Before an ample crowd of members, guests and well-wishers, The Rev. Scott Walker was installed as Rector of St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Sebring Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12. An important event in the life of a church is the calling of new leadership. This was the case for St. Agnes. Leading the Celebration of New Ministry was the Rt. Rev. Greg Brewer, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida.
The service involved a great deal of symbolic liturgy for which the Episcopal Church is noted. A “Litany for Ordinations” with congregational responses was chanted, and a total of five hymns were sung. Three readings from scripture and a psalm highlighted the early part of the service. Joanna Wright read the first lesson and a second lesson was read by David Onsted. Bishop Brewer read the Gospel lesson and delivered the sermon, urging support for Father Walker.
Members of the congregation, as well as the Bishop, presented various objects representing the work of the church to Father Walker including: a Bible, holy water, a stole, a prayer book, keys to the building, a collection of the Canons of the Church, and bread and wine for the Holy Communion.
During a brief pause in the service the new Rector greeted the clergy, family members and the congregation.
The liturgy concluded with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and a special blessing by the Bishop.
Pre-service music, including works by J.S. Bach and Sigfrid Karg-Elert, was performed by David H. Rinald, organist and choirmaster of St. Francis Episcopal Church of Lake Placid. Rinald also directed a choir of some 35 singers which performed two anthems: “Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart” by Healey Willan and “Look At The World” by John Rutter. Choristers came from St. Francis, St. Agnes, St. James Catholic Church of Lake Placid, Spring Lake Presbyterian Church as well as other churches from the surrounding area.