“Bishop Reed has asked us to read the whole Bible this year, and he thinks that’s a good idea. Now I will tell you why it is a bad idea,” said the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, bishop suffragan of the diocese, in the opening of her Council Eucharist sermon.
The Council Eucharist service will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Veramendi Salons A-E at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. Below are details about the worship you need to know beforehand:
Please bring your church’s banner and stand (clearly marked with church’s name) to the registration area [Veramendi Salons A-B] when you arrive in San Marcos for Diocesan Council. The host committee will take the banners and stands to the location of worship and arrange them around the room for everyone to see during the service. You will NOT process in with your banner this year.
Clergy, you may also leave your vestments at the registration area with the host committee volunteers. There will be clothing racks on which to hang your vestments. The host committee will deliver all vestments to the San Marcos River Room, where you will vest beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. As we will already be in the season of Lent, purple stoles, please.
All church choirs in the Northeast Convocation are invited to take part in the Council Choir to perform during Thursday’s Eucharist service. If you are interested in joining the Council Choir, email Music Director, Wendi Gustafson, at email@example.com so she can order anthem music. There will be a Council Choir practice on Sunday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s, Seguin.
Morning Prayer will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8:00 a.m. in the San Marcos River Room. Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson will serve as the officiant.
An Order of Compline will be held in the Embassy Suites Atrium at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, February 23, following the Council Banquet.
Bishop Gary Lillibridge delivered the sermon during the 113th Diocesan Council Eucharist service on Thursday, February 23. After plenty of jokes and laughter, he focused on the diocesan theme: “Behold, I make all things new,” and he encouraged all to offer themselves for the sake of others and to become God’s partner in making things new.
“Behold! The risen Christ is a seeking Christ. He’s on the loose, and he’s looking for some folks to give him a hand. Be one. As you wake each morning, begin with a simple prayer – ‘Here am I, send me,'” Lillibridge said.
Behold! God is at work. He has already overcome death, and we believe in his saving grace. We see a new horizon, whether this resembles a welcome small change in our lives worthy of praise or a grand movement proclaiming God’s kingdom here on Earth. God is making all things new, each and every day.
In the book of Revelation, chapter 21, the writer sees “a new heaven and a new earth,” and from the one who is seated on the throne, he hears, “Behold, I make all things new” (21:5 RSV). From this verse comes our diocesan theme for 2017.
Click here to read the introduction and questions for the Bible study on the passage from Revelation.
Hear Bishop Reed introduce this year’s Council theme: