Three Bishops Celebrate New Ministry

Yesterday, the parish of St. Andrew’s (Saratoga, California) celebrated new ministry with the Reverend Channing R. Smith, our new Rector (senior priest). We also welcomed our own Bishop Mary plus the two Bishops of our Companion Diocese who are visiting this week:

This is the third round of visits among the companion Bishops: the three already met in Tanzania and in England earlier this year.

Events started Friday at the San Francisco airport where a crowd gathered with balloons and signs to sing in welcome to Bishop Michael and Bishop Gerard. Yesterday was the Rector installation service at St. Andrew’s, and today is a companion diocese service followed by lunch and workshops at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose, California. Last night’s installation was glorious and joyful. I was the driver for the preacher, Rev. Dr. Mark Anschutz, and his wife Peggy so I had the opportunity to talk with them in advance. Leroy Kromm‘s direction of the music was masterful and inspiring. I am looking forward to hearing more from our visiting Bishops at the cathedral today.

Waiting for the Bishops at SFO

Waiting for the Bishops at SFO
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Three Bishops Hugging at SFO

Three Bishops Hugging at SFO, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Bishop Gerard Serenaded

The Right Reverend Gerard Mpango Serenaded, SFO
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Escorting Visitors to Cars

Escorting Visitors to Cars, SFO, Katy Dickinson, Margaret Mpango
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Welcome Songs

Welcome Songs
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Pictures Before Installation

Pictures Before Installation, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Channing Smith
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Waiting Under Oak to Start

Waiting Under Oak for Installation Service to Start, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Waiting to Process

Waiting to Process, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Service About to Start

Service About to Start, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Bagpipe Band

Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Installation Service

Installation Service, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Mary Gray-Reeves
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Welcoming New Rector with Gifts

Welcoming New Rector with Gifts, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Steve Kottmeier, Channing Smith
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Three Bishops at the altar

Three Bishops at the altar, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Celebrating Our New Rector

Celebrating Our New Rector, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Channing and Mary Smith, Mary Gray-Reeves
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Communion with 3 Bishops

Communion with 3 Bishops, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Channing Smith, Max Wright, Mark Anschutz, Jim Thomas
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
End of Service

Three Bishops, End of Installation Service, St. Andrew's Saratoga California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Reception after installation

Reception after installation, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
3 Bishops and John Watson-Williams

Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, and John Watson-Williams, St. Andrew's Saratoga California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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  1. praise the lord, dear pastor, my name is samuel from india. i doing the indipent church ministries past 12 year in india.i have 18 branches churches establish of diffrent of places in india. by god grace praise god want to your fellowship.i seen your ministries website i like the your fellowship.i will jion to your organestion. presently 10 missionaries doing the irgm ministreis various of villages in india.pl had for our missionary ministries in to your organestion. pl welcome to india visit to our ministries area. i will arranges a gospel meetings next year.pl pray and reply me. pl visit to our ministries web site;www.irgm.org our vision is 1000 churches plant for our nation thankyou in christ

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