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The Ministry of Deacons

Greetings from St. Thomas!  Today is the feast day of St. Philip, one of the first Deacons of the church.

The Book of Acts tells us that, when the Apostles were becoming overworked, they appointed seven good men to be Deacons, to see to the orphans and widows and the cares of all the needy.  Philip and his companion, Stephen, were also evangelists.  Philip went to preach to the Samaritans, and on the way encountered a eunuch, servant of an Ethiopian Queen.  Philip told the man about Jesus Christ, and the man decided that, since there was a river nearby, he would also be baptized.  Later, Philip made his home in Caesaria, where he hosted St. Paul. Some sources place him as a Bishop of Lydia by the end of his life.

The ministry of Deacons is similar to that of a Priest, but different in these ways: First, Deacons are volunteers.  Second, a Priest’s primary ministry is in the church, where a Deacon’s is to be the connector between the church and the world. It is the Deacon’s privilege to read the gospel, bid the confession, and say the dismissal in our liturgies, when a Deacon is present. The Deaconate, began not long after Jesus’ death and resurrection, is still a very important ministry today.

This Week at St. Tom’s

Tonight:  7:00 pm  Lock Raven Silent Auction and Raffle in the Fellowship Hall. We as a church have done a wonderful job supporting this wonderful ministry to at-risk teens in our nearby high school. Come out and bid on over 40 items in the auction tonight, including a football signed by Joe Flacco!

Friday:  BASKET BINGO – doors open at 6pm.  Come and enjoy an evening of fun, with lots of prizes to give away.  Food, fellowship, good times – come and see!

Friday – Sunday:  “Something’s Afoot!”  Third Wall Productions’ spoof on all things Agatha Christie is hilariously funny, with great music besides.  Come and enjoy a great show. The reviews are out, and they are good!  Friday-Saturday at 8:00 pm,  Sunday at 4:00 pm

Saturday  9-3  Vestry/Blue Horizons retreat in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday:  OUTDOOR SERVICE!  We are hoping the weather is balmy, and we can worship together on the patio.  if it rains, we will be in the Fellowship Hall.

Once again we will need some people to come about 8:45 to help us set up chairs, unless of course it is raining.

Sunday evening:  Due to the play, “Something More” will not meet.

Sunday – Tuesday – Clergy Conference – I will be out from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday to meet with the rest of the clergy in the Diocese.  Please pray for us.

Monday:  Theology on Tap at the Raven Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard.

In Closing

Holy God, no one is excluded from your love, and your truth transforms the minds of all who seek you: As your servant Philip was led to embrace the fullness of our salvation and to bring the stranger to baptism, so give us all the grace to be heralds of the Gospel, proclaiming your love in Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rev. Loree+