St Mary Magdalene Church Enfield

The Rev'd Dr James Lawson's Collation, Induction and Installation

The Collation by The Right Reverend Robert Wickham Bishop of Edmonton
The Induction and Installation by The Reverend Stephen Gallagher Area Dean of Enfield

The Reverend Dr James Lawson to be Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

Sunday 30 May 2021 at 4pm in the Parish Church

The Rev'd Dr James Lawson

Father James studied history and theology at the University of Edinburgh, and went on to do a doctorate at New College Oxford, where he studied St Augustine’s reconfiguration of the Platonic ascent of the soul in the City of God. He trained for the priesthood at Mirfield and served his title at All Saints, Poplar in the East End of London.

He was Chaplain and Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge, and then Senior Chaplain and Press Officer to the Bishop of Salisbury. He then served as Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Stoke Newington Common in Hackney and Vice Principal and Charles Marriott Director of Pastoral Studies at St Stephen's House in Oxford.

He is married to Nana who is a psychologist.

Before the Service

Organ Prelude Op18. - César Franck

The Altar Party Enter

As the altar party walk in the choir will sing The Lord’s my Shepherd to CRIMOND

The Greeting

Bishop: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

All: Amen

The Bishop introduces the service.

Prayers of Penitence

Bishop: Lord Jesus, you said to your disciples: ‘You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.’  Lord have mercy.

All: Lord have mercy

Bishop: Lord Jesus, we know that the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Christ have mercy

All: Christ have mercy

Bishop : Lord Jesus you appointed us to go out and bear fruit that will last. Lord have mercy

All: Lord have mercy

The bishop uses this or another form of absolution. 

Bishop: May the God of love Bring us back to himself, Forgive us our sins And assure us of his eternal love In Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The Presentation

The Incumbent designate is presented to the Bishop by the Area Dean

The Declaration of Assent and the Oaths

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?

Priest: I, James Barry Lawson, 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 Incumbent designate holds the Bible in his right hand and faces the congregation.

Priest: I, James Barry Lawson, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law: So help me God.

The Incumbent designate faces the Bishop.

Priest: I, James Barry Lawson, do swear by almighty God that I will pay true and canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of London and the Area Bishop of Edmonton, and their successors in all things lawful and honest: So help me God.

The Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows

Bishop: James, before you receive this share in our pastoral charge will you, before God and this congregation, renew your dedication to Christ as a priest of the new covenant?

Priest: I will.

Bishop: At your ordination you accepted the responsibility of the priesthood out of love for the Lord Jesus and his church.

Are you resolved to unite yourself more closely to him by being diligent in prayer and the study of the Holy Scriptures?

Will you continually stir up the gift of God that is within you to make Christ known to all?

Priest: With the help of God, I will.

Bishop: Are you resolved to be a faithful minister of the mysteries of God, to celebrate the Eucharist and other liturgical services with sincere devotion?
Will you strive to fashion your own life and that of your household according to the way of Christ?

Priest: With the help of God, I will.

Bishop: Will you promote unity, peace and love among all Christian people, and especially among those whom you serve?

Will you do all that is within your power to build up the Church which is the Body of Christ?

Priest: With the help of God, I will.


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 James now to be collated 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.

Old Testament Reading

Ezekiel 1. 4-10, 22-28a – Read by Vic Harrington

As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. 5 In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. 6 Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9 their wings touched one another; each of them moved straight ahead, without turning as they moved. 10 As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle;

22 Over the heads of the living creatures there was something like a dome, shining like crystal, spread out above their heads. 23 Under the dome their wings were stretched out straight, one towards another; and each of the creatures had two wings covering its body. 24 When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of mighty waters, like the thunder of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army; when they stopped, they let down their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the dome over their heads; when they stopped, they let down their wings.

26 And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form. 27 Upwards from what appeared like the loins I saw something like gleaming amber, something that looked like fire enclosed all round; and downwards from what looked like the loins I saw something that looked like fire, and there was a splendour all round. 28 Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God


Mark 1.1–13 – Read by The Reverend Maureen Lunn, Assistant Curate of St Mary Magdalene

Reader: Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

All: Glory to you O Lord

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way;
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
   “Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight” ’,

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Reader: This is the Gospel of the Lord

All: Praise to you O Christ

The Sermon

Rt. Rev’d Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton.

The Collation

The Incumbent designate kneels before the Bishop.

