The Wording for an Ordination Anniversary Invitation

by Bethany Seeley

The anniversary of a pastor, priest or deacon's ordination is a special time in his life, the life of his family and the life of his congregation. A public celebration of faithful ministry is appropriate, and it is a thoughtful gesture to send invitations to those who may not otherwise hear of the event. In addition to family and members of the hosting congregation, potential guests can include former parishioners, denominational officials, college and seminary professors, pastoral colleagues and members of the community.

Formal Celebration

A religious leader who is celebrating a milestone such as a 50th anniversary of ordination may prefer a traditional celebration. For this type of event, choose an invitation with wording that reflects the formal nature of the celebration. In Honor of the 50 Years of Ordination of their Pastor, the Rev. Michael Roberts, the Congregation of First Presbyterian Church invites you to share with them a Service of Prayer and Celebration. Sunday, the twenty-first of August, two-thousand eleven at 11:00 am. 200 North Avenue, Chicago, IL

Casual Hymn-Sing and Ice Cream

A younger religious leader who has not been ordained for quite as long might appreciate a less formal party. In this case, invitations can be less formal. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Pastor Mark's ordination, there will be a Hymn-Sing and Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 20th, 2011, at Grace Church. Singing will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by ice cream in the Fellowship Hall

Potluck Luncheon

A potluck dinner is slightly more formal than an ice cream social but less formal than a banquet. Provide guests with guidelines on what to bring. The friends and family of Hope Church warmly invite you to share with them as they recognize Pastor James Louis on the 20th anniversary of his ordination. Following Lord's Day Worship, a potluck luncheon will be held in the Church Life Center. Last names beginning with A through L, please bring a main dish to share. Last names beginning with M through Z, please bring a salad or side dish. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Semiformal Dinner

In the case of a semiformal banquet for which tickets are required, provide guests with information about the price of tickets and when and where they may be purchased. Make clear in the invitation if tickets need to be reserved ahead of time. The Elders and Deacons of Covenant Fellowship Church invite you to a Celebration Dinner on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. William Smith. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom, Cityville Hotel Conference Center, followed by a presentation given by Dr. Robert Price, president of the denomination. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 per guest.

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