Ordination Stole

With Brent Lyons-Lee getting ordained as a pastoral leader with the Baptist Union of Victoria we were racking our brains about what symbol or liturgical vestment we might use to honour the occasion.  The stole has various traditions associated with it.  We thought a good way to communicate servant leadership in the slow food , hospitality culture of the Seeds Network was to re-frame it as a tea-towel, embroidered by the fantastic Rachael Scott with the words from our Seeds Benediction gifted to us by Mark Pierson via Dianne Karray-Trip.  Brent’s formation process has been shaped by hours of dish washing at Urban Seed’s Credo Cafe in Melbourne’s CBD and at the Long Room at Norlane Baptist Missional Community in Geelong.  Marcus and Merridie will place it on his shoulder as we lay hands on him during todays ceremony.  We chose pink not for any liturgical reason but because its Brent’s trademark colour!  Brent on behalf of the Seedy mobs…

You are God’s servant, gifted with dreams and visions, upon you rests the grace of God like flames of fire.  Love and serve the Lord in the strength of the Spirit.  May the deep peace of Christ be with you, the strong arm of  God sustain you and the power of the Holy Spirit strengthen you in every way.  Amen.

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