David Bridges Ordained at St. Clement's

David Bridges Ordained at St. Clement's

by the Rev. David Bridges, Deacon, St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova

I am blessed to announce that my Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Clement’s in Rancho Cordova. Bishop Barry Beisner was assisted by Archdeacon, the Ven. Cookie Clark and the Rev. Dr. David Davidson-Methot was the preacher. Other clergy in attendance included the Rev. Jimi Benesh and the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin. Pictured at right are: the Ven. Cookie Clark, the Rev. David Bridges, Bishop Barry Beisner and the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin.

The St. Clement’s family coordinated an outstanding event, including a meal for the participants and a reception meal following the Ordination Service. I spent the previous day as a quiet day, while smoking 23 pounds of pork shoulder and three chickens for nearly 12 hours in hickory wood smoke. This was the meat served at the meals. The laity provided all of the side dishes, refreshments and arrangements, including all of the set-up and clean-up. Great thanks go to my St. Clement’s family! Please click here to view photos from this joyous event.

I will serve my diaconate under the direction of the Rev. Dr. David Davidson-Methot the new Priest-in-Charge at St. Clement’s, and I am excited about what the Holy Spirit has in store for us. Dr. Methot and I share a mutual concern for the growth of St. Clement’s and the entire Episcopal Church. There is much I can and will learn from Dr. Methot, the Ven. Cookie Clark, the Rev. Virginia McNeely (my Deacon advisor) and our clergy family as this journey unfolds.

There is no greater calling or privilege, nor is there a more awesome responsibility, than to share the Gospel of peace in the world. The people in our communities need to hear someone say “I love you” with more than just words, and mean it! One of our most challenging tasks is to fashion new and innovative ways to make the Gospel and The Episcopal Church relevant to the world of today and tomorrow. Thanks be to God for such an awesome assignment!

“And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world,
as a testimony to all the nations…
” Matthew 24:14 (NRSV)

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