Service of Ordination/Installation for Called Pastors & Associates

Pittsburgh Presbytery Service of Ordination/Installation*

The usual elements of a service of ordination/installation are presented in normal type. Optional additions appear in italics. The service for the ordination and installation of pastors is found in The Book of Common Worship (2018). Services from earlier editions of the Book of Common Worship may also be used, provided that the most current constitutional questions are utilized, as found in the current Book of Order (W-4.0404).

The Gathering

Welcome or Greeting
Call to Worship
Confession and Pardon

The Word

Prayer for Illumination**
First Reading
Second Reading
Hymn or Anthem
Gospel Reading
Affirmation of Faith

The Service of Ordination/Installation

Sentences of Scripture or Litany of Gifts – Presbytery Moderator or designee
Statement on Ordination – Presbytery Moderator
Presentation of the Candidate – Member of Commission
Profession of Faith – Presbytery Moderator or designee
Constitutional Questions to the Candidate – Presbytery Moderator
Constitutional Questions to the Congregation – Ruling Elder of the Church
Prayer of Ordination/Installation – Presbytery Moderator
Declaration of Ordination/Installation – Presbytery Moderator
Charge to the Pastor (Associate Pastor)
Charge to the Congregation
Presentation of the Symbols of Ministry

Responding to the Word (Optional Eucharist)

Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
Sharing the Peace of Christ
Words of Institution/Breaking of the Bread
Communion of the People

The Sending

Charge and Benediction – Newly Ordained/Installed Pastor

*The Service is conducted by Pittsburgh Presbytery
**Items in italics are optional
***Offering for the Oldman Fund (a scholarship fund for Inquirers/candidates of Pittsburgh Presbytery). After the offering has been counted, a check can be sent to the Pittsburgh Presbytery for the same amount.