Prayer List – June 2016<– Click link to open
Prayer for those serving our country in the military services:
‘Heavenly Father, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in this our time of need. These things I humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen.’
Military Prayer List. – June 2016pdf <– Click link to open
We all hear how busy our Deacons are. But do you really know what a Deacon is? The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos, which means “servant.” So what kinds of things do Deacons do as God’s servants? This page is the place to find out..
So What Is a Deacon, Anyway?
Let’s start with the Book of Order. One particular sentence sums up the ministry of the deacon:
It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress.
Ah, this is no small task. . . . Aren’t we all, in one way or another, in need? Doesn’t everyone, at one time or another, get sick? Feel friendless? Experience some type of distress?
The Deacons are committed to offering caring ministry to others. Each Monday morning at 10:00 AM a group of deacons gather for prayer. Prayer requests offered during Sunday’s Joys and Concerns and the prayer request cards in the pew racks offer guidance for the prayers.
Deacon’s ministry includes sending cards out, serving communion to and visiting the homebound. Prayers for and cards to family members and friends of those serving in the military are sent regularly. Deacons coordinate the preparation and delivery of meals to members and friends of the church who need a bit of very practical assistance with getting through trying times. Another form of care sometimes provided is transportation for those who need it.
Deacons are always open to developing new ways to reach out to members and friends. As just one example, there is a growing population of homebound individuals—people unable to attend our worship services—who would benefit so much from fellowship with members and friends of our church. We need you to help identify these folks, and we also need you to help us reach out to these folks.
Although these caring ministries are led by the Deacons, they depend on the help of the whole community. Please search your heart, search your soul, and be still in prayer. If, after doing so, you think you might like to learn more about this ministry, please feel free to contact Susan Morris, the moderator of Deacons at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come, you that are blessed by my father . . . for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me. . . .