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BAPTISM LETTER: Sent to every baptized person and can be used for sharing/preaching.

 Date; Name; Address; City, State, Zip

Dear (name of recipient),

            Blessings upon you in the name of Jesus.  You are a joy to us at (church name)!  And our Lord is always pleased when one of His children (that's you), obeys Him out of love and gladness of heart.

            On (date), you declared to all by water baptism, that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior.  You confessed Him before men, therefore He will confess you before the Father (Matthew 10:33).  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for so did the cloud of witnesses before you confess the same.

            "Keep on, keeping on" is an expression I have often heard and used.  It is an admonition to keep on growing (Colossians 3:2, 3) in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There is a holy way of life and a new attitude of behavior in which the Holy Spirit will guide and teach you, if you are willing to obey the Word of God.

            I pray your desire to be like our Messiah will continue throughout your life no matter the difficulties which will inevitably come - and difficult circumstances will come!  It is those who endure to the end of the race that win the prize.

            The problem is never at the beginning of the race with the cheering crowds (brothers and sisters) and your excitement to start learning about your new faith.  But it is in the middle of the race when you get tired (attacks from Satan and your sin nature not wanting to yield to correction).  It is when the crowd is no longer cheering you on (they are at the starting point cheering some new racer) that you will find the going tough.  This is the time to "keep on keeping on."  In those moments, our Lord may be the only one encouraging you.  He will be whispering in your heart not to give up. Now it is He that sets the length and the route of the race.  And only He knows what is ahead and how much you can endure.

            In the beginning the newborn is fed, diapered, held, and lifted to be burped.  But as a baby grows there are more demands put upon him to be obedient, responsible, accountable, and, disciplined by the Holy Spirit.  Our Father is the perfect parent.  He wants us to be of use, to be productive citizens of His kingdom.  He helps us to "grow up."  This takes time.  A race takes time.

            There are some family members who never leave the starting point of the race.  They love the "cheering crowds."  Some run in place.  Others only want to be fed, diapered, held, and lifted to be burped.  They are permanent babies.  You will meet many of them in our family.  Yield to the Holy Spirit not to become one of them.  It is more pleasing to the Father that you become the one who feeds, holds, and diapers others than to be one that never grows up in Christ (nor finishes the race).

            There is much to learn and much to do.  Sometimes you will get stuck.  Sometimes you will run in place.  Sometimes you will want to quit.  But "keeping on" with Jesus will keep you joyful, filled with His love, and in service to Him, forever.

             Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and 10:13; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 and Galatians 5:22-25. Make your way of life 1Thessalonians 5:16-24.

             May Our Lord, who is the author and finisher of our faith and the one who changes us from glory to glory, open the windows of His heaven and pour out upon you every blessing from His storehouses of riches from above. Amen

                3 John 2.

            Closing with signature.

 BABY/CHILD DEDICATION (body of the letter can be used in service)

 Date; Parents Name; Address; City, State, Zip

Dear (name of baby/child),

This morning your parent (s), (name), dedicated you to the Lord in front of witnesses, being the body of Christ, declaring their (her/his) love for you as a gift from heaven to them (her/him).

“Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us/me a precious gift named (name).  Lord Jesus, you have honored us/me with the joy of being (name) parent(s).  We/I praise you as we/I accept with rejoicing this awesome responsibility.  Alleluia!

Dear Lord, guide us/me by your wisdom and knowledge to raise (name) to fulfill all that you desire for her/him to be.  Teach us by your Holy Spirit to grow her/him to love and worship only you.  Help us to be Godly examples as (a) parent(s) so that she/he may grow to be healthy and whole in spirit, soul and body.  Help us/me to be (a) good steward(s) of this precious gift knowing that you are the true possessor of her/his life even as we/I have care over her/him on this earth.

Heavenly Father, we promise to nourish (name) with all of our/my love.  We/I promise to nourish her/him by providing for her/his needs in all things necessary.  We/I promise to nourish her/him by loving and Godly discipline and training.  We/I promise to teach her/him by being living. examples of all that is Holy in your Word, so that (name) may grow to be a Godly woman/man, rich in your Spirit, joyful in her/his soul, and singing praises to your name.

Lord Jesus, we dedicate (name) to you, asking you to save, protect and guide her/him all the days of her/his life.  Amen.”

