Service of Installation

for THE REV. GREGORY K. WILLIAMSON

International Center The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Monday of Epiphany I January 9, A.D. 2012

ORDER OF MORNING PRAYER
Prelude Opening Versicles Concertato on abbot’s leigh Mark Bender LSB 235

Psalmody
Venite Office Hymn LSB 236 ff. “God’s Redeemed, Beloved and Holy”

Reading
Reading from Holy Scripture Galatians 2:1–10 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. L O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God. Sermon

Canticle
Te Deum Rite of Installation LSB 940

Chaplain (Colonel) Gregory K. Williamson Chief Mission Officer The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Rev. Gregory K. Williamson is serving his first three-year term as the chief mission officer of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In this position, he is responsible to the LCMS President for the mission, ministry and programmatic functions of the Synod’s national office—serving as the President’s liaison to the Synod’s corporate entities; working closely with the Synod’s chief financial officer and chief administrative officer in carrying out their respective responsibilities; supervising the work of the Office of National Mission, Office of International Mission, fund development and communications departments; and providing leadership, coordination and oversight for pre-seminary, seminary and post-seminary education and advocacy for pastoral education and health within the Synod. Prior to serving as Chief Mission Officer, Williamson served as command chaplain for United Nations Command (UNC), Combined Forces Command (CFC), and United States Forces Korea Command (USFK) at the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, Seoul, where he advised the UNC/CFC/USFK commander on matters of religion, morale, morals and quality of life. He also coordinated policy and activities with Army, Navy and Air Force chaplains, and with staff and command chaplains at Combatant Commands and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Williamson is a 1980 graduate of Concordia College (now University), Portland, Ore., and a 1983 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He was commissioned in the Army in 1982 and served as a reserve chaplain and civilian pastor until receiving a call to active duty in 1986. He remained on active duty until retiring in January 2012. Williamson and his wife, Jacqueline, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and one granddaughter. Aaron and Sarah reside in Hope Mills, NC. Isaac, Emilie, and Elizabeth Rose reside in Raleigh, NC.

Prayer
Collects Collect of the Day Additional Collects Collect for Grace Lord’s Prayer Benedicamus and Benediction Welcome and Introductions Postlude Everyone is cordially invited to a reception in the Commons. Officiant and Preacher Organist Trumpet Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Rev. Jon D. Vieker Senior Assistant to the President Wesley Campbell “Finale for Trumpet” Henry Purcell LSB 241 ff. LSB 241

“God’s Redeemed, Beloved and Holy”—Text: © 2005 Stephen P. Starke; admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. Tune: Cyril V. Taylor (1907–1992). © 1942, renewed 1970 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI license no. 508491.