Fair warning: Big day = long blog post.
This weekend we celebrated my ordination as a Teaching Elder (=minister, pastor, etc) in the PCA. It was a great time of worship, as well as a great time with family and friends.
Our friend Daniel took tons of great pictures, so you have him to thank for all these!
Trivia: In the PCA it’s not an individual church that ordains, but a presbytery, which is all the elders in a given geographical area. Since that’s about 100 people, they designate a commission of elders to carry out the ordination. Most of my “commish” is on the front row here.
All was well, so we returned, and Taylor & Jessica brought the noise with Taylor’s song “Roll Away the Stone.”
After charges to me and to the congregation, one more prayer and the closing hymn, my first act as a Reverend: the benediction, complete with raised hands.
We had an awesome reception with lots of tasty Jake-oriented snacks. I.e. dark chocolate, bacon, and chips. Our friends Virginia (Camera Daniel’s wife) and Amy executed it flawlessly– we were amazed and grateful.
The day was very special and very humbling. We’re grateful that so many of our family and friends were there to share it with us.