March 15, 2017

Renew Ministry Vows at Chrism Service April 11

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Our Synod’s ministers of word and sacrament and ministers of word and service are invited to renew their ordination/consecration vows at the annual Chrism Service on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11, at 10 am at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill.

Congregational deacons and assisting ministers are invited to receive a blessing as well. Family members, friends, seminarians, and leaders of your congregations are also welcome to attend. A light lunch will follow the service.

St. Peter’s is located at 3025 Church Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444.

Read Bishop Burkat’s invitation below:

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As part of a deep and meaningful Lenten journey, I invite you to our Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Chrism Service.

On Tuesday of Holy Week, it is our tradition to gather for a service of Word and Sacrament, for blessing of oil, for healing prayer, and renewal of ministry vows.

The Chrism Service is a time for ministers of word and sacrament, and ministers of word and service to revisit and renew the promises made at ordination and consecration. We invite congregational deacons and assisting ministers to receive a blessing to honor their local ministries. It is also a time to worship our Lord and be strengthened and renewed as we prepare to lead the faithful to the Cross and Resurrection.

We will gather at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 3025 Church Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444; (610) 828-3098; on April 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Whether or not your congregation has the practice of anointing with oil, please join us in this holy time together.  Oil used at baptism (“chrism”), anointing the sick, and signing those preparing for baptism, as well as other blessings will be set aside for use in our congregations through the year. If you would like to take some of the oil back to your congregation, please bring a vial or small container with you. Following the service we will enjoy a light lunch and conversation in the fellowship hall. Your family members, friends, seminarians, and leaders of your congregations are also welcome to attend and join us as we renew our vows.

Our Lord Jesus has chosen us, blessed us, and sent us to proclaim the Gospel in Word, Sacrament and Service for the sake of the world. Let us be renewed together in worship, and strengthened for the journey.  I look forward to this Chrism Service on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

With and in Christ,

The Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop