Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Joyful welcome for faithful servant

Rev. Isileli Jason Kioa was welcomed with great joy to Mascot Wesley Uniting Church in the Synod of NSW/ACT at his induction service as Minister of the Word.

Jason comes to Mascot from Dandenong Regional Uniting Church in Melbourne’s south after serving as an ordained minister in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania for 28 years. He is moving from one vibrant multicultural community to another.

Members of both his former and new congregation and representatives from across the UCA filled the small church.

Chairperson of the Sydney Presbytery Rev. Viniana Ravetali led the service with NSW/ACT Moderator Rev. Simon Hansford.

Assembly National Consultant Rev. Charissa Suli preached the sermon on God’s call into deep waters, with deep nets.

“The new journey begins in great hope with God leading the way,” said Charissa.

After the service, celebrations continued in the hall with a Pacific-style feast. Jason was warmly welcomed with singing and dancing led by both Mascot Wesley members and a large group from Dandenong who had travelled from Melbourne.

The Dandenong representatives sang a farewell song to their former minister.

Jason was Chairperson of the Tongan National Conference for 17 years, the largest annual gathering of Uniting Church members.

He has served as the Moderator of the VIC/TAS Synod and been involved in ministry across the life of the Uniting Church including as a member of the former Assembly Multicultural and Cross Cultural Reference Committee and Doctrine Working Group.

He is a passionate advocate for the UCA’s commitment to express its life and faith cross-culturally and is currently a Panel Member of the Being a Multicultural Church Circle of Interest.

Read the Sermon by Rev Charissa Suli

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