Yesterday afternoon Holy Cross held a service of installation for its new pastor. The music was amazing, the church was full, many area pastors took part in the laying on of hands in blessing and even though it was the coldest day in over a year, the day was wonderful.
Before the service the new pastor's ceremonial chair was in place, the choirs practiced and the visiting pastors robed up in the church basement.
Then the processional and service began
The readings were done by 3 of the pastors who are members of Holy Cross and helped during this vacancy year. Dale was the 4th pastor during the vacancy and he preached the sermon.
Pastor Ritter who did the most heavy lifting this year.
Music director Karen Shimkus did a fantastic job preparing the service and music and choirs.
Adult choir, school choir from the balcony, handbells, and brass.
Then the installation
LCMS Southern Illinois District President Timothy Scharr did the installing.
When that finished, Pastor Wright was given the service book and concluded the service with prayers and benediction.
One photo was taken with all the pastors who are members of or grew up at Holy Cross
Pastor Wright with his parents who came in from the DC area of Virginia and his wife Keri
Pastor and his family which includes 4 daughters, 3 of whom are triplets.
Finally cookie and social time