Published Saturday, February 23, 2013
From Staff Reports
Joseph Allan Sandlin was installed as the fourth rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in ceremonies that included vestments, incense, hymns, Eucharist and a sermon by the bishop.
“A Celebration of New Ministry” was held at St. Paul’s on the morning of Feb. 9. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, came to St. Paul’s for the ceremonies.
Wright said Allan Sandlin has been called to work “as a pastor, priest and teacher” and has been “selected to serve God at St. Paul’s Church in Newnan.”
The bishop advised Sandlin, “Having committed yourself to this work, do not forget the trust of those who have chosen you. Care alike for the young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. By your words – and in your life – proclaim the gospel.”
Wright urged Sandlin to “love and serve Christ’s people” and to give the members of the congregation strength and nourishment “to glorify God in this life and the life to come.”
St. Paul’s wardens stood with Sandlin and Wright at the beginning of the service, with an ordination litany following. Biblical passages from Joshua, Romans and John were read during the service, and Psalm 43 was chanted responsively.
Hymns included “Christ is made the sure foundation,” “God is love, let heaven adore him,” “Great is thy faithfulness,” “We gather at Your table, Lord,” “Holy, holy, holy Lord,” “The fraction anthem,” “Now the silence,” “I come with joy to meet my Lord,” “Precious Lord, take my hand” and “Lord, you give the great commission.”
Wright presented Sandlin and his family – wife Gretchen Nagy, daughter Lizzy and son Thomas to the congregation.
Liz Grant Hilton from St. Augustine’s Church in Morrow was deacon for the service, and the subdeacon was Lee Curtis, a seminarian at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. David Waldron served as assistant to the bishop.
Dwight Ellison and Tony King were vergers, and Les Turner was assistant verger. David Martin was the dove bearer, and Cheney Thomasson served as thurifer. Ross Dean carried the processional cross.
Torch bearers were Ethan King, Ian Meister, Emma Francis and Lydia Polley. Sophie Boynton carried the St. Paul’s banner, and Nick Watts brought the Diocesan banner into the sanctuary. Charles Matthews was the gospel bearer, and the clergy cross was borne by Michael Francis.
Litanists were Beth Knowlton, canon for liturgy and prayer at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, and Barry Griffin, rector of St. Augustine’s. Emma Meister and Marc Honea were lectors.
Eucharistic ministers were Kimberly Ellison, Kay Lewis, Daniel Martin and Rick Plasket. Ushers were Stephen Camp, David Carver, Mike Gallagher, Daryl Jones, Tom Mathews, Nan Newman, Mike Scott, Nina Turan and Philip Turner.
Nancy Lewis directed the St. Paul’s parish choir. William Fred Scott, organist for the service, is head of choral activities at the Westminister Schools in Atlanta and organist at Northwest Presbyterian Church. He was artistic director of the Atlanta Opera for 20 years.
Other musicians were Olivia Brown, flute; Linda Cherniavsky, violin; Brian Hinkemeyer, horn; Terry Hinkemeyer, trumpet; Rebecca Klein, violin; and Thomas Sandlin, cello.
A luncheon in the parish hall followed the service.