Jesus Christ is Savior and King!
He has graciously redeemed us
and makes known to us the path of life.
While it initially may seem odd to have an ordination service on a Sunday morning, if you think about it, it makes appropriate sense. The heart of any worship service is response—response to God’s acts of redemption in Christ. In this case, the service is a fitting response to Christ’s ascension promise to give gifted servants to his church. As it says in Ephesians 4:8 and 11: When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to his people…. apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
Today, we celebrate the ordination of a dear member of our congregation, Kevin Antlitz. For the last two years, Kevin has served as a ministry fellow with the campus ministry Princeton Faith and Action. During that time, he and his wife, Susan, have faithfully served here at Stone Hill in many and varied ways. We are thankful for this family, and for the work that God has been doing in and through them.
The particular events of the service provide all of us with fitting responses to God’s call in Kevin’s life. Through them we celebrate God’s faithfulness in guiding Kevin through an ordination process over the past year that has included the following steps:
· Initial approval by the Elder Board to begin the ordination process
· A period of supervised ministry under my oversight, involving mentorship and evaluation by Pastor Steve Macchia.
· Completion of required reading.
· Completion of approved statements of personal calling, doctrine and ministry philosophy.
· Preaching a sermon to the Board of Elders.
· Examination by a duly constituted ordaining council (including Reverends Boyce, Sallade, Beeson, Cooper, Ristuccia, and Stone Hill members Mark Catlin and Adam Gallagher).
By God’s grace, Kevin has successfully completed all of these steps. So today we are thankful for God’s call upon Kevin’s life, a call confirmed through the ordination process. May God grant to him and Susan many more years of fruitful ministry, whether “in Princeton or around the world.”