Friday, 11 January 2013

Sample Baby Dedication

Presentation of (child's name)
  1. Parents bring all their children forward to stage
    1. Father, Mother and Infant stand center
    2. Other children stand to piano side
  2. Grandparents & Extended Family forward to stage—stand on organ side
  3. Scripture ReadingPastor Jim
"Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates" (Deut 6:4-9)
  1. Vows:  By coming here today, is it your intention to swear to God before these many witnesses that you will raise (Child's name) in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  If so, please answer "We do" to the following questions.
                                                              i.      Do you here this day recognize this child as the gift of God, and give heartfelt thanks for God's blessing?  We do.
                                                            ii.      Do you here this day dedicate this child to the Lord who gave him to you?  We do.
                                                          iii.      Do you here this day pledge that you will do your utmost to teach him God's Word and his way of life?  We do.
                                                          iv.      Do you here this day promise to give this child every possible benefit of the nurture that comes from belonging wholeheartedly to the people of God, the Church?  We do.
Do you here this day pledge to set the example before him in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity?  We do
  1. Commendation of grandparents and greatgrandparents
    1. Scripture:  "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also" (2 Tim 1:5).
    2. From generation to generation
                                                              i.      Older men and Older women to teach the younger ones
                                                            ii.      Thanksgiving for faithfulness for these many years
    1. Vows for the Witnesses
(To the congregation) By being here this day, you too show your love and devotion to Mason Jude and to his parents.  Do you also promise to be faithful to him, and to model before him the way of the Lord?  If so, please answer, "We do."  We do.
  1. Special Music:  (Vocalist who happens to be the grandmother sings while holding baby)
  2. Scripture and Blessing Pronouncements
    1. Participants chosen by parents comes up one at a time
    2. Stands in center, pronounces scripture and blessing
    3. Facing congregationholding Baby
  1. Dedication:  Pastor Jim
    1. Holds baby
    2. Assurances of God's love and care
    3. Pastor's wish
                                                              i.      Scripture:  Matt 11:25-26, 28-30
                                                            ii.      To find peace in Jesus
  1. Prayer of Dedication
  2. Participants return to seats

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