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Baked potato for Lent

Baked potato for Lent

by Sr. Mary Aire | Sr. Mary Arie is serving as a synodically authorized minister at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Waterville, Kansas

On two Wednesday nights they washed 100 potatoes and then the following Wednesday they wrapped them in foil. The children ages are from three years old to fourth grade, and all wanted to help. It was fun to see them all pitch in and work.

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Pure motives?

Pure motives?

by Candidate Kriss Buss

As with mercy, when the intention of our heart is aligned with that of God, we become transformed more entirely into God’s own likeness.

In this way, we become more aware not only of the image of God within ourselves but also within each person around us.

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Service to and for others

Service to and for others

by Candidate Megan McClinton

Being a deaconess candidate, I have found, informs my approach in all that do, both in my work in the congregation and in my own personal life. Since becoming a candidate, I find more and more daily, how I cannot separate the two. It is my forming identity as a deaconess which guides and directs all that I do. Being a deaconess is much about having a heart and mind focused towards service to and for others.

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What Mercy Asks of Us

What Mercy Asks of Us

by Candidate Kriss Buss

Mercy asks us to practice true forgiveness and welcoming. To welcome those cast out by fear. To make risks for real peace, peace grounded in love that does not bear grudges.

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Do not worry about tomorrow: April Diaconal Prayer Letter

Do not worry about tomorrow: April Diaconal Prayer Letter

by Deacon Gordon Pennykid, Church of Scotland

Jesus said “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34).

Well today in the world we seem to be facing so many unknowns. At this time of uncertainty for the EU/Britain-we can be fearful or have faith. And as I sit and write this the only known seems to be the unknown!

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Where justice rolls down

Where justice rolls down

By Jonathan Tindor

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a national, ecumenical movement that brings together over 1,000 Christian leaders and advocates every year in Washington D.C., for training, networking, prayer and direct work with legislators.

“The theme of ‘Troubling the Waters’ is beautiful,” says Katie Thiesen, deaconess candidate from Maine, about the 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference (EAD2019) theme: “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World.”

“Our world is screaming to be troubled in a good way.” Sr. Dottie Almoney, chair of the Deaconess Community’s Board of Directors agrees.

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With You Till the End of Time

With You Till the End of Time

by Jonathan Tindor

Meeting people where they are with God’s love is at the core of what Sr. Dottie does. This comes out of a deep conviction that this is what God does for all people.

“In the cross, we see just how far God is willing to go to be with us and for us,” she says. This, in her telling, is part of the story of Lent. On the road to the cross, she says, people ask Jesus whose sin caused recent tragedies. Jesus says no one.

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A world full of hunger

A world full of hunger

by Candidate Kriss Buss

Righteousness is a community concern – such that all are treated justly and with God’s abundant love.

Dear Community, where is there hungering and thirsting in your town? Who cries out to be filled? As the church, we are called to be turned outwards to the world, to serve and witness.

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