October 2018 Letter

Women of Faith


The first Sunday in October is traditionally celebrated in most LCMS congregations as “LWML Sunday,” as we honor the faithful women of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. October 25th is the day the Church commemorates Dorcas (Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe as faithful women of the early Christian Church. These women were exemplary Christians who demonstrated their faith by their material support of the Church. Dorcas (also known as Tabitha) was well-known and much loved for her acts of charity in the city of Joppa, especially for making clothes for the poor. When Dorcas died suddenly, the members of her congregation sent to the neighboring city of Lydda for the apostle Peter, who came and raised her from the dead (Acts 9:36-41).


Lydia was a woman of Thyatira, who worked at Philippi selling famous purple dye that was in much demand in the ancient world. She was also a “worshipper of God” at the local synagogue (Acts 16:14). When the apostle Paul encountered her in prayer among other proselyte women, his preaching of the Word brought Lydia to faith in Christ. She and her friends thus became the nucleus of the Christian community in Philippi (Acts 16:13-15, 40).


Phoebe was another faithful woman associated with the apostle Paul. She was a deaconess from Cenchreae (the port of Corinth) whom Paul sent to the Church in Rome with his Epistle to the Romans. In it, he writes of her support for the work of the Early Church (Romans 16:1-2).


Almighty God, You stirred to compassion the hearts of Your dear servants Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe to uphold and sustain Your Church by their devoted and charitable deeds. Give us the same will to love You, open our eyes to see You in the least ones, and strengthen our hands to serve You in others, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


October Blessings!


Rev. David A. Feddern

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church