Ordination of Margaret Ann Norris

Service for the Ordination of Margaret Ann Norris as a Deacon of the Moravian Church

Home Moravian Church

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Service of the Ordination of 

Margaret Ann Norris 

As a Deacon of the Moravian Church 

HOME MORAVIAN CHURCH 

June 12, 2022 

BAND CHORALES ......................................................Home Church Band, Nola Knouse, leader 

PRELUDE - Chorale Prelude on “Come, God Creator, 

 Holy Spirit” (BWV 667).................................................J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

WELCOME ...............................................................................The Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen 

We greet you as we join with our Savior in the ordination of Sister Margaret Norris as a deacon in the Moravian Church. 

(Standing) 

HYMN 481 - Come Now and Sing ........................................................T. Forest Green (Remain standing) 

LITURGY FOR THE ORDINATION OF A DEACON 

We praise you, O God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer; your saving work shines through all the ages. 

You have never turned away from us, even when we have turned away from you; but in your covenant of salvation, you call us through the law and the prophets to be your holy people. 

We thank you for fulfilling your covenant through the eternal ministry of Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Savior. 

Christ freely accepted our human nature to live, teach, suffer, die, and rise again for the forgiveness of sins, that we might share in eternal life. 

We thank you for the ministry committed by Christ to the whole church to proclaim the gospel. 

Through the gifts of your Holy Spirit, you call each of us into the church and empower us to make the saving work of Christ visible on earth. 

We thank you that you call individuals from among us to the ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament. 

They serve among us to lead, strengthen, challenge, and nourish our ministry together in Christ. 

Especially on this day we thank you for your call to Margaret Norris and for her dedication to serve in your name. 

To you be glory, praise, adoration, and thanksgiving, both now and forever. Amen. (Sitting) 

THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS 

Isaiah 35: 1-10............................................................................Rev. Dr. F. Keith Stirewalt Matthew 4:18-22...............................................................Mr. Christopher L. N. Stirewalt Hebrews 1: 1-14 .......................................................................Mr. Thomas F. N. Stirewalt 

ANTHEM: Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore.......................................T. Pescador de Hombres

Home Church Choir 

Amanda Schumpert, guest conductor 

SERMON...................................................................................The Rt. Rev. D. Wayne Burkette 

(The Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse representing the Provincial Elders’ Conference, the Rev. Andrew L. Heil representing the clergy, and Dr. Julie Tomberlin representing the laity escort Sister Norris to the chancel as the following hymn is sung. According to tradition this text was written for the ordination of the first Moravian ministers in 1467.) 

T. Freuen wir uns 

Come, let us all with gladness raise 

A joyous song of thanks and praise 

To God, who rules the heavenly host, 

God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

 

God gave us faithful ones to lead 

And help us in our time of need; 

But, Lord, all power is yours alone, 

And you the work must carry on. 

 

Father in heaven, fulfill your word; 

Grant us the Spirit of our Lord, 

That through your truth, which cannot fail, 

We may o’er every ill prevail. 

 

(The representative of the Provincial Elders’ Conference addresses the bishop.) 

 

On behalf of this province of the Moravian Church, we request that Margaret Norris be ordained as deacon. 

We believe this candidate is sound in doctrine and faith and has a sincere intention to serve Christ and the church through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

(Bishop Burkette responds.) 

In response to your request, it is my joy to carry out this ministry of ordination on behalf of the whole church. 

(The representatives return to their seats.) 

(Bishop Burkette addresses the candidate.) 

Sister Norris, do you trust that you have been brought by divine grace to know Jesus Christ as your Savior? 

This is my humble trust. 

Do you believe in the truth of the Old and New Testaments, as inspired by the Holy Spirit?

I do. 

Do you freely accept the obligations of an ordained minister to study, pray, care for souls, preach, teach, and administer the sacraments in Christ's church? 

I freely accept them. 

Do you accept the commission to evangelize and give witness to the saving grace which is found in Jesus Christ? 

I do. 

Do you solemnly promise, as you serve in our Unity, to give obedience to the faith and order of the Moravian Church as these are formulated under Scripture and the Holy Spirit by our Synods and constituted authorities? 

I solemnly promise obedience to them. 

(Bishop Burkette addresses the congregation.) 

Brothers and sisters, as representatives of the Body of Christ, will you uphold, affirm, and encourage Sister Norris in this ministry? 

We will. 

(The bishop continues:) 

In the presence of God and this congregation I acknowledge these testimonies with gratitude and praise to our Savior. 

(Sister Norris kneels as the Veni, Creator Spiritus is sung. This hymn has been used at ordinations in the Christian church since the 9th century.) 

HYMN..................................................................................................T. Veni, Creator Spiritus 

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, 

And lighten with celestial fire; 

Thou the anointing Spirit art, 

Who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart. 

 

Thy blessed unction from above 

Is comfort, life, and fire of love. 

