S: Pastoral Installation Service ~ Rev. Marian Schwaller Carney ~ Community Christian Fellowship ~ Henniker, NH ~ April 29, 2012
1: Pastoral Installation Service Reverend Marian Schwaller Carney Community Christian Fellowship Henniker, New Hampshire April 29, 2012
17: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 Isaac 12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
20: Introduction District Superintendent Reverend Kenneth Stanford For 20 centuries now, in every generation, the church has set aside some of her members for special training and preparation, ordaining them to serve as clergy. She elects them to positions of responsibility, not privilege. They are to serve the needs of the Church. These ministers give up their lives, so to speak, for their lives are not their own. They serve if, and when, and where, and in the capacities that the Church invites them to serve. They are the servants of God. The early church referred to them with words which mean "table waiter," "under rower," "slave," "priestly servant," and "shepherd." Additionally, the minister today is seen as Pastor, Leader, and one who casts the vision. The Church ordains only those whom they believe God has called to such service.
21: Will you accept the charge to be the spiritual leader of this flock? I will. | Will you, the members of this church, accept, support, and uphold your pastor as she leads you? We will.
22: Ephesians 4: 1-13 Samuel 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
24: Congregational Covenant Karen Thank you, Lord, for bringing us together as pastor and people to be workers together for your kingdom. As we labor together, we will support our pastor with respect, loyalty, love and consistent prayer. We will accept her and Tom with love, and will hold them up with encouragement, affirmation and prayer. We will give sacrificially of our time and means so that our pastor can be relieved, as much as possible, of the temporal cares of this life, thereby allowing her to give her full attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word. We will endeavor to respond positively to her pastoral leadership by active participation in the congregational life of the Church as it carries out its fourfold mission of worship, evangelism, nurture and service.
25: Susan | Covenant Symbols Betsy | Scott | Receive these flowers as an expression of our open and loving welcome to you into our fellowship. | Accept this candle as a reminder to lead us in the light and example of Jesus Christ | Accept this Bible and be among us, as John Wesley said, a woman of one Book. Be in this place one who proclaims the Word.
26: Joe Receive this hymnal and be among us a leading worshiper at the food of the cross, as we seek to magnify the Name of God. Be a woman of prayer for us as we seek to honor our Lord. | Paul Take this bread and cup, and with it the authority to administer in Christ's stead, the sacrament of Holy Communion, as well as the other sacraments of the Church, among this people. | Ashley Receive this vessel of water, the water of baptism. Be among us an evangelist who brings many to the affirmation of faith pronounced by the baptismal water.
27: Ken We present these coffee mugs to you from the New England District as a reminder that you are a part of a much larger fellowship. We pray for you and look forward to times of being together with you.
30: The Pastor's Covenant In response to the gracious call of God, and in gratitude for the confidence you have expressed in me, i receive these symbols of pastoral leadership. I pledge to you a stewardship of these resources, and covenant with you to make ours a living, efficient church: ...a church in which sermon and sacrament are based strongly on the Word and vitalized with the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit; ...a church with the atmospheric expectation of conversions; ...a church where the tempted are surrounded with victory; ...a church where the redeemed are enabled to see their larger need of Christ in cleansing fullness; ...a church where the particular consolations of God are given to the afflicted; ...a church where Christian men and women begin even on earth to be an authentic Christian community; ...a church which constantly witnesses to the whole world with sacrifice in its heart and conquest in its purpose
31: I pledge to you a stewardship of my responsibilities as pastor: ...to live before you with integrity and Christian simplicity; ...to responsibly administer the affairs of the church in consultation and cooperation with the church board, the church staff, and the people in the congregation as we carry out "the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." ...to lead you in worship as a worshiping leader, developing a careful regimen of study, prayer, reflection, and preparation, for the purposes of personal growth and ministry; ...to encourage you, comfort you, instruct and challenge you, by the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments; ...to seek always, and in all appropriate ways, to expand the borders of the Kingdom of God, cooperating with the District and the General Church of the Nazarene in fulfilling a world wide mission; ...to live responsibly my roles as spouse and daughter, giving to my family the care and love due them as gifts of God to me; ...to listen carefully to you, care deeply for you, work closely with you, and pray daily for you, that we may "grow up in all things unto Him, who is the Head - Christ;" ...to be a servant-leader, after the example of Christ.
32: Charge to Pastor and Church District Superintendent to Pastor: Having committed yourself to this work, I charge you to care and to care alike for the young and the old, the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor. By your words and by your life, proclaim the Gospel ofJesus Christ. District Superintendent to Congregation: Since you have willingly and prayerfully called your pastor to work among you, I charge you to willingly and prayerfully support, cooperate, and work together with her in the name of Jesus Christ, whom you both serve.
33: Mutual Covenant Between Pastor & People We shall strive to cooperatively create and sustain an effective ministry that will renew and strengthen each member of this community of faith. We shall actively seek and welcome into membership all persons without regard to their economic or social status, race or nationality. We shall accept our responsibility for moral and spiritual development in our community, living by Christian standards of good citizenship. We shall work together with other churches and denominations in our community for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom whenever we have the opportunity to do so. We shall periodically evaluate our church's fellowship and ministry in light of our mission. If problems present barriers to the mutual effectiveness of pastor and congregation, we shall cooperatively pray, faithfully communicate, and work in love to find solutions in the spirit of Christian understanding. We shall work to insure that our church appropriately relates itself to the mission , institutions, and doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene and the redemptive mission of Christ in our community, nation and the world. Amen.
34: Statement of Installation By the power vested in me as District Superintendent of the new England District of the Church of the Nazarene I declare to you that you have committed yourselves to mutual covenants, and I hereby install you as the pastor of the Community Christian Fellowship, Henniker, NH - A Church of the Nazarene. As new pastor and congregation, you have entered a meaningful and solemn relationship - that of Pastor and People. Let us join together in prayer, asking the Lord to bless, strengthen and guide this new time of ministry for the church, pastor and family.