Service of Licensing and Installation for the Revd Paula Smith as

Rector of The West Buckingham benefice by the Bishop of Buckingham

Tuesday 13th October, 6.00pm St Edward the Confessor Shalstone, Bucks MK18 5LX 

Order of Service

The Gathering

The Greeting

Bishop Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you

All and also with you.

The bishop introduces the service

Bishop We have come together in the presence of God to welcome Paula Smith and her family to this benefice and to institute her to the ministry she will share, to pray for Paula and for those who minister with her.

Let us therefore wait humbly upon God, giving thanks for all that He has done.

Presentation of the New Minister

The patron leads the new minister to stand before the bishop and says

Patron Reverend Father in God, after due consultation and prayerful consideration, Paula has been nominated and has accepted to be Rector of West Buckingham Benefice.  I now present her to you to be instituted and inducted.

Bishop I thank you and all those who with prayer have been involved in the appointment of Paula to this benefice.

The patron returns to their seat

Bishop Paula, do you believe, so far as you know your own heart, that God has called you to serve as Rector? 

Minister I believe that God has called me.

Bishop Will you commit yourself to this mission and ministry to the people of this place to further the kingdom of God?

Minister With the help of God, I will.

Local Ministry Team members present:


The ministry or leadership team are addressed by the bishop

Members of the ministry team, will you welcome Paula to the team, and work creatively and faithfully with her, meeting regularly for prayer, study and fellowship, and doing all in your power to support each other in fulfilling the ministry of Christ?

Team With the help of God, we will.

The bishop addresses those present

Bishop People of God, will you welcome Paula and support and uphold her in her ministry now and in the years to come?

All With the help of God, we will.

The Collect

Bishop God our Father,

Lord of all the world,
through your Son you have called us

into the fellowship of your universal Church:
hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their vocation and ministry
each may be an instrument of your love,
and give to your servant Paula

now to be licensed
the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All Amen.

Bible Reading: John 1:35-46

A short homily

The Venerable Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham


Recording played for congregation to listen to and reflect on the words

‘A hymn I particularly love and declares the truth that it is through God's work that we do anything and we need to open ourselves to receive from him.’ Paula Smith 

O Thou Who camest from above,

The pure celestial fire to impart,

Kindle a flame of sacred love

On the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for Thy glory burn

With inextinguishable blaze,

And trembling to its source return,

In humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire

To work and speak and think for Thee;

Still let me guard the holy fire,

And still stir up Thy gift in me.

Ready for all Thy perfect will,

My acts of faith and love repeat,

'Til death Thy endless mercies seal,

And make my sacrifice complete.

The Liturgy of Licensing

The Declaration and Oaths

The people sit and the new minister stands before the bishop.

The bishop addresses the minister to be instituted.

Bishop The Church of England is part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation.  Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.  In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?

The minister makes the declaration of assent

I, Paula Smith, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorised or allowed by canon.

The minister taking a bible in her right hand, swears the oath of allegiance

I, Paula Smith, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, according to law: so help me God.

Still holding the bible, the minister swears the oath of canonical obedience

I, Paula Smith, do swear by almighty God that I will pay true and canonical obedience to the lord bishop of Oxford, The Area bishop of Buckingham and their successors, in all things lawful and honest: so help me God.

The minister signs the declaration and oaths

The Institution

The people stand.  The bishop reads the Deed of Institution and gives it to the minister, saying

Receive this cure of souls, which is both yours and mine; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All Amen.

The bishop commends the new minister and the ministry team to the prayers of the people.  (A short time of silence is kept).

The ministry team and other licensed ministers of the benefice join the minister, and they kneel before the bishop.

Taking his pastoral staff, the bishop blesses the new minister and the ministry teams, saying,

The God of peace,

who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; …

All Amen.

The Induction 

The people remain standing while the bishop delivers the Mandate of Induction to the archdeacon, saying

Archdeacon, I have instituted Paula to ministry in the West Buckingham Benefice.  I ask you to induct her, in the presence of this congregation, and to support her in her ministry here.

The churchwardens lead the archdeacon and the minister to the door of the church, and the people turn to face the door.  The archdeacon lays the hand of the minister on the key or handle of the door, saying.

By virtue of the authority given me, I induct you in the real, actual and corporeal possession of the parish church(es) of St Margaret Biddlesden, St Edward the Confessor Shalstone, St Mary Magdalen Tingewick, Assumption BVM Turweston, St Giles Water Stratford and St Augustine Westbury with all the rights and responsibilities belonging to them.

The churchwardens present the keys) of the churches to the minister saying

Paula, receive these keys in token of the responsibilities which we share; and may the Lord preserve your going out and your coming in, now and always.

All Amen.

The Installation

The archdeacon leads the minister to her stall in the church, and places her in, saying

Paula, I install you as Rector of this benefice.  Pray for your people, lead them in worship and service, and encourage them in their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The church bell may be rung by the minister.

The Welcome

The bishop presents the new minister to the people, saying

People of West Buckingham Benefice, I present to you your new Rector, now duly instituted and installed, and I invite you to greet her and her family in the name of Christ.  I commend them to your love and to your prayers.

All We welcome you!

May the Lord richly bless you

and make you a blessing among us.

The congregation greets the new minister with a warm round of applause.

The area dean and lay chair welcome the new minister into the deanery with suitable words.

The area dean will say a few words to welcome the new minister into the deanery

The Peace

Bishop We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace
and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All and also with you.

Minister Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

The peace is shared verbally or using British Sign Language.

Prayers of Intercession

The new minister leads some short intercessions concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever. 


The Dismissal

The bishop pronounces God’s blessing with these words

Almighty God,

who for the salvation of the world

gives to his people many gifts and ministries

to the advancement of his glory,

stir up in you the gifts of his grace,

and sustain you in your ministry;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All Amen.

Go in the power of Christ.

All We have a gospel to proclaim!

Go in peace of Christ.

All Thanks be to God!