Sunday, November 7, 2010
A Service of Dedication
~On All Saints Sunday, 2010, we gather in the East Churchyard~
For many years the people of St. Andrew’s Church have desired to improve our buildings and grounds to enhance accessibility for those who have difficulty with stairs or who must make use of a walker or a wheelchair. Through the loving efforts and generous stewardship of many friends and family members during the past year, we are able today to dedicate a new entry to our lovely and historic Church.
The recontoured East Churchyard now includes a gently graded walkway, without steps, leading from the Hampton Street sidewalk to a renewed Entrance, providing enhanced accessibility for all.
For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
The Entry that we dedicate today is presented to honor and give thanks for the ministry of the Rev. William H. Marchl, III, as Rector of the Church of the Advent, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Trinity Episcopal Church, Coshocton, Ohio, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Smithfield, North Carolina; as Chaplain and Member of the Faculty of the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania; and as Priest Associate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We thank him for his gracious, wise, and caring service, and for the faithful spiritual witness that he shares in all seasons of life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate with him in the love of his family, and most especially of his wife Laura, of their children Will and Caroline Grace, and of his parents, Bill and Mary Anne.
Minister Our help is in the Name of the LORD.
Congregation Who hath made heaven and earth.
Minister Blessed be the Name of the LORD.
Congregation From this time forth, for evermore.
Minister The Lord be with you.
Congregation And with thy spirit.
Minister Let us Pray. O God, who hallowest places dedicated to Thy Name; pour Thy grace, we beseech Thee, upon this new Entrance to St. Andrew’s Church; Sanctify and bless it, that all who shall call upon Thee in their worship here may feel the help of Thy gracious mercy and protection, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 10: 9
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter into it.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
The Cutting of the Ribbon and the Opening of the Doors
~The Congregation, followed by Choir and Clergy, enter the Church through the new Entrance~