August 26, 2020
Volume 10, No. 51
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Setting Down Our Work
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Jesus in Matthew 11:28
Bishop Logue and wife Victoria in Arizona
I am just back at work after 15 days away for vacation. I feel so refreshed and energized for the work ahead between now and Christmas, that I am reminded again of the wisdom embedded in scripture about our need for rest and renewal. The God who made us knows and loves us and told us that we need sabbath. This is so serious a matter than in Hebrew scripture, we see that breaking the sabbath was a capital crime. 
I was reminded of when Dr. Matthew Sleeth led our clergy conference on sabbath and he reminded us that until recent decades, so called "blue laws" kept stores closed on Sundays. He noted how that it is only in recent years that the church has been trying to follow Jesus without taking a day of rest each week. He asked the clergy to consider how the experiment is going. 
I know for the person working two hourly jobs to make ends meet, my 15 days away is an unaffordable luxury. And for the parent with an infant and toddlers at home, even time away from work is not exactly rest. But for each of us, the same wisdom applies. We have a warning label from our manufacturer as the creator says we need rest. 
When we set down our work for any amount of time, it is a small, but important way of showing that our essential trust is not in ourselves and our work, but in our Triune God. The challenge is not just in making time for vacation, but for creating space in every week. I tend toward overdoing and I don't find this easy. But God taught that we need that rest and renewal and my personal experience is that when I make room for it, that rest is life-giving.
The Rt. Rev. Frank Logue, Bishop of Georgia
Bishop Louttit Portrait to Hang at Honey Creek
Frances Hardaway (left) with her sister Lillian (right) and the portrait Frances created of her grandfather.

Dade Brantley, Executive Director of Honey Creek, jumped at the chance to have an original piece of art from Frances Hardaway, Bishop Henry Louttit's granddaughter. Even better was that the artwork was of the Bishop himself, using a photo that his wife Jan had taken as inspiration. 

The portrait is a 6'x4' oil painting and will hang in Reese Hall. Frances and Lillian are the daughters of the Revs. Jack and Susan Louttit Hardaway.
The Rev. Nathan Wilson to Serve in Jesup
The Rev. Nathan Wilson began his call at St. Paul's, Jesup on August 1. Fr. Nathan was raised in the small town of Eagleville, TN. He sensed a call to ordained ministry at an early age, which eventually led him to Duke Divinity School at Duke University. While in seminary, he found his way to the Episcopal Church. After graduating with an Master's of Divinity in 2018, he moved to Savannah to serve as an intern at St. Michael and All Angels while he went through discernment for ordination. He also served as Assistant to the Dean at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle beginning in June of 2019. 

He was ordained to the diaconate on November 1, 2019 and to the priesthood on May 9, 2020. He continued to serve at St. Michael's through July.

Livestream Update
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

Upcoming Ordinations
As we have seen across the board, despite changes in how we worship, the Church remains one. 

In that spirit, we announce the following ordination:

Vocational diaconate
September 26, 2020, 11:00am - Rita Spalding

All ordinations will comply with the guidelines and recommendations of public officials and healthcare professionals. You can still participate in the service by watching the livestream. To view the ordination of Rita Spalding, visit the St. Mark's, Brunswick Facebook page.

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia in Fitzgerald on Sunday
This Sunday, we will stream Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. from St. Matthew's, Fitzgerald with music from other Episcopal Churches in the diocese. 

These liturgies are stored on both 

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.
Around the Diocese

The Rev. Katie Knoll Lenon providing a Backpack Blessing to families at Christ Church, Frederica.

St. Michael's, Waynesboro handed out backpack tags (left), and the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner working on music for Sunday morning at the Diocesan Office (right).
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 now online here: 2020 Prayer Cycle

August 23-29
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Francis of the Islands and St. John's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Lutheran congregations of Redeemer and St. Luke's. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de Macorís, especially The Good Samartian (El Buen Samaritano), Jesus the Nazarene (Jesús Nazareno), and The Nativity (La Natividad).

September 1-7
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, St. George's and St. Michael and All Angels. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic congregations of Blessed Sacrament, Resurrection of our Lord, Sacred Heart, and St. James. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Paul and St. Luke (San Pablo y San Lucas) in San Isidro.

Additional Prayer Cycles
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, Bishop Logue will officiate and preach Morning Prayer from St. Matthew's, Fitzgerald for the livestream on the Diocese of Georgia Facebook page and YouTube Channel

Canon Easterlin is on vacation this week. If you need any assistance, contact either Canon Lasch or Canon Varner.

Diocesan staff will be at Honey Creek Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st on staff retreat.

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!
Introductions, Please

The Augusta University Canterbury Club President, Maddie Burgin (left) and Campus Missioner, Shelley Martin (right) participated in Augusta University's Club Fest GO LIVE this week. The Club Fest is typically in person and a chance for students to peruse all that Augusta University has to offer, but switched gears this year to a virtual event.

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