Ordination: The End of One Journey- The Beginning of Another

 

 

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Ordination class is prayed over by Bishop Peggy Johnson

Last weekend was the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference- our yearly gathering of clergy and laity to talk all things United Methodist happening on the Delmarva Peninsula. I’ve come to enjoy the weekend of fellowship, worship, and Holy Conferencing- though I would love to see some changes (another blog post).

This Annual Conference will always be special to me because I was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in The United Methodist Church. This is the culmination of nine plus years of work. To break it down- 2+ years of exploring candidacy and getting licensed, 5 years of seminary part-time, 2 years of Provisional Status- which leads up to Ordination. I think throughout the journey of the past 9+ years I wished it would go by faster- but in the end, I am right where I am supposed to be.

Overall, the Ordination service was very moving. Retired Bishop Violet Fisher preached at the service. (And by preached, I mean preached as only Bishop Fisher can- it was a great message!) Bishop Fisher preached on our calling and how before any Bishop can lay hands on us and appoint us- we need to be anointed by God.

I was told by a friend who was ordained years ago that ordination weekend would be a blur- and it was- and that future ordination services would create opportunities to reflect and be thankful for the journey. One that is truly just beginning.

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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