So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-4
My children are all members of the Mayflower Society, thanks to the genealogical work of their grandparents on their father’s side. It opens the door to a whole fascinating personal history for them, and somebody else has already done the work! Now my side of the family, as far as I know, we are too new to this country, I think it was all sets of my great Grandparents who “came over on the boat.” But when I read this chapter in Acts, I felt a great sense of belonging to a family of believers. This chapter is part of the chronicle of our church, the how and why it was organized and the close community of believers who shared the responsibilities of teaching and caring for others, much as we do today.
Dear Lord, we are now part of the history of our church. Please help us to wisely nurture, grow and share our faith so that we may continue serve in Your name. Amen.