On Thursday, June 23 at 7:00, Bishop Mayer will ordain Dr. Susan Pigott to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Susan will continue her formation at Heavenly Rest as a Deacon and Pastoral Assistant beginning in August.
Ordinations are interesting events in the life of the Church. On one hand, the service is focused on one individual. We acknowledge the work that the ordinand has done to prepare for ordained ministry, and we look forward to the ways she will serve God in the Church.
At the same time, ordinations are as much about the church community as they are about the person being ordained. When a deacon is ordained, for instance, we are first reminded that “every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit”. While ordinations acknowledge the leadership of individuals, in other words, they are also celebrations of who we are and who we have been called to be as the Church.
For this reason, it is appropriate and important for members of the parish to attend ordinations, even if they do not have a significant relationship with the person being ordained. Ordinations remind us who we are as the Church, as they allow us to recognize that we are all called to serve and rejoice in God’s glory.