HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE HAVE ENOUGH DEACONS?

When all the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable are met.

When to gather the gifts of the church

and take them to the world –

and to gather needs of he world

and bring them to church –

has become a habit.

 

When Deacons, going back and forth,

have worn down the boundary lines

that we use to keep church and world separated.

 

When Deacons, leading the baptized in and out,

have beaten a path between the altar and the gutter

so that everyone will see the link between

the Blood in our chalices and the blood in our streets.

 

When all people respond to the challenge to live,

not in love of power but in the power of love.

The Ven Irma Wyman, 1928-2015

Episcopal Church of Minnesota

 

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