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Pilgrim Association

Southern New England Conference

United Church of Christ


Invites you to the Ordination of

Suzy Aja Burba



Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

[Instructions are below]

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To the Churches, Clergy, and

Lay Delegates of the Pilgrim Association:



At the request of the

Hingham Congregational Church, UCC

of Hingham, Massachusetts,

the Pilgrim Association will gather 



Sunday, January 3, 2021

at 3:00 P.M.

Eastern Time (US and Canada)


for a Service of Worship to Ordain


Suzy Aja Burba


to Christian Ministry in the

United Church of Christ.

Suzy has been called to serve as Associate Minister of the First Congregational Church of Braintree

in Braintree, Massachusetts.

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Hingham Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

Service of Ordination for Suzy Aja Burba

Hingham Congregational Church

January 3, 2021, 3:00 pm




Music for Gathering          Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring                     J.S. Bach

                                                         Keith Ciccone

Welcome                                                                       Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen

Opening Prayer                                                                               Linda Jones

Lord’s Prayer from New Zealand Prayer Book (Unison)*              Bruce Burba

Eternal Spirit

Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all.

Loving God, in whom is heaven.

The hallowing of your name echoes through

the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples

of the earth!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom

sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever.



Gloria Patri                                                                                        Todd Swavey

Opening Hymn                              Here I am, Lord

Scripture                         John 15:1-12 & Philippians 4:4-9                 Theo Burba

Musical Interlude                      

Sermon                                                                         Rev. Dr. Brita Gill-Austern

Music Response                       Halleluiah                                     Leonard Cohen

Offering**                                                                                     Nancy Hansberry


Order of Ordination

Greeting (Responsively)                                Rev. Dr. Peter-Michael Preble


Leader: Grace to you and peace from God, who is and who was and who is to come, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness and the sovereign of the rulers on earth. The Pilgrim Association of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ greets you in the name of Jesus Christ, the head of the church.


People: To God, who by the power at work within us is able to do far more

abundantly than all that we ask or think, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, now and for ever and ever. Amen.



Affirmation                                                              Rev. Carol Steinbrecher

Regarding Ordination                                                   Rev. Dr. Patty Kogut



Laying of Hands                                                                         


Charge to the Newly Ordained


Closing Music                           If I Had a Hammer                        Peter, Paul, and Mary

                                             Rev. Pete & Tracy Allen

Benediction                                                                           Rev. Suzy Aja Burba

Postlude                                    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee               Beethoven


*The Lord’s Prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book, New Zealand Prayer Book, Revised Edition: He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa, By Church Angelican, Harper Collins Publishers, 1997.


**Ordination Service—Offering

As is the tradition in the Pilgrim Association, today’s offering will benefit the Alicia Corea Student Scholarship Fund. In 1949, Alicia was the first woman to be ordained in our predecessor denomination and association. She went on to serve at Houghs Neck Congregational Church for 52 years.

Today, the Pilgrim Association guides and works in formation with over twenty students who are preparing for Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ. Seminary education is expensive.

You are invited to be generous in your gifts and contributions to the Alicia Corea Student Scholarship Fund to support and encourage our students who God is calling to again be pioneers, trailblazers, and faithful witnesses.

Here in the Pilgrim Association, we receive these gifts and offerings at Services of Ordinations, Instillations, and Ecclesiastical Councils, as well as inviting all churches and individuals to give generously to support our students and to remember Alicia’s witness and honor her life.

Give that others might follow in the steps of Christ, and in Alicia’s footsteps as both pioneers and faithful witnesses in this time and place.

Given that we are gathered remotely, your contributions to the offering can be mailed to the church at 378 Main St. Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. 

Checks can be made out to Hingham Congregational Church. Be sure to put on the memo line, “Suzy’s Ordination” to ensure that they get forwarded to the scholarship fund.




Service Participants

Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen has served at the senior minister at Hingham Congregational Church since 2013. He earned his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and his Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary. Rev. Pete has been an ordained minister for 32 years and is especially passionate about youth ministry and mission travel.

Tracy L. Allen has sung in Hingham Congregational Church’s choir since coming to the church in 2013. She also sings with the Unicorn Singers/Broad Cove Chorale. In addition to singing, Tracy is a skilled harpist. In her professional life, Tracy is the Director of Medical Operations at Suffolk University.

Bruce H. Burba is a senior at Newton North High School where he is captain of the football team. In the fall, he will be attending Pomona College in California where he plans to major in a combined program of politics, philosophy, and economics. Bruce also runs Track and Field at Newton North and enjoys playing golf.

Theo H. Burba is in his sophomore year at Duke University where he is doing a double major in economics and Spanish. He is an accomplished athlete and is a member Duke’s Track and Field team where he competes in middle-distance events. Theo is interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

Keith J. Ciccone serves as the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Braintree. He has been involved with Music Ministry since the age of 14. Keith works full time as the Nurse Specialist and Executive Director of Movement Disorder Programs for at SMG/St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Outpatient Neurology Department. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College.

Brita Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D. is a United Church of Christ pastor and Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology, emerita at Andover Newton Theological School where she taught for 30 years. Dr. Gill-Austern is passionate about issues of social justice and has inspired and empowered her students to be compassionate agents of change in their ministry settings.

Nancy P. Hansberry has been a member of Hingham Congregational Church since 2013 and she currently serves as co-chairperson of the Deacon’s Committee. She was a member of Suzy’s Local Church Discernment Team throughout the ordination process. Nancy is a quilter and she graciously contributed her time and skills to make the quilt of hands used in the Laying on of Hands ceremony.

Linda B. Jones is a long-time, active member of Hingham Congregational Church. After a 20-year career in parent education, she now focuses her energies on the environment on the Mass Audubon board and is active as a flute student at the South Shore Conservatory. Her greatest joy is spending time with her four active little grandsons living nearby. 

Rev. Dr. Patty A. Kogut is the Area Conference Minister for the Southern New England Conference of the UCC. Patty assists area churches with pastoral searches and transitions. She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to taking her position as Area Conference Minister, Rev. Patty was the minister of North Congregational Church in Middleborough for 21 years.

Rev. Dr. Peter-Michael Preble is the Moderator for the Pilgrim Association. He is currently the Interim Minister at Second Congregational Church in Beverly. Rev. Peter is a military Chaplain, Fire Department Chaplain and National Chaplain for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Rev. Carol Steinbrecher is the Co-chairperson of the Pilgrim Association’s Committee on Ministry. Rev. Carol was ordained in 2012 and is currently Interim Minister at Lakeville United Church of Christ. She has also been Interim Minister at First Congregational Church of Sharon and pastor at Stratford Street United Church in West Roxbury.

Todd Swavey is in his 7th year serving as Tenor Section Leader in Hingham Congregational Church’s Senior Choir. He is also a member of the Unicorn Singers of Hingham and has been seen on stages all across New England in various theatrical roles. In his professional life, Todd is a Performing Arts teacher for Medway Public Schools.