Full and Equal Order: 25 Years of the United Methodist Order of Deacon

Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in 1986 and ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1997. Crain served churches in Missouri and North Georgia for 20 years before joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1998. She worked tirelessly to make Garrett as a center for training and supporting Deacons within the UMC. In addition, she helped to establish The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate. She is co-author of A Deacon’s Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate (2001) and author of The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice (2014). She has just completed a book that narrates the history of The United Methodist Church’s shift to ordaining deacons in 1996, tracing both the political realities and the theological foundation for that re-ordering of ministry.

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**Sunday, June 20, 2021**



*Mark 4: 35-41*

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them,

“Let us go across to the other side.”

And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.

Other boats were with him.

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat,

so that the boat was already being swamped.

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him,

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,

“Peace! Be still!”

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

He said to them,

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another,

“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Prayer

Brother Jesus,

let us go to the other side,

Let us step away from the conventional and the expected.

Let us move toward

transformation and transition,

conversion and change.

In these moments of prayer and reflection,

let us set our course toward that which is:

most important,

most meaningful, and

most faithful.



(Silence.)

Crucified One,

storms do arise in our lives.

Waves do crash in our communities.

Winds do rage in our world.

Poverty and pollution persist.

Violation and greed continue.

Racism and homophobia reek havoc.

We pray for the tempests and troubles.

Resurrected One,

we can be afraid,

of disapproval and disappointment,

of rejection and failure,

of illness and death.

Once again, please, wake up.

Rise and rebuke the wind.

Speak to the sea.

Bring the storms in us, and on this planet, to silence.

Centre us in your divine peace.

Ground the globe in your sacred stillness.

(Silence)

Lord of Wind and Wave,

who are you?

You do not let the demons have dominion.

You turn chaos into creation.

You have the authority of the ages,

without power games,

without coercive control,

without elaborate ego and display.

Rather you put faith,

in the vision and way of non-domination and non-violence,

in the realm of God’s good news,

in hope and kin-dom of heaven.

And you do not leave us alone on the peril of the sea.

Praise be.



*Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash*
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**Sunday, June 20, 2021**

 

*Mark 4: 35-41*

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, 

“Let us go across to the other side.” 

And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. 

Other boats were with him. 

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, 

so that the boat was already being swamped. 

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, 

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 

“Peace! Be still!” 

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 

He said to them, 

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, 

“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Prayer

Brother Jesus,

 let us go to the other side,

 Let us step away from the conventional and the expected.

 Let us move toward 

transformation and transition, 

conversion and change.

In these moments of prayer and reflection,

 let us set our course toward that which is:

most important, 

most meaningful, and 

most faithful.

 

(Silence.)

Crucified One,

 storms do arise in our lives.

 Waves do crash in our communities.

 Winds do rage in our world.

Poverty and pollution persist.

Violation and greed continue.

Racism and homophobia reek havoc.

We pray for the tempests and troubles.

Resurrected One,

 we can be afraid,

 of disapproval and disappointment,

 of rejection and failure,

 of illness and death.

Once again, please, wake up.

 Rise and rebuke the wind.

 Speak to the sea.

 Bring the storms in us, and on this planet, to silence.

 Centre us in your divine peace.

 Ground the globe in your sacred stillness.

 (Silence) 

Lord of Wind and Wave,

 who are you?

 You do not let the demons have dominion.

 You turn chaos into creation.

 You have the authority of the ages,

 without power games,

 without coercive control,

 without elaborate ego and display.

 Rather you put faith,

in the vision and way of non-domination and non-violence,

in the realm of God’s good news,

in hope and kin-dom of heaven.

And you do not leave us alone on the peril of the sea.

Praise be.

 

*Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash*
2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

For Iowa clergy session, we shared a briefer version of our video featuring a poem "The Deacon's Call: For Such a Time as Now" by Rev. Kennette Lawrence Thomas, a deacon in the Western NC Conference, used with permission. Here is the video:
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