1300 Attend Revival

A standing ovation by 1300 people greeted Presiding Bishop Michael Curry following his introduction by Bishop Scott Benhase at Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love, Saturday, January 20th at Honey Creek. The congregation stood again at the conclusion of his rousing message of Jesus’ love.

“The Revival was beyond what I could have hoped for,” said Bishop Benhase. “Even though we had to move it to January because of last September’s hurricane and shorten what we had planned to less than 24 hours, Presiding Bishop Curry brought his “preachin’ shoes” and enlivened us all with the Gospel of Jesus, plain and simple: The love of Jesus transforms us all out of our self-centeredness and liberates us to love one another. That couldn’t be clearer. Now, we must take that straight-forward message to our neighbors and invite them to trust the One who said: “Come unto me all that are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” It’s time for all of us to get up, get going, and share the Good News of God’s love in Jesus.”

The Presiding Bishop’s 24 hour-long visit to the Diocese of Georgia began the evening before the Revival when he had dinner with the clergy of the diocese followed by an informal gathering (at left) at Honey Creek Retreat Center.

That evening Curry also met with the youth of the diocese (at left) who participated in a retreatduring the weekend.

On Saturday the Presiding Bishop made a pilgrimage to Pennick where Deaconess Alexander had planted Good Shepherd Church and a school. The sanctuary was standing room only and those who were there heard a rousing sermon which included these words:  “Deaconess Alexander knew that education was one of the keys to real emancipation. It is not enough to simply free the mind, though. The way of Jesus guides the mind into what is good, right, and noble.”

On Saturday the Presiding Bishop made a pilgrimage to Pennick where Deaconess Alexander had planted Good Shepherd Church and a school. The sanctuary was standing room only and those who were there heard a rousing sermon which included these words:  “Deaconess Alexander knew that education was one of the keys to real emancipation. It is not enough to simply free the mind, though. The way of Jesus guides the mind into what is good, right, and noble.”

At noon the Revival at Honey Creek began with performances by the Savannah Children’s Choir, the Albany State University Concert Chorale, and Roger Moss.

In his sermon he said, ” “When I die, I want to ask Deaconess Alexander, ‘How did you love when your own church turned its back on you? How did you love when the law of this land denied you?’ She’ll go back to Jesus, who said ‘Come unto me all you who are heavy laden, and learn from me. For my yoke is easy. Trust in me even when you can’t see. Trust in me even in midst of the whirlwind.’ As long as you know there is a God, you can deal with unjust laws. As long as you know there is a God, you can make it.”

Two large screens beamed the action on the central stage and those who attended were truly members of the Jesus Movement.


To see more photos of the Revival, including the presiding Bishop’s time with clergy and youth as well as the service at Pennick, go here.

Note: The upload of the livestream of both the service at Good Shepherd Pennick and the Revival has been delayed. As we go to press we hope to see them on our website by Friday.

 

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