Block #5

4 07 2013

Date:     June 29, 2013

Location:     Dawson Creek, BC

DSC_0183Quilt:    Ordination Stole

Quilt Recipient:    the Reverend MP

In March of 2012 I had the privilege of ordaining a colleague as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  It brought to mind my own ordination in September of 2009.  It is an exciting, humbling and extremely anxious moment.  You second guess yourself, wondering how God managed to get you to agree to this huge responsibility.  Somehow, there is some expectation that you are different.  A difference that is as varied as the number of people who either have been along for the entirety of your life’s flight or briefly alight and flit away.  It is a calling filled with doubt and uncertainty.  It is a calling resisted by the greatest prophets in the Bible.  For the least and lesser of us, not having a similar resistence might reveal an arrogance undesirable for effective mininstry.

I prayed for and over MP when we laid our hands on her.  Prayers for faithfulness, earnestness, humilty, God’s guidance and grace.  Prayers for her congregation, their love and support, their aid and committment as the body of Christ to walk alongside her, assist her and recognize her as one set aside for a particular priesthood within the priesthood of all believers.  We prayed that she continue to rely on God for strength and steadfasness and praise.  Prayers all of us pray for ourselves every day as those called as mininsters for the people of God.

Exodus 4:12  “Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.”