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Ordination of The Rev. Miriam G. Scott to the Sacred Order of Priests - May 8, 2021

Updated: Jul 7, 2021




Sermon for The Reverend Miriam Gabriel Scott on the Occasion of her Ordination to the Priesthood

May 8, 2021

It was spring in Houston and the year is 1980…attending Rice University Graduate School was an absolute dream come true for me…

To say that I have stars in my eyes is an understatement…I could not believe that I had the privilege of being in this particular university…

As I wind my way to the top floor of the theology department, I am sure I looked like someone who had just entered into an imaginary land

Then reality hit like a ton of bricks…I had enrolled in a Old Testament class with only one other student…The only other student was both a Hebrew scholar and a Jewish rabbi…

I had lost my mind! My assignment was to write for a whole semester on the sixth chapel of Isaiah…the call of Isaiah as a prophet to Judah…a portion of which we read today…

We were given very specific instructions on the type of references we were allowed to use and I knew from the title examples that I was sunk…

I survived but every week as I turned in the next installment to my paper I knew I would once again be the proud owner of type written pages that were covered in red marks and nasty words like…”REALLY!”

So I shall tell you right now: this call from God to Isaiah is a tough one

It is exciting, dangerous, and far better than we give it credit…”Here am I; send me! “ could only come from the mouth of one over