On the 30th Anniversary of My Ordination to Ministry

May 20, 1979, I was ordained into the ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Rosemont Christian Church in Dallas Texas.  It was a day I shall always cherish.

Laying on of Hands Cermony--David Waggoner's Ordination, May 20, 1979

Laying on of Hands Ceremony--David Waggoner's Ordination, May 20, 1979

Pictured, Counter-clockwise from the left front:

  • Earl Waggoner, my father
  • Polly Waggoner, my mother, just visible in white skirt
  • Dr. Marcus Bryant, Professor, Brite Divinity School, TCU
  • Rev. Robert Minshall, Senior Minister, Rosemont
  • Rev. Sydney Carnes, Senior Minister, Oak Cliff Christian Church, Dallas
  • Dan Bates, Rosemont Elder
  • Hal Morris, Board Chair for Rosemont, just visible in green choir robe
  • Rev. Robert Allen, Associate Regional Minister, Christian Church in the Southwest
  • In the background: Skip Pendley, youth group member, and the Rosemont Senior Choir

One of my colleagues looked up what feast day is celebrated on May 20.  It is the Feast of Alcuin of York, (c.735-804) Deacon and Abbot of St Martins of Tours, A.D. 804.  The Collect for the Feast is:

Almighty God, in a rude and barbarous age you raised your deacon, Alcuin to rekindle the light of learning:  Illumine our minds, we pray, that amid the uncertainties and confusions of our own time we may show forth your eternal truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

It is amazing to realize this prayer is 1205 years old; it could have been written today.  I hope and pray that I honor Alcuin’s commission to rekindle the light of learning, and illumine minds amid the uncertainties and confusions of our own time.