The Ordination of a Deacon, Andy Houltberg, March 20, 2021 bulletin







Loren Andrew Houltberg


Saturday, March 20, 2021

11:00 A.M.

Christ Episcopal Cathedral






Prelude                                 Preludium in G major                              N. Bruhns                            


Please stand as the choir sings


Hymn                                                    “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart”

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

all else be nought to me, save that thou art-

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father; thine own may I be;

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.


High King of heaven, when victory is won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


The people remain standing


Bishop:            Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People:         His mercy endures forever. 


Bishop:         Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from

you  no secrets are hid. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify  your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.


People:          Amen.




The Presentation


The bishop and people sit. A Priest and a Lay Person, and additional presenters, standing before the bishop, present the ordinand, saying


Mark, Bishop in the Church of God, on behalf of the clergy and people of the Diocese of Western Kansas, we present to you, Loren Andrew Houltberg, to be ordained a deacon in Christ’s holy catholic Church.


Bishop:         Has he been selected in accordance with the canons of this Church? And do you believe his manner of life to be suitable to the exercise of this ministry?


Presenters:     We certify to you that he has satisfied the requirements of the canons, and we believe him to be qualified for this order.


The Bishop says to the ordinand


Will you be loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them? And will you, in accordance with the canons of this Church, obey your bishop and other ministers who may have authority over you and your work?




I am willing and ready to do so; and I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.


The Ordinand then signs the above Declaration in the sight of all present.


All stand and the Bishop says to the people


Dear friends in Christ, you know the importance of this ministry, and the weight of your responsibility in presenting Loren Andrew Houltberg for ordination to the sacred order of deacons. Therefore if any of you know any impediment or crime because of which we should not proceed, come forward now, and make it known.



If no objection is made, the Bishop continues


Is it your will that Andy be ordained a deacon?

People:             It is.


Bishop:            Will you uphold him in this ministry?

People:           We will.


Bishop:            In peace let us pray to the Lord.


All remain standing for the Litany for Ordinations, which will be sung by the Cantor. The Choir

will respond for the people


Cantor:          God the Father,

Choir:             Have mercy on us.


Cantor:          God the Son,

Choir:             Have mercy on us.


Cantor:                   God the Holy Spirit,

Choir:             Have mercy on us.


Cantor:          Holy Trinity, one God,

Choir:              Have mercy on us.


Cantor:          We pray to you, Lord Christ.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the Day of your Coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For all members of your Church in their vocation and ministry, that they may serve you in a true and godly life, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:             Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and for all bishops, priests, and deacons, that they may be filled with your love, may hunger for truth, and may thirst after righteousness, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:                   For Andy, chosen deacon in your Church, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:             Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          That he may faithfully fulfill the duties of this ministry, build up your Church, and glorify your Name, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          That by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit he may be sustained and
encouraged to persevere to the end, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For his family that they may be adorned with all Christian virtues, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our
divisions may cease and that all may be one as you and the Father are one we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:             Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:             Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For those in positions of public trust that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:          For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

Choir:              Lord, hear our prayer.


Cantor:            Rejoicing in the fellowship of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.

Choir:              To you, O Lord our God.


Cantor:          Lord, have mercy.

Choir:           Christ, have mercy.

Cantor:                        Lord, have mercy.


The Bishop says to the people 


The Lord be with you.

People:         And also with you.


Bishop:            Let us pray.


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were being cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

People:          Amen.




The Ministry of the Word


Please be seated


A Reading from Jeremiah (1:4-9)


Now 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. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”


Reader:         The Word of the Lord.

People:                    Thanks be to God.


Sung by choir


Psalm 119 (33-40) (Anglican Chant)                                    John Jones


Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes,
and I shall keep it to the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law;
I shall keep it with all my heart.

Make me go in the path of your commandments,
for that is my desire.

Incline my heart to your decrees
and not to unjust gain.

Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless;
give me life in your ways.

Fulfill your promise to your servant,
which you make to those who fear you.

