“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” –Matthew 28.16-20
The above snippet of Holy Scripture is known to many as the Great Commission, and great it is! I love the Great Commission and the impact it has had on disciples of Jesus’ through the centuries. However, we often forget about the Great Commission when we commission our ministry teams at Ascension & Holy Trinity. In fact, my previous practice was to hold ministry team commissioning each Sunday of the fall semester until all ministry teams were completed. What ended up happening, though, was that our liturgy started feeling like a free for all to me. We would have birthday and anniversary blessings and announcements, and then we would have ministry commissioning on top of all of that. I would say the Offertory Sentence, turn around to head up to the altar and think, “Now, where was I again?”
So, this fall we are going to commission all of our ministries together on Sunday September 17th. I will call on each ministry group to stand for the overall commissioning and keep adding ministry teams until, hopefully, every single person in the church will be standing. This group, holistic commissioning isn’t to take away the value of any of our ministries, but rather, we will hopefully get a better glimpse of and understanding of how are ministries are interconnected. A side benefit will be that our regular liturgies will be more regular for those who worship God with us.
All of you are invited and encouraged to attend our 8:00 or our 10:00 where we will commission all of God’s beloved to the ministries to which we are called. It is a joy and a privilege serving the Risen Lord beside the faithful of Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church!
In God’s Grace,