Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Full Text Hymns on Deacon
A Deacon's PrayerPD
Deacons, awake! the work fulfillPD
Come Down, O Love DivinePD
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.