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Institution And Induction Of Michele Du Saire

1st of July 2013

Part I
A beautiful summer evening saw Holy Cross full to bursting for the first part of the Institution and Induction of Michele as our new Rector.  The formality of the occasion, with the Right Reverend Paul Bayes (Bishop of Hertford) and the Venerable Jonathan Smith (Archdeacon of St Albans) in colourful regalia, accompanied by clergy from across the Deanery, was counterbalanced by the informality of the welcome of Deborah Snowball, our Rural Dean.

From the beginning, the emphasis was on the ministry of the whole people of God in our Benefice, as together we dedicate ourselves to the service of God in our community and to listen afresh to God’s call to each one of us.  The Churchwardens brought Michele forward and led her to the Bishop where she affirmed her belief that God has called her to the ministry of Rector in our Benefice.  In response, we affirmed our will that Michele should serve with us with a resounding “It is” and our intention to support and uphold her in this ministry: “With the help of God, we will.”  Following the legalities of the Declaration of Assent and the Oaths, the combined choirs and friends sang the evocative anthem ‘Look at the world’ by John Rutter before the dignitaries retired to The Cock Inn for refreshment and were transported to Chipperfield in Jenks’ bus and Bubbles.
Jeannie Poulton

Part II The service continued at St Paul’s where every seat had been taken and where people expectantly awaited the arrival of the bishop and Michele. She was formally presented to the bishop by the Archdeacon of St Albans and a representative from her former church at Leavesden. The excitement of the occasion was expressed fully by the augmented choir’s rendering of the anthem ‘All thy works praise thee’. There followed a poignant moment when Michele and the bishop knelt side by side to pray during the singing of a hymn to the Holy Spirit. Bishop Paul offered in his address ten words for the congregation to remember as we work with Michele to make our churches the places to go to see Christian life being practised. He encouraged us to open up, join up, turn up, look up and grow up. Our new Rector was welcomed with warm applause all round and then by people representing local churches and community organisations.

The service ended with Michele’s induction and installation symbolised by the Archdeacon giving her the keys of the churches and a map of the benefice. Finally, as a sign of joint commitment by Michele and the people, came presentations of a flagon of water for baptism, of a bible for her teaching of the faith and bread and wine for sharing Communion. An ample spread was enjoyed afterwards in the Village Hall, where one could reflect that the whole evening had been a high spot in the life of the benefice; that the service which had looked so complicated on paper flowed smoothly and that this was testimony to all the hard work that many people, and particularly the churchwardens,had dedicated to it.
David & Mary Nobbs

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