Turn away the reproach which I dread,
because your judgments are good.

Behold, I long for your commandments;
in your righteousness preserve my life.

A Reading from 2 Corinthians (4:1-6)

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.  We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.  For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


Reader:          The Word of the Lord.

People:                    Thanks be to God.


Please stand. Sung by choir


Hymn                                                                          “I the Lord of Sea and Sky”


I, the Lord of sea and sky,

I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in deepest sin

My hand will save.

I who made the stars of night,

I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them?

Whom shall I send?



     Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

     I have heard you calling in the night.

     I will go, Lord, if you lead me,

     I will hold your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of snow and rain,

I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them,

They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone,

Give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them.

Whom shall I send?



I, the Lord of wind and flame,

I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them,

My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide

Till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them.

Whom shall I send?



Please remain standing for the reading of the Gospel


A Priest reads the Gospel, first saying


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (22:24-27)

People:                      Glory to you, Lord Christ.


A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table?  But I am among you as one who serves.


Priest:            The Gospel of the Lord.

People:          Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Sermon                                                                              Reverend Loren Houltberg






All stand

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:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from 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.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He 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 Examination

All are seated except the ordinand, who stands before the Bishop.

The Bishop addresses the ordinand as follows

My brother, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.


As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and you are to
carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.


My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by God and his Church to the life and work of a deacon?

Ordinand:        I believe I am so called.


Bishop:         Do you now in the presence of the Church commit yourself to this trust and responsibility?

Ordinand:        I do.


Bishop:         Will you respect and be guided by the pastoral direction and leadership of your bishop?

Ordinand:        I will.


Bishop:            Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures?

Ordinand:      I will.


Bishop:         Will you look for Christ in all others, being ready to help and serve those in need?

Ordinand:        I will.


Bishop:            Will you do your best to pattern your life and that of your family in accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people?

Ordinand:        I will.


Bishop:            Will you in all things seek not your glory but the glory of the Lord Christ?

Ordinand:        I will.


Bishop:            May the Lord by his grace uphold you in the service he lays upon


Ordinand:        Amen.


The Consecration of the Deacon


All now stand except the ordinand, who kneels facing the bishop.

The following hymn is sung by the choir

Hymn                                                                                 “Veni Sancte Spiritus”

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,

and lighten with celestial fire.

Thou the anointing Spirit art,

who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessèd unction from above

is comfort, life, and fire of love.

Enable with perpetual light

the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face

with the abundance of thy grace.

Keep far our foes, give peace at home:

where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,

and thee, of both, to be but One,

that through the ages all along,

this may be our endless song:

praise to thy eternal merit,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


A period of silent prayer follows, the people still standing.


The Bishop then says this Prayer of Consecration


O God, most merciful Father, we praise you for sending your Son Jesus Christ, who took on himself the form of a servant, and humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death on the cross. We praise you that you have highly exalted him, and made him Lord of all; and that, through him, we know that whoever would be great must be servant of all. We praise you for the many ministries in your Church, and for calling these your servants to the order of deacons.


Here the Bishop lays hands upon the head of the ordinand, and prays


Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Andy; fill him with grace and power, and make him a deacon in your Church.


The Bishop then continues


Make him, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let his life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through him many may come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ’s service, and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.


The People in a loud voice respond




The new deacon is now vested according to the order of deacons.


The Bishop then gives a Bible to the newly ordained, saying


Receive this Bible as the sign of your authority to proclaim God’s Word and to assist in the ministration of his holy Sacraments.


The Peace


The Bishop then says to the congregation


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:               And also with you.


The Offertory


Today’s offering will be directed to the discretionary fund for The Rev. Andy Houltberg.



Musical Offering                    “The Gift of Love”                   arr. Hal H Hopson

                                             Bradyn Houltberg, soloist


Though I may speak with bravest fire,

And have the gift to all inspire,

And have not love, my words are vain,

As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.


