This evening, we will gather to celebrate the beginning of a new ministry. The ministry we celebrate is the ministry of a community of people who have chosen to follow Christ Jesus as disciples, a community which is over two thousand years old.
The Episcopal Church understands that the ordained ministry which takes place in a parish church is the ministry of the bishop. As a bishop can only be in one place at a time, Bishop Curry, like most bishops, shares ministry with bishops, priests, deacons, and lay persons so that the Word is preached, the Sacraments are offered, and pastoral care is provided to God's people.
Recognizing that in accordance with the Canons of the Church, God's people have called The Reverend Paul S. Winton to serve them, Bishop Curry and Bishop Gregg, through this service of Institution and Induction, invite and authorize Father Winton to share in the Bishop's ministry to the people of Saint John's. Together then, Bishop Curry and Bishop Gregg and the people of Saint John's join with Father Winton in the celebration of this new ministry. We welcome you with open hearts and arms in the name of the Risen Lord and invite you to join in our celebration this evening and in the worship and service life of this parish.