Jesus said, “I have come to bring life and life in abundance” (John 10:10). If this isn’t good news, I don’t know what is. Especially in these times of unrest, angst, pandemic and isolation, the world is yearning for this good news- Jesus’ gift of abundant, new life.
The world is yearning for Revival.
As you may know, Bishop Susan has declared 2021 to be The Year of Evangelism for our diocese. Although evangelism is a concept that may carry some baggage, it’s actually a very simple and beautiful thing: it is the simple but life-changing act of bringing good news to those who long to hear it! And it is the grateful, humble and natural response as we experience the good news of Jesus in our own lives.
In order to create an opportunity for us to share the Good News of abundant life in Jesus, EDSD is excited to announce that we will be partnering with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to host an Episcopal Revival in San Diego on December 3-5, 2021!
What is an Episcopal Revival? A revival is a dedicated series of gatherings that combine inspiring worship, compelling preaching and teaching, honest faith-sharing, intensified prayer, and some form of engagement with the mission of God – all for the sake of the spiritual renewal and transformation of people and of society.
What does an Episcopal Revival seek to do?
The Year of Evangelism 2021 will crescendo on December 3-5, 2021 as we host a weekend of prayer, outreach, service, worship, and of course- evangelism- as we hear and share stories of Good News from across our diocese. This weekend will not only revive our own hearts as we are reminded once again of the Good News of Jesus, but will set off a chain reaction in our neighborhoods, as those that we invite to this event hear the good news of Jesus, perhaps for the first time, and join us on his Way of Love.
We look forward to having each and every Episcopalian in our diocese involved in this Revival- so please mark your calendars for Dec 3-5, 2021!
2021 is a long way off… Do we have to wait until then to see revival happen in our diocese and neighborhoods?
The answer is an emphatic, “NO!” We didn’t want to wait to share good news till 2021 either, even in the midst of this crazy global pandemic. So I wanted to tell you about an exciting project that is in the works here at EDSD that we are calling “Project E-Revival.”
With Project E-Revival, we will be creating a series of short, virtual, video revivals, or e-revivals, that will highlight stories of Good News from within our diocese. Each video will feature several people sharing stories of how they experienced new life in Jesus, and how the Good News of God in Christ was good news to them! Their stories will be shared in the form of compelling narrative and produced into an exciting video series that will be broadcast live on multiple virtual/social media platforms. Each of these virtual events will give us an opportunity to invite our friends, neighbors, and family members to hear from real people what the Good News of Jesus sounds like, and then to connect with a community. And since it is all online, we can invite and share with our neighbors even during stay-at-home orders!
Would you like to help create our E-Revivals? We are looking for people to assist in this exciting project in several capacities:
Jesus came to bring Revival to humanity, and to all of creation. And we as the Church, are here not only to experience Revival in our own lives, but to respond as God’s agents of Revival to others. It’s why we’re here!
As we move toward the Year of Evangelism 2021, I pray that you will join with me in sharing Good News with our world that so desperately longs to hear it, and I look forward to experiencing Revival with all of you!
Canon Christian Gillette
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