While little will look different, aside from a new title as Rector, you will note most visibly the spiritual authority the Bishop bestows upon the rector during the service. The Bishop ‘installs’ the Rector by giving him all the items of the role; a Bible, chalice and patten, Book of Common Prayer, water, keys to the building, and a Catechism. Each note what the Rector is charged with in that place. Each establishes the role of the Rector in that place. Until this time, the Vicar serves in the absence of the Bishop weekly, but the Rector is charged with the discerning, furthering, and leading and guiding the mission and ministry within a congregation.
I do not take such a call lightly, nor see it as a mere natural progression of my ministry in your midst. I have been praying, discerning, and seeking the Lord for the guidance and direction needed to lead in this new season. I am humbled to have served you over the past eight years and enter into this new season aware of the weight of the call and charge. I ask for your prayers as we look to where the Lord leads us next, ever onward and upward in the call of Christ Jesus upon us in this part of Fort Worth!