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Ordination of Pastor Debbie Orr

God calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to declare the wonderful deeds of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light. 

The Church is the Body of Christ, the people of God and the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. To serve this royal priesthood, God has given a variety of ministries.

 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
When the church was very young it was growing rapidly. One day over 2000 were saved and baptised, on another day another 3000 were baptised. So it quickly needed to get organised. Deacons were selected with responsibility for caring for widows, distributing food, taking care of the offerings. The people needed this ministry. And it was to free up the leaders of the church, so that they could give their attention to prayer and teaching of the word. That is the assignment of anyone who is ordained to the gospel ministry.

There is a scriptural basis for ordination. Jesus chose a select group of men whom He “ordained” or “appointed” to be his special representatives (John 15:16; Mark 3:14). There was evidently an ordination service of some sort held at the church at Antioch for Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:2,3). Paul and Barnabas also ordained elders in the churches (Acts 14:23). Paul commanded Titus to ordain elders or pastors (Titus 1:5).  Later in life, Paul commissioned the Ephesians in Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Ordination does not make the preacher. Unless they is called of God, ordination means nothing. The New Testament teaches that God’s ministers are called (Hebrews 5:4). The person to be ordained must have a burning conviction that God has called them and that they must preach. The apostle Paul had such a conviction. He said: “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! (I Corinthians 9:16).
Jesus Christ taught us the spirit of true leadership when he said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:26-28). Those in ministry will be be hard pressed, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
And so on Sunday 29th September, we charged Debbie Orr with the following:

We charge you with keeping your life holy, and living a life that is separated. In that position, you must keep watch over yourself. You must be holy, separated to the Lord’s work. In your personal life you are called to be above reproach. When there are decisions you are called upon to make you must choose the better way. You are an example to the people in this church and in this community. We cannot tell others how to live if our own house is not in order.
We charge you to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. And when you do preach you must do it with authority. You are charged with bringing the gospel message to this town. As members of 2gether Renfrewshire, you will have support from, and give support to all of the leaders of our Evangelical Alliance. Many, many times scripture states, “this saith the Lord.” You have been chosen to be a spokesman for God and that is a powerful assignment. Never treat it lightly.
We charge you to work hard. Our work is never done. There is no overtime pay. It’s never 9-5. If God has called you, He will provide the strength you need to do the job. He will not do one without the other. God calls every Christian to full time service, no matter what capacity you serve in. So work as if you are working for the Lord because you are. The work you will do will make an eternal difference in the lives of the people.
There is a cost, but that cost should not be your family. Make your family the proudest people in this community. And always no matter what you do, put them first. Never apologise to anyone for doing so. It is what God expects. Always remember that before God ordained the church, He ordained the family. They must be your first priority.
We charge you with being a shepherd.  One of the most compelling pictures of a pastor in the Bible is that of the shepherd. A good shepherd does several things. The shepherd feeds the flock, defends the flock and rules and leads and rescues. Episcopos is the word used in the NT.
It means overseer. Debbie, God has called you to the position of being one of the overseers of the flock here at Mossvale.
Sheep need a shepherd. Protect your flock from false teaching. The gospel message was at stake and frankly it still is. If the gospel were to change, the death of the church would be certain. There are those who try to water it down, rewrite and it and some even attempt to eliminate it. You cannot allow that to happen. You are God’s chosen servant in this place. And as you work, work as though you are working for the Lord.
Debbie accepted this charge, and made her pledge: 

