Well it was quite a night, as we said goodbye to Bee before she heads off to vicar factory. We recreated our favourite old COTC picture, and we sent her off with songs, prayers, tears and a comissioning from the Ordinal which went a bit like this:
May you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scripture, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the gospel.
May you lead Christ’s people in proclaiming his glorious gospel, so that the good news of salvation may be heard in every place.
May you faithfully minister the doctrine and sacraments of Christ so that the people committed to your charge may be defended against error and flourish in the faith.
May you, knowing yourself to be reconciled to God in Christ, strive to be an instrument of God’s peace in the Church and in the world.
May you endeavour to fashion your life to the way of Christ, that you may be a pattern and example to Christ’s people.
May you work with your fellow servants in the gospel for the sake of the kingdom of God.
May you in the strength of the Holy Spirit, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, to make Christ known among all whom you serve.
God who has called you is faithful.
May the Father, whose glory fills the heavens,
cleanse you by his holiness
and send you to proclaim his word.
May Christ, who has ascended to the heights,
pour upon you the riches of his grace.
May the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
equip you and strengthen you in your ministry.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.