The Dedication of the Church

22nd October

O righteous and everlasting Father, Maker of heaven and earth, Thou who dwellest not in temples made with hands, we sincerely thank Thee today for the revelation of Thy love and mercy which Thou hast made through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We thank Thee today for revealing to us the light of truth from Thy sacred Word, and that so many in this city have been called out from the world to join Thy remnant church, which keeps the commandments of God and has the testimony of Jesus Christ. We thank Thee, O Lord, that from of old Thy presence has been manifest in the sanctuary, and that Thou bast ever sought those to worship Thee who worship in spirit and in truth.

We thank Thee, O Lord, that Thou hast put it into the. hearts of these Thy servants to erect this building for public worship, that it may abide in this city as a silent witness to Thy saving truth in these last days, and that it may afford a means of teaching those here present, and many others, the glorious message which has called it into being.

O God, our Father, we know that by reason of our sins we are not worthy to ask Thee to come into our midst today, but in humble con­fession we pray that Thou wilt forgive our transgressions and that Thou wilt help each of us today first to dedicate himself anew to his Lord and Saviour. O Lord, take us today, cleanse our hearts from all sin, and come into our midst as a welcome and abiding guest, we pray.

And now, O God, Most High and Holy One, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, how much less this temple made with hands, we beseech Thee that Thou wilt even now accept this building as our humble gift to Thy service, and that Thou wilt consecrate this church to the honor of Thy name and to Thy service.

O God, our Father, we do now dedicate this building as a house of prayer, where through communion and thanksgiving Thy holy name may be honored and Thy people blessed. We dedicate it for the reading and hearing of Thy most Holy Word and for the proclamation of the everlasting gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We dedicate it as a bright and shining light of the third angel’s message in this city and as a witness of our faith in the glorious Advent of our Lord.

We dedicate it for the celebration of the ordinances of the Lord’s house, for the sacred rite of baptism, and for the performance of all other offices of our Christian faith. We dedi­cate it for the saving of our children and youth in the Sabbath school and young people’s serv­ices, and for missionary activities that will promote the gospel message both at home and in fields afar. We dedicate it as a Sabbath home for Thy children in this city.

Accept, O Lord most gracious, this building as a freewill offering at the hands of these Thy servants, and may every member of this church find here during the months to conic a happy spiritual home and a holy rest.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that when Thy people assemble themselves together in this house for Thy worship, that the Spirit of God may rest upon them, and that with clean hands and pure hearts they may worship before Thine altars.

Grant, O Lord, that when Thy ministers here proclaim the gospel of Thy grace, sinners may be converted unto Thee and Thy true servants edified and comforted. Grant that from this sanctuary there may go out constantly mes­sengers of divine truth to carry the gospel of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour to this community.

Grant, O Lord, that when the emblems of Thy broken body and spilled blood are ad­ministered in this place that Thy saving love may make them effectual means of grace to Thy people.

Grant, O God, that when precious souls are buried with their Lord in baptism in this place, that they may rise to walk in newness of life and be kept faithful even unto the end.

We beseech Thee, O God, that Thou wilt make this church a gateway to heaven for our chil­dren and youth, and that here they all may be born again and enter into that experience that will lead them on to the kingdom.

Grant, O Lord, that as from Sabbath to Sabbath we assemble here to worship our blessed Saviour, we may come in reverence and godly fear, and that the Holy Spirit may never be grieved from this place, but always abide here as a welcome guest.

And now we also pray that Thou wilt bless Thy waiting people in all lands today, and may they with us and our children be quickly pre­pared for the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And finally we be­seech Thee to bring us, and all who in coming days worship in this house, together with Thy redeemed from all ages, to that city of God, where there will be no temple, but the Lamb will be the light thereof. And now unto the King Eternal, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.