Commissions in the Season of Epiphany

Realizing that Christians are called to ministry in the world, each Sunday in the Season of Epiphany, The Church of the Advocate commissions  people to their life, work and vocation in the community and world around us.

This year, we will be commissioning the following vocations on the following dates:

January 12    Advocate Annual Meeting    All the people of the Advocate

January 19     All those engaged in expressive and creative endeavors

January 26     All who are caregivers for others 

February 2      All who are retired, in transition or in a period of discernment 

February 9      All who serve the public 

February 16    All who work in the pursuit of knowledge

February 23    All who engage in business and commerce 

March 3           All who engage in farming, gardening the stewardship of creation 

Come join us!

 

Posted here are some sample commissions from throughout the years.

SAMPLE COMMISSIONS 

All Who Work in the Pursuit of Knowledge

Celebrant: Now there are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit

People: There are a variety of services but the same Lord

Celebrant: We call forward all who work to increase our knowledge and understanding of God’s vast creation

 

Those to be commissioned come forward and present themselves to the celebrant and congregation

 

Celebrant: Lord, we present to you these teachers, students, scholars and administrators; researchers, inventors, scientists, and information specialists; historians, philosophers, theologians, and all who seek a deeper understanding of truth

 

Commissioned: Here I am, Lord

Celebrant: Do you celebrate your God given gifts?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you seek the blessing of God and God’s Church?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you promise, with the help of God, to use your gifts to serve God and neighbor?

Commissioned: We do

 

Celebrant: Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn

Commissioned: We rejoice in the knowledge of your truth

Celebrant: Bless their pursuit of sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom

Commissioned: May we find in you the source of all truth

Celebrant: Give them times of refreshment and peace

Commissioned: That we may renew our minds, rebuild our bodies, and open our spirits to serve you from generation to generation

Celebrant: This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Commissioned: Amen

 

 

Celebrant Addressing the People of the Advocate: We call forward all you People of the Advocate

 

All who can come forward and lay hands on those to be commissioned

 

Celebrant: I present to you these sons and daughters of the Advocate.

People: We celebrate their gifts and talents

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help these, our neighbors and friends, to share their gifts?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Will you do all in your power to support these, our brothers and sisters, in their life in Christ?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Do you witness this commissioning before each other, our community, and before God?

People: We do

Together: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

All stand together before the celebrant

 

Celebrant: Glory to God

People: Whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine

Celebrant: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church

People: And in Christ Jesus forevermore.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

 

 

All Who Engage in Business, Commerce and Services

 

Celebrant: Now there are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit

People: There are a variety of services but the same Lord

 

Celebrant: We call forward all who engage in business, commerce and services

 

Those to be commissioned come forward and present themselves to the celebrant and congregation

 

Celebrant: Lord, we present to you entrepreneurs and small businesspersons; entrepreneurs and small businesspersons; those who keep our stores stocked, who prepare and serve our meals, and make our lives easier to live; those who work in finance and banking; who support their families and their community as employers of others, and all those workers whom they employ; all who advise and counsel families and individuals on financial matters; all whose work helps meet their own and others’ material needs while heeding God’s call to sound stewardship and ethical practice

 

 

Commissioned: Here I am, Lord

Celebrant: Do you celebrate your God given gifts?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you seek the blessing of God and his Church?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you promise, with the help of God, to use your gifts to serve God and neighbor?

Commissioned: We do

 

Celebrant: Almighty God, whose Son in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor

Commissioned: Be present with us where we work

Celebrant: Make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will

Commissioned: Give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor

Celebrant: Guide them in the work they do so they do it not for self alone, but for the common good

Commissioned: Make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers

Celebrant: Remember before us all who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work

Commissioned: Guide us so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment

Celebrant: This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Commissioned: Amen

 

Celebrant Addressing the People of the Advocate: We call forward all you People of the Advocate

 

All who can come forward and lay hands on those to be commissioned

 

Celebrant: I present to you these sons and daughters of the Advocate.

People: We celebrate their gifts and talents

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help these, our neighbors and friends, to share their gifts?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Will you do all in your power to support these, our brothers and sisters, in their life in Christ?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Do you witness this commissioning before each other, our community, and before God?

People: We do

Together: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

All stand together before the celebrant

 

Celebrant: Glory to God

People: Whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine

Celebrant: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church

People: And in Christ Jesus forevermore.

