Service for the Ordination of
Rev. Neema Cyrus-Franklin
As Teaching Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church
6323 W. 80th Street
Los Angeles, California 90045

PDF of  Ordination Service Worship Bulletin

***click white text below for notes from Neema about the service***


GATHERING

PRELUDE

“Lord Prepare Me”
by R. Scruggs & J. Thompson

Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble

WELCOME Rev. Sue Fisher
Covenant Presbyterian Church
CALL TO WORSHIP

Rev. Shin-Hwa Park
Presbytery of the Pacific

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
Proclaim with me the greatness of our God.
Let us exalt God’s name together.
Come, let us sing to God;
Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation
OPENING PRAYER

Rev. Calvin Moore
First Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles

HYMN OF PRAISE

“How Great Thou Art”

Presbyterian Hymnal #467
Glory to God Hymnal #625

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE ANCESTORS

Rev. Carlton Rhoden
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin
Inglewood First United Methodist Church

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Elder Sandra Tufts
Westminster Presbyterian Church
ASSURANCE OF PARDON Elder Damon Green
Knox Presbyterian Church
MINISTRY OF MUSIC

God Has Smiled on Me
by Isaiah Jones

Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble
Presbytery of the Pacific

HEBREW BIBLE READING Micah 6:6-8

Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble

NEW TESTAMENT READING John 1:19-29

Elder Tresvan Lawson
Angles Mesa Presbyterian Church

ANTHEM

My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)
by Andrae Crouch

Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble

SERMON

Rev. Erika Rembert
Washington Shores Presbyterian Church
Orlando, FL

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“The Brief Statement of Faith,” PC(USA)

Elder Tyona Rensen
Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church

In life and in death we belong to God.

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the Church.

The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls all people to all ministries of the Church.

In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory to the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. Amen.

CALL TO OFFERING

Rev. Dr. Harold E. Kidd
First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood

OFFERING             

“Walk With Me, Lord” 

Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble
w/ Ashley Lawson

SERVICE OF ORDINATION TO
THE MINISTRY OF WORD & SACRAMENT

STATEMENT ON ORDINATION

Rev. Sue Fisher

THE CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS Rev. Sue Fisher
ORDINATION PRAYER
WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS

DECLARATION OF ORDINATION Rev. Sue Fisher
CHARGE TO THE NEWLY ORDAINED From the Elders
From the Community
From the Family

Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel
Claudine Cooper
Pastor Victor, Tre’ & Nhani Cyrus-Franklin

PRESENTATION OF SYMBOLS OF MINISTRY Rev. Timm Cyrus
& Elder Margaret Cyrus
CHARGE TO THE PRESBYTERY Rev. Chineta Goodjoin
New Hope Presbyterian Church
HYMN

“Let the Church Say Amen”
by Andrae Crouch

Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble

SENDING

BENEDICTION

The Reverend Neema Cyrus-Franklin

CLOSING HYMN

“Every Praise”

Jazz Ensemble 


Clergy Commissioners
  • Rev. Sue Fisher, Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Dr. Harold E. Kidd, First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood
  • Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, Mission Catalyst, Presbytery of the Pacific
  • Rev. Shin-Hwa Park, Member At-Large, Presbytery of the Pacific
Elder Commissioners
  • Tresvan Lawson, Ruling Elder, Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church
  • Damon Green, Ruling Elder,  Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Sandra Tufts, Ruling Elder, Westminster Presbyterian Church
The Music 
  • The Jazz 4 the Soul Ensemble: Terry Williams, Sax/Guitar, David Balfour, Keyboards, Robert Johnson, Jr, Bass, Ricardo “Ricky” Mowatt, Drums/Percussion
  • Ashley Lawson, cantor, Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church
Worship Notes

The offering tonight will be given to the Presbytery of the Pacific’s Presbytery Fund, which supports the special needs of Inquirers and Candidates preparing for ministry.

Rev. Neema Cyrus-Franklin was installed to the office of Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of the Pacific at its Stated Meeting on July 28, 2018.

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