Installation of Bishop Brenda Bos – Livestream
Art of the Installation
Our worship space includes a massive runner (the creation of Sam LaDue, a seminarian at PLTS and a member at Mt. Olive, Santa Monica) which leads us into the sanctuary. The runner is a collage of mediums and artworks submitted by many of our Synod’s artists, bordered by fabric portraying water. It celebrates creation and our ancestors. Whether it’s the work of the bees (often unseen, but so important) or the many works of individuals and the ripple effects of that work, the aisle runner asks us to see and physically stand among our interdependent stories.
You might notice that the runner starts outside of the building, and leads all the way to the altar—the implied lines here go beyond the bounds of this physical church. We stand with and in history, our present and God’s future simultaneously. Time and space are an everywhen as much as everywhere.
My vestments are hand-painted by Pastor Joseph Toni Casteñeda Carrera. They feature California botanicals, the fruits of our synod, woven together with a trinitarian chain. The pink background certainly celebrates my femininity, but also suggests the blood of Christ, which unites us all. The crozier is hand carved cherry, created by Pastor Glenn Anderson. The words “Do you love me? Feed my sheep” appear on the shaft.
Telling Our Stories
The bishop’s cope and crozier symbolize the bishop as traveler, moving around the territory offering hope, help and God’s word. The rainbow stole was created by Constance Berg, a member of Our Savior’s, Long Beach.
Translation - ASL, Spanish, and Mandarin
An audio translation of the Bishop’s Installation into Spanish and Mandarin as well as an ASL Interpreter are available at the Zoom QR code on the left and at this link.
Hearing a variety of languages in worship brings many feelings. I can be deeply moved by the sound of another language praising God. I can also feel confused and alienated because I do not understand what is going on. I realize that describes the immigrant experience very well, although my white advantage rarely makes me feel physically unsafe in these multi-cultural spaces. I pray we all live into the discomfort and wonder of hearing different languages today.
Today we will confess our differences and seek unity in Christ. May God bless our work here in this space together.
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A wandering Aramean was my father…
This simple verse can be seen as a distillation of the entire Israelite identity, that God called Abraham out of his homeland and into the Promised Land, but first there was slavery, disease, war, and deliverance. The same is true for each of us; very few are natives of North America. Most of our foremothers and forefathers left their native land for the United States of America. My father is an immigrant, my mother’s family is only two or three generations in this country.
As we gather today, I honor our shared experiences. We are all children of God, most of us identify as Lutheran Christians, many of us are shaped by our immigrant story. We are bonded by these truths. I also acknowledge some of our ancestors were brought to this continent against their will, in slave ships or under oppression. These stories shape all of us and must be heard.
Joshua said, “I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'”
Welcome to this joyful eucharist in celebration of the Installation of the fifth bishop of the Southwest California Synod, the Reverend Brenda Bos. And welcome to Angelica Lutheran Church, which was built in 1925 by faithful Swedish immigrants. Let us join together in praising God for God’s good graces.
Thank you to our Satellite Locations!
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California Lutheran University
Mt. Cross, Camarillo
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