December 23, 2020
Volume 11, No. 16
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Join the Diocese for Christmas
For those congregations not offering in person or online worship, the Diocese of Georgia has two services on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day. All are, of course, welcome to worship with the Diocese at the times listed below or anytime following if you would like to attend your church and join us after. 

At 6:00 pm, we will stream the Nativity Pageant with Holy Eucharist, officiated and preached by the Rev. Canon Varner in the Chapel of Our Savior at Honey Creek. At 8:00 pm we will stream a Candlelight Mass from Honey Creek officiated by the Rev. Canon Loren Lasch with assistance from the Venerable Yvette Owens and the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue preaching. 

On Christmas morning we will stream Holy Eucharist from Holy Nativity on St. Simons Island at 10:00 am. Bishop Logue will celebrate and Canon Lasch will preach.

Then, this Sunday at 10 am, we will have a service of nine lessons and carols for Christmas with readers from nine congregations and music from across the Diocese.

You can find all services on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

The Rev. Stanley J. White (1962-2020)
White on the day of his ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests.
The people of the Diocese of Georgia mourn the loss of the Very Rev. Stan White passed, who died in his home on hospice care on the evening of December 20. White was the founding Rector of Christ the King in Valdosta. A more complete remembrance and details concerning his funeral will be announced at a later time.

Please join in prayers for his children, Sarah Nelson (Jake), Skyler Maher, M.D. (Robby), Nicholas White, and Isabella White; his wife, Michelle Lane and step-children, David, Olivia, and Joel Kirkland; grandchildren, Jakson, Luke, and Anna Claire Nelson and baby Maher soon to be born; parents, The Rev. Jimmy and Anne White; brother, The Rev. Michael White (the Rev. Helen); uncle, Matthew Ward (Larry Barton); nephews, Ethan and Jay White.

The Rev. Charles Todd Called to Trinity, Statesboro
Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro has called The Rev. Charles Todd as their next Rector to begin on January 4, 2021. Todd was raised in southern Indiana and attended Indiana University, Bloomington.  He earned his MDiv at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and served in the Diocese of Chicago doing ministry with the Latino community in the Pilsen neighborhood.  He moved to Savannah in 1998 and was an active member of The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, where he was ordained priest, served as the Assisting Priest, and was the Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries.  He has also served as the Campus Missioner at Georgia Southern for the last four years and will continue with that ministry in his new role. Todd is returning to Trinity after serving as the Interim Rector.

Diocese Sponsors Broadcast of Lessons and Carols 
To view the full bulletin for the service, click here.
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will again partner with the Diocese of Atlanta to co-sponsor the Georgia Public Radio broadcast of A Festival  of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge on Thursday, December 24 at 10 a.m. Find your local station on the radio by going here or listen online here.  

A Brief History of the Service 
In 1918, the then-new dean of King's Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. He wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up this truly magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration. 

The  service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception   of 1930, has been broadcast annually, even during World War II, when the ancient glass (and also all heat) had been removed from the Chapel. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol. This year  Michael Berkeley wrote   for the liturgy.

From the Bidding Prayer 
"And because this of all things would rejoice his heart, let us at this time remember in his name the poor and the helpless, the cold, the hungry and the oppressed; the sick in body and in mind and them that mourn; the lonely and the unloved; the aged and the little children; all who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not, or who by sin have grieved his heart of love."

Reminder About Tithes
The final tithes are due by the end of this year. Call the office with any questions: 912-236-4279.

Across the Diocese
The youngest members of St. Paul's, Augusta tell the story of the Nativity at an outdoor service.

Executive Director of Honey Creek, Dade Brantley, presented at the Rotary Club in St. Marys.

The Ladles of Love ministry at St. Paul's, Albany fed over 100 members of the community, in addition to handing out gloves, hats, and scarves.

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia for 
Lessons and Carols on Sunday
Trinity, Statesboro's Virtual Choir for Lessons and Carols

On Sunday we will stream Christmas Lessons and Carols at 
10 a.m. with readers and musicians from across the Diocese. 

Find Livestream Worship 
There are a lot of options each day for Episcopalians in the Diocese of Georgia to worship online and now they are listed in one place. The Livestream Services calendar tells the time, location, and which liturgy the congregation offers for the whole Diocese. Click the image above or this link: Livestream Services Calendar

Have you adjusted your livestream schedule? Let us know! We have a running calendar that you can find here. Check to see if your schedule is correct, and if there are any changes, email Administrator Assistant Daniel Garrick at

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 2020 one year prayer cycle is online here: 2020 Prayer Cycle
The 2021 one year prayer cycle is online here: 2021 Prayer Cycle

December 27 - January 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our Bishop, Frank Logue, and our retired bishops, Henry Louttit and Scott Benhase. We pray for our ecumenical partners, especially, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah and their Bishop, Gregory Hartmayer; and for the Evangelical Lu
theran Church's Southeast Synod and their Bishop, Kevin Strickland. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for their Bishop, Moisés Quezada, and retired bishops, Julio Holguin, Telésforo Isaac, and William Skilton.

January 3 - 9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Albany
-St. John & St. Mark's , St. Patrick's, and St. Paul's. We also pray for the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and and for our other ecumenical partner in Albany, St. Teresa Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. James the Apostle (Santiago Apóstol) in Angelina.

Additional Prayer Cycles (Updated on December 17, 2020)
We also offer 30-day prayer cycles for those who wish to pray daily for the clergy and clergy spouses: Diocesan Prayer Cycle and Clergy Spouses Prayer Cycle.

Diocesan Office Update and News

This Sunday,  the Diocese will offer Christmas Lessons and Carols online at 10 a.m. To view the service, visit the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page or the Diocese of Georgia YouTube page.

The Diocesan House will be closed December 23-25, and the 30-1. The staff will work remotely the 28-29 and can be reached via email.

Throughout the remainder of 2020 Bishop Logue will continue to record Diocesan worship from different congregations across the Diocese. To see the calendar for the remainder of 2020, click here.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Diocesan staff are not all in the office at the same time with some working remotely. Email will be the quickest way to get in touch with the staff, although you are still welcome to call us on the phone! If we miss your call, please leave a voicemail with a detailed message. Staff e-mails can be found here.

Let Us Know!

What are you doing to keep community right now? Are you gathering for virtual coffee hours, delivering groceries to your neighbors - let us know! Send any updates or photos to our Communications Manager Liz Williams at We want to hear from you!

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