Ordination of Janie Layne Koch

Ordination of Janie Layne Koch

On Saturday, September 1st at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Enid, the Rev. Janie Layne Koch was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. Friends, family, members of St. Matthews and even a group of Janie’s students all joined together to help celebrate this momentous occasion in Janie’s life and ministry.

The service began with the angelic voices of the choir processing down the aisle, filling the church with a joyful noise. The service continued as members of Janie’s community formally presented her to Bishop Ed for ordination. Janie then solemnly and confidently stated her belief in her call to ordained life and her readiness to be ordained.

She then signed the official Declaration concerning her belief in the Holy Scriptures and adherence to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church. The service continued with the Litany of Ordinations, in which the congregation joined in prayers for Janie, her ministry, the Church, the world.

After powerful Scripture readings, the Rev. Dr. John Toles delivered an impactful and heartfelt sermon on the power of ministry, its impact in the world, and its significance in the lives of all. He reminded all present that our service in ministry is not about us, it is about us getting out of the way and helping to point the way to Jesus.  He reaffirmed Janie’s call to this ministry of the priesthood, and offered her advice and encouragement as she moves forward in her service and ministry.

As the service continued with the Examination and Consecration, the energy of the room was palpable as Janie’s community surrounded her with love, joy, and encouragement. Bishop Ed led the congregation in the Veni Creator Spiritus, an ancient hymn to the Holy Spirit, followed by a period of solemn, silent prayer. Then, as he laid his hands upon her head and prayed the Prayer of Consecration, priests that were present also laid their hands on Janie, joining in ushering her into the Sacred Order of Priests.

Janie was then presented vestments by members of her community, and presented with a Bible from Bishop Ed. As she rose and turned to see the congregation, Bishop Ed presented her as the newest priest in The Episcopal Church and the congregation erupted with celebratory and congratulatory applause and cheering.

The service continued with Communion and joy-filled music from both the choir and the congregation. In true hospitality, member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church provided a delicious luncheon, complete with celebratory cake, for all in attendance.  It was a true day for celebration!

The Rev. Janie Koch has been called to serve as a bi-vocational curate at St. Matthew's in Enid. During her curacy, she will continue to teach English at a local Christian school.


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