The second most moving worship experience for me was getting ordained. This confuses lots of people since I have been a pastor for a while now. Well, in the UMC, to be fully ordained is a long process that is somewhat similar to the way people train to be doctors. They go to medical school and then have a period of residency, and in a similar way, to be ordained you have to go to theology school and then take a few years to be a pastor and show the denominational leaders that you can take what you have learned and put it into practice. I did that, so here I am.
Here are some pics of the event:
|This is when the magic happened.|
|This is when I got to be the "mantle boy" and represent the new class.|
|This is when I got to give the Benediction. |
It was everyone's favorite part, because it signaled the end of the very long worship service.
|This is just a couple guys hanging out in black robes.|
|These are the three most brilliant and beautiful girls ever.|
|The Bishop left his shepherd's staff unattended for a few moments, so I tried it on for size.|
|While I got several great ordination gifts, Andrea's gift is far and away my favorite.|