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Dedication of Church Buildings, Properties and Foundation Laying of a Building

For the Church Building

1.   The Service is begun in front of the Church door and should include the singing of a Hymn, reading in the Holy Scripture and Prayer.

The Church door is unlocked and opened by the person appointed so to do.

Ministers, officers and saints should then enter reverently. The words of Psalm 100 could with profit be sung as the congregation enters (R. H. 106) “O enter then His gales with praise.” (any tune bearing the phrase can be used)

2.   The Service within the Church (the Minister over the District being in the chair) will commence with the singing of Hymn.

Scripture.

2nd Chron. 5. “Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished: and Solomon brought in ail the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up, Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and own, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto hi s place, even under the wings of the cherubims; For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. And they drew out the staves were seen from the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there is unto this which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place; for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthum, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets;) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God. “

ALTERNATIVE SCRIPTURES:-
1st Kings 8:26-30. “And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou speakest unto thy servant David my father.

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee today. That thine eyes may’ be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there; that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.

And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.”

For Properties

1st Chron 29:10-17. ‘Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou exalted as head above all.

Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine and it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

For Church Building

For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. “

Foundation Laying

1st Cor. 3:9-23. “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let everyman fake heed how he buildeth then upon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man ‘s work of what sort i tis.

If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

For Church Building

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Let no man deceive himself If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he maybe wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. “

Eph. 21:13-22. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ,

For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all tire building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord

In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit;

HYMN

PRAYER.

CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS. Explaining Purpose of gathering and any relevant references as required.

DEDICATION PROPER. Congregation to stand while one or two Ministers pray and dedicate the building to the service of God.

BRIEF ADDRESS. By a Minister representing the Area or District.

SCRIPTURAL MESSAGE. By a Minister. Special subjects such as “The Church which is His Body.” or “The Spiritual Building,” could be taken at this service,

CLOSING HYMN

PRAYER AND BENEDICTION.

SEE HOW TO CONDUCT OTHER SERVICES IN THE MINISTER’S MANUAL