Induction and Installation of the Vicar of Elson

Sadly, because of my incompetance, I failed to press record on the video camera and so I didn’t make a recording of the Mass with my induction and installation (thus letting down my Mum who is in hospital at the moment and was unable to be there 🙁 ), and the photographs are in the hands of others, so you will have to wait for any of those, but here are my recollections.

From about 5.30pm I was very happy just pottering around the Church pulling things together: it was all going swimmingly.  My tick list was being completed nicely.

6pm Check the slides and see that one of the videos isn’t on the worship machine in Church. Argh! No time to run home to get it. Text Lou to ask her to bring my laptop. She’s still at school, where they are all under horrendous pressure and this is still effectively her first week as an NQT. Go to my resources website and start to download a version but it’s over mobile broadband so it might not arrive in time.

6.15pm People arrive for rehearsal. Lots of little servers, which is lovely. Not enouigh little albs, which is difficult, so I need to explain to some that sidespersons and collection is as important a ministry as poncing around in an alb. This is true, and I think I managed to convey that with the right level of sincerity whilst thinking ‘has that video downloaded yet’

Rehearsal goes well, and as expected the (small) church of S. Thomas the Apostle starts to fill. The adults have to present ‘symbols of ministry’ which ends with a symbol of mission. For me this is Youth Ministry and so the teenagers parade down the Word Cafe Banner from Walsingham which we are hanging in the Youth Club.

6.40pm Archdeacon arrives. In very good humour. Wonder if I have managed to hide all the Roman Rite stuff. Oh yes, I forgot that Mother M is going to process the sacramentary in and pretend it is a Book of the Gospels because we need the real book to be presented as a symbol of ministry. Go through it briefly, but recognise that some bits will just have to be on the hoof as STE is a small church and detailed choreography is simply silly.

6.45pm Lou arrives from work looking pressed, and she has forgotten my laptop. Eeek! Hurried rearrangement of communion hymns.

6.50pm Video downloads. Pop it into schedule. Check it plays. It does, but it is an earlier and not so good version, Oh well. Forget to check sound (this will be important later). Rearrange the rearrangement of communion hymns. Must remember to apologise to choir and Alison.

6.55pm Loading incense. Archdeacon takes me out of procession as I am to be brought forward for presentation

7pm On time. Mass begins. No service sheets – all on screen (which throughout works brilliantly – Matt is really growing into his role and it’s great). I am left behind at the door, which is a bit wierd. Church packed. 70+ Adults, 15 Children. Deo Gratias!

The Liturgy of the Induction worked well. I understand the Bishop didn’t like it, but I can’t see why. The Symbols of Ministry bit works better in a small church like STE where there isn’t room to parade from font to pulpit (we don’t really have either).

During the Communion (cup available should you wish to communicate), there is no sound. Send Liam to investigate. Sound not plugged in. When connected, it comes out funny. Pity, Blesséd’s contribution to the evening which I hoped would inspire and impress turns out to be a damp squid. Oh well. A few moments of hecticness in what in all other respects turns out to be a great service: Church looked beautiful, refreshments were fab, serving was smooth. What a great parish I really have.

After Mass: Wine, Coffee and Doughnuts. A lot of happy people. Job done.

Parish Mass with Institution and Induction of Fr. Simon Rundell as Vicar of S. Thomas the Apostle, Elson

16th September 2009 – Feast of St. Ninian, Bishop of Galloway White

Ninian was born in about the year 360 and was the son of a Cumbrian chieftain who had himself converted to Christianity. It seems he visited Rome in his youth, where he received training in the faith. He was consecrated bishop in the year 394 and returned to Britain, where he set up a community of monks at Candida Casa from where they went out on missionary journeys as far as Perth and Sterling. Ninian died in about the year 432.

Exciting Holiness


Introit Hymn – The Church’s One Foundation

The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation
by water and the word:
from heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy Bride;
with his own blood he bought her
and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation,
yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses
with every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder
men see her sore opprest,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distrest,
yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, ‘How long?’
and soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.

Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great Church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
with God the three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord give us grace that we,
like them the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

Samuel John Stone (1839-1900)

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Entrance Antiphon (said with the congregation off the screen)

Proclaim his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds to all the peoples; great is the Lord and worthy of all praise. 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

The Archdeacon introduces the Mass and leads us into the penitential rite

Penitential Rite

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations
into the peace of God’s Kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You will come in glory with salvation for your people:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, + pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria – Thorne

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the father.
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us:
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy one,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Let us pray:

Almighty and everlasting God,
who called your servant Ninian to preach the gospel
to the people of Britain:
raise up in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may make known the immeasurable riches
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Presentation

Of the Diocesan
Board of
Patronage:     Archdeacon, I present to you Simon Phillip Rundell to be admitted to the cure of souls in this parish.