(Name of child), you have been dedicated to the Lord this day.  May you grow to serve Him in every area of your life, and love Him always.

(name of pastor)

A PLEDGE FOR MARRIED COUPLES (for counseling; after reconciliation; each can sign)

            I love the Lord who has created us, who has given his life so that we might live as a part of his family eternally, who has shown us the ultimate example of self-giving love, who has made us one, and who through his Spirit enables us to love each other more deeply than we ever could in our own strength.

            I love you because of your love for the Lord, your love for me, and because you have been willing to commit your life to me.  I am thankful for your trust in me;  your encouragement, your patience, your gentleness, and your gracious forgiveness of my imperfections.

            Because of my love for God and my love for you I promise that with God's help, I will attempt to always be faithful to you in my thoughts, my feelings, and my behavior.  And I promise, with God's help to try to love you as fully as I can, so that no lack in our relationship leaves you unnecessarily vulnerable to Satan's temptations.

            If I am not meeting your intellectual, emotional, spiritual, or physical needs, I want you to discuss this with me.  I promise that I will try to meet those needs as much as I am able, and if I feel unable to meet any of your expressed needs, I will explain to you why.

            If you are not meeting needs or desires that I have, I will first try to determine if those needs or desires are reasonable.  If they seem to be, I will share them with you, so that we can discuss how we might meet them in our relationship.

            If I become aware of a situation in your life that I believe makes you vulnerable to temptations I will share my concern with you, and then allow you to restructure that situation as you decide.  If you become aware of a situation in my life that you believe makes me vulnerable to temptation, I want you to share that with me.  I promise to take your concern seriously and to make changes that will make you feel more secure and that will decrease my vulnerability.

            If you become aware of feelings developing in your life toward someone else, I want you to share that either with myself or with someone else with whom you feel comfortable.  I will support your attempt to understand why those feelings have developed, what you can do to change them, and will make any changes in our relationship that would be helpful to you that I can.  If I find that I am developing feelings toward any other than you I will discuss that with either you or another Christian to whom I can be accountable, and will make whatever changes necessary to decrease the intensity of those feelings, and ultimately to end them.

            I love you, and today I pledge to you anew my desire to be always faithful to you.

            (possible signature)

HOUSE DEDICATION

 OWNERS:  Heavenly Father, I confess I am a foreigner in this land.  I am a renter and steward of all your material gifts to me while on this earth.  As long as I live in this place I set it aside, consecrate and dedicate it to you, Jesus, my Messiah, to use it as you will for my health and security, and for use to the body of Christ - the church.

 MINISTER:  Dear Lord, may this place be a house of prayer, a place of rest, a place of fellowship, a place of rejoicing and worship.  May all who enter here feel your holy presence.  May all who enter into this home know that it belongs to Y'shua, the Lord who made heaven and earth.

OWNERS:  Dear Lord, If tears be shed here, let them be healing tears.  If food be served here, let it nourish all who partake.  If there be entertainment, let neither heart nor mind nor spirit be ashamed or corrupted by what is heard and seen in this home.  If there is sharing of your word, let it be to instruct me and others by your living Spirit only those things which are true.  If there be prayers said here, let them be led by the power of your love for the salvation and healing of others.  Let your Spirit of grace and peace abound in this home so that all those who have entered  here may then know they were touched by your holy presence.

 MINISTER:  Dear Lord, I bind all demons in this place in Jesus' name.  Satan you have no ground here.  This territory is now made holy by my authority in Christ as His ambassador and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  With oil I anoint every door and window for God's protection against all evil and demonic attack. (Anoint hands and pray over all doors, windows and wherever Holy Spirit leads.)

 ALL: Thank you, Lord, for all your benefits and blessings.  We praise you with grateful hearts.  Amen.

 BLESS THIS HOUSE! OH LORD WE PRAY

KEEP HER PURE BOTH NIGHT AND DAY

BLESS ALL THOSE WHO WORSHIP HERE

KEEP THEM FREE FROM SATAN’S SNARE

BLESS THE WALLS BUILT BY OUR KING

PRAYER AND HOLINESS WITHIN

MAY EACH HEART KNOW JOY HE BRINGS

EVER FAITHFUL TO THOSE HE LOVES.

