Installation of Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

The installation of Thomas J. Bickerton as bishop of the New York Conference was celebrated in an afternoon service filled with music, laughter and love at Salem UMC in Harlem, N.Y. The bishop spoke about "blowing the roof off our churches" by sharing the witness that we are all loved by God and a gift to one another.

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The altar and communion table for the service at Salem UMC in Harlem, N.Y.

The bishop receives a towel and basin from Rev. Denise Smartt Sears as a reminder to be a servant leader.

Bishop Bickerton blesses the elements for Holy Communion.

Elizabeth Bickerton, daughter of the bishop, reads the Gospel lesson.

Choir from Ghana UMC.

Choir from Ghana UMC.

Choir from Ghana UMC.

Choir from Ghana UMC.

The bishop gestures to a woman in the balcony who got his attention when she asked him to repeat what he said about being loved by God and a gift to one another. The bishop replied, "I've been waiting for you all day."

An American Sign Language interpreter, foreground, brings the bishop's sermon to the hearing impaired.

Bishop Herbert Skeete, right, provoked laughter throughout the sanctuary when he accidently referred to his colleague as "Bishop Discipline." Skeete then presented the Book of Discipline to Bishop Bickerton.

Bishop Bickerton receives a Bible from the young son of Rev. Matt Curry, director of Connectional Ministries.