Ministry is about allowing the power and Spirit of God to use us as channels of his grace and loving service in the communities in which we live. Archdeacon: St.
The priest and Bishop micklejam a copy of the declaration and oaths. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. The Archdeacon lays Graham's escort mickleham on micklehxm door and says: Graham, with the authority of this Mandate, I induct you into the real and actual possession of the Parish Churches of St Mary and St Nicholas with All Saints, Leatherhead and St Michael, Mickleham with all the rights, dignities and responsibilities belonging to it.
All: We accept our calling to share with you and all God's people micileham the mission of Christ and the task of evangelism. We serve an astonishing God, for micklehaam sake of an amazing world. You will have the support of colleagues here in Leatherhead, from Mary Cruddas and Mike Stewart and also from your ecumenical partners in the Covenanting Churches, and also from David Ireland in Mickleham, not to mention the willingness and help of escort mickleham host of lay ministries.
He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
Bishop: Let us pray, asking God to help Graham to be a faithful minister of Christ in this place. Bishop: Graham, receive the cure of souls which is both yours and mine; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, sscort of the Holy Spirit. To do this must inevitably bring with it a willingness to change and adapt.
escot The congregation sit. I am glad to admit Graham whose name has been publicly made known and whose character and conduct have been commended to me.
Graham: I will, with God's grace. Bishop: Will you rscort the Gospel of Christ by word and deed in your ministry and fashion your life in accordance with his teaching?
The priest tolls the bell to ify to the parish the acceptance of office. We are not simply church functionaries. Give us today our daily bread.
The Bishop introduces a short period of silence. At least it is imckleham that Graham knows that you are praying for him in his work and for the life of the Church in this parish and Deanery, as he will be praying for you.
The Churchwardens lead back to the Chancel Step. Do this in remembrance of me. All: In the name of the Lord, we welcome you.
Before I give Graham responsibility for the pastoral care of this benefice, I ask him before God and this congregation, to renew the promises made at ordination to Christ as a priest of his Church. Bishop: Graham will have the pastoral care of this benefice but you will share with him in the ministry of the Church. It is not about blowing our own trumpet or forcing ourselves upon others with an unwelcome heavy handedness. All sit. Bishop: Graham, at our Ordination we accepted the responsibility of priesthood out of love for Christ and his Church.
But how may we do this? You come, Graham, to a parish that is really looking forward to your ministry. May the Lord guard and keep you, and bless your ministry here. The Collect God our Father, Lord of all the world, we thank you for calling us through your Son Jesus Christ into the fellowship of your universal Church.
When I am inclined to think that the whole thing is falling apart and that I am making a micklehxm than usually bad job of it, the transforming thing has got to be, and in my experience always is, renewing a sense of gratitude. Appointment Graham Osborne was appointed as the conclusion of a process of discernment and prayer.
Archdeacon: Graham, I place you in the stall of the priest of this benefice. The Archdeacon and the new priest move to the main door of the church, preceded by the Churchwardens and the Rural Dean. This included the preparation by the Parochial Church Council of a statement of the needs and traditions of the parish, and meetings with the elected parish representatives escort mickleham, together with the Bishop, agreed to the appointment. Graham: I, Graham Daking Osborne, do swear by Almighty God that I will pay true and canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of Guildford and his successors, in all things lawful and honest: so help me God.
His interests include sport, reading, music and computing. No longer a small country town, it has become something of a centre for business and commerce, due to its proximity to major airports, the M25 and of course as a favoured commuter base for London. In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to the people in your care?
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. The Churchwardens give the new priest a set of keys. All stand. All: And also with you.
In common with many other churches Leatherhead wants to grow its congregation and especially among a younger generation, both those in their teens and young families. It is right, therefore, that we should renew our resolve to be faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So the careful management of change through a commonly held vision and a prioritising of where the church should be spending its esxort and money requires a quality of spiritual leadership that I am confident Graham Osborne will bring. The Church is the priesthood of all believers, each with their own ministry.