JERUSALEM – On Sunday, the 23rd of September, Bishop Munib Younan installed Rev. Carrie Smith as the pastor of the English Speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and as Special Assistant to the Bishop. Along with her blessing from Bishop Younan, Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the Arabic Speaking congregation, Rev. Mari Parkkinen of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Rev. Mark Brown, the Church Council Chairperson of the English Speaking congregation, Rev. Robert Smith, both a special advisor to Bishop Younan and Rev. Carrie’s husband, and Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, Representative of the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland in Jerusalem, Rev. Carrie was also surrounded by members of the English and Arabic speaking congregations, as well as her husband and children. Bishop Younan presented the places of Word and Sacrament – the font, altar, and pulpit – after the blessing and the laying on of hands.
Bishop Munib Younan and the English-Speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) welcomed new volunteers for a year of service in the Holy Land. The six Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) volunteers, known as Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) were blessed. The YAGM work with the ELCJHL’s schools and ministries and worship with Palestinian Christians throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank. Other volunteers who were commissioned were with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Lutheran World Federation, Jerusalem Program. Bishop Munib Younan, Rev. Mark Brown, Church Council President, Rev. Jeff VonWald, Co-YAGM Coordinator, and Revs. Martin and Angela Zimmann, pastors of the English-Speaking congregation, commissioned and welcomed the new volunteers.
“We are accompanying each other with the various gifts that we have and that God has bestowed upon us,” said Bishop Munib Younan during the service. “You have come here to serve as equals with equal partners, to accompany them as they accompany you.”
“May God bless you in this very demanding, but very rewarding, experience.”
To listen to music from the service, visit the ELCJHL’s Soundcloud page.
To see photos from the service, visit our photo gallery.