Serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love…

When I shared these pictures on Facebook on Sunday, my mom said that they told the story of Matt’s Installation.  That’s a miracle because I was running around like a crazy woman with the two boys (as predicted) and only caught parts of the service on film and mentally.  It was an incredible day, though.  Matt’s commission of pastors and elders were each such wonderful additions.  I loved hearing Steve’s charge to Matt and then Ben’s charge to the congregation.  Tim Shaw’s wonderful sermon.  John Moore’s mom, Clarissa, and my longtime friend, Erik, reading scripture.  The goosebump-giving organ prelude to the worship team’s music throughout the service.  The laying on of hands and praying for Matt as he embarks on this ministry.  The opportunity to explain the process from the perspective of the church’s associate pastor nominating committee as well as the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. Jack’s questions to Matt (officially, they’re called “Constitutional Questions”, but they are so rich & meaningful!). The beautiful, handmade stole given to Matt.  The gift of family and friends and congregants surrounding Matt and celebrating this new adventure.  It was really amazing.

Many thanks to the many folks who made Sunday’s service possible!

  • The Rev. Ben Daniel
  • The Rev. Steve Harrington
  • The Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski
  • Erik Khoobyarian
  • Dr. Gary Lee
  • The Rev. Joey Lee
  • Pam Leitterman
  • The Rev. Jack Longley
  • Clarissa Moore
  • The Rev. Tim Shaw
  • Dr. Valerie Sterk (organist extraordinaire!)
  • The Intersections Music Team
  • Beth Treitel
  • Mary Sullivan (for wrangling my kids throughout the day!) and many other baby holders and Alex playmates
  • Our family and friends for coming and supporting us!!

Before sharing the pictures from the day, just wanted to post the questions that Jack asked Matt during the service.  They totally put things in perspective about what’s important.

  • Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church and through him believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
  • Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s holy word to you?
  • Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our Church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?
  • Will you be a minister of the Word and Sacrament in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and continually guided by our Confessions?
  • Will you be governed by your Church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline?
  • Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?
  • Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?  Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the Church?
  • Will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love?
  • Will you be a faithful minister, proclaiming the good news in Word and Sacrament, teaching faith and caring for people?
  • Will you be active in governing bodies of the Church; and in your ministry, will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?

As Matt aptly remarked yesterday, he HATES attention (like birthday parties and such), but the only reason he allows for a service like yesterday to happen is that the focus is on Christ, and NOT Matt.  And I’d agree.  The day really felt like that focus was honored.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

To him be the glory for ever. Amen.

~Romans 11:36


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