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Dedication Service 2011

09 Jan

The Coming to the altar for Dedication:
The act of dedication takes place at the time of the offertory. As the gifts of the people are presented, the leaders, and staff of the various church departments come forward to present themselves before God and this congregation.

The Call to Dedication

Dearly beloved, we are gathered to dedicate these people who have given themselves to the work of service in this church. May the God bless the gifts and the gift of their lives to Him. People vary widely in their abilities. There are some who have one talent and some who have ten talents. God does not demand us to serve beyond our abilities. But Jesus does lay down the principle that God expects performance from us in proportion to that which He has given us. The Scriptures say in Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required. And to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more”.

One of the tragedies in the church today is that many have failed to recognise their God-given talents. The dedication service is also to remind us that each one is expected to dedicate their talents to Him. Only in this way can we realize our full potential.

Throughout our Christian life and service we are to keep on climbing. We are to continue moving upwards – learning more about God, growing in our relation with Christ, becoming stronger in our battle with temptation and pushing ahead in telling the lost about Christ.

The hallmark of Christian service is faithfulness, not results. Results rest in God’s hands through the work of the Holy Spirit. If we are faithful to the task and leave the results to God, He’ll send the revival.

As God’s chosen, you clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him.

The Challenge to Dedication

God can turn an ordinary person to an extraordinary person. He has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. A renowned violinist announced before the concert that he would play one of the world’s most expensive violins. His first composition was played flawlessly. Then in the presence of the thrilled audience, he suddenly smashed the instrument. The audience was horrified. He explained that he was playing an ordinary instrument. Then, picking up the expensive instrument, he began to play. The sound was so beautiful that most of the people couldn’t tell any difference between the music from the expensive violin and the cheap one.

It’s something like that in our service for the Lord. God can take ordinary instruments like us to accomplish His will and get His work done. Our service is not so much dependent on us, as it is on Him. The apostle Paul said “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (put to shame) the wise” (1 Cor. 1:27). God did so, “that no flesh should glory in His presence” (v.29). Like that ordinary instrument, we can be instruments in the Master’s hands to magnify the Lord and bring blessings to others. God can turn an ordinary tune into a concert of praise.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever.

The Commitment to Dedication

I …………………. present myself to God in the present of this congregation to undertake the work which has been entrusted to my charge faithfully, diligently and to the glory of God. May God help me in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The congregation stands to join them in the prayer of dedication.
Pastor prays for all who have given themselves to God for Christian service, the gifts and the congregation.
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