THE ELCA DEACONS FOR ECUMENICAL ENGAGEMENT AFFINITY GROUP

The group of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Deacons became a member group of DOTAC in November 2018.  This community was formed following roster changes in the ELCA. 

In 2018 and 2019, Deacons in all nine Regions of the ELCA held gatherings.  These times of connecting and learning explored the dimensions of the Roster changes.

All Deacons in the ELCA have been invited to join the Affinity Group and the group is growing.  A will take time and intention to grow this group.  Time and intentional effort is being put into growing the group.  Infrastructure is being created, and volunteers have been recruited for fiscal, secretarial and convening responsibilities.  Conversation is being held about a “national” gathering of Deacons before the ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering in 2020. 

A Report and Recommendations of the Entrance Rite was presented at the ELCA Churchwide assembly in the summer of 2019.  Formerly consecration and commissioning were the rites of entrance for the diaconate in the ELCA.  The new rite will be ordination for setting apart both ministers of Word and Sacrament and ministers of Word and Service.

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Blessing for January 31, 2021Bless you in the name of the one who astonished and amazed the people with the authority and power ofhis kin-dom vision teaching andhis gracious healing.Every day and every hour,may you continue to be deeply astonished and amazed,may you know wonder and the presence of the holy,may you grow in faith and wisdom,may you live lives of service and love. ...
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Prayers for January 31, 2021Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany*Mark 1:21-28*They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.They were astounded at his teaching,for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit,and he cried out,“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?Have you come to destroy us?I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”But Jesus rebuked him, saying,“Be silent, and come out of him!”And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another,“What is this? A new teaching—with authority!He[[a](www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201%3A21-28&version=NRSV#fen-NRSV-24240a)] commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.*Prayer*Jesus of Nazareth,Holy One of God, who came to Capernaum,come again to your people in Canada and the Caribbean, in Africa and Asia and Australia, in Europe and the United States of America.Enter our times of worship all around the globe, all across the internet, in all the modes of pandemic pivoting.Open our hearts, minds, and spirits,that we might, once again, be astonished by the power of your vision,that we might, once again, be amazed by the authority of your teaching,that we might, once again, be awestruck by the wonder of your healing grace.Holy One of God: Healer, heal us. Drive out all that is unsacred and unholy and unhealthy. Rebuke the spirits of hatred and animosity. Silence the voices of dis-ease and division. Cure the demons of indifference and apathy.Jesus of Nazareth: Teacher, teach us. Nurture us with tender mercy. Strengthen us with courageous love. Transform our lives in the vibrant truth of your kin-dom goals. Bend the arc of our ministries toward justice and reconciliation, dignity and decency, kindness and grace. ...
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