Pastor’s Blog

So That None Are Neglected

But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily “diakonia.”
(Acts 6:1)
The daily “diakonia:”  Some versions translate this as the daily “distribution of food,” But that is not necessarily what the word implies.  In Matthew 25, for example, that same word is translated “take care of,” and that care is defined (yes) as feeding the hungry, (but also) welcoming the stranger and visiting the sick (see vs. 42-44 there).  So the provision of “care” in a broader sense is what was at stake.  Therefore, those leading the early church began to appoint trusted others to make certain that genuine care (or “diakonia”) was being provided for all.  Those appointed were then called “deacons.”

In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we believe that “persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry (which is) one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.”

And in the eleven weeks I’ve had the privilege of serving in this place, I’ve been discovering that we have an outstanding group of deacons working among us!  Not only do they take good “care” of those in distress (maintaining appropriate confidentiality along the way), they also take initiative: with projects like the pictorial photo directory, which is coming together right now.

It will be our privilege this coming Sunday, then, to remember, recognize and celebrate the gifts we have been given in them.  Please plan on being with us – not only to learn more about their work – but also to help us say “thank you” for all they do.

As you, therefore, I seek to continue…

In His Service,

Steve Smith
Transitional Pastor