Sacred Order of Deacons Ordination

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Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Jane Patterson | FIRST READING JEREMIAH 1:4-9, NRSV
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were
born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know
how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all
to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to
deliver you, says the Lord.’ Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now
I have put my words in your mouth.’
1 How dear to me is your dwelling,
O Lord of / hosts! * My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living / God.
2 The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her / young; * by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my / God.
3 Happy are they who dwell in your / house! * they will always be / praising you.
4 Happy are the people whose strength is / in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ / way.
5 Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of / springs, * for the early rains have covered it with pools of / water.
6 They will climb from height to / height, * and the God of gods will reveal himself in / Zion.
7 Lord God of hosts, hear my / prayer; * hearken, O God of / Jacob.
8 Behold our defender, O / God; * and look upon the face of your a/nointed.
9 For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own / room, * and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the / wicked.
10 For the Lord God is both sun and / shield; * he will give grace and / glory;
11 No good thing will the Lord with/hold * from those who walk with in/tegrity.
12 O Lord of / hosts, * happy are they who put their trust / in you!
Since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

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