Today was the ordination of Dan Foster and his induction as Minister of Howlands Baptist Church, Welwyn Garden City, where he's served as a minister in training for the last three years during his time at theological college.
Dan is an accomplished professional jazz saxophonist, and his call is to bi-vocational ministry, working four days for the church and the rest as a musician. This seems to me an excellent arrangement, continuing to engage with and connect both worlds.
Ordinations are always special, and today was no exception, but a high-point was Dan and the pianist Peter James, from his group Kairos, playing an improvised arrangement of 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind'.
Check out Kairos, who have a number of CDs and are available for gigs - I recommend them enthusiastically. This is a group which doesn't settle into the familiar groove; they make a sound I haven't encountered elsewhere in the Christian sub-culture.