you know there is a God, you can make it." 

Two large screens beamed the action on the central stage and those who attended were truly members of the Jesus Movement.

To see more photos of the Revival, including the presiding Bishop's time with clergy and youth as well as the service at Pennick, go  here.

Note: The upload of the livestream of both the service at Good Shepherd Pennick and the Revival has been delayed. As we go to press we hope to see them on our website by Friday. To see more photos of the Revival, including the presiding Bishop's time with clergy and youth as well as the service at Pennick, go here.
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This Sunday's Lections
Fourth Sunday
After the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
I Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Psalm 111

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This is Us
Love, Joy, Forgiveness & Peace
It's time to register for the next Clergy Spouse Retreat to be held at Honey Creek February 9-11, 2018. Like all of our retreats, this is one you most certainly do not want to miss. Our chaplain, Helen White will be leading us in exploring our theme through discussions and activities that make us who we are as individuals and as a group. You will also have the opportunity to receive a free 20 minute massage! That's right! We're bringing in a professional to help us relax, rejuvenate and unwind while we reunite with one another. Come one, come all! Register today!
Dispatch from the Mission Team

The Mission Team from St. Peter's Savannah work at the optical clinic set up in San Pedro de Macorís, in the Dominican Republic. One missioner shared this status: Second day of clinic. I didn't get many pictures because we saw 208 patients and worked for about 11 hours. Rewarding day but also exhausting. Resting up before doing it again tomorrow. This team arrives back in Savannah on Saturday with another team of cataract surgeons and staff leaving Savannah on January 25 and returning on February 3. 
The Very Rev. Paul Zahl at Christ Church Valdosta 
The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl will be at Christ Church Valdosta February 3-4. Paul Zahl is a retired Episcopal minister who last served as Rector of All Saints, Chevy Chase, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. He received his A.B. from Harvard, his M.Phil. from the University of Nottingham (U.K.), and his doctorate in theology from the University of Tuebingen in Germany.  

He has served parishes in Silver Spring, MD; New York City; Westchester County (NY); Charleston, S.C.; and was Dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL. He was also Dean/President of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. He is the author of ten books, his favorite of which is "Grace in Practice" (Eerdmans, 2007). Paul is married to Mary Cappleman Zahl, a professional garden designer and they have three grown sons, all of whom are in full-time Christian ministry; and seven grandchildren.

Weekend Schedule
Saturday morning, Feb 3, 9-10:30 AM
Coffee gathering with Paul Zahl in Parish Hall-teaching topic: "Grace Filled Relationships" (free childcare in Gabard building.)

Saturday evening, Feb 3, beginning at 6 PM
Open House at rectory with Paul Zahl (free childcare in Gabard building.)

Sunday morning, Feb 4
Paul Zahl preaching at 8 and 10 AM services, and teaching adult Sunday School after the 10 AM service.
Ordination of RV Cates

Priests, Deacons, Acolytes and the Bishop gather following the ordination of R. V. Cate to the Order of Deacons on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at St. Mark's Church in Brunswick. The ordinand is shown a step below and to the bishop's left, beneath the bishop's staff.
The Bishop's Visitation
Bishop Benhase made his annual visitation to St. Athanasius' Church Brunswick on January 21.

Prayers for Weekly Liturgies
Our one-year prayer cycle combines prayers for every congregation in the Diocese of Georgia with prayers for our ecumenical partners and for our Companion Diocese of The Dominican Republic. The 52 weekly prayers are available in one document  found here. 

January 21-27
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Augusta, especially, the Church of the Atonement and Christ Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Augusta, especially Advent Lutheran Church, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and The Church of the Resurrection Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the Church of the Transfiguration (La Transfiguración) in Banî.

January 28-February 3
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Augusta, especially, Good Shepherd and St. Alban's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Augusta, especially the Catholic Churches of St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Joseph, and St. Mary on the Hill. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Barahona   Jesus the Pilgrim (Jesús Peregrino) and Redemption (La Redención).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will lead a Stewardship Workshop at St. George's Savannah on Saturday, January 27 starting at 9:30 AM. On Sunday, January 28th he will make his annual visitation to Christ Church Dublin at 10:30 AM and Good Shepherd Swainsboro at 4 PM. The Bishop's full schedule is available   here. 

Canon Frank Logue is meeting with the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. The Council is the Board of Directors for the denomination. At this meeting the Council is setting the proposed budget for the Episcopal Church for 2019-2021, which will be sent to General Convention. This Sunday, he will preside and preach at St. Anne's, Tifton.

The Rev. Lauren Byrd, Priest-in-Charge at St. Francis of the Islands, will officiate at the 12 noon service in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House on Thursday.
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Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
January 27, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's Savannah

Celebration of New Ministry
The Rev. Nick Roosevelt
St. Patrick's and Our Savior, Albany
February 1, 6 PM

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 3, 9:30 AM to noon
St. James' Quitman
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Clergy Spouse Retreat
February 9-11
Honey Creek 
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Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 17, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Mark's, Brunswick 
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February 23-25
Honey Creek Retreat Center
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Cursillo #124
March 1-4
Honey Creek Retreat Center
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here.  For Participant Registration, go here.
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