Deaconesses are women who serve as professional church workers. They support and assist pastors as they share the Gospel and serve God’s people through works of mercy, spiritual care and teaching the Christian faith. They serve in congregations, on the national and international mission field, and in a variety of other settings and service organizations particularly to women, children and God’s people with special needs.
They are trained to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the faith.
“Deaconess” comes from the Greek word διάκονος (“diakonos”), meaning “servant.”
Their motto is:
Working in faith Laboring in love Remaining steadfast in the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us for the short service at 3:00 PM and stay for the free reception following!
Some of this information came from the LCMS website here and here.
We are beset by the Fall; having a body and mind that is corrupted and in decay with the rest of Creation.
But that reality isn’t permanent.
When Jesus offered His Body as a living sacrifice, He reversed that curse;transforming and conforming back to Himself.
Through Faith in Him, we also are no longer to be “conformed to the world” but instead “transformed by the renewal of our minds” and able to offer our bodies as holy, redeemed, living sacrifices in all we do!
The story of Ima Hogg, the “First Lady of Texas” is well known; sometimes not for her enormous generosity, philanthropy, and blessings to Houston and Texas, but because of her unfortunate name.
But we can take that which may be seen as a detriment and be extremely blessed by it!
In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells a women that “it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” The women doesn’t dispute that she’s a dog, but responds with one of the greatest statements of faith and truth in Scripture; “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Sometimes we feel like everyone and everything is against us; like the weight of everything is going to crush us.
But we have an almighty God who lifts our burdens and carries our sorrows. A God we can call upon to help us in any need and at any time. And the promise is that, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
Saved from sins. Saved from burdens. Saved from death. Saved for eternity!