 

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

 

All Who Serve the Public

 

Celebrant: Now there are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit

People: There are a variety of services but the same Lord

 

Celebrant: We call forward all who serve the public

 

Those to be commissioned come forward and present themselves to the celebrant and congregation

 

Celebrant: Lord, we present to you all who work in the public interest; in the justice system; elected and appointed officials; in the public sector and in charitable organizations; those who work in high office and those who clean and maintain those offices; police officers and firefighters and all who keep us safe from harm; all who serve the public good and in so doing live out in selflessness and compassion God’s will for us all

 

 

Commissioned: Here I am, Lord

Celebrant: Do celebrate your God given gifts?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you seek the blessing of God and his Church?

Commissioned: We do

Celebrant: Do you promise, with the help of God, to use your gifts to serve God and neighbor?

Commissioned: We do

 

Celebrant: Almighty God, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory and to serve you in freedom and in peace:

Commissioned: Give us strength that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will

Celebrant: Grant us your grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression

Commissioned: Help us to maintain justice in our communities

Celebrant: Your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature

Commissioned: Grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of each other and of your good gifts

Celebrant: Let them be leaven for the world’s bread and wine of delight for hearts in need

Commissioned: Keep us strong for service and glad in praise

Celebrant: May they continue to hear and answer God’s call

Commissioned: Help us to practice Compassion, to do Justice, and to experience the Transformative Power of God in Christ as continually revealed in Word, Sacrament, and life

Celebrant: This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Commissioned: Amen

 

 

Celebrant Addressing the People of the Advocate: We call forward all you People of the Advocate

 

All who can come forward and lay hands on those to be commissioned)

 

Celebrant: I present to you these sons and daughters of the Advocate.

People: We celebrate their gifts and talents

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help these, our neighbors and friends, to share their gifts?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Will you do all in your power to support these, our brothers and sisters, in their life in Christ?

People: We will, with God’s help

Celebrant: Do you witness this commissioning before each other, our community, and before God?

People: We do

Together: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

All stand together before the celebrant

 

Celebrant: Glory to God

People: Whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine

Celebrant: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church

People: And in Christ Jesus forevermore.

 

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

 

 

 

More Abbreviated Epiphany Commissions:

 

Each week the Celebrant and People say:

 

V: Now there are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit

R: There are a variety of services but the same Lord

V. There are varieties of activities

R: But the same God who activates all of them in everyone.

 

Week by week, those to be commissioned come forward and present themselves to the celebrant and congregation

 

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The Celebrant calls forward all who serve the public: all who work in the justice system; elected and appointed officials in government who act in the public interest, the public sector and in charitable organizations; those who work in high office and those who clean and maintain those offices; police officers and firefighters who work to keep us safe from harm; for all who serve the public good and in so doing live out in selflessness and compassion God’s will for us all —

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

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The Celebrant calls forward all who work in the pursuit of knowledge: teachers, students, scholars and school administrators; researchers and inventors, scientists and technology workers; explorers of inner and outer space; historians and philosophers and all those who are called to increase humanity’s knowledge and understanding of God’s vast creation,

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

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The Celebrant calls forward all those engaged in expressive and creative endeavors: writers and poets; sculptors, painters and potters; all performers and composers; all those who build as well as those who design; those who reap as well as those who sow; all who act to bring new things into being, mirroring God’s own act of creation —

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

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The Celebrant calls forward all who engage in business and commerce: all entrepreneurs and small businesspersons; all who work in finance and banking; all who support their families and their community as employers of others, and all those workers whom they employ; all who advise and counsel families and individuals on financial matters; all whose work helps meet their own and others’ material needs while heeding God’s call to sound stewardship and ethical practice —

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

 

The Celebrant calls forward all who are caregivers for others: homemakers and child care workers,  physicians, nurses and those who assist them; those who care for animals and those who work to protect the environment; all counselors, social workers and mental health professionals; all those who serve in the clergy and the laity who support their work, caring for God’s people from within God’s church —

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

 

 

The Celebrant calls forward all who are retired, in transition or in a period of discernment: all who are enjoying the benefits of long years of work in retirement, all who by choice or by circumstance are in transition or are seeking what work or path to follow; all who are prevented by physical or mental disability from engaging in a daily vocation; all those who in so doing seek God’s will for their lives and mirror God’s resting on the seventh day —

 

People: We commission you to this work and pledge to you our prayers, encouragement and support. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of Jesus Christ.

