Ordination Worship

St. Paul's UMC - Helena, Montana

7:00 p.m. Friday, June 19

Order of Worship:





“All Creatures of Our God and King”

UMH #62

Reserve seating for clergy

Procession order:

  • Clergy
  • BOM rep - Mark Thurman
  • Peg Plimpton and Max Rubino
  • Cabinet (no Jeff)
  • Sami Pack
  • Bill Novak
  • Jim Barth
  • Pages
  • Rev. Rebecca Parker
  • Bishop Elaine



The grace of Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us pray together.

God of light and truth,
you led your holy apostles
to appoint ministers in every place.

Guide your church,
through the wisdom of your Holy Spirit,
that we may choose women and men with gifts of grace for the ministry of service, word, sacrament, and order.

May we uphold them in their work,
and may your reign be extended;

through Jesus Christ, the Shepherd of our souls,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
is worshiped and glorified,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Invite congregation to be seated.



Bishop Elaine move to baptismal font, and begin:

Ministry is the work of God,
done by the people of God.

Through baptism all Christians are made part of the priesthood of all believers,
the church, Christ’s body,
made visible in the world.

We all share in Christ’s ministry of love and service
for the redemption of the human family and the whole of creation.

Therefore, in celebration of our common ministry,

I call upon all God’s people gathered here:

Bishop may scoop and pour water from the font
and say

Remember your baptism and be thankful.

We remember our baptism
and affirm our common ministry.

Please be seated.

Bishop be seated


“Here’s One”

by Mark Hayes


Bishop Elaine, Mark & Peg  … come to front, at microphone

Mark Thurman:

Jim Barth, Sami Pack and Bill Novak, would you please rise and stand in your place. And on behalf of the Board of Ordained Ministry  of Yellowstone Annual Conference, which has recommended these persons, and this annual conference, which has approved them,

Peg Plimpton:

On behalf of the laity of local congregations
who have examined and approved these candidates,

Mark & Peg together:

We present William Novak and Sami Pack to be commissioned for the work of an elder, and James Barth to be ordained elder

Bishop Elaine:

These persons are by God’s grace
to be commissioned or ordained to ministry in Christ’s holy church.

Those authorized by the Church to inquire about them have discerned that they are persons of sound learning and of Christian character,
and possess the necessary signs of God’s grace, and have demonstrated a profound commitment to serve Jesus Christ.

Therefore, we believe them to be duly called to serve God.

We ask you, people of God,
to declare your assent
to the commissioning and ordination of these persons.

Do you trust that he is worthy, by God’s grace, to be ordained an elder?

We Do! Thanks be to God!

Will you uphold them in their ministry?

With God’s help, we will!

Mark & Peg are seated.

Bishop Elaine, Bill, Sami and Jim remain standing.



Bishop Elaine & candidates remain standing and continue:

My sister and brothers in Christ,

  you have been called

  to a commissioned or ordained ministry.

The church now confirms your calling.

As commissioned or ordained ministers,

you are to be coworkers with the laity, bishops,

deacons, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, home missioners, commissioned ministers, local pastors and elders.  

Remember that you are called

  to serve rather than to be served,

  to proclaim the faith of the church and no other,

  to look after the concerns of God above all.

So that we may know that you believe yourselves

  to be called by God

  and that you profess the Christian faith,

  we ask you:

Do you believe that God has called you

  to the life and work of ordained ministry?


I do so believe.

Do you believe in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

I do so believe and confess.

Are you persuaded

  that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments

  contain all things necessary for salvation

  through faith in Jesus Christ

  and are the unique and authoritative standard

  for the church’s faith and life?

I am so persuaded, by God’s grace.

Will you be faithful in prayer,

  in the study of the Holy Scriptures,

  and with the help of the Holy Spirit

  continually rekindle the gift of God that is in you?

I will, with the help of God.

Will you do your best to pattern your life

  in accordance with the teachings of Christ?

I will, with the help of God.

Will you, in the exercise of your ministry,

  lead the people of God

  to faith in Jesus Christ,

  to participate in the life and work of the community, and

  to seek peace, justice, and freedom for all people?

I will, with the help of God.

