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After discussing the need of ordination among the ministry and some of the congregation, the bishop decides when he feels the congregation is ready to hold an ordination and will inform everyone two weeks prior to the Council-meeting church, giving time to think and pray about it. During the Council meeting church the congregation votes on the proposal of holding an ordination. If everyone agrees, the ordination in most cases will then take place two weeks later on Communion Sunday. This period of time is called "Besinn-Zeit."
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Ordination is a very solemn occasion. After each person has given their vote, the bishop takes songbooks, equal to the number of nominees, and places a slip of paper inside one of the books. Various communities write different phrases or verses on that paper. One is Proverbs 16:33. They tie string around the books and shuffle them. The songbooks are placed upright on a table or bench, according to the custom of the community. After the congregation kneels for prayer and then is seated, those in the lot, draw the songbooks, one at a time until all the books are taken. The bishop then unties the first man's book. If the slip is not in that book, he places it on the table and continues to the other men until the paper is found. To Be Continued in next week's blog article
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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 6, 2013