For It Is Good
Enhance the worship setting by running a long piece of fabric up the center aisle as a pathway for the congregation to walk on as they enter the sanctuary. Using the same fabric on the rostrum, shape it as a curving path that shows the perspective of fading into the distance. Greenery can help create this effect.
We Prepare for the Journey
Call to Worship
Leader: Listen to the call to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord!
Congregation: As friends and followers of Jesus, we lift our eyes to the horizon and set forth
on our journey, knowing that with each step he is leading us.
Leader: Anticipate twists and turns…the unexpected, the awesome, the challenging.
Congregation: We step out in faith on a new adventure, trusting in your good Spirit to
Leader: I am the way and the truth and the life…come, follow me.
"Christ Has Called Us to New Visions" CCS 566
OR "Lord, You Have Brought Us to This Place” CCS 76
We Build a Community
Reading: “For It Is Good" (see below)
Disciple’s Generous Response
Scripture: Psalm 108:1–5 NIV®
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.
Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes
We Celebrate God with Us
"We are Companions on the Journey" CCS 552
OR "Come Down, O Love Divine” CCS 47
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 161:1b
Ask someone who was at the beginning of the dream to build or create the congregation to share the experience.
We Are All Learners and Teachers
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 161:4a
Ask someone to share the importance of children in the life of the congregation.
We Grow in Faith
Scripture Reading: James 1:2–4 NIV®
Consider it pure joy, my brothers [and sisters], whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Ask someone to share whose faith was strengthened through the efforts to build the new building.
"Mighty God Who Called Creation” CCS 641
OR "God of the Ages” CCS 7
We Look beyond These Walls
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 161:3a, b, c and 6b
Paint a new vision of the possibilities that lie ahead for the congregation.
Sent Forth to Proclaim Jesus Christ
Sending Forth Hymn
"Called by Christ to Love Each Other" CCS 577
OR "Christ Leads!" CCS 28
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 161:7a
God looked upon our congregation and smiled for it was good. May God bless each of you. Go forth united in God’s love.
For It Is Good
by Marsha Swails
God looks down at our congregation and smiles. . . for it is good.
Holy fingers caress the sky with streaks of rose and fiery orange as God murmurs to our waking community "I love you."
God’s breath whips the leaves of the trees over our homes and whispers . . . "I love you."
The lark soars over our heads and in its lyrical song God exclaims "I love you."
God lingers among us, over us, and all around us during our worship, watching with overflowing love each one sitting here. Our songs and prayers spiral upward and swirl around us. Then God’s spirit blankets us, a comforter of peace.
Sometimes as we eat together, we chatter with warm smiles, enjoying with simple gladness the time to be together. God listens with love, knowing that really our smiles often cover pain, sadness, stress, and worry. God sits next to each of us, knowing all of those silent burdens, and promises to carry every one of them for us on our journey together.
Clouds blissfully chase one another from west to east as God blesses all our preparations, planning, and commitment made to create this place dedicated to worship, learning, and fellowship. Golden rays of sun shimmer through and God proclaims:
I was with you in your planning…
I was with you in your fundraising…
I was with you as each nail was pounded…
I was with you with each brushstroke of new paint…
I was with you when each new tile was laid…
I was with you as the many brooms swept and mops mopped…
I was with you in each and every prayer…
And God looks at all of us gathered here in this place.
"Tonight I’ll send you a shooting star. Tonight I’ll dance in the shimmering light of a brilliant sunset. Tonight I’ll watch over you as you sleep and bless your dreams with peace."
And God looks upon our congregation and smiles…for it is good.
Become a Dwelling Place
If possible, have the worship begin at the previous place of worship, if there is one. Say a good-bye liturgy and a prayer for the new occupants, if appropriate. Then proceed to the new site.
If the old building no longer exists, bring photos of the building, activities, and people who were there to show on the screen at this service. If this service is for a new building or one that combines several congregations, bring photos of stages of the building project and people from the new congregation. Use any combination of these suggestions.
A consecration service is held when a congregation moves into a newly completed building or sanctuary. A dedication service is held when any debt on the new facility is retired.
