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Bishop Lawrence's Address to the 225th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
Bishop’s Address to the 225th Annual Diocesan Convention
Delivered by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence XIV Bishop of South Carolina, at the Cross Schools Campus, Church of the Cross, Bluffton, SC on March 12, 2016. Note this printed version may vary some from the audio version. Download a printable version. Listen to the address.
“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19)
A fascinating study for a student of the Bible is to compare the different narratives of St. Paul’s conversion. It is told four times in the New Testament—thrice in The Book of Acts and once in the apostle’s Letter to the Galatians. In the verse I’ve cited above St. Paul describes his experience to King Agrippa. He also recalls the words the Risen Lord used to commission him—including the call to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Earlier in the Acts of the Apostles Paul tells a hostile Jewish crowd that as he was praying in the Temple in Jerusalem that he fell into a trance and saw Jesus saying to him: “Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.” Even earlier in Acts 9 Ananias is instructed by the Lord to go pray for Paul who is in prayer, fasting on a street called Straight. When Ananias hesitates because of Paul’s reputation of persecuting Christians, God tells him: “Go, for he [Paul] is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Reports and Audio/Video Files from the 225th Diocesan Convention
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Diocese Moves Forward “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age”
225th Convention Reflects on Positives; Considers Anglican Affiliation with ACNA
The 225th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, hosted by the Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC, March 11-12, 2016 highlighted progress the Diocese made in recent years toward “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age,” the vision cast by Bishop Mark Lawrence in 2009 during the first Convention after his election.
“I thought the convention was fantastic,” said the Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston. “We had such a sense of unity and excitement. Bishop Lawrence’s address really helped us see what we have accomplished and the things going on in the parishes were an incredible encouragement.”
Over 400 clergy, lay delegates and guests from 53 churches, representing 23,000 members across the southern and coastal part of the state came together for the Bluffton event.
Diocese to Hold 225th Annual Convention March 11-12
Join in a live-streamed service of Holy Eucharist Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m.
A mini-conference on Grandparenting kicks off the convention the morning of the 11th followed by a series of afternoon workshops aimed at strengthening and growing churches. All are open to the public.
The workshops include: Inhibitors to Church Growth; Church Outside the Walls; Developing a Vibrant Men’s Ministry; Remissioning the Church; Reaching Emerging Cultures; Building a Healthy Marriage Ministry; Engaging Every Generation and Grandparenting: Overlooked and Misunderstood.
Eleven Nations Under One Roof; Fellows Release Statement Covenanting to Transform Society
The most controversial thing about the inauguration of an “Aspen Institute” type gathering of Anglican leaders in Charleston was the cold. Many of the 14 participants came from countries close to the Equator, and despite space heaters, a roaring fireplace, and a heated building they huddled in loaned parkas and woolen sweaters as if they were at the North Pole.