On June 2, 2019 Rev. Jeremy Jinkins was installed as called Pastor, Head of Staff of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Carole Cook, member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and Rev. Michael Jinkins, had the honor of speaking at Jeremy's Installation Service. Below, are excerpts from each or you may click the buttons to read each in its entirety.
"Many have passed through our doors; staying and making this their church home. I see that continuing as both you and Caroline offer such warmth and approachability."
"You won me over when you mentioned that Caddyshack was a favorite movie of yours. I knew that you had a great sense of humor."
"With your heart for mission, instill in us that we are God's heart and hands here on earth and help us to minister to our less fortunate brothers and sisters."
Charge by Carole Cook
When asked by Jeremy to do the charge for this service, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was to do…I mean, I charge my phone; I charge with my credit card; I have been in charge and I have watched over my charges. But what does it mean to charge our pastor? In my research I found that “to charge” is defined as to “instruct” or “direct”. And reviewing some other installation service charges, it often appeared as a long list of things the minister should do and an even longer list of what not to do!
"One of the gifts of the installation of a new minister is that it provides a moment in which the church can stop, and pause, and take stock of who it is, and why it is, and where it is."
"Calling is always and inevitably a matter of following Jesus, personally, individually, and as a community of saints."
Sermon by Rev. Michael Jinkins
What is the Alternative?
Philippians 1: 1-11
“Paul and Timothy, servants (douloi) of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the Overseers (Episcopois) and Deacons (Diakonois): Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all, making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the explanation and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of goodness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”