Restoration

A Service of Dedication
St Mary’s Parish Church


       

 

St Mary’s Parish Church.
Saturday 15th October 2016

Welcome

Introduction and opening prayer

Almighty God, we gather here today to give thanks for the restoration of our Church Tower. We remember all the hard work and dedication of the restoration committee and the support of this congregation here at St Mary’s. May our Church be instrumental in bringing the love of God to this community here in our local community. Amen.

Acclamation
How awesome is this place.
This is none other than the house of God,
and this is the gateway of heaven.

I saw a ladder which rested on the ground
with its top reaching to heaven,
and the angels of God were going up and down it.
This is none other than the house of God,
and this is the gateway of heaven.

You will see greater things than this.
You will see heaven wide open,
and God’s angels ascending and descending upon the
Son of Man.
This is none other than the house of God,
and this is the gateway of heaven.

 

 

You are the temple of the living God,
and the Spirit of God dwells in you.
The temple of God is holy, and you are that temple.
This is none other than the house of God,
and this is the gateway of heaven.

Collect
Almighty God,
to whose glory we offer this service of dedication
we praise you for the many blessings
you have given to those who worship you here:
and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you,
and, being filled with the Holy Spirit,
may become a living temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Reading: Psalm 84.

Short Address

Intercession
The risen Christ is here in the midst of us.
We bring our prayers to him as Lord of the Church.

For the Church universal,
of which these buildings are a visible symbol,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

 

For the congregation of St Mary’s
as we remember your promise
that when two or three are gathered in your name
you are there in the midst of them,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For this place, that we may be still and know that you are God,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For the pardon of our sins when we fall short of your glory,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For the fulfilling of our desires and petitions as you see 
best for us,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For your blessings in the past and for a vision for the future,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer. 

For the faith of those who have gone before us
and for grace to persevere like them,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For the benefactors of this place who have died in the
peace of Christ and are at rest,
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

For our Church, for all who worship here, and for the people of St Mary Cray.
Lord, receive our thanks and prayer.

O God, from living stones
you prepare an everlasting dwelling-place for your majesty.
Grant that in the power of the Holy Spirit
those who serve you here
may always be kept within your presence.
This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing
Christ, whose glory is in the heavens,
fill this house and illuminate your hearts;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen

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