“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task…”From Acts 6:1-7
The early church established the role of deacon to assist the apostles in their service to those most in need within the community. Though the preaching and teaching was left to the Peter and the rest, these early deacons must have preached the message of Jesus quite competently through their service to others. I share this because Saint Stephen was so much a threat that he became the first Christian martyr as a result of his work among the people.
My parish is blessed with three very good men who serve as deacons. Each one tends to our faith community with his own unique competence and genuine devotion. Mark, Ivan and Mike, I thank you for all you do! Your presence makes all of the difference in the world to the rest of us.
Jesus, you know better than any of us just how difficult ministry can be. Bless our deacons and all of those who serve in your name. Energize them with all they need to continue their work among us.
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