Archdeacon:  On behalf of the Bishop I thank you for your presentation; the Bishop intends that Simon shall be Instituted as Incumbent of this parish. We welcome him as a fellow servant in the ministry Christ entrusts to his Church. Let us pray for Simon that Almighty God will bless him and those committed to his charge.

Silence is kept.

God our Father, Lord of all the world, we thank you that through your Son you have called us into the fellowship of your universal Church: hear our prayer for your faithful people that each in their vocation and ministry may be an instrument of your love, and give to your servant Simon now to be instituted the needful gifts of grace; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

All:         Amen.

The Word of God

A reading from the prophecy of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1. 4-9

The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.”

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

A reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 5.17 – 6.2

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Celtic Alleluia

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Matthew 9. 35-38

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ


The Affirmation of Ministry

The parish priest designate stands before the Archdeacon who says:

Priests are ordained to work with the Bishop as servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent.  They are called to baptize, to proclaim the Word of the Lord and to preside at the Eucharist.

In order to fulfil this ministry Simon needs your prayers and encouragement.  Before I institute him to the cure of souls of this parish, I require his assurance that he accepts the responsibilities of his new office in the Church; and your assurance that you will work with him in partnership and give him the encouragement he needs.

Priest and people, will you work together as servants of Christ in this place?
By the grace of God, we will.

Simon, will you seek to enable these people to become the people of God; will you lead them in worship and in service; will you encourage them to share in the life of the Gospel and, proclaim Christ’s saving love to the world?
By the grace of God, I will.

People of Elson, will you be faithful members of the Body of Christ, will you support Simon, Lou and their family and, serve the Kingdom of God together?
By the grace of God, we will.

The Institution

The Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation.  Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.  In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?

I, Simon Phillip Rundell, Clerk, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the Sacraments I will use only the forms of service authorised or allowed by Canon. Yeah, I know, but what I do is ‘allowed by Canon B5’

Taking a New Testament, the Priest faces the people and says

I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors according to law; so help me God.

Turning to the Archdeacon, the Priest says

I swear by almighty God that I will pay true and canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth and his successors, in all things lawful and honest; so help me God.

The Declarations are signed. When the Priest returns to stand before the Archdeacon, please stand. The Archdeacon reads the deed or licence and gives it to the priest kneeling in front of him.  The Archdeacon says

Receive the cure of souls which is both yours and mine; in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Archdeacon blesses the new Parish Priest:

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the word and works of God: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen

I have instituted Simon Phillip Rundell to the cure of souls in this parish. I shall now install him in the presence of the Churchwardens and this congregation, as we  undertake to support him in his ministry here.

The Induction

All turn as the Priest and Archdeacon, escorted by the Churchwardens, go to the main door of the Church. The Archdeacon places the Priest’s hand on the key, saying

By virtue of the authority given to me, I induct you into the possession of the church and benefice, with all its rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for ministry.

The Lord preserve your going out and your coming in, now and always. Amen

The Archdeacon gives the Inventory of the Church to the Priest and says

This Inventory records the property of the parish, now committed to your continued care, which you share with the Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council.

The Installation

The Churchwardens lead the Archdeacon and the Priest to the Priest’s stall where the Archdeacon seats him, saying:

Simon Phillip Rundell, I place you in the stall of the Parish Priest. May you fulfil well the ministry you have received from the Lord.

The Charge to Priest and People

Simon Phillip Rundell, you are now the Incumbent of the Parish of S. Thomas the Apostle, Elson. I ask you, and the people amongst whom you now serve to renew your commitment as priest and people.


A baptised member of the parish brings water to the Archdeacon and says:

Jesus says: Go therefore 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 that I have commended you.
Matthew 28:18-20a

he congregation responds:

In Baptism we died with Christ and were buried with him, so that we might rise with him to new life within the family of the Church

The Archdeacon hands the vessel of water to the Incumbent, saying

Be faithful in baptizing and together with the people of God in this place, nurture the faith of those committed to your charge.

The Proclamation of the Gospel

A lesson reader brings the book of the Gospels to the Archdeacon and says

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope
Romans 15:4

The congregation responds:

We are called to read and study the Word of God for we are messengers and stewards together of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Archdeacon hands the Book of the Gospels to the Incumbent saying

Be faithful in teaching and proclaiming the truth of Holy Scripture and following the way of Christ.

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Two communicant members of the congregation bring a chalice and paten to the Archdeacon and say

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of one bread.
1 Corinthians 10: 17

The congregation responds:

The people of God meet for worship Sunday by Sunday. It is the privilege of Christians to celebrate the Eucharist and, united with Christ and each other, to serve him in the world as his body.

The Archdeacon hands the chalice and paten to the Incumbent saying

Be faithful in leading God’s people in prayer and worship, and diligently celebrate the Eucharist, setting before you the example and Image of Christ.

