Sunday 2:00 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey will lead a service in which this year’s ordinands will confirm and affirm their call to serve the church and the world with humility. The Bishop will call on all to renew their commitment to serve as we affirm the call of others.
Ordination is understood as the act of the Holy Spirit and, as a liturgical rite, the culmination of a process in which representatives of the whole Church discern and validate the call, gifts and effectiveness for ministry. Ordination of deacons and elders is both to an office and for a lifetime. Ordination confers a new identity in the life of the church as well as authority for ministry. Upon ordination, deacons and elders become accountable to the whole church, to the community of the ordained, and to the order of deacons or elders of which they are a part.