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Ordination and Commissioning – An Afternoon of Commitment, Challenge and Celebration

Excitement and anticipation filled the air of the hockey dressing room at the Hershey Centre as the Disciples of the Cross received their sessional sashes and prepared for their entry into the arena to become the newly commissioned Officers of the Canada and Bermuda Territory.  This day marked the end of their 22 months of training as well as the beginning of a new journey of ministry in the appointments which they have received.

With solemn hearts of prayer, 17 cadets and one Auxiliary Captain entered the sanctuary being reminded of God’s faithfulness in the refrain, “I’m in His Hands.”  Joining with the Heralds of Grace, the Disciples of the Cross sang their sessional song that not only spoke about the cross of sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, but also about the joy in serving Christ.  A joy that not even death could destroy.  Their desire to serve Christ was spoken aloud in their Officer’s Covenant recited by Cadet Indira Albert.  The Cadets then rose to their feet as Colonel Mark Tillsley led them in a public expression of their declaration of faith as they recited the 11 doctrines of The Salvation Army.  Each cadet promised to love God first and foremost, to reach out to the friendless and to seek souls for the Kingdom as their one priority.

praying 2014One by one the cadets knelt in prayer of dedication while friends and family stood around the auditorium in support of them.  Commissioner Brian Peddle, Territorial Commander for the Canada and Bermuda Territory, ordained and commissioned them as Officers in The Salvation Army and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, shared a portion of scripture that had been chosen for them personally by the College for Officer Training Staff Officers.

Following the ordination and commissioning, General Andre Cox, International Leader for The Salvation Army, challenged the newly ordained officers and all those in attendance to live out their calling.  Candidates (people considering Salvation Army officership for their vocation) and those considering a life of full-time ministry were asked to publically acknowledge this calling.  The platform was lined with those accepted candidates who will become cadets in September 2014 and those who have been stirred by God’s plan for their lives for future times, while singing “Jesus, All for Jesus.”  This sacred and solemn occasion was also a celebration of God’s continued blessing on The Salvation Army as He is still calling people into full-time ministry.

As a territory we should offer congratulations to the newly ordained and commissioned officers and assure them of our continued prayers as they embark on their ministry in various appointments across this territory.

Our united prayer of blessing for you is the words spoken by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”