2018 - Institution of Revd. Canon Brian Rodford as Chaplain
On Sunday January 21st 2018 the Revd. Canon Brian Rodford was instituted as Chaplain of our Congregation.
The Archdeacon of North West Europe, The Venerable Dr. Paul Vrolijk was presiding this joyful service. He, together with the Churchwardens, did welcome all attending this Eucharist. Several representatives from other Anglican chaplaincies in the Netherlands, guests from the local community, ecumenical guests from other churches in Twente, as well as family and friends of the Revd. Canon Brian Rodford honoured us with their presence.
The Wardens did request the Archdeacon to institute Brian with the following words: "Reverend Father in God, as representatives of the people of God in Twente we have been glad to share with you in the choice of Brian to be our pastor and priest. On their behalf we now ask you to institute him". The Archdeacon replied: "I am happy to do so"
The form of Institution was then read and the congregation as well as Brian replied to all questions therein. Brian further stated the Declaration of Assent, The Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Canonical Obedience. After this the Archdeacon read the licence, and after signing it, Brian was lead to his usual seat and given the blessing upon his ministry.
Then the Rededication of the Ministry of the People of God took place. Members of the congregation came forward to address the new minister. The following signs were presented: Water for Baptism, Oil of Healing, a Bible, a Stole, Bread and Wine, a Hymn Book as symbol of Music, a present from the Sunday School Children, a symbol for the Local Community and a Symbol of Ecumism.
After receiving all these symbols Brian led the intercessions, followed by the Eucharist. A the given time, Brian took the opportunity to address the Congregation. He made some moving remarks to the text in the liturgy and the just finished Hymn: "Just as I am ...." mentioning that he was really looking forward to serve and work together with the congregation.
After the service there was a lively and a, as usual, rich bring and share lunch, during which there was plenty of opportunity to talk to our new Chaplain and meet the guests.
May Brian serve our community in a fruitful and happy way. May we support him in his task.
"Together, by God's grace"
Text and Images: Lub Gringhuis