Commissioning of Christian Educators

The presiding minister and/or the Christian education director shall lead this liturgy. He/She/They may begin after the offerings have been brought forward and before the prayer of dedication.

Beloved in the Lord,
we have come to commission teachers to the education ministry
of Christ's holy church.

Christ alone is the source of all Christian ministry,
through the ages calling men and women to service.

Water may be poured into the font at this time.

By the Holy Spirit all who believe and are baptized receive a ministry
to witness to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and
to love and to serve those with whom they live and work.

We are ambassadors for Christ
who reconciles and makes whole.

We are salt of the earth;
we are the light of the world.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;
and there are varieties of activities,
but it is the same God who activates all of them
in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the
common good (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).

or

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which
you have been called,
but to each of us was given grace according to the
measure of Christ's gift.

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles,
some prophets,
some evangelists,
some pastors and teachers.
to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1, 7, 11-12).

or

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God's own people,
in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of
the One who called you out of darkness into
God's marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

(List names) have answered God's call to teach in our Sunday school/Christian education program during this coming year. I invite them to come forward during the last verse of the hymn, that together we may affirm their ministries and ask God for grace.

 

The Vows

The leaders will address the teachers.

 

Leader:

At the celebration of baptism, we pledge to nurture one another in the faith. You, as teachers, carry a particular joy and responsibility. Do you believe in your heart you are called by Christ's church, and therefore by Christ, to this teaching ministry?

Teachers:

Yes, truly, with all my heart.

Leader:

Do you promise, by the grace of God, to give yourself/selves to this calling, with diligence, energy, and love, and to be guided by the Spirit and the Word of God?

Teachers:

I will, and I ask God to help me.

The leader/s will address the congregation.

Leader:

Christians, let us acknowledge the gifts and calling of your sisters and brothers.

Congregation:

We receive you as a servant/servants of Christ; we pledge to support you in your service. We will encourage you with works and prayers. We will consider ourselves coworkers with you in the service of Christ.

The Charge

Servants of Christ, accept the service with which you have been entrusted.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you.
Present yourselves to God as approved workers,
ever faithful to the Spirit of God.

Remember always that Jesus called you as friends as well as servants.
Attend to prayer, for without God you can do nothing.

Let us pray.
O God, giver of all good gifts,
we commend ourselves and our brothers and sisters
to your constant love and guidance.

Fill them with grace and grant them
the strength and peace of your Spirit.

Conclude with the following or another prayer of dedication, then resume the normal order of worship.

Leader: By your mercies, O God,

Congregation: We present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable through Jesus Christ.

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