Pastor Julie will be ordained to Word and Service on June 26 as part of the Covenant Annual Meeting (Gather). While the Service of Ordination and Commissioning will be streamed only, there will be ways that all of us can watch, recognize and celebrate. Here are the details:
Saturday, June 26 – As many as are able and interested can come to the Decorah Covenant Church sanctuary to watch the service being streamed beginning at 7 pm. This will include singing hymns, hearing prayers and exhortations, and watching the sermon. When the time comes in the service for the ordinands (there will be nearly 100 people) to take vows and have hands laid on them by an ordained minister and be vested with a stole from the Covenant by a layperson, Julie and others will perform those acts live at the church. However, this will not be seen by those viewing the service elsewhere, though we will probably record it. We will share a link for the service when it becomes available.
Sunday, June 27 – At the 10:30am outdoor worship, Pastor Julie will speak during the “Sharing Stories” time that day, JJ Johnson will preach on Psalm 40, and we will join as a congregation in praying a blessing on Pastor Julie. After the worship service, coffee, lemonade, and cupcakes will be available for those who want to continue to celebrate this special occasion.