Andrew Dand ordained yesterday
Our curate Andrew Dand was 'priested' by Bishop Pete Broadbent at the ordination service yesterday evening at St Paul's Church Northfields, in a vibrant and moving service. The St Paul's worship band was accompanied by their wonderful bin drummers, and the church was filled with sound.
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- for his actual ordination he was surrounded by supporting clergy, so he is not very visible! The words the bishop used to describe the role of priest are interesting, and are summarised below.
Afterwards we shared a BBQ, and there was a great turnout from St Stephen's. Dawn Jewson, formerly a licensed lay minister at St Stephen's and now curate at St George's Southall also celebrated her priesting, with 5 others.
Some people ask what the difference is, as they were all ordained (as deacons) last year and have pretty much been doing the job? Well now Andrew (and the others) can celebrate Holy Communion (bless the bread and wine), give absolution (pronounce forgiveness in the name of Christ) and officiate at weddings.
He'll be doing the first 2 for the first time next Sunday at our 10.30 service, after which there will be a whole church BBQ. If you have not signed up do let the office know just so we can order the right amount of BBQ food.
Andrew will still be our curate for a couple more years, under Steve's guidance.
...'Priests are called to be servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent. With their Bishop and fellow ministers, they are to proclaim the word of the Lord and to watch for the signs of God's new creation. They are to be messengers, watchmen and stewards of the Lord; they are to teach and to admonish, to feed and provide for his family, to search for his children in the wilderness of this world's temptations, and to guide them through its confusions, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. Formed by the word, they are to call their hearers to repentance and to declare in Christ's name the absolution and forgiveness of their sins.
With all God's people, they are to tell the story of God's love. They are to baptize new disciples in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to walk with them in the way of Christ, nurturing them in the faith. They are to unfold the Scriptures, to preach the word in season and out of season, and to declare the mighty acts of God. They are to preside at the Lord's table and lead his people in worship, offering with them a spiritual sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. They are to bless the people in God's name. They are to resist evil, support the weak, defend the poor, and intercede for all in need. They are to minister to the sick and prepare the dying for their death. Guided by the Spirit, they are to discern and foster the gifts of all God's people, that the whole Church may be built up in unity and faith.'