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Liturgy of Blessing and Commissioning of New Paraments
30 January 2016Posted by on
L: Loving and Gracious God!
It is good to give honor, glory and thanks to the LORD,
P: It is good for us to remember what God has done in our midst in the past, to be awed by God’s presence among us in the present, and to faithfully discern God’s will for the community of Kingswood United Methodist Church in the future.
L: In Paul’s letter to Hebrews we hear:
NIV2010 Hebrews 12: 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
L: The paraments that have been lovingly and carefully placed on the altar, podium and pulpit, and the banners that have hung on the walls of this sanctuary through the years, have marked the passing of the seasons of the Christian calendar. They have helped us to remember that we are standing on the shoulders of, and are surrounded by, the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) who have kept the faith alive.
P: We thank you God for the efforts and dedication of those who presented these paraments, who took such loving care of them, and worked to prepare this Sanctuary for worship. We pray God’s blessing on the paraments and banners that are in use in our church. May these continue to remind us of the rich history and tradition that Kingswood United Methodist church has been built on.
L: Today another set of paraments is presented to be added, consecrated and commissioned into service in Kingswood United Methodist church.
P: We accept these paraments as a sacred trust and will use them with reverence and with respect.
L: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we consecrate these paraments to the Glory of God. Let us pray:
P: Loving and gracious God! Grant us your blessing as we consecrate this gift of paraments to your glory, that they may be an enduring witness before all of your people, and that our lives may be consecrated to your service. We pray this in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.