Switching locations of the service actually worked out for the best as this allowed us to set our church building up for refreshment following the service. As we were expecting around 200 people we had to provide food (sandwiches, cakes, finger food) for that amount which is a lot. The church family was very gracious in taking it upon themselves and working together to set the church up and have all the food ready. All Matthew and I were to do was enjoy the day together and visiting with those who came.
Church members setting up the church for after the service
They even had a special surprise for us.....
The actual service went well. It is such a wonderful feeling to be a full church with such powerful singing. The music was wonderful and the service was conducted by different men in the Presbytery. Andy Young, a minister of our sister church in Cheltenham, gave the sermon which was very good. He preached on Joshua and the fall of Jericho. If you would like to listen to the induction ceremony, please go to this website: http://www.bse-pc.org/latest/?p=542
Within the service Matthew took his ordination vows as minister of the church and was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Bury St Edmunds.
Then the men taking part in the service laid hands upon Matthew and prayed over him.
The sermon was very good and then a charge was issued to Matthew.
At the end of the service the Rev. Matthew Jolley prayed and gave the blessing.After the service had finished we went back to our church building for refreshments. It was a full house and the food was wonderful. It was great getting to see people from other churches come in support, neighbors and people from the community, friends from the seminary in London, and people from Wigan (Matthew's hometown) and some family. What a blessing to be surrounded by so many and knowning there were those with us in spirit and in prayer on the day.
Matthew with his mum and sister.
If you go to this website you can see more pictures from the day:
A special thank you to all those friends and family that have helped Matthew and myself reach this very special moment in our lives. We look forward working together and spreading the Good News of our savior Jesus Christ who was, is and will always be our Lord and Savior.
We ask for continued prayer as the journey will be long and it will not be easy.
But I will leave you with a happy thought as it is now official....