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
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
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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