 BLESS YOUR CHURCH OH LORD WE PRAY

FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO GO YOUR WAY

PRAISE TO YOU OUR GOD AND KING

OUR MASTER, SAVIOR OUR HEARTS WE BRING

TAKE OUR LIVES THAT WE MAY BE

CONSECRATED LORD TO THEE

THANK YOU LORD THAT WE WILL BE

RAISED OH LORD TO DWELL WITH THEE

BLESS THIS HOUSE THAT IT MAY BE

EVER PLEASING OH LORD TO THEE

Words to be sung to the music of   “BLESS THIS HOUSE”, copyright 1927 Boose & Co.  New lyrics by Dr. Andrea MacVicar

 

CHRISTMAS: CALL TO WORSHIP

 CTW (Leader): The people that walk in darkness have seen a great light. We that have lived in the land of the shadow of death, we have come out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Come let us adore Him.

 PEOPLE: For the promised child has been be born to us, a son has been given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. We do worship and adore Him

 CTW: And His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace.  Come let us adore Him.

 PEOPLE: And on the throne of David and over His kingdom, He established it and upheld it with justice and righteousness from then, now, and will forever more. We do worship and adore Him.

 CTW: Behold!  God is my salvation.  We will trust Him and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is our strength and our song. Come let us adore Him.

 PEOPLE: Yes, God is my salvation; therefore will I draw water out of the well of eternal life and eat the manna sent from heaven. So shall I be filled with joy everlasting. I will worship and adore Him.

 CTW: On that great day, and even today, we sing with the angels and proclaim as witnesses: "Praise the name of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor.  He alone is to be exalted above all the heavens and the earth. Come let us adore Him.

 PEOPLE: Today, I will call upon the Lord. I will say He alone is worthy to be praised.  For His name is above all names. He is the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings. And He shall reign forever and ever. I will worship and adore Him.

 CTW: Declare His mighty works among the people. Proclaim  His name to all the earth.  Tell of His excellent ways, tell of His power, tell of His glory, tell of His greatness and love, for He has done excellent things. Come let us adore Him.

 PEOPLE: We will sing and shout for our Redeemer lives and dwells in the midst of us.  We will sing and shout and clap our hands with joy for His kingdom is without end.  For a Savior was born, and a Savior is alive forevermore.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The following are marriage services for various occasions ranging from simple to those where the couples’ special backgrounds are to be met.

 

MARRIAGE SERVICE (Simple)

Beloved, we have come together to witness the vows of marriage between A (full name on certificate) and B (full name on certificate).  They have chosen each other, one for the other, out of the many as the only one for each other.  And we are witnesses to that contract of love and joy which is about to take place.

(First name and first name), upon examination of your hearts is there anything, past or present, complaint or cause, which would keep you from giving, from receiving, and from keeping the marital vows of faithfulness and love? If there is nothing, answer, "NO."

             Please step forward.  Please bow your heads.

Heavenly Father, God of Love, you have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind.  You have said in your word, "It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make a helpmate for him."  Now A and B’s joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other.  Lord, as they rejoice in the promises they are to make, remind them of this day in the years to come.  Keep their hearts as young and tender towards each other as they are today.  Continue to remind them in their life together they have made a commitment of faith in you by their covenant promise of love and faithfulness to each other.  Bless their union and this contract of marriage by witness of your Spirit.  Amen.

From the book of John 2:1,2  "And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;  and Jesus also was invited and His disciples, to the wedding."

This is a wonderful story of Jesus' first miracle.  This is a wonderful story of water being turned into wine.  This is a story of joy and celebration, of the pre-shadowing of the mystery of the cross, and the marriage supper of the Lamb.  But before all of these wondrous things could take place, Jesus HAD to be invited!  Jesus did not CRASH the wedding.  Certainly He was more of a gentleman than that.  He showed up because He was invited. 

Any couple would be wise to invite Christ to be a part of their marriage from the first day on.  It takes three to get married and without doubt three to stay married.  For it is Christ, when given His place at the head of the house, who keeps bringing reconciliation, forgiveness, true love, faithfulness, trust, and honesty into the household.

