During a special service at the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church on February 24, Kathleen Key and John Hudson were ordained as Ruling Elders of the Presbyterian Church. They will serve as Elders in both the Kirk of the Pines, Marsh Harbour, and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Nassau.
The Minister of St. Andrews Church in Nassau, the Reverend Bryn McPhail, travelled to Marsh Harbour to lead the service and conduct the Ordination, accompanied by two Elders from Nassau, Lesley Cancino and Gavin Collins. At the heart of this lovely service which also included choral and instrumental selections was the Ordination ceremony conducted by Reverend McPhail. The two new Ruling Elders took their Ordination vows which were followed by the Laying on of Hands and offering of the right hand of fellowship.
As Ruling Elders, Mr. Hudson and Ms. Key will be expected to carry out scriptural teaching and pastoral work. Also participating in the service were Vernon Malone, regular preacher at Kirk of the Pines, and Eder Veronica Saunders.
During his sermon, Rev. McPhail spoke of the enormous task and responsibility these two people were taking on and that while they had undergone much studying and instruction for this role they may still feel apprehensive. He stated that while his words were of especial importance to the newly ordained Elders, he was not just speaking to them but to everyone.
The story of David the shepherd boy defeating Goliath when people scoffed at him was also cited as an example. “David said that he knew the Lord would deliver him for he knew that with God’s help he could overthrow Goliath.
“The Bible encourages us to embrace our weaknesses for God will give us strength,” stated Reverend McPhail who continued with the example of Paul saying “When we are weak we are strong.”
He asked the congregation to consider what God might be calling them to do for Him and his Kingdom and warned to guard against those that say you cannot. He closed his sermon by advising the congregation not to let their weaknesses get in the way of saying yes to God for God will make you equal to the task and competent to serve.
The service was attended by many family members, friends and well-wishers of Ms. Key and Mr. Hudson not only from other local churches but also from other islands and as far as the United States. Following the service everyone was invited to stay and partake of a fellowship brunch.