Communicator April 8, 2017

People of the Resurrection:
Presiding Bishop Curry Speaks to the Church

“It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.”  See  full  video interview.

Palm Sunday &
Holy Week Services

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services in The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

Growing the Jesus Movement in Your Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church will co-host a special conference May 2-4 at Saint John’s (3245 Central Ave) for clergy, staff, and church leadership.  Co-host, RenewalWorks, has been leading churches across the country in building discipleship and spiritual vitality based on the groundbreaking work of Willow Creek Church and the REVEAL study.  Registration is $125 per person. For more information, please contact Stephen Nelson, (901) 323-8597. Click here to view schedule.
To See a Full List of Diocesan Eventsplease click here to visit the Calendar online.

2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Click here to download the 2016 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Bishop’s Visitations
Click here to download Bishop Johnson’s 2016/2017 Visitation Schedule.

Please notify Lisa McIndoo when there is a death in your parish family.

Submit Content for The Diocesan Calendar
Click here to visit the calendar page of the diocesan website and click the “Add Event” button to submit your event (below the calendar). Please allow a few days for your event to be posted to the site. Not all content will be re-posted in The Diocesan Communicator.
The next publication will be published again April 24, 2017. Deadline for submission to the online calendar is Sunday, April 23, 2017. To submit email:  lmcindoo@episwtn.org3


At Easter, Love is Resurrected in Each of Us
Bishop Johnson’s Easter Message

Christ is the world’s true light, its Captain of salvation,
The Day-star clear and bright of every man and nation;
New life, new hope awakes, where’er men own his sway;
Freedom her bondage breaks, and night is turned to day.

In Christ all races meet, their ancient feuds forgetting,
The whole round world complete, from sunrise to its setting:
When Christ is throned as Lord, men shall forsake their fear,
To ploughshare beat the sword, to pruning-hook the spear.

One Lord, in one great Name unite us all who own thee;
Cast out our pride and shame that hinder to enthrone thee;
The world has waited long, has travailed long in pain;
To heal its ancient wrong, come, Prince of Peace, and reign.
The Hymnal 1982, G.W. Briggs  Hymn 542

While not technically an Easter hymn, this familiar hymn is found in our Hymnal in the section dedicated to The Church’s Mission, and the resurrection is surely at the crux of the Easter message:  in Jesus resurrected Love is raised to new life in each of us. Signs of resurrected Love are found whenever God is allowed to hold “sway” in lives renewed by hope.  When bondage is broken, “night is turned to day,” ancient feuds are forgotten, fear is forsaken, and spears are given new purpose as pruning-hooks, the world has just been recreated and all has been made new.  To live in this way even in these changing times surely points to God’s Easter promise for all people. Looking forward to the coming again of resurrected Love, we join our song with those of every age who have looked to the Prince of Peace in hope. Easter comes again, and with it comes “new life, new hope…”  I join with the entire Diocesan staff to wish you this new life, this new hope, this resurrected Life of Love as we await the day.  Blessings, +DonHeroes in Recovery 6K

Make plans now to join the team for the Recovery Commission in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee as we participate in the Walk/Run to benefit Grace House of Memphis.

May 20, 2017, 8 AM, at Overton Park. Registration through April 9 is $30, Registration April 9 – May 19 is $35. Race Day Registration is $40.

Register today at HERE.

Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. For questions, call, text or email Shannon Tucker at 901-281-0785 or shannon.tucker@gmail.com.

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RETIRED CLERGY GROUP OFFERED: if you are retired Clergy and you’d be interested in meeting periodically, please let me know that at williamkolb461@yahoo.com or text/call me at 901-438-0751. –Bill Kolb, Diocesan Chaplain for Retired Clergy

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