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 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:
Alcoholics Anonymous in Tifton:
Al-Anon in Tifton: