by Orisha Kulick (reprint from August 2017)
The Book of Order defines the ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture as 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.
Deacons’ duties include attending worship service; serving communion; ushering; participation in monthly meetings; serving as greeters; liturgists; and hospitality. Parish level duties include cards and notes to parishioners; food served with love; obtaining a red rosebud for display for new babies, and periodic communication to members of their parish. Board level duties include flower delivery; writing an article for the Deacon’s Corner in the Carillon; closing prayer for monthly meetings; bulletin board displays; secretary; and co-moderators. Co-moderators plan meetings; activities; budget; prepare agenda; run meetings; assign parishes; ensure coordinator roles are filled and executed, write information for the Annual Report; and send out the weekly care list.
As the forgoing lists show, Deacons are busy people in the service of the church community!