Will you be loyal to The United Methodist Church,

  accepting its order, liturgy, doctrine, and discipline,

  defending it against all doctrines contrary to God’s Holy Word,

  and committing yourself to be accountable with those serving with you,

  and to the bishop and those who are appointed to supervise your ministry?

I will, with the help of God.

May God, who has given you the will to do these things, give you grace to perform them, that the work begun in you may be brought to perfection.




Exodus 3:1-5, 7-8a, 10-12

Luke 4:16-22


“Standing on Holy Ground”


Sami & Bill move to chancel area, standing before Bishop Elaine

By affirming the covenant of baptism,

all members of Christ’s holy church pledge

to serve as Christ’s representatives in the world.


Christ gave all of us this command:

  “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.”

We have asked, and the Lord has answered.

These sisters and brothers know our Savior’s concern for God’s people,

  see the plentiful harvest,

  and are ready to respond generously to the Lord

  in the words of the prophet: “Here I am; send me.”


Urged on by the love of Christ and strengthened by the Holy Spirit,

  they now come to declare in public

their desire to live out the covenant made at their baptism by binding themselves to the service of God

under the supervision of the bishop

  and the guidance of ordained colleagues

and by being appointed to share as servant leaders

in the body of Christ.


Today we commission them to service as they continue to prepare for ordained ministry among us.


Bill and Sami kneel individually

Bishop Elaine, extend your arms over both:

God of the apostles and prophets, of the martyrs and teachers,

  you raise up men and women to be apostolic leaders in your church.

By your Holy Spirit

  help these, your servants,

  to understand and live the mystery of your love with boldness and joy.

Deepen their sense of purpose

  as they exercise commissioned ministry.

Empower them, and those who will walk with them to guide their ministry,

together with all of your people,

to heal the sick,

  love the outcast,

  resist evil,

  preach the Word,

  and give themselves freely for your name’s sake.


Bishop Elaine, lay your hands upon the shoulders of each candidate:

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon Name.

Send him/her now to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ,

  to announce the reign of God,

  and to equip the church for ministry,

  in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Bill & Sami, please return to your seats in the pews.



John & Vicki, please come forward for your brief introductory comments about Jim Barth.


Jim, stand in front of Bishop Elaine.

An elder

  is called to share in the ministry of Christ

  and of the whole church:

  to preach and teach the Word of God


Here a large Bible may be lifted by an page.

  and faithfully administer

  the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion;


Here a paten and chalice may be lifted by the page

  to lead the people of God in worship and prayer;

  to lead persons to faith in Jesus Christ;

  to exercise pastoral supervision,

    order the life of the congregation,

    counsel the troubled,

    and declare the forgiveness of sin;

  to lead the people of God

    in obedience to Christ’s mission in the world;

  to seek justice, peace, and freedom for all people;

  and to take a responsible place in the government of the Church and in service in and to the community.

These are the duties of an elder.

Do you believe that God has called you

  to the life and work of an elder?

I do so believe.

Will you, for the sake of the church’s life and mission,

  covenant to participate in the order of elders?

Will you give yourself to God through the order of elders

  in order to sustain and build each other up

  in prayer, study, worship, and service?

I will, with the help of God, and the help of my sisters and brothers in the order of elders.









Bishop Elaine stands front and center

Jim: kneel in front of Bishop Elaine


As Jim is ordained by God and the church for the ministry of elder to which we believe he has been called by the Holy Spirit,
let us pray for him.



“Spirit of God, Descend”

arranged by John Helgen

Linda Kuhn – cello



Bishop, extend your hands over Jim and pray:

We praise you, eternal God,
because you have called us to be your people,
offering to you acceptable worship through Jesus Christ, Apostle and High Priest, Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.

We thank you that, by dying, Christ has overcome death and, having ascended into heaven,
has poured forth gifts abundantly on your people, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, to build up Christ’s body,
and to fulfill your gracious purpose in the world.

Give to James, your servant, the grace and power he needs to serve you in this ministry.

Make him a faithful pastor, patient teacher, and wise counselor.

Enable him to serve without reproach,
to proclaim the gospel of salvation,
to administer the sacraments of the new covenant,
to order the life of the church
and to offer with all your people spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bishop, lay both hands on Jim’s head, praying:

Almighty God, pour upon James the Holy Spirit, for the office and work of an elder in Christ’s holy church.



