United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner

While the Office of Deaconess has been a part of the Methodist tradition since 1888, the Office of Home Missioner was established at the 2004 General Conference providing lay men with an opportunity to serve in a life-time relationship in The United Methodist Church.  This has been the first opportunity for lay men to be in an official life-time relationship in ministry since the closing of the option of Diaconal Minister by the 1996 General Conference.  The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently active recognized office in The United Methodist Church for those called to full-time vocations in servant ministries as laity.

United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners follow the following mandates which are set forth in the United Methodist Book of Discipline:

a) Alleviate suffering;

b) Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;

c) Facilitate the development of full human potential; and

d) Share in building global community through the church universal.

Deaconesses and Home Missioners are consecrated by a bishop to a lifetime of service under the authority of the church.  Their ministries may be in a church-related vocation or helping profession.  Current ministries include but are not limited to issues related to prison, environment, refugees, immigration, health care, education, homelessness, women and children, youth and families, senior adults, peace with justice, and a wide variety of church and community ministries. 

Together, deaconesses and home missioners form a covenant community that is rooted in scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope and global in outreach. 

Two major accomplishments occurred for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner since our last DOTAC gathering.  At the 2016 General Conference, the office of Deaconess and Home Missioner officially became recognized as an Order of the church.  At this same General Conference, they also gained ecclesiastical support for those who work in chaplaincy.

While the United Methodist Church is struggling as a denomination, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner continues to grow.  Deaconesses and Home Missioners are facing new challenges with the uncertainty of the future of the UMC.  In these current times, the United Methodist Church is anything but united.  However, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner is committed to living into their calls to love, justice and service and will continue to be a diverse community for all laity to serve.

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2 days ago

**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

*Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

"See, the home of God is among mortals.

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples,

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away."

And the one who was seated on the throne said,

"See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Then it was said to me,

"It is done!

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

pass away.

Make all things new:

enough of the hatred and horror;

enough of the inequality and prejudice;

enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*
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**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

 *Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; 

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

See, the home of God is among mortals. 

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples, 

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 

Death will be no more; 

mourning and crying and pain will be no more, 

for the first things have passed away.

And the one who was seated on the throne said, 

See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.

Then it was said to me, 

It is done! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, 

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

 be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

 be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

 pass away.

Make all things new:

 enough of the hatred and horror;

 enough of the inequality and prejudice;

 enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*

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Thanks and amen.

7 days ago

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1 week ago

Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25



Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho.

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho,

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar,

was sitting by the roadside.

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to shout out and say,

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many sternly ordered him

“Be quiet!”

but he cried out even more loudly,

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and said,

“Call him here.”

And they called the blind man, saying to him,

“Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus said to him,

“What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said to him,

“My teacher, let me see again.”

Jesus said to him,

“Go; your faith has made you well.”

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

Guide us on our journey.

Forgive us our trespasses.

Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely,

hungry and hurting,

thirsty and afflicted,

naked and needy,

homeless and hopeless,

sick and suffering,

captive and oppressed,

dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us,

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom,

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom,

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health,

restore our integrity and faith.

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Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25

 

Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho. 

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, 

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, 

was sitting by the roadside. 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, 

he began to shout out and say,

 “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Many sternly ordered him 

 “Be quiet!” 

but he cried out even more loudly, 

 “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Jesus stood still and said, 

 “Call him here.” 

And they called the blind man, saying to him, 

 “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 

Then Jesus said to him, 

 “What do you want me to do for you?” 

The blind man said to him, 

 “My teacher, let me see again.” 

Jesus said to him, 

 “Go; your faith has made you well.” 

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

  Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

  Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

  Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

  Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

  Guide us on our journey.

  Forgive us our trespasses.

  Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely, 

hungry and hurting,

  thirsty and afflicted,

  naked and needy,

  homeless and hopeless,

  sick and suffering,

  captive and oppressed,

  dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us, 

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom, 

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom, 

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health, 

restore our integrity and faith.

*Icon: https://www.stmarysregina.ca/2018/page/6/*
2 weeks ago

A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous People's Day.
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:
1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time


“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together.
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches "Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace" that makes this event possible.
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A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day.  
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:   
 1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time 
 or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time
 

“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together. 
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that makes this event possible.Image attachment

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