And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
As each of our churches have been diving into the book of Acts and considering the earliest days of the Christian community, one theme that cannot be ignored is mercy and care. From the earliest establishment of Christian gatherings there was an undeniable emphasis on caring for those who were struggling to have their basic needs met (Act 6:1-3). The call of Redeemer’s Diaconate is to provide just that for congregants at all four Redeemer churches who are facing seasons of particular difficulty. This ministry is made possible by God’s grace working in and through the generous hearts of His people, prompting them to financially support the Diaconate.
During last month’s services we heard the powerful testimonies of congregants whose lives have been touched by the Diaconate ministry. We heard accounts from deacons and deaconesses who have been humbled by the ways God has chosen to use them to embody mercy to others in their church community. And we witnessed congregants, compelled by the cause of mercy, who faithfully offered generous gifts in order to allow the Diaconate to continue creating more redemptive narratives going forward. These stories often resonate in our own hearts. They remind us of moments in our own lives or in the lives of our family members and friends when the touch of God’s love practically and personally changed us forever. One testimony becomes a chorus of thanksgiving for an entire church.
During this holiday season, we are thankful for you, dear congregants, for sharing the resources you have in order to help bring the tender love of Jesus to the needy brothers and sisters in our midst. Please accept our gratitude and our invitation to continue your giving toward our humble efforts to embody God’s mercy to those in need through the Diaconate ministry.
Give to our Mercy Fund at redeemer.com/mercygift.