Monday, February 15, 2010

Bob's Ordination Service

I (Bob) was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Sunday, February 7th, 2010. It was an incredible day! In the words of two pastor mentor/friends, it was “God’s Divine YES” for me and my ministry. It was wonderful, feeling the warmth and support from so many friends and family members. Thank you! Below are some pictures chronicling the ordination day. Enjoy! Feel free to leave a comment at the end.

It was a beautiful winter day in California

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (my home church!)

Stained glass in sanctuary

The Administrative Commission of pastors and elders who led us in worship, from left to right (Elder Linda Lee, Rev. Doug Nason, Rev. Karl Shadley, Rev. Debbie Whaley, Elder William Coker, Rev. Rick Langeloh, Rev. Mark Swarner)

The Call to Worship, Menlo Bell Choir

Kristi leads us in prayer from the Kasai (Congo)

Rev. Doug Nason preaches from Isaiah 61 and Luke 4

Elder Linda Lee asks me the constitutional questions

Presentation of symbols and gifts for ministry (robe, stole, annointing oil, Bible) by Rev. Debbie Whaley

Rev. Mark Swarner and my nephew Dylan, with my sister Tiffany, present the stole for service, a gift from Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Laying on of hands and prayer

Rev. Rick Langeloh gives the charge from John 5

Congregational responsive hymn, "Here I am Lord"

Brief statement and Benediction


Amazing cake!

Food and flowers

Africa table (headed for Congo!!)

Bob and Kristi with Mom and Dad Rice

Chuck and Joan Brown, Sam Bertolet, Jim and Sherri Bertolet (Kristi's family)

Bob with close friends, Todd Olson and Peter Galbraith

Brother Steve with Todd

with Chris Page, missionary friend from our time in Rwanda

"Come to Me, all who are weary and I will give you rest..."

1 comment:

salvation7 said...

How beautiful is the feet of him that preach the Gospel and spread the Good Tidings of Christ. For the joy of the Lord is my salvation. The Ordination Service is so Anointing and beautiful: I am so elated with joy and happiness. Love your Big Sister Bettye