On September 15, 2010 at 7:30pm, Erin Bair will be made a transitional Deacon in the Anglican Communion by Bishop John Guernsey at Restoration Anglican Church.
That is a mouthful!
I am so excited for Erin and so proud of the way she has walked this journey. It has been a long road from The Falls Church to Harvard to Iowa for clinical pastoral training to Restoration. God has clearly had his hand on her every step of the way. She has completed a Masters of Divinity. She has completed an additional year of pastoral care training in a rigorous hospital environment. And she has spent the last 2 years giving her sweat, blood, and tears to planting Restoration!
Everyone who follows Jesus is given the calling of building His Kingdom. Every vocation matters. Yet, the church has always set aside some of its members for the task of leading the church. The New Testament affirms 3 offices of church leadership: deacon, presbyter (elder), and bishop/overseer (episcopos). Erin will be ordained a transitional deacon, which means she will be recognized as a member of the clergy, a set apart leader of the church. But she is on her way to being ordained a presbyter (sometimes called priests).
The next months are a special time of self-evaluation, reflection, and listening to God for Erin. She is preparing to take significant vows to serve Christ and His bride, the church. I invite us all to pray regularly for Erin over the next 8 months. This is an exciting and sober season.
This is what Bishop Guernsey will pray on Sept. 15
Make her, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let her life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through her many may come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ’s service, and come to the unending glory of Him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
Powerful words. I hope you will join us on Sept 15 at 7:30 as we celebrate what God is doing in and through our dear sister in Christ.