|Photo credit Dale Horkey 2012|
On September 23, 2012 the Rocky Mountain Synod installed Bishop Jim Gonia. We are so blessed to have this incredible leader inspiring our Synod.
There is a complete video stream from the event, it is about three hours long. I am a part of the line of processing church leaders.
Bishop Installation (video link)
This service included a 60 voice choir, liturgical dancers, a brass choir, 180 rostered leaders processing and a church absolutely stuffed to the gills. It was a beautiful service, but exceptionally long.
Here is what I learned about installing a bishop:
-the laying on of hands is really, really cool. What a moving experience to witness
-the ecumenical bishops present (Methodist and Episcopal) were also an incredible tribute to partnership.
-It is not necessary to sing every verse to every hymn.
-I know it is really difficult to work out of the logistics for serving communion to 300-odd people, but there was a really awkward pause of about 15 minutes in which no music was planned. The organist should have vamped or something.
Over all a really moving and powerful experience. I was blessed to be a part of it.
|I am somewhere in this sea of people|
(photo credit Dale Horkey 2012)