Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado installed as Superintendent of the SC District

Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado installed as Superintendent of the SC District

October 29, 2019

Bishop Laurie Haller installed Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado as Superintendent of the South Central District during a worship celebration on Sunday, October 27. Gathering at First United Methodist Church in Chariton welcomed Rev. Colorado, saying, “we affirm your leadership and pledge to you our support in our mutual ministry in the name of Jesus.”
 
Bishop Laurie confirmed her appointment of Rev. Colorado to be the chief mission strategist for the District. “You have been appointed to be among us,” she said, and are “called to a special ministry of leadership…and to support the Church’s life, work and mission.”
 
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The signs of pastoral leadership were presented to Rev. Colorado by clergy and laypersons of the District. The symbols included a Bible “for the edification of believers and the conversion of the world,” water “to be renewed in your baptism and renew us in ours,” bread and cup to “keep us in communion with Christ and his Church,” Hymnal and Book of Worship “to guide us in our prayer and praise,” towel and basin to “be among us as one who serves,” stole, to guide you as you “shepherd us as a pastor,” a Book of Discipline to “strengthen our connections as United Methodists,” and a globe “to lead us in our mission to all the work.” Each presentation was punctuated by a loud, “Amen!”
 
“I stand before you today to propose that you accept me as your District Superintendent and evangelist,” Rev. Colorado said in the midst of a heartfelt homily. Noting that he was named after the famed evangelist Dr. Dwight L. Moody, he expressed thanks to the Bishop “for this opportunity to serve the Lord with you” and appreciation to the people of the South Central district for “all your prayers and words of comfort,” which he said “helped me to get through my grief when my wife passed away in April.”  
 
The new superintendent encouraged the South Central district community to “hold on to the cross, hold on to the Word, the promises of Jesus.” He spoke about “the turning point of my faith,” a 5-night evangelism crusade in the Philippines, in 1977. From that developed his wish “that churches will be defined as a sure place for the foretaste of heaven.”
 
As he closed his sermon Rev. Colorado asked, in prayer, “May we be a blessing to the world.”
 
The installation service ended with “The Grand Finale,” a piano duet featuring Rev. Moody Colorado and his son, John.