This means that wherever Jesus is present there is joy as a result.  Christ adds the joy factor.  He is the joy that never fails.  A, B, sooner or later, it will rain on your parade.  Something will fail;  something will go wrong;  something will throw a wrench into your plans.  Sooner or later there will be disappointment;  there will be trouble;  there will be loss.  But when Christ is invited to be with you through it all, he will enable you to have joy no matter what happens.  After all, you know the Christ who has already defeated death itself.

When Satan attacks, when your sin nature rises, when the world is cold, and the storms of life would break your love, invite Jesus into the whirlwind.  He will put you in the eye of the storm and keep you there.  He seals and secures the contract between you and Himself. He will never fail to keep your love alive.

(Possible place for solos, music of choice made by the couple) Example: "This Is The Day, This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made...That The Lord Has Made...."

(West Side Story)  Make of your hands one hand.  Make of your hearts one heart.  Make of your vows one last vow;  only death will part you now.  Make of your lives one life, day after day one life.  Now it begins, now you start, one hand, one heart.  Even death won't part you now." 

Speak words of love often to each other.  Make sure you say "I love you" every day.  Continue to pray together every day.  If you are angry talk it out.  If you need help ask for it.  Never let the evil spirit of pride keep you apart.  Be the first to say, "I'm sorry," even if you believe you are right.  Never throw stones - small cuts and bruises add up to death.  Always feel grateful you have found each other.

(Place for their special commitment personal comments.  Repeat invitation from B to A.)

Would you turn towards each other.  This is a special time for sharing your promises.  A, take B’s hand and tell her what's on your heart.

As you remember this day, remember the words of love you have just shared with each other.

Now, A, do you take B, whose hand you hold to be your lawful and wedded wife?  And do you promise to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, and forsaking all others cling only unto her, for as long as you both shall live?  If you will, say, "I do."

Now, B, do you take A, whose hand you hold to be your lawful and wedded husband?  And do you promise to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, and forsaking all others cling only unto him, for as long as you both shall live?  If you will, say, "I do."

Now, do you mutually promise in the presence of God and of these witnesses, that you will at all times and in all circumstances to the best of your ability and with God's help conduct yourselves as gracious and loving towards one another as husband and wife?  If you will, say, "I do."

You have desired to remember these vows in the giving and receiving of a ring.  These rings are only outward signs of the vows you have made to each other.  Each circle is an emblem of eternity.  Its gold is a symbol of the love that never tarnishes, that endures forever. Gold is refined and separated by fire.  So your union is separate and pure, ordained by God.

Will you give me the rings?

Will you repeat after me:  "I GIVE YOU THIS RING AS A TOKEN TO MY LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS TO YOU AS LONG AS I LIVE."

A, as you put this ring on B's finger, remember it is your responsibility to provide material, emotional, and spiritual support for your wife, to shelter her from danger, and to cherish her with faithful affection, even as Christ loved the church and gave His own life for her. 

B, as you put this ring on A's finger, remember it is your responsibility to reverence your husband, to support him emotionally, to care for his well-being, to be a help-mate, and to cling only to him, even as the church is subject to Christ. 

We have heard the vows which A and B have made to each other.  Therefore, as a minister of Jesus Christ, and by the authority of the state, I declare and recognize A and B as husband and wife.

(If the couple chooses)

As their very first act as husband and wife, A and B wish to have communion together.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. (full last name).  You may kiss.

(Afterward turn the couple toward the congregation) I would like to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. full last name. (If needed, give information for after the service.)

  

MARRIAGE SERVICE FOR THE PREVIOUSLY DIVORCED (AT THE END, REVIEW ADDITIONS TO ADD TO ANOTHER SERVICE)

 From the book of Isaiah 61 and 62:

             I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,

            My soul will exalt in my God;

            For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,

            He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,

            As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

            And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

            It will no longer be said of you, “Forsaken,”

            Nor to your land will it any longer be called, "Desolate;"

            But you will be called, "My delight is in her,"

            And your land, "Married;"

            For the Lord delights in you,

            And to Him your land will be married.

            For as a young man marries a virgin,

            And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

            So your God will rejoice over you.

A (full name on certificate) and B (full name on certificate), upon examination of your hearts is there anything, past or present, complaint or cause, which would keep you from giving, from receiving, and from keeping the marital vows of faithfulness and love?  If there is nothing, answer, "No."

