My friend Kathy isn’t afraid to jump into new experiences, and today she took a gigantic leap. She was ordained into ministry.
Kathy grew up in my church. She went to college, married, and worked in the business world. For years she was not active in church.
After her husband died, Kathy returned to church, where she found comfort. Bible study and involvement in service activities brought her joy. Eventually she began to feel called to ministry.
Now Kathy has finished seminary. She has worked toward developing her spiritual gifts. She has served people in a variety of ways. I’m sure these challenges haven’t been easy for a woman in midlife, but Kathy has handled them amazingly well.
Today’s Service of Ordination was beautiful. Kathy opened the service by singing “Sanctuary:”
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You.
As Kathy said, the Service of Ordination is about as “high church” as Disciples get. She is a member of The Oklahoma Master Chorale, so that group joined us, lending more formality to the service. Those folks sure can sing; I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that motorists along May Avenue heard “The Hallelujah Chorus” as they drove by.
Here is the order of service:
Our former minister, Ryan Pfeiffer, and his family came from Arkansas for the celebration.
It was a day of hugs and happy tears.
Kathy’s parents were proud, of course. I was particularly touched as I watched her father help her into her new robe.
A wonderful reception followed the service. After nearly everyone had left, Kathy finally had time to eat.
Kathy, I am so happy for you. Your compassion, warmth and intelligence will serve you well as you go forth in ministry. You will indeed be a sanctuary.