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Recovery Sunday

April 4, 2017
Special Guests
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Preacher: The Rev. R. Kevin Kelly

The Rev. Kevin Kelly is no stranger to St. Anne’s. Having served as an Acolyte Master here years ago, Kevin went on to be ordained to the priesthood in 1994 and has served parishes in the dioceses of Georgia, Atlanta, West Virginia, and Louisiana. In 2014 he accepted a call to St. Michael’s & All Angels in Savannah and serves the diocese as a chaplain and spokesperson for Georgia Episcopal Recovery Ministries. Download the sermon.

Today’s Liturgy

Today’s liturgy is a typical service of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. The chief difference is that the Twelve Steps of Recovery, best known for their use in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, have been incorporated throughout the service. Each step is intended to be said by the congregation. Download the full liturgy.

Why Host a “Recovery Sunday?”

Addiction touches almost every life in this country, either directly or through its effect on loved ones. Although the worlds of law enforcement, politics, and medicine have had much to say about addiction and our response to it, the Church has remained mostly silent. We Christians believe firmly in hope, healing, redemption, and grace, yet we often lack the spiritual vocabulary to speak honestly about it when addiction knocks at our door. Today’s Recovery Sunday provides all of us—whether in recovery or not—the chance to see both the need that is all around us and the resources we have to offer. This is a service of grace and hope.

Georgia Episcopal Recovery Ministries:

  • www.saintmichaelsavannah.com/addiction-recovery-ministries/
  • www.facebook.com/groups/929397287150176/

Alcoholics Anonymous in Tifton:

  • http://www.aageorgia.org/2b-meetings.html

Al-Anon in Tifton:

  • http://www.ga-al-anon.org/meetings/
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Blindness

March 26, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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He came into the world so that those that are blind may see and those that see may become blind.

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Living Water

March 19, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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“Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

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What We Think We Know

March 12, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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More and more we live in a time of deceptive certainty, of hubris, of bluster. Ours is an age wherein everyone has a sick need to be seen as strong, as certain, as right. The problem, however, is that when we live this way, we put ourselves in the place of God. No wonder we cannot hear him.

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Declare a Fast

March 8, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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This sermon was preached at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina as part of their annual Lenten Speakers Series.

“You want to talk about ‘declaring a fast?’ You want to talk about what it means to ‘give something up?’ Then at some point we have stop talking about ourselves, and we have to start talking about Jesus. . . . Despite all our pretense about fasting and giving things up—always with twisted, understated hopes of improving ourselves or currying favor with God—the truth is completely the other way around. God has fasted for us! God in his Son Jesus Christ gave it all up for us! By virtue of the Cross, in a mystery that we will never fully understand, Jesus who was in the form of God—who had all the power and glory of God right at his fingertips—gave it up! fasted from it! emptied himself of it completely!

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Temptation & Grace

March 5, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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The hard truth is that you will struggle with temptation for the rest of your days, and you will fail. Miserably. But there is one whose potency outweighs your incapacity, whose righteousness outweighs your sinfulness, whose proximity to God outweighs your temptation from God. He is Jesus: friend of sinners and vanquisher of Sin.

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Love from the Ashes & Dust

March 2, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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Lent is not about accomplishing things just for the sake of accomplishment. Lent is not about proving anything to anyone . . . not even to yourself, not even to God. Lent is not even about improving yourself or becoming holy, because the hard truth is you can’t. You, my friends, cannot make yourselves holy; only God can do that.

What, then, is Lent about? Lent is about the story of God’s love.

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“No God But God”

March 22, 2015
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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“Just how blurred is the line in your life between your material goods and your eternal God? Don’t get me wrong. We Episcopalians love the created world and believe it is a wonderful gift. But Jesus is clear: nothing created is our God. Only God is our God.”

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“What in the World”

March 8, 2015
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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“May our zeal for our God be so fired up that people start asking, ‘What in the world has gotten into them?’ And if a few tables get turned over in the process, thanks be to God.”

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