Though I may give all I possess,

And striving so my love profess,

But not be given by love within,

The profit soon turns strangely thin.


Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,

Our spirits long to be made whole.

Let inward love guide every deed;

By this we worship, and are freed.


The Great Thanksgiving


The newly ordained Deacon prepares the bread, pours sufficient wine (and a little water) into the chalice, and places the vessels on the Lord’s Table.


The Bishop goes to the Table and begins the Great Thanksgiving


Please Stand


Bishop:         The Lord be with you.

People:                        And also with you.

Bishop:         Lift up your hearts.

People:            We lift them to the Lord.

Bishop:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The Celebrant proceeds


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through the great shepherd of your flock, Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to be with them always, even to the end of the ages. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Sung by choir


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and 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 people remain standing as the Celebrant continues


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all


He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.


At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.


On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”





Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:


Celebrant and People


Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.


The Celebrant continues


We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.


Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.


All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Bishop breaks the consecrated Bread.


 A period of silence is kept and then the choir sings


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

The Bishop says


The Gifts of God for the People of God.


All baptized Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion. If you have not been baptized and would like to receive a blessing, please come forward and cross your arms across your chest.


Hymn                                                                                   “Wait for the Lord”                                                                                                                       Jacques Berthier


Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!


Prepare the way for the Lord.

Make straight a path for God.

Prepare the way for the Lord.


Rejoice in the Lord always:

God is at hand.

Joy and Gladness for all who seek the Lord.


The glory of the Lord shall be revealed.

All the earth will see the Lord.


I waited for the Lord.

God hear my Cry.


Our eyes are fixed on the Lord our God.


Seek first the kingdom of God.

Seek and you shall find.


O Lord show us your way.

Guide us in your truth.


After Communion, the Bishop says


Let us pray.




Please stand


Bishop and People


Almighty Father, we thank you for feeding us with the holy food of the Body and Blood of your Son, and for uniting us through him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. We thank you for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of your Word and Sacraments. We pray that Andy may be to us an effective example in word and action, in love and patience, and in holiness of life. Grant that we, with him, may serve you now, and always rejoice in your glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Bishop then blesses the people


All remain standing and the choir sings


Hymn                                                          “Lord you give the great commission”

                                                                       Sung to the tune: HYMN TO JOY


Lord, you give the great commission:

“Heal the sick and preach the word.”

Lest the Church neglect its mission

and the Gospel go unheard,

help us witness to your purpose

with renewed integrity;


with the Spirit’s gifts empower us

for the work of ministry.


Lord, you call us to your service:

“In my name baptize and teach.”

That the world may trust your promise,

life abundant meant for each,

give us all I new fervor, draw us

closer in community;



Lord, you make the common holy:

“This my body, this my blood.”

Let your priests, for earth’s true glory,

daily lift life heavenward,

asking that the world around us

share your children’s liberty;



Lord, you show us love’s true measure:

“Father, what they do, forgive.”

Yet we hoard as private treasure

all that you so freely give.

May your care and mercy lead us

to a just society;



Lord, you bless with words assuring:

“I am with you to the end.”

Faith and hope and love restoring,

may we serve as you intend,

and, amid the cares that claim us,

hold in mind eternity;



The new Deacon dismisses the people saying

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

People:         Thanks be to God.


Postlude                                            Paean                                        Craig Phillips











The Right Reverend Mark Cowell

Bishop of Western Kansas


Bishop’s Chaplain

The Very Reverend Jerry Jones


Dean of Christ Cathedral

The Very Reverend David B. Hodges



Reverend Loren Houltberg


Director of Music, Organist and Cantor

Dr. Hentus van Rooyen



The Rev. Shay Craig, The Very Rev. David Hodges, Sandy Houltberg

and Carolyn Peterson



DeMay Grunden



The Rev. Canon Catherine Cox



Arthur Jones



Jennifer Higgins



Linda Favre and Harry Smith



Caleb Hildebrand

Bradyn Houltberg

Jair Miertschen

Elise Nelson








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