Reception of an Interim
Hymn of the Day
Congregational Representative: Today we
begin a new pattern in our faith journey here at
_________ Lutheran Church as we welcome Pastor
In the coming days, let us support one another
by our continued presence at worship, our sharing
in the means of grace, and the words of
All: May God strengthen our community and
relationships with power and new insight.
CR: Let us seek a renewal of our
ministries through the naming of our talents and
strengths as we prepare for the future.
All: May God help us to identify one
another's gifts and open ourselves to their
presence and challenge.
CR: Let us rejoice in the fruits of
partnership in Christ Jesus as our ___________
Lutheran Church Call Committee, Pastor
____________, and our Assistant to the Bishop
_________, work together during the call
All: May God grant us patience, a sense
of humor, and the courage to speak the truth in
CR: Bless and empower that special
person, as yet unknown to us, who will be our new
All: Thank you for those called to the
ordained ministry and our participation in one
CR: O Lord, as your church has
continually sought your will, sustain and inspire
the work of the Call Committee.
All: May God's Spirit guide the decisions
of this congregation.
CR: Let us ask God's empowerment of
all leadership positions: the staff, Congregation
Council, committees and all those who do good deeds
and perform necessary tasks in this
All: Help us, Lord, to work
together in harmony of Spirit and purpose.
CR: Pastor _________ will you lead,
comfort and reflect with us during this time of
Pastor: I will by God's help.
CR: To you, members of __________,
will you support Pastor __________ in our ministry
together, knowing that it will be brief - but the
All: We will by God's help.
CR: As all of life is an interim,
help us to value this time together as a reminder
that our work is not in vain and our Lord will
unite all things at last in glorious fulfillment of
All: Lord, enable us to live our
days in praise of your glory. Amen.
The service continues with the Exchange of
Pastor: May the peace of the Lord
be with you always . . .