Installation of Rev. Austin Crenshaw Shelley

Worship on Sunday, November 14, at 11:00 a.m., with Celebration Following

The installation of the Reverend Austin Crenshaw Shelley as Senior Pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church will be celebrated during the morning service of worship on Sunday, November 14.

The presbytery in which a newly-called minister serves conducts the installation. The Moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, Mr. Mark Roth, Elder, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, will preside on November 14. In addition to the Moderator, Rev. Shelley has asked the following individuals to serve as the administrative commission for her installation:

The Reverend Matthew Gaventa, Senior Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, will preach the sermon. Additional guests include the Reverend Janice Smith Ammon, who serves as the Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Reverend Dr. Molly F. James, who serves as the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

Music for the morning will include anthems sung by the Chancel Choir and participation from guest brass instrumentalists. The choir and congregation also will sing a new hymn, titled “The Sparrow,” with tune name Crenshaw Shelley, which has been composed especially for this day. The text, written by Dr. Mark A. Boyle and set to music by Mr. Mark A. Anderson, was inspired by Rev. Shelley’s candidacy sermon and benediction in June.

Sunday, November 14, will be an important day in the life of our congregation, and it is altogether fitting that the observance of this auspicious occasion take place during our normal celebration of the Lord’s Day. An offering for the Oldman Fund, a scholarship for inquirers and candidates for ministry under the care of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, will be collected during worship. A celebration is planned following the service.