Dedication of a new church building
Bridge Community Church - Harstine Island, WA
November 8, 2009
Responsive Reading from Jim VanVoorst
LEADER: Having been prospered by the hand of our God, and enabled by His grace and power to construct this building for Christian worship and teaching:
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the honor and glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
LEADER: “Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the carrying out of the Great Commission.
LEADER: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the teaching of God’s Word.
LEADER: “I solemnly charge you, in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (II Timothy 4: 1, 2)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the preaching of the Gospel.
LEADER: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name……worship the Lord in holy attire. (Psalm 96: 8-9)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the worship of the Lord.
LEADER: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 16) “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5: 16)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to be a house of prayer.
LEADER: “And day by day, continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” (Acts 2: 46)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the fellowship of believers and the communion of the saints.
LEADER: “I was hungry and your gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25: 35,36)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the service of mankind.
LEADER: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of this prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22: 18-19)
CONGREGATION: We dedicate this building to the preservation and proclamation of divine truth.
*LEADER AND CONGREGATION*: To the honor of God, the exaltation of Jesus Christ, His Son, and to the glory and power of His Holy Spirit, we dedicate this building.