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      But carefully select from among you, brothers, seven men who are well attested, full of the Spirit and of  wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this necessary task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The proposal pleased the entire group, so they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a Gentile convert to Judaism from Antioch. They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them. Acts 6:3-6

…And thus the diaconate came into being.

This month we will celebrate that great feast at which we remember the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. There is nothing more central to our faith as Christians than this. We will hear the story that never gets old, how God entered our humanity in Jesus and showed us God’s great redeeming love by dying in our stead, only to rise victorious from the grave. Nothing can surpass the joy we experience with this knowledge.

After the resurrection of our Lord, the word spread, and more and more became disciples, followers of Jesus. The community of believers banded together, pooled their resources and set about living together in faith. Evidently the 12 were carrying out all of the leadership functions of the infant church. Soon, as the numbers grew, the task became overwhelming, and they found that they could not do everything themselves. It all came to a head when the ministry of caring for widows and orphans precipitated a controversy. Those of Greek origin claimed that they were not being treated as well as those of Hebrew heritage. The resolution of the conflict was to institute a ministry dedicated to serving the community is specific ways, the ministry of deacons, the ministry of word and service.

This month we celebrate a second event in the life of the Church. On April 7 at 3:00 p.m., Mike Hiner will join those who dedicate themselves to the ministry of Word and Service as he is consecrated a deacon. He has completed rigorous training to hone his skills in various forms of service and has been approved by the Church to take on this task. Bishop Gohl will be the celebrant and consecrate Mike for this ministry. What an event for St Paul’s and for the community. And, I know, for Mike this is the culmination of the call that he has heard from God. As a personal aside, for me, the most important quality that Mike brings is his heart for ministry. It has been a joy to be part of this process and to share with him in Gospel ministry.

So, April is significant for us at St Paul’s. Not only will we in great joy celebrate Easter, the Pascal Feast,

but we will also in great joy celebrate with Mike his consecration. Surely God has blessed us!

Pastor Paul




















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