Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dedication prayer

Opening prayer
Almighty God, we thank you for making us in your image, and to share in the ordering of your world. Receive the work of our hands in this place, now to be set apart for your glory and honor. We submit ourselves and our wishes before you. May the Holy Spirit abide in us and in the place for dedication and may many benefit through this. In the name of the triune God. Amen.

Bible reading: 2 Samuel 7:25-29

And now, O LORD God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised. Thus your name will be magnified forever in the saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel’; and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you; for you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
L: God in heaven, source of all love and holiness, it is right to offer you thanks and praise. For today we dedicate to your lasting service this dormitory/multipurpose hall/PA system/photocopying machine. Lord, send your Spirit from heaven to sanctify this place that it may be a sign of your presence among us. Here may this be used for the purpose of God and God’s creation. Here may people find services helpful for them, here may God given blessings be multiplied, here may God’s people come together to glorify God and here may the Kingdom of God be manifested in various ways. Through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit we lift our voices of praise.
C: Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation, now and for ever, Amen.
L: In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and with the life giving symbol of the cross we bless and dedicate this dormitory/multipurpose hall/PA system/photocopying machine. +++
C: Amen.
L: Ever present God, you have been with us throughout our days like a parent to a child. You lavish gifts on us. As we have gathered to receive another gift may we be reminded of your kindness to us, and to all creation. May we be inspired again to cooperate in your generosity and become gifts of your love to the world. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
L: God has been good to us. This dormitory/multipurpose hall/PA system/photocopying machine is one more sign of God’s kindness. May it remind us we are loved, and called to love. We have been treated generously and are called to treat others with generosity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit I declare ……….. to be set apart for the use of the college, the church and the general public and for making God’s name great in the world.
C: Amen.

Hymn: To God be the glory
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Closing prayer
L: Almighty God, from times past you have lavished gifts on your people. You even gave of yourself leaving the glories of heaven to walk among us. You have shown your love over and over and so we have experienced your glory in tangible ways. Today, we received this ……………..accepting it as a demonstration of your kindness to us. We affirm that it is yours as we are yours. May who we are and all we have be devoted to your service and given for your glory.
C: Amen.

Now to God who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

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