Mission Highlight: This week we prayed for our diaconate. Seng shared a few words on how the Lord Jesus Christ has given gifts to the people of God to build up the church, which is his own body. How the church is described as the bride of Christ, and that through nourishing and cherishing love, Jesus brings the best out of us. "A mature church looks like a body being built up in love. Our deacons and deaconesses lead the way in training and equipping people to do that. They are in so many senses, the first line, the first responders of the church." We have seen the growth and maturity of the diaconate in building up the church in love, and leading others to what it means to love and serve. Jesus calls and equips the diaconate to help others grow in the unity of faith in faith, prayer, and humility. "We are thankful for them, we love them, and we want to recognize and pray for their continued growth and that they would be blessed with the favor of God and the church. May they continue to inspire faithful stewardship in this Congregation, teach us to be merciful, and prompt us to seize new opportunities to worship God with offerings of our time, talent and treasure, looking to the interests of others."
Then Jon-Paul prayed for the diaconate, thanking God for the men and women, gifts and talents, for calling them to serve, and for the willing hands and hearts and their faithfulness as servant leaders. He asked God to deepen their love for God and his church, to grow their vision for areas to lead and serve. As their hearts continue to transform and as their faith grows, we prayed for the diaconate to recognize their gifts and talents come from God and that they lean on God's power. Jon-Paul also prayed for protection for the diaconate as they serve. Let's continue to pray together as a congregation for our diaconate!