Call to Worship: Liturgy of Letting Go
Leader: Today we honor a turning point in the journey of the ___________ congregation. In our tradition, endings and beginnings have scriptural significance.
People: We remember how Abraham and Sarah set out to a new country and a new life, not knowing where they were being led.
Leader: We remember how Jesus left his carpenter’s tools, went into the wilderness, and there began his new vocation.
People: We remember how the fishermen left their boats and women left their traditional roles to follow Jesus in his nomadic ministry.
Leader: We are gathered here to offer thanksgiving for the life of this congregation over the years—in its worship and sacraments, education, outreach to the community and response to congregants’ needs, raising of families, and lifting of prayers for the world. Now we offer thanks for the new journey that is about to begin.
“As We Gather” CCS 73
OR “Lord, You Have Brought Us to This Place” CCS 76
Focus Moment: Saying Goodbye—Saying Welcome
Show slides. Have one or two of the former pastors share one congregation memory each. Then have the new pastorate share visions and hopes for what will happen in the new building.
Ministry of Music:
“How Then Shall I Live” by Linnea Good
Play the song from the CD or have a soloist sing it. This song is found on The Greatest of These: The Best of Good album, Borealis Music, 778331910724. To order and download go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/linneagood4.
OR “We Are the Singers Who Celebrate Jesus” CCS 352
Based on Ephesians 2:17–22
Responsive Reading: Covenant
This covenant reading is an example of what could be created in Sunday school classes to fit your congregation. Adapt it as you desire.
Right Side: We covenant to become a “dwelling place for God.”
Left Side We will pray regularly for our congregation.
Right Side: We will pray regularly for our pastor(s).
Left Side: We will pray a daily prayer for peace.
All: We will be active participants in congregational life and outreach programs. As we consecrate/dedicate this building to being a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, we consecrate/dedicate ourselves to be sanctuaries as well.
“Meet Me in a Holy Place” CCS 162
OR “Prophetic Church, the Future Waits” CCS 362
As we leave here, may your Spirit stay among us.
By our service may we glorify your name.
Learning how to be disciples for you, Jesus,
we were blessed because we came;
we were blessed because we came.
Past, Present, and Future
We Gather in Gratitude
Congregational Hymn: “Lord, You Have Brought Us” CCS 76
Introduction of Guests and Greetings
Call to Worship
From many corners of this land we have heard the call of our God, and we have come. Let us draw near to the One who created us all. Quietly we unite in worship, O God of power and of peace. We have come together in this sacred and beautiful place. Let us share with each other and our God the unspeakable joy of this moment. With humility and gratitude we bow before Thee, O Lord. At this moment God’s living Spirit is here among us, longing to enter every heart. Let us open our hearts to this holy Presence. Let your Spirit dwell within us, O God.
Prayer for Peace
Lighting of the Peace Candle
Congregational Hymn: “Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands” CCS 309
OR “Let There Be Peace On Earth” CCS 307
Prayer of Invocation
We Remember Our Past
Scripture Reading: Psalm 100
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” CCS 101
OR “Though the Spirit’s Gifts Are Many” CCS 334
We Create the Present
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 85:36b, c
“In the Quiet of This Day” CCS 161
OR “How Firm a Foundation” CCS 250
Consecration Address and Prayer
We Celebrate God’s Assurance for the Future
Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 161
Hymn of Challenge: “Come Now, Sound the Call of Zion” CCS 381
Have the children offer brief statements or share pictures they have drawn representing their hopes for the new building and what will happen there in the future.
Disciples Generous Response
Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes
The Lord speaks, saying; You have built a church in my name, you have dedicated it to my service: And it is good. And now more than ever seek to serve me, that the people of this community will know my love, that the people of this great nation will know my power, that the people of all the world will know my compassion and my mercy, that all people may know my Son… that Jesus lives. It is from this building, a symbol of love and consecration and strength, that my spirit may flow in and through my people into the community and unto the entire world. Amen.
Closing Hymn: “The Spirit of God like a Fire Is Burning” CCS 384
During the postlude please join us on the front lawn for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Scriptures: Psalms 33:20-22, 36:7-9, 84:1-4
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon
Lord’s Prayer (in unison)