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.