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Ordination Service

Sheila Mallinson, Circuit Steward at Penrith and part of the organising team for the Ordination service shares the following report which was prepared for the Methodist Recorder:

"An Ordination Service took place at Penrith Methodist Church in Cumbria on Saturday 19th June 2021.

This service along with others had to be rearranged because of the Covid 19 virus in 2020. With all guidelines in place the Ordinands and supporting Ministers along with their families were welcomed to the service by the Revd Tim Cooke, Superintendent Minister of Penrith Circuit.

The officials leading the service were the Revd Richard Teal, President, Mrs Jill Baker, former Vice President, and the Revd Dr Nicola Price-Tebbutt, Secretary. The Ordinands were the Revd Tim Broughton, the Revd Zena Smith and the Revd Andrew Sterling.

The Revd Richard Teal led the worship with a short devotion before the hymn Ye servants of God was played. After a short prayer the Old Testament reading Isaiah 6: 1-8 was read by the Revd Dr Nicola Price-Tebbutt.

The second reading was the Epistle to the Romans 12:1-18, and this was read by the World Church Representative the Revd Brian Hutton. This was followed by the hymn The Saviour when to heaven he rose.A reading from the Gospel according to John 20: 19-29 was read by Mrs Jill Baker who also preached on the passage.

The Secretary presented the Ordinands to the President and the Ordination began as the Ordinands affirmed the following words:

  • To preach the word of God
  • To declare God's forgiveness of all who are penitent
  • To Baptize, to Confirm
  • To preside at the celebration of sacrament
  • To lead God's people in worship, prayer and service
  • To minister Christ's love and compassion
  • To serve serve others in whom, you serve the Lord himself.

The ordination hymn Come Holy Ghost our souls inspirewas played.

The President laid hands on each of the Ordinands, and they were presented with a Bible as a sign of the authority invested in them. This was followed by the declaration and the congregation were invited to applaud the new Ministers.

The Lord's Supper was prepared, and the hymn Lord enthroned In Heavenly splendour was played.

The President took the bread and wine, and this was served at the front by the presiding clergy to the Ordinands followed by their invited guests. The sacrament was served to the remainder of the congregation in their seats.

A small group of singers sang for the hymns and during the Communion Service."

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