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Barend Biesheuvel Ordained 27 May, 2006

Posted 30 May 2006
After spending the last eight months as an intern minister at Summerlea, Barend Biesheuval was ordained a minister of the United Church of Canada at St. James United Church in Montreal on Saturday evening, 27 May 2006. Some twenty Summerlea folk were in attendance at the service, which featured lots of applause and generally joyful response to the ordination of Barend and seven other candidates.

Barend will be ministering to two charges in the area of Madoc, Ontario, west of Ottawa on Hwy 7, about an hour north of Belleville.

Congratulations and very best wishes to Barend from all your friends at Summerlea.

Following are a few snapshots of the event, which are pickable to see a larger version.

This year the reception preceded the ordination service.
We caught a couple of shots of Barend talking with Barb Moffat.
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Outside, the front of St. James has had the store fronts removed,
but scaffolding still hides much of the beauty that will soon be evident.
Inside, the church is in the form of a cross, large, light and open,
with a balcony on three sides.
The organ and choral music resound majestically.
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The communion table carried the chalices to be presented to the ordinands.
The choir sits in raised pews behind the organ console, which is low front and centre.
There is a lectern but no pulpit (of interest to our sanctuary refurbishment committee).
The St. James choir was joined by the Conference choir and,
for some hymns, the Gospel choir, standing.
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Rev. Steve Gillam, Education of Students Committee Chair,
presented the eight candidates for ordination:
Maggie Melanson, Rodney Bennett, Barend Biesheuvel, Rosa Elena Donoso Cruz,
Lois Gaudet, Angelika Piché, Piotr Strzelecki, Stéphane Vermette.

Each candidate then gave a brief introduction of himself / herself,
while the other candidates looked on.
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The Sermon was presented by Sharon Moon,
minister at Cedar Park United Church in Pointe-Claire.

The candidates were then received individually by laying on of hands
and presentation of a stole, chalice and a Bible.
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Congratulations and best wishes to Barend
and to the other new United Church ministers.

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