By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 5, 2017

On Sunday we celebrate Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany begins with the retelling of the story of the three wise men from another country and culture who realize that they have something to offer the Christ child. Their journey has become a model for all who seek to know Jesus and offer their gifts in loving service.

I can think of no more appropriate day to ordain our three newest deacons and affirm our new deacon class. Deacons are to be “exemplars,” as Daniel Vestals like to say. The role of deacons in the New Testament centers about service and sacrifice. Deacons were chosen in the book of Acts to serve around the tables so that all people received care. Deacons, like Phoebe in Romans, were living saints who helped many. Deacons offer their compassion and confidence to a congregation.

In too many churches the role of the deacon remains restricted to only men. I'm proud to serve in a church where women serve more than punch and cookies. Join me on Sunday, when we recognize and celebrate the many ways that Kam Cook, Jean Trotter, and Peggy Williams serve as exemplars among us.