Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore His sacred name.
With organ and trumpet accompaniment, those words sounded forth from several hundred voices as 15 robed and vested clergy processed down the center aisle of the sanctuary led by a crucifer who quite literally, lifted high the cross of Christ. So began the festive installation service for our new Lead Pastor, Todd Mathison.
Pastors Mike Bradley and Julie Smith, national staff of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) preached and officiated. Special guests included Pastor Lu Mathison, Todd Mathison’s father, former Senior Pastor, Larry Kassebaum, several friends and former members of the Mathisons, and a retired member Church of the Lutheran Brethren denomination. Pastor Bradley noted that two weeks before Pastor Mathison’s installation he presided at the installation of Pastor Drew Nelson, Todd and Anne Mathison’s son-in law, thereby calling attention to three generations of those who have served Christ’s church.
Clergy present, many of whom are members of Victory, joined in the laying on of hands as a prayer of blessing was prayed over the newly installed. Following the rite of installation, Pastor Mathison presided at the communion table, and clergy and spouses present distributed the elements to worshipers.
The service included trumpet and violin accompaniment for congregational singing and two chancel choir anthems. Following worship, members of the Next Transition Team hosted a reception in Fellowship Hall.
Those present for the installation service were joined by over 400 others who have watched our live-stream event!