What words do we use at an ordination?
Who writes them? Who says them? Who hears them?
How does faith move from one generation to the next?
How does God’s call reach into the heart?
Does it pass from one heart to another?
Does it blow, like the wind, from a mother’s or father’s very breath?
Does it come from a new place, from a separate place,
or does it pass through a shared point, a common link, through a single interlacing or web?
From whatever starting point, or source,
God’s call pulls one up into a new place,
a vulnerable yet exhilarating place–
open, receptive, truly oneself.
What an honour to share this powerful and gentle calling
with father, with daughter, with husband,
Written for my daughter’s ordination into Christian ministry celebrating the call to ordination accepted by myself, my father, two brothers, husband, and sister-in-law
Ana Gobledale, United Kingdom
Sung to the tune of Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
by David Evans ©1986 Thankyou Music
Come now, O Creator Spirit, come,
our hearts and souls inspire
Raise up your church, baptised
in water and with fire.
So each may take their place,
Sharing your love and grace….
Complete lyrics are available on Nathan Nettleton’s website, Laughing Bird (click on “Song and Hymns”) and may be freely reproduced for use in worship.