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This order may be included as a Response to the Word or at some other appropriate place in a service of worship when choirs, praise bands, praise teams, their directors, song leaders, worship leaders, and instrumentalists are to be installed or recognized.

The pastor addresses the congregation:

Dear friends, let us recognize those who have responded to the call of God
to the ministry of music in the church.
To direct, to sing, and to play instruments
are ministries of Christ among us.
Those called to these ministries need our loyal support and our prayers.

The chairperson of worship or the pastor reads the names of the persons and choirs to be recognized, and they come forward to stand before the pastor, who says to them:

Making music to the praise of God in the congregation
is a ministry that requires devotion and discipline.
Do you accept responsibility for this ministry?

I do.

Will you be faithful to the disciplines of music?

I will.

May the faith expressed by your music live in your heart,
and what you believe in your heart, practice in your life.
And may God give you grace
to offer your music and your life in faithfulness and consecration,
now, and in the world to come.

The pastor then says to the congregation:

Dear friends, I commend to you these persons.
To them has been given the ministry of music in the church.
Will you sustain them with your encouragement and your prayers,
as together we seek to offer praise to God?

The congregation responds:

We will.

The pastor and congregation pray together:

O Lord, our God, bless these ministries of music
and those who offer them in your service.
Give to these persons love for you and your people,
fullness of heart as they praise you,
and diligence that their music may be a worthy offering to your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The pastor may greet those engaged in music ministries, or their leaders, individually.

A hymn may be sung and a blessing given. Suggested hymns from UMH:

939 Hymns listed under Commitment

105 God of Many Names

62 All Creatures of Our God and King

100 God, Whose Love Is Reigning o'er Us

162 Alleluia, Alleluia

333 I'm Goin' a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing

81 ¡Canta, Debora, Canta! (Sing, Debora, Sing!)

89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

149 Cantemos al Señor (Let's Sing unto the Lord)

93 Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

568 Christ for the World We Sing

733 Marching to Zion

158 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

160 –161 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

304 Easter People, Raise Your Voices

126 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

68 When in Our Music God Is Glorified

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Copyright: “An Order for the Installation or Recognition of Persons in Music Ministries” © Copyright 1984 by Abingdon Press; Copyright © 1992 UMPH. Introduction to the service altered 2013 by the Discipleship Ministries to include additional genres of worship music.