Honored guests and family of Christ, you have gathered here to witness the desire of these two to enter into a marriage contract ordained by God.  I am reading this contract before you as their witnesses and before them, so they will know what they have agreed upon to give in love to God in Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit which seals by covenant their promise of love and faithfulness to each other.  They have not entered into this covenant lightly nor without serious consideration.  They have sought with their whole hearts to be pleasing to Christ first, and to honor their commitment to the body of Christ, His Church, second.

A (first name), B (first name), you came to the decision to marry one another because you believe that with each other your lives will be fuller and richer than if you remain single.

Christ is able to do what human endeavor cannot.  He can erase our sins as if they never were.  He can renew us - no matter our past mistakes and experiences, our past hurts and defeats.  He takes us from where we were, works with who we are, and changes us to who He wants us to be.  But we must be willing to go His way and not our own.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the scripture says,  "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature;  the old things have passed away, behold, new things have come."  And in Philippians 3:13  "...But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead."

A, B, you desire to go the Way of Christ in your relationship to Him.  And in this blessing He has made you brand new to each other - "behold, new things have come."  Because Christ has enabled you to reach forward "to what lies ahead," you can experience joy, companionship, laughter, and intimacy with each other.  Today, you may think it couldn't be possible to love one another more; but as the years pass, you will discover Christ can add to and strengthen the bond of love between you - beyond your greatest expectations.

In the wonderful hymn “Amazing Grace” there is a line which states, “through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

I know you have said words of love and made promises to each other privately. And now before witnesses and Christ, proclaim the love you have for each other in your own words. A, please  take Bs hand and tell her what's on your heart. B will you tell A what’s in your heart.

As you remember this day, remember the words of love you have just shared with each other.

Speak words of love often to each other.  Make sure you say "I love you" every day.  Even if you are angry with each other, still say “I love you,” every day.  If you are angry talk it out.  If you need help ask for it.  Never let the evil spirit of pride keep you apart. Don’t let the forgiven past come between you. Be the first to say, “I’m sorry,” even if you believe you are right.  Be quick to forgive each other. Begin the day together in Christ and pray often together.  Sacrifice for each other. Remember this first and always, you are brother and sister to each other in Christ into eternity, for someday your marriage will be dissolved by death.

As Jesus, Himself said in Matthew, chapter 22, verse 30, we do not live as husbands and wives in heaven, we are as the angels; but the relationship of love between brothers and sisters in Christ continues into eternity.  Therefore, think of your love and your marriage in terms of what Jesus did at the Last Supper, when He showed His disciples the sacrifice He was willing to make.

A, be as Christ is to the church, for as He wrapped a towel around his waist and washed the feet of His disciples so He calls you to make the same sacrifice for B. And B, submit in Christ’s love to A whenever possible with the same desire of sacrifice. Be ever willing to communicate your differences. Be truthful, never hiding your motives, but always seek to understand and support the other in love. Always be grateful God found you for each other.  Endeavor, even in struggles, to treat each other respectfully and honor the special gifts God has given to each of you. If you do this to, and for, each other your marriage on earth will be filled with the joy of love and the blessings of peace and harmony.  Your marriage will be a lighthouse, a beacon in Christ for all to see.

PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS

Heavenly Father, God of love, you have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind.  You have said in your Word, "It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make a help-mate for him."  Now A and B’s joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other.  Lord, as they rejoice in the vows they are to make, remind them of this day in the years to come.  Keep their hearts as tender towards each other as they are today.  Continue to remind them in their life together they have made a commitment of faith and love in You by their covenant promise of love and faithfulness to each other.  Bless their union and this contract of marriage by witness of your Spirit. Amen.

Now, A, do you take B, whose hand you hold to be your lawful and wedded wife?  And do you promise to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, and forsaking all others cling only unto her, for as long as you both shall live?  If you will, say, "I do."

Now, B, do you take A, whose hand you hold to be your lawful and wedded husband?  And do you promise to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, and forsaking all others cling only unto him, for as long as you both shall live?  If you will, say, "I do."

Now, do you mutually promise in the presence of God and of these witnesses, that you will at all times and in all circumstances to the best of your ability and with God's help