We pray for our new deacons

As our new deacons are on retreat ahead of Sunday's ordinations we pray for them, their families and their new ministries.

We pray for those to be ordained Deacon 

Andrew Baker, Maghull and Melling Team
Mohammad  Eghtedarian, Liverpool Cathedral and Sepas
Christel  Erving, St Luke Walton
Howard Leatherbarrow, St Ann Rainhill
Adam Maynard, Christ Church Norris Green
Kathryn Miller, Speke Team
Sarah O’Donoghue, Christ Church Aughton
Darren Pollock, Christ Church and Holy Trinity Walton Breck
Rachel Sheehan, Wigan Town Centre Church Plant (Gateway)
Fiona Pennie (NSM), Grassendale and All Souls Springwood Liverpool
David Hamlett (OLM), Christ Church Ince in Makerfield and St Catharine Wigan
From the Ordination Service

Through your Spirit, heavenly Father,
give these your servants grace and power to fulfil their ministry.
Make them faithful to serve
and constant in advancing your gospel in the world.
May they follow the example of Jesus Christ your Son,
who washed the feet of his disciples,
and set the needs of others before his own.

May their life be disciplined and holy,
their words declare your love
and their actions reveal your glory,
that your people may walk with them in the way of truth
and be made ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
to whom, with you and your Holy Spirit,
belong glory and honour, worship and praise, now and for ever.

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The role of Deacon

From the Ordination Service

Deacons are called to work with the Bishop and the priests with whom they serve as heralds of Christ's kingdom. They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God's purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.
 
Deacons share in the pastoral ministry of the Church and in leading God's people in worship. They preach the word and bring the needs of the world before the Church in intercession. They accompany those searching for faith and bring them to baptism. They assist in administering the sacraments; they distribute communion and minister to the sick and housebound.
 
Deacons are to seek nourishment from the Scriptures; they are to study them with God's people, that the whole Church may be equipped to live out the gospel in the world. They are to be faithful in prayer, expectant and watchful for the signs of God's presence, as he reveals his kingdom among us.