The Bishop commends the new vicar to the prayers of the people.

They kneel in silence while Bishop and the choir sing: Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire.

The Bishop reads the deed of collation.

The Bishop then blesses the new Incumbent, saying

Bishop: Receive the Cure of Souls which is both yours and mine, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Priest: Amen.

The Induction

The people remain standing while the Bishop delivers the Mandate of Induction to the Area Dean, saying

Bishop: Area Dean, I have collated James to ministry in this parish. I ask you to induct him, in the presence of this congregation, and to support him in his ministry here.

The Churchwardens lead the Area Dean and the Minister to the door of the church, and the people turn to face the door. The Area Dean lays the hand of the minister on the key or handle of the door, saying

Area Dean: By virtue of the authority given me, I induct you into the real, actual and corporeal possession of the parish church of St Mary Magdalene with all the rights and responsibilities belonging to it.

The Churchwardens present the keys of the church to the minister saying.

Churchwardens: James, receive these keys in token of the responsibility which we share

Area Dean: The Lord himself is your keeper, the Lord is your defence upon your right hand. The Lord preserve you from all evil; it is even he that shall keep your soul. The Lord preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for evermore. Amen

All: Amen.

The church bell may be rung by the minister.

The Installation

The Area Dean leads the minister to his stall in the church, and places him in, saying

Area Dean: James, I install you as Vicar of this parish. 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.

An Act of Commitment by Priest and People

The new Incumbent and the Congregation stand together and are addressed by the Bishop.

Bishop: I now invite you to affirm together your commitment to the task of ministry in this parish.

Priest: We are to baptise

All: and make new disciples.

Priest: We are to read God’s Holy Word

All: and join together in prayer.

Priest: We are to be fired by the Gospel

All: and proclaim it in the world.

Priest: We are to join together in the Eucharist

All: and be formed as the Body of Christ.

Priest : We are to care for this community

All: and show the love of Christ to all in need.

Priest: We are to celebrate the sacraments of the New Covenant

All: and bring God’s grace to human lives.

Priest: We are to nurture our children

All: and awaken in them a living faith.

Priest: We are to lead all people to Jesus Christ

All: and prepare them to enter his heavenly kingdom.

Priest: What does the Lord require of us?

All: We are to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God.

Bishop: May God who has given you the desire to follow Christ give you strength to continue in the way.

All: Amen.

The Welcome

The Area Dean then takes the new Incumbent to the chancel steps where the Bishop presents him to the congregation, saying

Bishop: Having duly and legally instituted and inducted James into the cure of souls of this parish, I now present him to you as your new parish priest. May he be richly blessed in the ministry now entrusted to him.

The Churchwardens greet the new Incumbent with these words

On behalf of the parish of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, we welcome you as our new Vicar.

The new Incumbent replies in conclusion

Priest: Thank you for your welcome. Let us pray daily for one another that we may work together for Christ with faithfulness, zeal and love.

The Choir will sing How shall I sing that majesty

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Eucharistic Prayer

Bishop: Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, give us the bread of everlasting life, and make us branches of the true vine.

All: Amen.

Bishop: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.      

Bishop: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Bishop: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Bishop: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.  For with your only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit you are one God, one Lord.  All that you reveal of your glory, the same we believe of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, without any difference or inequality.

Bishop: We, your holy Church, acclaim you, Father of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide. Three Persons we adore, one in being and equal in majesty. And so with angels and archangels, with cherubim and seraphim, we sing for ever of your glory:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Bishop: Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

Bishop: In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Bishop: And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.  As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Bishop: Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Bishop: As our saviour has taught us, so we pray:

All: 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.  Amen.

Bishop: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All: Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Bishop: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

All are invited to come to receive communion or a blessing.

During communion the choir will sing the anthem Teach us O Lord to serve Thee - Nicholson
followed by the hymn And now O Father mindful of the love.

Stand for the Post-Communion Prayer.

Bishop: God our Father, shepherd and guide of your people, look with favour on your servant James, whom you have chosen to be a pastor in your church; grant that by word and example he may lead the people committed to his charge and with them come to your eternal kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

All: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to  live and work to your praise and glory.  Amen.

Remain standing for the Blessing.

Bishop: God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Bishop: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

As the Altar party walk out the choir will sing a Recessional hymn:
All for Jesus

Followed by an Organ Voluntary
Magnificat BWV 733 - JS Bach