The Institution of Revd. Canon David Mahlonoko as Rector of The St Cyprian’s Anglican Parish of Sharpeville on the 1st of May 2016

 

The Celebrant and preacher of the day was none other than the Rt Revd Peter John Lee.

The service started at 14h00 and by that time everybody was already seated and waiting to bear witness to a new Rector being instituted. All the church guilds were represented, there were visitors who came from other churches within the Archdeaconry and the Diocese at large and the service was also graced by a Priests who came from a neighboring church, Revd Thebe – Uniting Reformed Church.

The Bishop shared a powerful message of love from John 15:9  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love”.

The Incumbent and the Congregation read and made promises on the following stations in the Church:

1 Commitment to Evangelism (at the Baptismal font) Matthew 28:19-20
2 Commitment to Prayer (at the body of the Church) 1 Timothy 2:1-4
3 Commitment to the Word of God (at the lectern) 2 Timothy 3:16-17
4 Commitment to the word (at the pulpit) 2 Timothy 4:1-2
5 Commitment to the Holy Spirit (at the sanctuary) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:26
6 Commitment to Christ and One Another  

 

The Incumbent then took Oath and made Declarations and then together with the Bishop and a witness, signed them.  Fr David Mahlonoko was then licensed and the new Rector in Sharpeville. The Congregation the burst into joyful songs and ululations as the Bishop presented him to the Church.  The Churchwardens also presented him with the Church keys, Parish Roll and Church Registers.

After the Institution of the new Priest, the Bishop also admitted the newly elected Parish Council and Churchwardens.

Canon David was also admitted as the new Chaplain of the Anglican Students Federation (ASF) for both the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the North West University (NWU) – Vaal Campus.

After all was said and done, the Bishop then dismissed the people with the following blessing:

"Christ our King, who gives various ministries to his Church to equip all God's people for Christian service, build you together in one body to serve him here, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen."

Everyone was then invited to share in the food that was prepared, in a beautifully decorated marquee outside the church.

It was indeed a beautiful ceremony and we thank God for Bishop Lee and Canon Mahlonoko.

By: Likomang Raputsoe