Wrapped in God's Love
Place chair(s) draped with cozy, comforting-looking quilt(s) around the room to be used for administration. The number of chairs used depends on the size and needs of the congregation. Have a bouquet of wildflowers at the front of the sanctuary. This service provides a setting for the congregation to participate in the sacrament of administration.
We Gather in His Name
Congregational Hymn: “Come and Fill” CCS 235
OR “God, Renew Us by Your Spirit” CCS 237
Call to Worship
I lift my eyes to the mountains—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from Our God,
who made heaven and earth!
Our God won’t let our footsteps slip:
our Guardian never sleeps.
The Guardian of Israel
will never slumber, never sleep!
Our God is our Guardian,
Our God is our shade:
with God by our side,
the sun cannot overpower us by day,
nor the moon at night.
Our God guards us from harm,
guards our lives.
Our God guards our leaving and our coming back,
now and forever.
—Psalm 121 The Inclusive Psalms
Ministry of Music: "On Eagle’s Wings"
This could be sung as a solo or a recording could be played
OR Hymn: "I Know Not What the Future Hath” CCS 246
Prayer of Invocation
We Bring Our Burdens
Leader: Come unto me, those who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
Congregation: We gather in this sacred moment to worship the One who gave us life. We come humbly, seeking your blessing.
Leader: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.
Congregation: Bless us as we open our hearts and minds to receive the healing and renewal of your Spirit.
Leader: I am gentle and humble in heart; my yoke is easy and my burden is light . . . you will find rest for your souls.
—Matthew 11:28–29 NIV® adapted
Song: "As the Deer" CCS 148 (sing twice with interlude between)
OR “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” CCS 192
We Lift Our Community in Faith
Explain the sacrament of administration and perhaps, in general terms, the nature of the needs of the people desiring administration.
Hymn of Preparation: "Come, Holy Spirit, Come” CCS 154
Sing this song three times and then hum the tune a fourth time through.
OR "Spirit of Christ, Remember Me” CCS 221
During the last stanza of the hymn, pair(s) of elders move to the chair(s). At the conclusion of the song, those desiring administration move to an available chair. The elders wrap the quilt around the shoulders of the person requesting administration prior to anointing.
The Sacrament of Administration
Depending on the number of chairs and people expressing a desire for administration, these prayers could be offered one at a time or concurrently.
Congregational Hymn: "God of Grace and God of Laughter" CCS 100
OR "May Your Church Build Bridges” CCS 224
We Go Forth in Faith
Closing Hymn: "Seek Ye First" CCS 599
OR "My Life Flows On in Endless Song" CCS 263
Sending Forth: Read the words of stanza 4, "Go, My Children With My Blessing” CCS 650