Community of Christ

Ordination Ideas

I Have Called You by Your Name

Prelude

Welcome and Call to Discipleship

Welcome and invite all to worship. Also articulate the call of each person to discipleship, reminding us that we are all called to offer ministry in the congregation and the community.

Gathering Hymn: "Touch Me, Lord, with Thy Spirit Eternal"  CCS 574 OR “God, Whose Grace Redeems Our Story”  CCS 570

Call to Worship: Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b, 2a-c 

*Hymn of Petition: "Help Us Express Your Love"  CCS 621

*Invocation

*Response

Focus Moment: "Samuel Hears God’s Call"

Share the story of young Samuel found in I Samuel, chapters1-3. Use a children’s Bible for a condensed version of the story. Samuel (and Hannah) answered God’s call. What are some of the ways we hear God’s call today? How do we answer God’s call?

Disciples’ Generous Response

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 162:7c-d

Blessing and Offering of Mission Tithes

Giving Hymn: "Community of Christ"  CCS 354

Testimony of Ministry

Invite a person who holds the same priesthood office as the one being ordained to share a testimony about the ministry of this office of the priesthood. How has the Spirit blessed his/her ministry? How has priesthood responsibility caused him/her to grow?

Servant Hymn: "I Have Called You by Your Name"  CCS 636 stanza 1

Call to Ordination

This is the sermon. Include a discussion of the particular priesthood office of the ordinand and the needs it fulfills within the body of Christ. Challenge the ordinand to offer his/her gifts in ministry. Challenge the congregation to offer support and help to the ordinand. Affirm God’s call to people of every era to be in the midst of the people as ministers.

Servant Hymn: "I Have Called You by Your Name"  CCS 636 stanza 2

Testimony of Response

Ask the ordinand to share his/her testimony of accepting this call and his/her hopes for his/her ministry.

Servant Hymn: "I Have Called You by Your Name”  CCS 636 stanza 3

Ordination Prayer

If desired, the presider may announce the participants’ names prior to the ordination.

Servant Hymn: "I Have Called You by Your Name"  CCS 636 stanza 4

Testimony of Receiving

Invite a representative of the congregation to affirm the call and response of the person just ordained, offering the help and support of the congregation in this new ministry.

Pastoral Prayer

If possible, form a circle around the perimeter of the sanctuary before this prayer is offered.

*Going Forth Hymn: "Take the Path of the Disciple"  CCS 558 OR We Are Pilgrims on a Journey”  CCS 540

*Postlude

A New Creation in Christ

Worship Setting

The focal point of the worship setting should be a tree. A five-gallon bucket of wet sand serves as the base for low-hanging branches that have been cut prior to the service. A large artificial tree would also work. White construction paper doves should be inserted into the bulletins for each person attending the service.

We Gather in His Name

Welcome

Presider invites congregation to write on the doves enclosed in the bulletins, sharing with the ordinand(s) words of support, love, or a brief statement of a time when they have seen Christ in this person. After the ordination(s,) the doves will be placed on the tree and later given to the ordinand(s).

Hymn: "Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather"  CCS 335 (Use small percussion instruments to accent the rhythm of this hymn) OR "Lord God, We Meet in Jesus Name”  CCS 538

Call to Worship: II Corinthians 5:17–20 NIV®

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ   We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

*Congregational Hymn: “We Are People of God’s Peace”  CCS 306 OR “A Diligent and Grateful Heart”  CCS 539

*Invocation

*Response

We Belong to Christ

Reader 1: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Reader 2: And we with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory.

Reader 1: We are being transformed into his likeness.

Reader 2: However, there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

Reader 1: There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

Reader 2: There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.

Reader 1: All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines.

Reader 2: Now all of you are the body of Christ. Celebrate the giftedness of one another.

—Adapted from II Corinthians 3 and I Corinthians 12

Hymn: "O Christ, My Lord, Create in Me"  CCS 507 OR "All Are Called"  CCS 606

Disciples’ Generous Response

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 4:1b–d

Blessing and Offering of Mission Tithes

Ministry of Music: "Seek Ye First"  CCS 599 (solo with instrument descant, or an ensemble  OR Hymn: "A Charge to Keep I Have"  CCS 537

We Hear the Call to Become a New Creation

Challenge

Congregational Hymn: "Soften My Heart"  CCS 187 OR "Breathe on Me, Breath of God"  CCS 190

During the singing of this hymn the ordinand(s) and officiants take their places for the sacrament.

Prayer(s) of Ordination or Setting Apart

We Respond as the Body of Christ

Meditation Music: "O May Your Church Build Bridges"  CCS 224 OR "Community of Christ"  CCS 354

Invite the congregation to pass their doves to the aisles as the music is played/sung. The youth assist by placing the doves on the tree with clothespins or yarn.

We Leave as a New Creation

*Closing Hymn: "O Holy Dove of God Descending"  CCS 44 OR "As Saints of Old”  CCS 620

*Sending Forth: II Corinthians 5:17–20 NIV®

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. . . . We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. Amen.

*Postlude

A Call to Servanthood

Prelude

Hymn of Gathering: “As We Gather”  CCS 73
OR Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You”  CCS 609

Welcome and Sharing

Invitation to Worship

How are we instruments of God’s love?
By sharing our joys with the gift of laughter
And our sorrows with a listening ear,
By helping those who are in need
Of the Lord’s many blessings.

How are we instruments of God’s peace?
By reaching out to the bruised and broken-hearted
Giving them reason to live life rather than to endure it,
By bringing those who are sinful
Into reconciliation with Jesus Christ.

How are we instruments of God’s healing?
By praying for others who are sick
Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually,
By comforting those who suffer loss
Or those experiencing grief.

How are we instruments of God’s hope?
By proclaiming the saving grace
Of the Lord through Jesus Christ,
By sharing the good news
That Jesus Christ is Alive and Well.

—From "Instruments" by Sherry Southland ©1996. Used with permission.

*Hymn: "O God, Send Heralds"  CCS 535 OR “Lift Every Voice and Sing”  CCS 555

*Invocation

*Congregational Response: "Make Me a Servant"  CCS 597

Disciples’ Generous Response

Reading

Joy is greeting all people with twinkling eyes and a warm smile.
Joy is sharing the gift of laughter.
Joy is victory over pain.
Joy is encouraging others to be the best they can be,
and then watching them soar like eagles.
Joy is showing the love of Jesus Christ to those who cross our path.
Joy is giving our time, talent, and treasures
so that we are able to magnify our Lord.

—From "Joy Is" by Sherry Southland © 1995. Used with permission.

Blessing and Offering of Mission Tithes

Hymn: "According to the Gifts That God"  CCS 591 OR "Hark! The Voice of Jesus Calling"  CCS 592

Spoken Word Based on 1 Samuel 3:2–9

Sacrament of Ordination

Testimonies

Ask the congregation to share brief testimonies about the ordinand’ s giftedness and/or ministry.

Hymn: "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”  CCS 640

Have a soloist sing the verses, while the congregation responds by singing the chorus after each verse.

Ordination of ___________to the office of __________ by___________and_____________

*Hymn: "Bring Forth the Kingdom"  CCS 387 OR "Send Me Forth”  CCS 651

*Sending Forth

We have heard God’s call to servanthood. We are reminded that "All are called according to the gifts of God unto them" (Doctrine and Covenants 119:8b). "God’s call comes as the pulse of each new day presenting us with opportunities to witness and share our resources" [Walking with Jesus (Community of Christ, 2004), 37]. Let us answer God’s call and bring ministry to a hurting world. Amen.

*Response

*Postlude

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