An Order for the Dedication

 

of Christian Teachers

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship: 2 Peter 1:2.

Hymn such as "Who is on the Lord's side?" (Rejoice! 456)

Prayer.

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3-11.

Hymn such as "How shall the young direct their way?" (Rejoice! 286)

Christian Teacher's Dedication.

Those appointed to teach shall stand as their names are read by the Session Clerk and come to the front of the church.

Scriptures passages such as the following may be read:

Deuteronomy 6:4-7; John 13:34; Matthew 28:19,20.

Then, the minister shall address the teachers:

Friends, you have been approved by the Session to serve as Christian teachers.

You will announce God's Word to each new generation, and tell of Jesus Christ, so others may know him, love him, and live his truth in the world.

 

Minister: Do you trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Teachers Respond: We do.

Minister: Do you promise to study the Scriptures and the teachings of the church, so that with imagination and love you may serve the Lord, by calling people to faith in Christ and training his disciples?

Teachers Respond: We do.

Minister: By the authority of the Session, you are commissioned to teach on behalf of the church. Be energetic, honest and faithful to Jesus Christ, your Lord!

 

The whole congregation joins in the following prayer:

God of our Fathers: In every age you have appointed teachers to tell of your power, justice and love. We thank you for brothers and sisters in faith, who will teach your ways. Fill them with your Holy Spirit, that knowing your Son our Lord, they may speak his truth, and with us live the new life, serving neighbours, obedient to your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Minister: The truth of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

The Apostles or Nicene Creed may be said.

Prayer of Intercession.

Offering/Collection and Prayer.

Hymn such as "For Your Gift of God the Spirit" (Rejoice! 273) or "Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind" (Rejoice! 272)

Sermon.

Hymn such as "Forth in Your Name, 0 Lord, I go" (Rejoice! 363)

Benediction and Three-fold Amen.