We Journey On!
I want to make sure and communicate to you in this newsletter article a heartfelt Thank
You to each and every one at Wheatland. Our journey together started about four
years ago and to come to the day of celebrating an ordination is certainly a mountain
top feeling. I know that although I sat alone in seminary, I was not alone; I carried with
me the hopes of all who knew this was something special, that God is allowing us to
journey through together. I appreciate all the prayers and support along this journey
and will forever remember everyone walking this path with me. To say this is life
changing is understating the effect this is having on my family and me. I know we are
working out details to give definition to our future as a faithful community for Christ.
However I wanted to bring your attention to the following: we are going to take part in
an Ordination service on Reformation Sunday for a guy whose name is Luther and I ask
How Cool is that? I would like to bring your attention to a part of the service that will be even cooler than all. The laying on of hands enters pastors into an unbroken lineage that, Tradition upholds, leads back to the first apostles. While Jesus on multiple occasions placed
his hands on people in acts of blessing and healing, this gesture is intended to replicate the gesture that Jesus' disciples used to spread the Holy Spirit after the Pentecost. Indeed, the New Testament tells us that the apostles used the laying on of hands to confer responsibilities and impart the gifts of the Holy Spirit:
When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the
Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply
been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on
them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at
the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also
this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” (Acts
An unbroken act back to the first disciples: what an awesome connection. I again want to thank each of you and look forward to continuing on this journey together.