A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Ordination and Commissioning Service for North Texas Annual Conference: June 5, 2017
North Texas Annual Conference welcomes and congratulates ordinands and commissionees.
By JACKIE BLALOCK ROBINSON
The Service of Ordination and Commissioning for the 2017 North Texas Annual Conference was held Monday evening, June 5, 2017, at First UMC Richardson. The service celebrated the ordination of 10 and commissioning of 24, all who were then welcomed into the North Texas Family.
Bishop Michael McKee offered words of encouragement and guidance to the ordinands and commissionees. McKee said, “This is a special occasion, and I am glad you chose to be witnesses and to serve God. This is the fifth time the I’ve had the privilege to commission and ordain persons for ministry in The United Methodist Church, and each time I do it, one thing that flows through my mind and heart is my own commission and ordination.”
McKee offered a sermon based on Ephesians 4:1-16, and he challenged them to read that chapter of Ephesians weekly to help keep them encouraged. “This passage in Ephesians helps you remember your baptism,” he said. “All of us need to be reminded of our baptism, and that we were lifted from death to life. This is what we should carry with us: the memory of our baptism because out of our baptism comes hope. And if it is anything our world needs now, it is living in the hope that comes from believing in Jesus Christ.”
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians also tells them to lead a life worthy for which they have been called. He warned them that ministry can be difficult. “There are difficult people, and you will be their pastor!” he said. “But you are the very presence and the very person they need in their lives. You are the very person God has called to be a witness in their lives. Every church has them. People are not always at their best … you are not always at your best.”
He encouraged them to acknowledge their God-given gifts. “Since God gives these gifts, we have to learn how to give and receive them. God has graced you. This (call to God) is a way of saying ‘yes’ to the gifts from God,” said McKee.
As these people go into their ministries, McKee told them to be sure to do these three things: “Remember your baptism, say ‘yes’ to your gifts and claim them with humility, and know that we are all tied together by the grace of our God.”
The First UMC Richardson’s Chancel Choir provided the lovely sacred music to support the service.
The offering of the evening will go to support the Zip Code Connection.