The life and legacy of a Saint in Georgia, loosening the bonds of fear, and experiencing the boundless love of Christ will be celebrated when the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia hosts Fearless Faith, Boundless Love: Revival, on Saturday, January 20TH. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, often called one of the best preachers in the Anglican Communion, will be preaching at two events.
The first, a 9:30 AM service at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the community of Pennick, Georgia, honors the life and legacy of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander (1865-1947), the first and only black deaconess in the Episcopal Church and a Saint of Georgia. The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia, will officiate at the service and the Presiding Bishop will preach on the grounds of the church and school which Deaconess Alexander founded.
The second event, the Diocese’s Revival, will be held under a large tent at Honey Creek Retreat Center later that day. It too will celebrate Deaconess Alexander, with the premiere of a short film produced for the Diocese by Savannah College of Art and Design Film and Television Professor, the Rev. Michael Chaney, and music by the Savannah Children's Choir, Albany State Chorale, Roger Moss, and Trina Meade.
A Fellowship Hour will begin at 12 Noon with the service starting at 1 PM. Memorabilia reflecting the life of Deaconess Alexander will be on display and members of the Savannah Street Food Coalition will be offering a variety of food at reasonable cost.
"We hope to encourage the people of the Diocese of Georgia to invite friends, especially those who may have left their previous churches because of a negative experience," said Bishop Benhase. "Rather than the hell-fire message usually heard at revivals, with the Presiding Bishop's help we will proclaim the liberating and life giving love of Jesus."
Bishop Benhase prepared a Bible study guide for individuals and groups centering on Deaconess Alexander which is available here.
The Presiding Bishop will also meet with the clergy of the Diocese for dinner on January 19th and spend time with young people attending a Youth Event that evening.
For more information and to register for the event, please go here: www.EpiscopalRevivalinGeorgia2018.com.
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia comprises 70 churches in the state of Georgia, each sharing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and our Episcopal heritage. For more information go to: www.GaEpiscopal.org.