“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:
Online registration for Council 2015 to be held February 26 – 28 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in San Marcos is now available. And this year the church with bragging rights of “first to register” goes to St. Andrew’s, Brackettville, followed closely by St. Matthew’s, Kenedy. Registration will close on Friday, February 13, 2015.
Our registration process will be very similar to last year with three (3) registration forms:
Child Care Registration for Children ages infant through 2nd grade ($10/day per child with a $30/day family maximum)
NOTE: No Youth in Action registration this year. Because Council Eucharist has moved to Saturday morning to allow all in the diocese to celebrate as Bishop Reed is formally recognized as Bishop Coadjutor, there will not be a traditional Youth in Action event in 2015. However, diocesan youth are invited to participate in the celebratory service beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday. For more information visit the Youth in Action at Worship page and the Worship (Saturday) page.
Find the registration links on the Registration page along with help files and payment information. Use the Navigation bar on the left side of Council website (www.Council-dwtx.org) for the many events and activities during our time gathered as a diocesan family.
Highlighting the theatrical setting of Selena Auditorium, planners will be pre-hanging the banners from rigging above the stage providing a beautiful backdrop for our worship on Thursday evening of Council. Please bring your congregation’s banner early to one of the PreCouncil meetings in January. Diocesan staff will deliver them to Council. No stands will be needed, just the banners labeled with contact info. The banners will be returned Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
Sunday 1/20/13 we ask churches in the Southern & Valley Convocations to bring their banners to PreCouncil.
Tuesday 1/22/13 we ask churches in the Eastern & Western Convocations to bring their banners to PreCouncil
Thursday 1/24/13 we ask churches in the Northern and Northeastern Convocations to bring their banners to PreCouncil.
Sunday 1/27/13 we ask churches in the Central Convocation to bring their banners to PreCouncil.