Over the past 6-7 years I’ve been blessed with the most amazing journey. The ups and downs, twists and turns, joys and sorrows, have all planted in me an unshakable testimony to God’s healing presence in our lives. The week leading up to my ordination service was filled with many specific and awe inspiring recollections of how faithfully God has led me in my life. I’ve come to see with great clarity that Christ really does offer life and life to the full. The words He chose to preach early in his ministry on Earth ring so true over my life and journey:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4.18-19
The Diaconite is part of an episcopal church governance passed down to the Apostles and subsequently to church leaders in the first 2-300 years of the church. (This governance structure, referred to as Holy Orders, consists of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops.) The Diaconate is fundamentally a call to serve (the word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos meaning servant) and is the underlying order of all priests and Bishops as well. In Luke 22.27 Jesus said “who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” Christ’s heart of servant-hood, also seen in by Paul’s encouragement found in Philippians 2, is exemplified in the church by deacons. I’m so excited to spend the next season of my life in this role of deacon, and to grapple with the question of what it means to:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2.5-8
This ordination was a pivotal moment in my life. On it hinged the completion of what has been a long journey of preparation towards it, and the beginning of a new season walking into the charge that God placed on my life that day. On the one hand completion came to my healing journey in significant ways (while I know that healing is an ongoing part of life, I know that many of the things God has been doing in my life/heart have found completion.) The new was made most evident to me near the end of the ordination service when Bishop Todd gave me a specific charge. He charged me to plant a church in the Comox Valley for the glory of God, and to lead the nation of Canada in the area of worship. As this charge was spoken out, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit so strong I could hardly stay on my feet. I knew in that moment that God was not only giving me a charge, but was also giving me the power and authority to carry it out. It was a powerful moment, and one that I will remember often in the coming days I’m sure.
Ordination and the journey towards it has increased my love for Christ’s church. It has put in a passion to serve in any way I can God’s plan to build a glorious church. I’m so excited to see what God has in store moving forward. All roads point back to Vancouver Island now, and I’m filled with a fresh excitement for the local church He’s asked us to establish there. It’s going to be such an adventure to start a church in the Comox Valley and to watch as Jesus builds it and the church as a whole there for His glory.
If you’d like to read more of my journey towards the diaconate you can do that here: My Diaconate Journey