Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Final Dedication




The top picture is the cornerstone for Redeemer's new sanctuary. It says "2006" because that's when it was laid. It took 15 months to construct the building.
In my ten years of ministry at Redeemer, it would be hard to choose a greater highlight than this past Saturday and Sunday. I have already posted the liturgy for Saturday night's partial dedication service. Here is Sunday morning's "final" dedication portion of our morning service in it's entirety.


The Final Dedication of the Redeemer Sanctuary
Sunday, October 7, 2007 (11 AM)


Through the ages, Almighty God has moved his people to build houses of prayer and praise, and to set apart places for the ministry of His Holy Word and Sacraments. With gratitude for the sanctuary we have now gathered to, we act now to dedicate and consecrate it in God’s Name and for His glory.

Opening Prayer Pastor Anthony J. Felich

Lord God, the Psalmist has said by the power of your Holy Spirit, and we agree- “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it, labor in vain.”

We give thanks to you O God, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever!

Open to us the gates of righteousness, that we may enter through them and give thanks to you! This day of dedication has finally come and we joyfully acknowledge- This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that you have made, O Lord, let us rejoice and be glad in it through Christ Jesus, our Savior Amen.

Pastor: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Congregation: Our help is in the Name of the Lord; The maker of heaven and earth.

The Prayer of the Elders

Ever-living Father, watchful and caring, our source and our end: All that we are and all that we have is yours.

Accept us now, as we dedicate this place to which we come to praise your Name, to ask your forgiveness, to know your healing power, to hear your Word, and to be nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son. Be present always to guide and to judge, to illumine and to bless your people.

Lord Jesus Christ, make this a temple of your presence and a house of prayer. Be always near us when we seek you in this place.

Draw us to you, when we come alone and when we come with others, to find comfort and wisdom, to be supported and strengthened, to rejoice and give thanks. May it be here, Lord Christ, that we are made one with you and with one another, so that our lives are sustained and sanctified for your service.

Holy Spirit, open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, that we may grow closer to you through joy and through suffering.

Be with us in the fullness of your power as new members are added to your household, as we grow in grace through the years, when we are joined in marriage, when we turn to you in sickness or special need, and, at the last, when we are committed into the Father’s hands.

Now, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, sanctify this place; For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; And you are exalted as head over all. Amen.

Dedication Litany (Congregation Standing)

Pastor: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord.

Congregation: I long, yes, faint with longing to be able to enter your courtyard and come near to the Living God.

Pastor: Even the sparrows and swallows are welcome to come and nest among your altars and there have their young, O Lord, my King and my God!

Congregation: How happy are those who can live in your Temple, singing your praises.

Pastor: Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who trust Christ and love His Law.

Congregation: When they walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains!

Pastor: They will grow constantly in strength, and each of them is invited to meet with the Lord in Zion.

Congregation: O Jehovah, God of the Covenant of Grace and Lord of the Universe, hear our prayer!

Pastor: O God, our Defender and our Shield, bring glory to yourself in this place, from this day and to the end of the age.

Congregation: A single day spent in your temple is better than a thousand elsewhere! I would rather be a doorman of the Temple of my God than live in palaces of wickedness.

Pastor: For Jehovah is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who are united to His Son, Jesus Christ.

Congregation: We now, the members and friends of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, mindful of the inheritance into which we have entered, and the glorious company, seen and unseen, whose communion we share, do covenant together in this act of dedication, offering ourselves anew to the worship and work of our heavenly Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor: May this hallowed place ever be a haven of refuge, a mantel for the proclamation of the gospel of grace, a launching pad for mission, and a symbol of our unity in the faith.

Congregation: We dedicate this Sanctuary in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pronouncement of Dedication

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Head of the Church, I do now by the authority of the Session of this Church, pronounce and declare this new sanctuary of Redeemer Presbyterian Church to be fully dedicated for the worship of almighty God, the faithful preaching of the Scriptures- which includes both the regular exposition of the Word of God and the constant, clear proclamation of the good news of Christ contained therein, the administration of His holy sacraments, and all other such gatherings which call upon the name of the Lord- both in times of joy and earthly sorrow.

Soli Deo Gloria- To God Alone be the Glory. Amen.

Closing Prayer Pastor Nathan E. Currey

O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.

With King Solomon of old, we ask- Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that we have built! Yet have regard to the prayer of your servants and hear our plea, O Lord our God, hear the cry and to the prayer that your people pray before you this day, that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, a place about which you have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may listen to the prayers that your covenant people offer in this place. Please, O Lord, receive through Christ the praise, honor, and glory we your servants seek to give you when we worship in this sanctuary now, and until the day the Lord Jesus comes back for His Bride. We pray this prayer through Christ, Amen.

3 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

I haven't taken the time to actually view this precious corner stone, but will this Lord's Day.
Never before have I been so humbled and blessed to have the privilege of calling “Redeemer” my home!

Rick Calohan said...

Tony,

I was blessing to witness Sunday’s Dedication Service and to hear Dr. Michael A. Milton sermon was an added delight. Is it possible to post the hymns used for the service or would that be a copyright infringement? If I am not mistaken was there another pastor between you and Michael by the name of Mark whose last name escapes me? Finally is there any chance of making the Divine Order of Covenant Renewal Service a regular feature on Reepicheep?

In His Grace, For His Glory!


Rick

Salvation is by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in the Scripture alone to the Glory of God alone! Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria!

Rick Calohan said...

It was August 27, 2000, when I first entered Redeemer-PCA. On that day, Tony, was installed as Associate Pastor. The minister whose name escaped me earlier was the Rev. Mark H. Merritt.

In addition, my first sentence in an earlier post, which read,

“I was blessing to witness Sunday’s Dedication Service and to hear Dr. Michael A. Milton sermon was an added delight.”

Should have read, “It was a blessing to witness Sunday’s Dedication Service and to hear Dr. Michael A. Milton sermon was an added delight. Or, "I was blessed to witness…

Hence why my degree was in History and not English, never the less, it was a blessed event!