New York School of Ministry Graduate Ordained in Susquehanna Association
Thursday, December 19, 2013
On the afternoon of the third Sunday of Advent, Preble Congregational UCC was filled with people who traveled through the snow to celebrate Brenda McCutcheon’s ordination. Brenda, the second graduate of the New York School of Ministry’s Word & Sacrament Program, serves as the Corporate Director of Elder Life and Spirituality for Loretto, an organization providing long-term care services for older adults in Central New York. Brenda’s ministry at Loretto includes providing pastoral care and leadership, working with chaplains on services and on the spiritual aspects of aging, celebrating the lives of elders, and spiritually companioning elders, their families, and staff members. Representatives from Loretto, including their new CEO, spoke of the impact that Brenda’s presence, vision, and ministry has upon their organization.
Brenda began her educational and formational path in the NY Conference’s Lay Ministry Program thirteen years ago. She transferred to the Christian Leadership Program of the New York School of Ministry in 2007 and then was approved by her association’s Committee on Ministry to enroll in the Word & Sacrament Program. In the video below, Brenda reflects on her experience with the New York School of Ministry:
The ordination service concluded with the congregation ringing small bells, as Brenda offered a blessing:
Go and be a bell, make noise, wake people up, draw people to you, be a bell.
Go and be a beacon of light, like the Light of the World, be a source of joy, be a holy and healing presence, be a bell.
Go and walk in peace, be peace, tell others of the good news, announce it, be a bell.
Go in joy, rejoicing, in the love of God that is ours. Go, and be the face of Jesus Christ, to all you meet, be a bell.