Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits Pittsburgh, McKeesport during revival tour

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Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Dorsey McConnell, far left; the Rev. Lorena Ringle; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation, helped close out the revival with Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in McKeesport. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

By the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg
Episcopal News Service

The old church tradition of the revival received new life in the Diocese of Pittsburgh Feb. 3-5 with a distinctly Episcopal feel.

The emphasis was on both sparking individuals’ faith lives and a commitment to show the love of Jesus beyond the four walls of their churches. Anchoring Episcopal revivals in the needs of the world was a constant theme of the weekend.

“Episcopal Church, we need you to follow Jesus. We need you to be the countercultural people of God who would love one another, who would care when others could care less, who would give, not take,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during his Feb. 5 sermon at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Presiding bishop to visit McKeesport

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The leader of 3 million Anglicans in the United States and in other provinces around the world will visit McKeesport on Feb. 5 to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and encourage local churches to continue their missions to the Mon Valley.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m.

The service is open to the public and will be broadcast online by McKeesport internet radio station WMCK.FM.

Curry, the 27th presiding bishop, is visiting Pittsburgh in the first of five planned revivals in Episcopal dioceses around the country, a spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh said. Curry will lead worship, preach, listen and speak at a series of events centered around two themes central to his ministry: evangelism and racial reconciliation.

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Christmas Eve service

St. Stephen’s will celebrate the birth of Christ at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 with Holy Eucharist, Rite II. The Rev. J. David Else will officiate.

There will be no Sunday Eucharist on Dec. 25.

The Christmas Eve celebration is one of the most joyous on the church calendar. Even if you are not a regular attendee at St. Stephen’s, you are more than welcome to attend!

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(Image courtesy Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Network)