Oklahoma flock welcomes shepherd

11/4/2016

Bishop James G. "Jimmy" Nunn presides at the Great Thanksgiving on Oct. 23 at Tulsa-Asbury UMC. Photos by Mark Moore

‘I promise to be … a teacher of the faith, a pastor of souls, a means to the unity of the body of Christ, a means of reconciliation and healing’ — Bishop Jimmy Nunn

Enfolded in music, dance, and visual artistry, United Methodists of the Oklahoma Area celebrated the assignment of Bishop Jimmy Nunn and Mary Nunn on Oct. 23 at Tulsa-Asbury UMC. "What a precious honor and, first of all, thanks be to God," said the bishop. His sermon was titled "Steady in Purpose." Representatives of both annual conferences presented gifts that symbolize episcopal ministry. "We receive you with joy and thanksgiving," the people declared, and pledged "our prayers, our loyalty, and our support as you lead us." As the Nunns stood together for a blessing prayer, Church leaders laid hands on them and worshippers in the pews extended theirs toward the couple.

 

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New shepherd in the field — At his installation service, Bishop Jimmy Nunn accepts the episcopal staff carved for him by Jim Hoover of Muskogee. Its hook encircles the emblems of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary and Oklahoma Conferences. More from the Oct. 23 program at Tulsa-Asbury UMC.

Presented by Bailee Allen and Charlie Ludden, the Communion set was made by artists at Cookson Hills Center.

At the bishop’s request, 30 clergywomen were Communion celebrants, including Elizabeth Horton-Ware, left, and Kathy Morris. This year is the 60th anniversary of the ordination of women in Methodism.

The gavel, presented by Tom Harrison and David Dunson, is a gift from retired Bishop Dan Solomon, which he used when he led the Oklahoma Area.

Watch the service: www.okumc.org