 

The celebrant offers the blessing to all

 

Congregation returns to seats, song and procession

 

An emphatic dismissal

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For all those who care for the well being of others: for doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists and all who study to do so

Call: Mighty and merciful God, who sent Jesus to heal broken lives, we praise you for raising up men and women who are skilled in the healing arts

Response: Strengthen their bodies that they may bend to care for young and old, and let them carry your gift of wholeness to all who suffer in body or mind

Call: Give them eyes to see and ears to hear

Response: Keep them ever open to a tear or cry of distress

Call:  Lighten their hearts even when they are heavy or hurting

Response: Let them be touched as they offer your healing touch and presence. May they make the weak strong, the sick healthy, and the broken whole

Call: Bless them as agents of your love

Response: In your name we pray

All: Amen

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For all who teach and all who learn and all who inquire and all who aspire to broaden our knowledge through research and writing: teachers, students, scholars and administrators; researchers and inventors, scientists, historians and philosophers

Call: Eternal God, whose wisdom is greater than our small minds can attain and whose truth shows up our little learning

Response: Give curiosity, imagination and patience to these who study and teach and learn and explore

Call: Open their eyes to the mysteries of your universe and their ears to the whispers of your wonders

Response: In your will all lives are lived and by your wisdom all truth is found

Call: Bless them as agents of your wisdom and truth

Response: In your name we pray. Amen.

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All who are retired, in transition or find themselves in a period of discernment, who by choice or by circumstance find themselves enjoying or worrying over their days, who are seeking what work or play or path to follow, and all who are prevented by physical or mental disability from engaging in a daily vocation

Call: God, for who a thousand years pass as if a single day, share with us your patience

Response: Bestow your calming presence to these your people and enrich their days

Call: Light up their lives with your discerning light

Response: Help them to see possibility where they might only see confusion or uncertainty, and still their hearts

Call: Let their faces mirror your own

Response: So they might better see who they are and recognize the time, talent and treasure they bear

Call: Help them remember that you stand near to guide their steps

Response: In all they do, sitting and waiting, hoping and dreaming, seeking and finding, may they reflect your glory and bear your good news. Amen.

 

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Invitation:                   For all those who work in and on and for the land, the sea and the skies, for those who   grow our food and our flowers and tend our lawns and our trees, for those who raise fish or fowl  and hoof, cloven or other, for those who seek to save forests and trees and rivers and streams, and those who are called to give time and treasure and talent to the preservation of creation

Those so called come forward. All are asked to take a moment to see and appreciate them.

Then the congregation is invited to come forward and lays hands upon them.

Call:         Blessed are you Lord God ruler of the universe who from nothing called for the heavens and the  earth to appear in the darkness and ordered the waters to retreat so mountains and plains might arise

Response:                  All creation burst forth from your Word and lives with the gift of your breath

Call:                                     We know all you created is good, very good

Response:                   You blessed woman and man to name the beasts of the air and sea and all that crawl upon the earth and gave us stewardship of your creation

Call:         We ask your blessing on those who with your blessing coax our food and sustenance from soil                                                       and seed

Response:                   May all who labor in your fields prosper and may our harvests be plentiful

Call:                              Bless especially these your children who take joy in the dirt of their hands and the sweat of their  brows and who fiercely tend and guard these good gifts

Response:                   With your blessing and their talents we hope and pray that we will show ourselves worthy and accountable for the trust you have given us.                   Amen.

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Invitation:                   For all those who explore the depth and mystery and wonders of electrons and silica, of memory boards and keyboards, who with zeros and ones create letters and words and add and  divide and analyze sums and divisions, and who, with the gift of tongues, translate obscure code  into meaningful information and communication

Those so called come forward. All are asked to take a moment to see and appreciate them.

Then the congregation is invited to come forward and lays hands upon them.

Call:        All knowing God who granted us symbols and language to learn and share and describe and praise all we are graced to see and hear and touch and feel

Response:           Bless these your servants to whom you have opened the secrets of computing and recording and sending and sharing

Call:                      Guide them to unlock the secrets and possibilities and wonders of memory and reason

Response:        Let their pursuits help lesson the burdens of labor and increase our productivity so that our work might be balanced with leisure and learning

Call:             We know you weave wide and intricate webs of relationship and meaning throughout our world

Response:       With your help may your Word transcend oceans and skies and continents and our babble become intelligent and respectful discourse and conversation.  Amen.

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A Suggested Dismissal:

Deacon: Glory to God

People: Whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine

Deacon: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church

People: And in Christ Jesus forevermore.