Whenever we pray over someone on the occasion of his or her ordination to one of the offices of the church, it is a special moment. You may wonder why, because contrary to other traditions in our Reformed understanding the offices of deacon, elder and pastor do not constitute a permanent change in the person’s character. You enter an office, you fill it with God’s help, and then you step back and let someone else continue.
But look at the postures and faces in the accompanying pictures, and you will realize that my theological correctness is somewhat theoretical. Something is happening there! And it is important for us to carry the memory of these Spirit-filled moments whenever we give witness of what it means for us to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.
When Peter was ordained and installed to the office of deacon, we also reinstalled Fawn and Josh to the same office, and Liz and Lolly to the office of Elder. May God bless them all as they continue to serve on our Consistory!