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
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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
This commentary compares 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.
In the early church deaconesses served important roles both liturgically and practically. In addition to preparing women for baptism, they also instructed them afterward; and like deacons, they also ministered to the sick and poor.
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.
Full Text Hymns on Deacon
A Deacon's PrayerPD
Deacons, awake! the work fulfillPD
Come Down, O Love DivinePD
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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.
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.
Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders and Deacons
In this article, five experts from five denominations explain their ordination theology, polity, history, venues, key elements, and creative options. Sample ordination and installation services are also included.
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.
Saved from a Deacon’s Nightmare
Edward McCormack offers insight into his preaching process, a method that has saved him more than once when calendar confusions have resulted in him preaching unexpectedly!
Seeing the Glory
The story of the deacon Stephen from Acts 6-7 illustrates how we are called to go beyond the basics of ministry. Doing so requires sacrifice, but also allows us to see God’s glory.
Ordination Best Practices
Five experts from five different denominations share about the ways their denominations approach ordination. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders, and deacons.
Ordination and Recognition
A planning resource that includes worship planning notes, a service outline, and music suggestions to use in an ordination service for deacons and other non-clergy members in the Protestant tradition.