Thursday, June 18, 2009

Brothers, Choose Seven Men

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Saturday, June 20, we have two special events happening in two separate parts of the diocese:

First, our annual church rummage sale will be held 8:00-5:00pm, with food available, and lots of great deals.  Thank you to many of you already who have put sweat equity into this event - it has been a very hot week, and loading heavy items from storage shed to church is not what most people would have chosen to do this week!  The money raised will go toward our operating expenses this year.

Second, this Saturday at 10am at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Dr. Nathan Jennings will be ordained a deacon in God's one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.  For many this is a six-month period of service before being ordained a priest (Nathan's case).  For some, this is a permanent position.   

Acts 6 describes the choosing of the first 7 deacons in the church.  The apostles knew that they had to devote their time to prayer and the "ministry of the word" (teaching, preaching).  But there were many poor people, especially widows, whom the early church wanted to care for but couldn't do so efficiently--nobody had been especially charged with this work.  

The twelve apostles said: let us choose seven men from among all Jesus' followers here who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom . . . And so the word of God spread.  In other words, there was more order, so the gospel could keep on reaching people.

So Nathan takes Holy Orders this Saturday, and becomes a deacon who is charged to serve particularly the poor and the hungry, and to preach the gospel in the world.  Meanwhile, our St. James' family continues its own ministry of hospitality to the world as they welcome visitors this Saturday to our church hall.  

Please pray for both events, that the Holy Spirit would be alive in each, and that we would all converge on Sunday to give thanks and praise for His holy order in our lives.

Yours in Jesus,

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