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Choir Dedication Liturgy

This liturgy was used for commissioning the music ministry of Green Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, Virginia. It may be adapted for congregational use.

Music is an integral part of the work of the people of God. God's people have always sung.

When the Israelites left Egypt, Moses sang.
When Samuel was born, Hannah sang.
When the exiles were in Babylon, they wondered whether their song was gone. It wasn't.
They still sang.

The book of Psalms is an ancient song book. The early church included spiritual songs and hymns with the singing of the Psalms. We have been singing ever since.

Today we commission all the musicians and all that will be sung in the year ahead by our choirs, groups, and the congregation.

To the choir:
Do you promise to use your gift of song, of harmony, of weaving together instruments and voices as an offering to God of praise and thanksgiving?
We do, by the grace of God.

To the [Green Spring Men, Green Spring Harmony, Children's choir]:
Do you promise to use your musical gifts to share the message of the gospel, to combine voice, instruments, and much joy?
We do, by the grace of God.

To the congregation:
Do you promise to bring your voice to the hymns we sing in the year ahead?
Will you sing with honesty in all the seasons of the church year?
Will you bring a robust voice to traditional hymns and a commitment to sing a new song to the Lord?
We will, by the grace of God.

Let us pray together.
Almighty God, You have called us to worship. You have inspired music in the community: words to be written, music to be composed, and people to sing. Stir us to use our talents and voices for your glory. Strengthen our faith through song. Receive, O God, the music and those who make it as a response to your work in Jesus Christ. We pray the songs we sing will carry your message and deepen our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This liturgy may be reproduced and used in concert or congregational worship. It may not be used for profit, republished, or placed on a website without permission of Kevin Flannagan. He may be contacted by email at [email protected].

Kevin Flannagan is at Green Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Virginia.

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