Derek’s installation at Praise Lutheran on Sunday afternoon was lovely.

Most of the circuit pastors came, as well as the District President.

Pastor Bushur, the senior (and now only) pastor at First, preached. He made sure to tell everyone that Derek is not perfect or all powerful, but a pastor. (The three P’s.)

Jonathan found a banana I’d packed and decided the middle of the sermon was the appropriate time to eat it.

The girls sang the first verse of “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb” after the Old Testament reading.

The pastors gathered around and reminded Derek through Scripture readings and blessings what the Office of the Holy Ministry is about. I love this part; I think it’s good for everyone–the pastors, the congregation–to occasionally be reminded what the Bible says about pastors. Hint: it has nothing to do with business or marketing.

There was a beautiful reception with yummy finger foods and a delicious homemade cake.

A couple of blurry family photos (you don’t want to know how many times I got everyone in the same vicinity and either Derek or the photographer would get into a conversation and the kids would disappear)

…and our new life begins.