Liturgy for the New Year
First Sunday of Appointments/Reappointments in the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church 2014
(Note from author: Words in red are for communication only. I have listed samples of clergy, especially if you have a multi-pastoral staff. Please carefully use the title, names, ministry expression etc. of the pastor(s) in your congregation and use only the pronoun(s) and the singular/plural forms that need to be in your bulletin or on your screens.
Lay Leader: This IS a day of new beginnings on which we pause to commit and recommit ourselves to the work of
bringing dreams to life
elevating human dignity
nurturing people in our Christian stories
impacting the whole world by our care-full presence
as we partner together in God’s love.
Lay Leader or SPRC Chair: We stand on the threshold of a new year and we are filled with hope and curiosity, enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference. We pray for Spirit to guide and energize us, to enlarge our hearts and our understanding of hospitality.
Laity: We are thankful for the minister(s) appointed by Bishop Bob to our congregation.
Rev. ________________, ordained elder/deacon in the ___________ Church
Pastor __________________, licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church.
(Title, name, ministry expression [i.e. ordained/commissioned elder/deacon, licensed local pastor, student local pastor, etc. and their place in the process])
and we commit ourselves to serving God and neighbor in partnership with this/these pastor(s).
Laity: We are thankful for the minister(s) appointed by Bishop Bob to extension ministries who have chosen our congregation as their charge (church home)
Rev. _________________, ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church appointed to serve as chaplain at TMC Hospice.
Rev. _________________, commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church appointed to ________________________________.
(Title, name, ministry expression and place in the process, extension appointment)
and commit to not only serving God and neighbor in partnership with these pastors, but also praying for her/his/their extension ministry(ies).
Laity: We are thankful for lay persons we have hired to serve in a pastoral role:
and commit ourselves to serving God and neighbor in partnership with this pastor.
Pastors: We are thankful for those affiliated with this congregation and commit ourselves to serving God and all our neighbors near and far with these persons. We commit ourselves to nurture and pray for the people of our appointment and charge, those yet to come and to lead them into the work of transforming the world through God’s love.
PRAYER (ALL): God of New Life and New Possibilities, awaken our hearts and minds to the potential within each of us, including ourselves. Rouse us from any complacency or desire to cling to the past. Give us vision and compassion to witness the needs of the world and the energy and inspiration to connect Christ’s hope and healing to those needs. We pray amazed by your grace and love for each and every person. Amen.
©July 1, 2014 Cynthia Langston Kirk
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