Installation - 4:00 p.m., June 28, 2015
We will be installing Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Melton as the 29th pastor of our congregation. There will be a reception following worship. We hope you will celebrate with us.
Peter Marshall speaks of being called:
How did preaching arise in the first place? By what right does a man stand before his fellows, Bible in hand, and claim their attention? Not because he is better than they are. Not because he has attended a theological seminary and studied Hebrew, Greek, and theology.
But primarily because he is obeying a tap on the shoulder [my emphasis]. Because God has whispered in the ear and conscripted him for the glorious company of those voices crying in the wilderness of life.
The preacher is conscious of being called, as we say, and that means that he is responding to an inward urge that could not be resisted; an urge that grew out of providential arrangement of his life and his circumstances to the great end that he should become an ambassador of the Chief; an urge that grew into a conviction that only by obeying could he ever find that joy and satisfaction of a life lived according to the plan of God.