Collect: Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe; Witnesses to the Faith (Jan 27)

Collect for Lydia, Dorcas, Phoebe

The commemoration of these three devout women follows directly on the observance of three of Paul’s male co-workers in the Lord. It is a reminder that though the first century was a patriarchal time from which we have very few women’s voices, the apostles and indeed the whole early church depended on women for sustenance, protection and support. Read more…

Holy Women, Holy Men

Filled with your Holy Spirit, gracious God, your earliest disciples served you with the gifts each had been given: Lydia in business and stewardship, Dorcas in a life of charity and Phoebe as a deacon who served many. Inspire us today to build up your Church with our gifts in hospitality, charity and bold witness to the Gospel of Christ; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dare we ask God to “inspire us today to build up your Church with our gifts” without expecting God to answer “Yes”? And isn’t it equally true that God expects us to use our gifts of time and talent in witness to the Gospel of Christ? ~Fr. Dan

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Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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