The Care of the Sick

A member of the congregation who works in caring for the sick brings the oil of the sick to the Archdeacon and says:

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5: 14

The congregation responds:

We are called to work together to bring the loving presence of Christ to those who are sick or in need, serving them as Christ was the servant of all.

The Archdeacon hands the oil to the Incumbent, saying:

Be faithful in searching out the sick and the lost, supporting the weak, preparing the dying and interceding for them all bringing them the strength of Christ crucified.

The Task of Mission

Members of the Parish bring the Word Cafe banner (symbolising the parish’s youth work and mission) and hand it to the Archdeacon saying:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me; he has sent me to announce good news.
Isaiah 6: 1-2a

The congregation responds:

We are called in Baptism, and renewed in the power of the Spirit to bring God’s mission to the world. We must bring Christ’s light where there is darkness, and call our neighbours to the Lord.

The Archdeacon hands the banner to the Incumbent, saying:

Be faithful in working with the people amongst whom you are set, to promote in this place the Gospel of Salvation, and lead this parish in its mission to the community.

May God pour upon you all
the riches of his grace,
that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people
you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.


We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge
the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen

The Peace

We are the Body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
and also with you.

Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

Offertory Hymn – We come to your feast

We place upon your table a gleaming cloth of white
the weaving of our stories, the fabric of our lives;

the dreams of those before us, the ancient hopeful cries
the promise of our future: our needing and our nurture
lie here before our eyes.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

We place upon your table a humble loaf of bread:
the gift of field and hillside, the grain by which we’re fed;

we come to taste the presence of him on whom we feed,
to strengthen and connect us, to challenge and correct us,
to love in word and deed.


We place upon your table a simple cup of wine:
the fruit of human labour, the gift of sun and vine;

We come to taste the presence of him we claim as Lord,
His dying and His living, His leading and His giving,
His love in cup outpoured.


We gather round your table, we pause within our quest,
we stand beside our neighbours, we name the stranger “guest”.

The feast is spread before us, you bid us come and dine:
in blessing we’ll uncover, in sharing we’ll discover
your substance and your sign.


Michael Joncas

Prayer over the Gifts:

As the grain once scattered in the fields
and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside
are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,
so, Lord, may your whole Church soon be gathered together
from the corners of the earth
into your kingdom.


The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks.

You renew the Church in every age by raising up
men and women outstanding in holiness,
living witnesses of Your unchanging love.
They inspire us by their heroic lives,
and help us by their constant prayers to be the
living sign of Your saving power.

We praise you, Lord,
with all the angels and saints in their song of joy:

Sanctus & Benedictus (Thorne)

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and of Might
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the Highest!

The Eucharistic Prayer (B)

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood
of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body
which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins
of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of
Our Blesséd Lady, St. Thomas our Patron,
and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in the one bread.

Agnus Dei – Thorne

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world Grant us Peace

Presentation of the Gifts

Come not because you are strong,
but because you are weak.
Come not because any goodness of your own
but because you need mercy and help.
Come because you love the Lord a little
and would like to love him more.
Come because he loves you
and gave his life for you.

Jesus is the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blesséd are those who are called to his supper
Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only
say the word and I shall be healed.

Communion Antiphon

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem; he feeds you with the finest wheat. (Psalm 147:12,14)

Distribution of Communion

Video: Tavener and Bjork “Prayer of the Heart”

Communion Hymn – Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture-in the Body and the Blood-
he will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged Seraph; cherubim with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord most high.

Gerard Moultrie (1829-85).

Post-Communion Prayer

Holy Father,
who gathered us here around the table of your Son
to share this meal with the whole household of God:
in that new world where you reveal
the fullness of your peace,
gather people of every race and language
to share with your servant Ninian and all your saints
in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Blessing and Dismissal

Archdeacon: The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s Blessing

God give you grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love; and the blessing of God Almighty, the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.


Fr. Simon:     The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour,
First-begotten from the dead,
Thou alone, our strong defender,
Liftest up thy people’s head.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Jesu, true and living bread!

Here our humblest homage pay we;
Here in loving reverence bow;
Here for Faith’s discernment pray we,
Lest we fail to know thee now.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Thou art here, we ask not how.

Though the lowliest form doth veil thee.
As of old in Bethlehem,
Here as there thine angels hail thee,
Branch and flower of Jesse’s stem,
Alleluia, alleluia
We in worship join with them.

Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished
Once for all when thou wast slain,
In its fullness undiminished
Shall for evermore remain,
Alleluia, alleluia
Cleansing souls from every stain.

Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
Stricken Rock with streaming side,
Heaven and earth with loud hosanna
Worship thee, the Lamb who died,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Risen, ascended, glorified