Before God and by his grace I pledge the following:
I pledge to keep watch over my own life, seeking to live in a manner pleasing to God and worthy of his calling.
I pledge to watch over and pray for the flock of God entrusted to my care as one who must give an account.
I pledge to love, guide, and care for God’s people, from a willing spirit; not motivated by personal gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to me, but rather being an example to the flock.
I pledge to set an example for other believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  
I pledge to love my family, to raise my children in the training and instruction of the Lord, to manage my own household well, and to maintain a good reputation in the community.
I pledge to study the Scriptures that I may teach what is in accord with sound doctrine and handle God’s Word correctly to the best of my ability.  
I pledge in my teaching to show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech befitting the Word of God.
I pledge to preach God’s Word, to be prepared in season and out of season, to correct, rebuke and encourage — with patience and careful instruction.  
I pledge to proclaim the whole counsel of God from the Scriptures without fear or hesitation.
I pledge to discharge faithfully all the duties of my ministry in a manner that is honourable to both God and man.
These things I pledge before God, asking his grace that I may fulfil them and his forgiveness where I may fail or fall short.
Charge to the congregation
Do you, the members of Mossvale Community Church, acknowledge and publicly receive Debbie Orr as a Pastor, as a gift of Christ to this church? Will you love her and pray for her in her ministry, and work together with her humbly and cheerfully,  that by the grace of God you may accomplish the mission of the church, giving her all due honour and support in her leadership to which the Lord has called her, to the glory and honour of God?

Final statement
Debbie Orr, because we believe the Holy Spirit has gifted you to this ministry and made you a gift to this church and trust that we have not acted in haste, but in prayerful dependence on Christ, therefore, it is our joy as the council of elders of this church to lay hands on you and call upon God Himself to seal to you this ministry for your life and His glory. Amen.
A new weekly devotional and prayer meeting, every Tuesday at 9.00am in the Group Room, Mossvale Hall.

Provided FREE by Childcare First, for parents and children aged 0 -2

next session:
Friday 4th October 1.00pm, Mossvale Hall.
We are delighted at the success of the Fountain Gardens Gala Day. Mossvale Community Church will be continuing to work in partnership with Friends of Fountain Gardens and other local community groups to promote positive community relationships.

Our church has links to the park going back to the 1880's! We encourage you to join the Facebook group to keep up to date with more activities.
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 superseding the Data Protection Act 1998. We accept our responsibilities to protect and manage data in accordance with accepted standards. We will comply with applicable GDPR regulations when they take effect in 2018.
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30th Sep 2019 






Devotional prayer time

10.00am - 2.30pm


10.00am - 2.30pm


Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages


1 to 1 sessions

12.00pm - 2.00pm

Social evening

5.30pm | 7.30pm


Goliath Must Fall

10.00am - 2.30pm

[Childcare First]





9.30am and
after the service



Sewing2gether All Nations
Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages

A weekly Sewing Workshop for English language learners to practice conversational English in a supportive environment.
We provide practical support for asylum seekers, refugees and new Scots.

A prayer meeting for the nation of Burkina Faso
and the work of Acacia Partnership Trust is held on the first Saturday
of each month in the Mossy Cafe at 9.30am. 

Pray for unity in 
the body of Christ
so that we will glorify God and so the world would know that God sent Jesus.

Street Connect is a Christian charity who reach out to and support disadvantaged and marginalised people, bringing them hope for a brighter and more fulfilling future. Their aim is to support and offer hope to individuals who are homeless, dealing with addictions, suffering mental health issues or experiencing social isolation, including people in prison or those with past convictions. 

They now have a drop-in café every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Church, Bishop’s Court, Paisley, PA3 2AF and would love for you to come in and see what they are doing. 
They are there every Thursday morning from 9.30 for prayer and then drop-in is from 10 am - 1 pm. 
They also run a Recovery Group from 1.30 - 3.00 pm for those who want to go further in their recovery.   

To find out more visit

Welcome to our latest regular hall users:
Care Visions Fostering. 

Their foster carers will be receiving regular support and training here at Mossvale. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer they would love to tell you more about it.
Baby Sensory Classes
Classes run in the Mossvale Hall on Tuesdays at 10am 11.30am and 1.30pm
and must be prebooked. 

Check out their website to enquire about attending.

Slimming World
in the Mossvale Hall

Thursday evenings
at 5.30pm & 7.30pm 
We need
your support.
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