Enable with perpetual light 

The dullness of our blinded sight. 

 

Anoint each heart and cheer each face 

With the abundance of thy grace, 

Keep far our foes; keep peace at home: 

Where thou art Guide, no ill can come. 

 

Teach us to know the Father, Son, 

And thee, with both, to be but One 

That through the ages all along 

Thy praise may be our endless song. 

 

(The congregation stands and Bishop Burkette offers the prayer of ordination.) 

 

Eternal God, in wisdom you govern all things, and from the beginning you have chosen faithful people to serve you in ministry, calling some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip all your people for the work of ministry and for the building up of the Body of Christ. Now bless and sanctify by your Holy Spirit your servant Margaret, whom we, in your name and in obedience to your will, by prayer and with the laying on of hands, ordain for the ministry of the church. 

(Bishop Burkette lays hands on Sister Norris and continues to pray.) 

Eternal God, through your Son, Jesus Christ, pour out your Holy Spirit upon Margaret; fill her with grace and power, and make her a deacon in your church.

O Lord, give to this your servant the grace and power needed to serve you in this ministry. Bless her proclamation of the word and administration of your sacraments so that your church may be gathered for praise and strengthened for service. Make her a wise pastor, a patient teacher, and a faithful witness. Grant that in all things she may serve without reproach, that your people may be renewed, and that your name may be glorified in the church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen. 

The Lord bless you, and keep you; 

The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace; 

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. 

(Sitting. The choir sings the ordination doxology.) 

Choir: Glory be to your most meritorious ministry. 

Christ, the Servant of the true tabernacle, 

who did not come to be ministered unto, 

but to minister, to minister. 

Amen, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, 

All: Amen, Hallelujah! 

(Sister Norris stands for the Bishop’s Charge.) 

(During the singing of the following hymn, Bishop Burkette greets the newly ordained minister with the Right Hand of Fellowship on behalf of the church.) 

HYMN: By Galilee (insert)........................................................................................T. By Galilee (Stand) 

FESTAL DOXOLOGY ........................................................................The Rev. Margaret Norris Unto the Lamb that was slain, 

and has redeemed us out of all nations of the earth; 

unto the Lord who purchased our souls for himself, 

unto that friend who loved us, and loosed us from our sins by his own blood; who died for us once, 

that we might die unto sin; 

who rose for us, 

that we might also rise; 

who ascended for us into heaven, 

to prepare a place for us; 

and to whom are subjected the angels, and powers, and dominions; to him be glory at all times, 

in the church that waits for him, and in that which is around him, 

From everlasting to everlasting, 

Amen.

BENEDICTION 

The Lord bless you, and keep you; 

The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace; 

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. 

PRESENTATION FROM HOME CHURCH WOMENS FELLOWSHIP ..........................Harriet Wood

PRESENTATION FROM PROVINCIAL WOMENS BOARD .....................................Linda U. Worley 

POSTLUDE - Variations on “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”........................................T. Galilee Arr. by Jack W. Jones (1996) 

By Galilee text by Lehoma Gray (1985); tune by Lehoma Gray, arr. Steve Gray and Sam Gray. ©by Steve Gray and Sam Gray. Reprinted from Sing to the Lord a New Song: A New Moravian Songbook, with the permission of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communication. 

The Rt. Rev. D. Wayne Burkette, Presiding Bishop 

The Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen, Pastor 

The Rev. Andrew L. Heil, Associate Pastor 

Glenn Siebert, Director of Music 

Jonathan Williams, Organist 

Rev. Margaret Norris 

Margaret was born in Raleigh, N.C., and grew up in the Raleigh Moravian congregation. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from UNC-CH and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary/Richmond. She then guided educational ministry for infants through adults as Director of Christian Education for a large congregation in Roanoke, Virginia. 

Returning to school for a Montessori certification, Margaret taught 3- to 6-year-olds for a number of years. Simultaneously, she continued to consult in Christian Education. Margaret then became Director of Family and Children’s Ministries at the Board of Christian Education/Southern Province. 

Margaret has served as Director of Christian Education at Home Moravian Church since 2014.  

Sensing a call to ordained ministry, Margaret completed the requirements of theological study through Union Presbyterian Seminary/Charlotte and Moravian Theological Seminary.  

Margaret is married to Keith Stirewalt. They have three adult children and two grandchildren: Kathryn Stirewalt Brown ( Jon; Bryce and Audrey Kate), Thomas Stirewalt, and Christopher Stirewalt.  

Margaret is particularly grateful to Raleigh Moravian Church for their enfolding formative care; to Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp and Conference Center for their embodied faith practices; to Home Moravian Church for their foundational support of her as member, Director of Christian Education, and ordination candidate; to her family for their constant support; and to you, this “great cloud of witnesses,” who have supported her in incalculable ways in her faith journey.  

 

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