On May 14, 2022 delegates to a Special Synod of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese elected the Rev. Alex Farmer to be their second Bishop. Read more.

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Financial Help for Churches

Dear rectors and wardens, May the Lord Jesus uphold you in your leadership during this season of the pandemic. I know that in several churches the giving last month was down as a result of the crisis we face as a country.Therefore, I wanted you to know that churches qualify for loans from the Small Business Administration to help with payroll. The loans will be forgiven ...

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Time to Rejoice And A Time To Give

Dear brothers and sisters in the diocese, While we may not all be together this Easter, the Easter declaration will still ring out among us: Alleluia! Christ is risen!The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! There is no better news in human history than the Resurrection of Jesus, the ultimate validation by God the Father of his Son's saving work on the Cross. There is so ...

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Safe Eucharistic Distribution

Dear diocesan clergy, St. Paul wrote to Timothy, "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel" (2 Timothy 2:8). As we come to Holy Week and Easter Sunday, this is our goal: remembering what the Risen Lord Jesus accomplished for us and for our salvation. Please focus on Jesus in your hearts and minds and be determined to w...

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When Will We Worship Together Again?

To rectors and clergy,Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that this season of coronavirus exile is very hard. I am reminded of Psalm 137, the song of the exiles:"By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered ZionHow shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" Many of you have asked when will we be able to worship together again as ...

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Bishop Letter from the March Communique - Coronavirus

Dear Diocesan Family, As we are living in this time of a truly global pandemic, let me begin with the transforming words Jesus shared with his disciples. They were about to face his crucifixion, the greatest tragedy and most redemptive act in human history, when all of human sin crushed our Savior (Isaiah 53). After predicting that the disciples would abandon him, Jesus c...

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Important Coronavirus Update - Sunday Gatherings

Dear Rectors and clergy in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, Greetings in Christ. Many of us are under local and state declarations of emergency, and all of us are now under a national state of emergency. As you know, the school systems in many of our areas have just announced closures, the trigger decision point that I shared with the diocese this morning. Therefore let me st...

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Now What? COVID19 Next Steps for Congregations

Dear brother and sister clergy, Many of you are aware of the quote from the Talmud, adapted in the film Schindler's List, "He who saves the life of one man saves the entire world." A longer version is "Whoever destroys a single life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed the whole world, and whoever saves a single life is considered by Scripture to have saved the w...

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Coronavirus Information for Diocese

Dear Gulf Atlantic Diocese, I do not need to tell you that we face a pandemic. No one yet knows everything this will mean for our country, churches included. I believe that as difficult as this may be, the Lord has purposes for us and our neighbors if we seek him. Let me share three things briefly: The Lord is in charge, and loves us as his own. We need not fear even ...

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The New Book of Common Prayer and Guidelines for Its Use

Ephesians 5:18-21 ...Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Dear Diocesan Family As many of you...

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