December 30, 2015Volume 6, Number 18
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This Sunday's Lections
Second Sunday After Christmas
 
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Light Shines in the Darkness 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."              -John 1:1-5

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Rev. Sierra Wilkinson Reyes is pictured above blessing the congregation of Christ Church Savannah on Christmas Eve.
Diocesan Office Update    

Diocesan House will be closed for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Christmas Eve at St. Patrick's, Albany. 
 
Christmas Around the Diocese 
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A full album of photos is online here: Advent and Christmas Photos 

 
The cast of characters for the Christmas pageant at St. Paul's, Savannah.  
 
At left, a photo before the Christmas Eve service at St. Michael's, Waynesboro and at right, a service at Grace, Waycross. 


Community of St. Joseph 
At left is the Christmas pageant at St. Peter's, Savannah and at right, are characters for the Christmas pageant at St. Mark's, Brunswick. 
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 52 weekly prayers are available in one document: http://gaepiscopal.org/docs/oneyearprayercycle.pdf 

Prayers for December 27 - January 2
In our diocesan prayer cycle, we pray for Honey Creek for the Order of St. Helena and all religious order in the Episcopal Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Catholic congregations of Our Lady of Guadelupe in Sandhill, San Josť in Twin Lakes, Holy Redeemer in McRae, and Holy Cross in Pembroke. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Diocese of the Dominican Republic Parochial Schools.

Prayers for January 3-9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our Bishop, Scott Benhase and our retired bishops, Henry Louttit and Harry Shipps. We pray for our ecumenical partners, especially, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah and their Bishop, Gregory Hartmayer; and for the Evangelical Lutheran Church's Southeast Synod and their Bishop, Julian Gordy. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for their Bishops, Julio Holguin and William Skilton.
Joy of the Lord 

The procession at St. Thomas, Thomasville at the Christmas Eve service. 
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Sincerely,                                       
            
Diocesan Staff                             
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia