We read in the epistles Paul’s vision of the body of Christ, that through our union with Christ, we find communion with each other by sharing in gifts and graces and bearing one another’s burdens. And we thank God for instilling this new identity in us. As a family of churches, we strive to live out this vision in a very tangible way. It is this very vision that guides the work of the Redeemer Diaconate.
During the month of November, the Diaconate invites you to be inspired by God’s mercy and put your faith into action.
We invite you, our Redeemer church members, to identify those who are spiritually mature and you believe would be suited for this expression of mercy within our church community and to nominate them. Please do so by November 30, 2017, after which we will follow up with all nominees. By nominating a prospective deek (our affectionate term for deacon and deaconess), you fulfill what we read in Acts 6:3, when the twelve disciples gathered everyone and asked them to choose leaders who were known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom and tasked them with the responsibility of caring for those with need. It is remarkable how empowering and encouraging a nomination can be for someone who is gifted in care and mercy but has not considered themselves fit for such a position.
In addition to your nominations, we need your prayers. The responsibility of electing church leaders is a significant one, but we know that the Lord provides, and that He delights in answering the prayers of His people. We ask that you would pray for and with the Diaconate, that God would raise up leaders from among us to serve as deeks, and that those individuals would respond eagerly and faithfully to His call.
Finally, we see mercy extended and restoration initiated through the selfless acts of the early believers in Acts 4:32, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Please consider sharing your resources by giving a financial gift to our Mercy Fund. The Mercy Fund is set up specifically for the purpose of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our churches, and we need your partnership in enabling the Diaconate to meet those needs through your generosity.
Inspire Mercy Month is underway, and you can make a difference by being a conduit of God’s mercy, bringing about restoration for those in your church family! Give online. Read more about the Diaconate.