Petition 81383

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Ordination Text (81383-DI-NonDis)

Amend the Book Of Worship, page 696, so the ordination text would read:
    Name, take authority as an elder
to preach the Word of God,
to administer the Holy Sacraments
to Order the life of the Church
and to lead God's people to serve the world...

Rationale

Restore clergy’s ordinal responsibility defined in BOD 302 (“order spiritual and temporal life of community”), 303.2 “Service, Word, Sacrament, and Order”;302.4 “Without responsible leadership,...focus, direction, and continuity of...ministry is diminished.”; 340.3  four Responsibilities and Duties of Elders and Licensed Pastors, other 3 cited liturgically, Order is not.