Bible is held in front of Jim by Page. Jim, lay both hands on a Bible … Bishop, lay both hands on Jim’s hands and say:


James Barth, take authority as an elder
to preach the word of God,
to administer the Holy Sacraments
and to order the life of the Church;
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

James, we now recognize you as an elder in the United Methodist Church.






Elder’s stole, together with any other gifts, are presented to Jim. The following hymn is sung during presentation.


“Wake, Now, My Senses”
to the tune SLADE
(UMH #451 “Be Thou My Vision”)

Wake now, my senses, and hear the earth call,

feel the deep power of being in all;

keep, with the web of creation your vow,

giving, receiving as love shows us how.


Wake, now, my reason, reach out to the new;

join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;

honor the beauty and wisdom of time;

suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.


Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;

voices of suffering fill the wide sky;

take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,

praying and striving their hardship to end.


Wake, now, my conscience,

with justice they guide;

join with all people

whose rights are denied;

take not for granted a privileged place,

God's love embraces the whole human race.


Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear

brighten my pathway with radiance here;

mingle my calling

with all who will share,

work toward a planet transformed by our care.


Words by Thomas J. S. Mikelson

Copyright © 1993, UUA, Boston, MA

Used by permission.


Our offering will benefit  UMCOR Nepal  Western jurisdiction missionary  Name?

Ushers come forward to receive the offering from the congregation.

OFFERTORY: Dave Merkel will play “How Great is Our God” on piano as the offering is received.
(this is Jim Barth’s selection)


Jim Barth, Bill Novak & Sami Pack come forward to assist in serving Communion. Jim issues the Invitation


Jim Barth:

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,

and all who seek to be at peace with God and one another.


The peace of the Lord be always with you!

And also with you!

Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.



Bishop Elaine & Rev. David Burt stand behind the Lord’s Table and, facing the people from this time through the Breaking of the Bread, begins the prayer:

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

The bishop may lift and extend hands and keep them raised.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

  always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

  almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth.

You built your church

  on the foundation of the prophets and apostles,

  and instituted a holy ministry

  so that your prophetic and apostolic Word

  might be heard until the end of time.

And so,

  with your people on earth

  and all the company of heaven

  we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The bishop may lower and join hands.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

  Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

  Hosanna in the highest.


The bishop may raise and extend hands.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

He called disciples and empowered them for ministry.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection

  you gave birth to your church

  and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.


The bishop touches or lifts the bread and prays:

On the night in which Jesus gave himself up for us,

  he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,

  gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”


The bishop touches or lifts the cup and says:

When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup,

  gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Drink from this, all of you;

  this is my blood of the new covenant,

  poured out for you and for many

  for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

  in remembrance of me.”


The bishop may raise and extend hands.

When Jesus, the great Shepherd of your flock, ascended,

  he sent forth the apostles

  to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations.

He promised to be with them always

  and sent the Holy Spirit to lead them.

And so,

  in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

  we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

    as a holy and living sacrifice,

    in union with Christ’s offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.


The bishop may hold hands over the bread and cup.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

  and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

  redeemed by his blood.


The bishop may raise and extend hands.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

  one with one another,

  and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory

  and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

  with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,

  all honor and glory is yours, almighty God,

  now and for ever. Amen.



The bishop, still standing behind the Lord’s Table facing the people, breaks the bread in silence or while saying:

Because there is one loaf,

we, who are many, are one body,

  because we all partake of the one loaf.

The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.


The bishop lifts the cup in silence or while saying:

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.


The bread and cup are given to the people.



Let us pray.

We thank you, gracious God, for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us,

  and united us in the communion of your Holy Spirit.

We bless you for raising up among us faithful servants.

Clothe them and us with your righteousness

  and grant that we, with them,

  may glorify you by giving ourselves to others,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


            Sami Pack:

The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, always.

Bill Novak:

Go in peace to serve God and your neighbor in all that you do. 


We are called and sent in Christ's name. 
Thanks be to God!



“Here I Am, Lord”

UMH #593

All participants process out:

Bishop Elaine, Rev. Rebecca Parker, Jim Barth, Bill Novak, Sami Pack, BOM, Clergy, Lay participants


Order of service adapted from UMC Ordinal 2013-2016
Discipleship Ministries of the UMC.


Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church, copyright © 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used with permission.