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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
God's Call and Human Response This is a full worship planning resource on Exodus 3:1–15, Psalm 105, Romans 12:9–21 and Matthew 16:21–28. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Deacons Doing Dishes This devotional speaks about the leadership of deacons, or as Martin Copenhaver calls them, "glorified butlers." In God's realm, everything is turned upside down; to lead is to be a servant. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Martin B. Copenhaver The Ministry of Deacons John Kavanaugh reflects on Acts 6:1-7, including the historical and contemporary significance of deacons. Kavanaugh emphasizes how the ministry of deacons is able to speak into situations where a pastor’s ministry is dismissed. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Sunday Website Author: John F. Kavanaugh Ordination of Protestant Deacons and Other Non-Clergy Persons Delores Brown provides a commentary on 1 Timothy 3:8-10,13 and 5:22 and shares insights on the qualifications for deacons. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Delores W Brown The Role of Deacons in Worship What is the function of a deacon? This article answers from the United Methodist perspective, attending to their role in scripture, the development of the office, and their contemporary status as full ministry partners with elders. Resource type: Article Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Anne M. Burnette-Hook Female Deacons and Fasting before Communion Brian Mullady explains that canon law does not currently allow female deacons and also comments on fasting before communion, noting that priests are allowed to eat something if they celebrate multiple masses in one day. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Brian Mullady Wives of Ordained Permanent Deacons An article about wives of deacons in the Catholic church, suggesting they are responding to a unique grace of personal mission that comes to them as a result of their baptism. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Mary Gannon Kaufmann Disciples and Deacons A comparison of the role of Jesus’ twelve disciples as revealed in John 14:1-1 and the role of the church’s first deacons chosen in Acts 6:1-7, both lectionary passages for the 5th Sunday after Easter Year... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Athenaeum of Ohio - Exegesis Author: Betty Jane Lillie Church Deacon Finds the Biggest Prime Number Yet In this illustration, a longtime church deacon's computer makes an astronomically improbable discovery. Possible preaching angles include persistence, dedication, chance, coincidence, or the providence of God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley Full Text Hymns on Deacon A Deacon's PrayerPD
Deacons, awake! the work fulfillPD
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An Order of Farewell to a Pastor or Deacon This worship order is appropriate for occasions where a pastor or deacon moves to another congregation or retires. It may be used within worship the Sunday before their departure, or at a separate special service. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: United Methodist Church - Discipleship Ministries Deacons, Elders, and Wives Grammatical and exegetical commentary on 1 Timothy 3:8-13, including a diagram of the Greek. Cameron Crickenberger suggests that deacons' wives are treated in more detail than elders' wives because they were more involved in deacons' ministry. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Blue Letter Bible Author: Cameron Crickenberger Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Deacon? Preaching notes by Doug Bratt on Actus 7:55-60: God calls us to be prepared to give our lives, especially if clinging to them means abandoning our faith. Following Jesus is the only way to live. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching The Psychedelic Deacon: May we allow all our teens to take part in worship? Everything went well, thought a youth leader until she received a call. One of her youths got arrested after taking part in a youth-led service. A story about who is allowed to participate in worship. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Women Deacons and Eternal Salvation This Catholic article considers the role of women in relation to the diaconate from the perspective of Scripture and Tradition, concluding that the matter risks eternal salvation. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Regis Scanlon Offices - Bishop, Presbyter/Elder, Deacon In this video, Arland Hultgren talks about the offices of bishop, presbyter/elder, and deacon, as found in the pastoral epistles. Bishops oversee the community. Elders have governing and teaching functions. Deacons handle social ministry. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Enter the Bible Author: Arland J. Hultgren Orthodoxy and Doxology This resource by Deacon W. Patrick Cunningham focuses on orthodox understanding of, and adoration of, the Blessed Trinity as the most critical component of our unity in Christ. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Deacon W. Patrick Cunningham History of Hymns: “Filled with the Spirit’s Power” This offers background and commentary on John Peacey's (1896-1971) hymn: “Filled with the Spirit’s Power.” Drawing from Acts 2, the hymn reflects a vision for the church that is inclusive, vibrant, and ecumenical. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn
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