On 22nd November 2020 James Lapping, assistant curate at St Silas, was Ordained as Presbyter by Bishop Andy Lines.
It was an unusual ordination service, taking place with stringent safety measures because of the pandemic. Yet in the midst of the restrictions, there was real joy and encouragement. We are thankful for a Bishop who opened up the Scriptures faithfully, proclaiming Jesus as the good shepherd of John 10, clarifying that no Presbyter ever stops being a sheep, encouraging James at the privilege of the task, and urging him from 1 Peter 3 to be a faithful under shepherd, eager to serve, and mindful of the need to give an account to the Lord Jesus.
Though the Covid travel restrictions precluded guests from outside of Glasgow, there was still the great joy and encouragement of other Anglican presbyters attending to support James – several in person and many more online from far and wide. And there was a profound sense of thankfulness that even when one has felt it right and necessary to leave the structures of the historic denomination, and its apparent security of structured training routes, the Lord is continuing to raise up and provide pastor-teachers for his church.
The ordination service can be viewed here: