15 July 2012
And the council of presbyters gathered around President Scharr and surrounded Dean with their own laying on of hands and then all together laying on hands at the Our Father.
The congregation added, if not exactly their axios, still an affirmation to the same intent. They dared to speak for the whole Church in receiving Dean as one God has put into the office.
It was a service of great joy - and we were very blessed indeed to have in the congregation Paul, Ashley and Margaret from the calling congregation, St. Paul's, in Norlina/Ridegway, NC. Dr. Meyer offered, instead of an outright sermon, a prayer to God for Dean that we got to overhear. It was a clever way to approach the preaching and best of all reminded us constantly of Him in whose presence we were gathered and who was the true Ordinator today. "God makes pastors" - as Luther said so well.
Posted by William Weedon at 9:09 PM