For Everything There Is A Season
Call to Worship
L: O Lord, open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
P: Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
L: Open our hearts to respond with mercy.
P: Show us where love and hope are needed.
L: Give us courage to challenge greed and injustice.
P: Enable us to be instruments of your peace. Amen.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
An Order of Farewell
I thank you, the members and friends of Christ Church, for the love and support you have shown me while I have ministered among you.
I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted. I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made. As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.
We receive your thankfulness, offer forgiveness, and accept that you now leave to minister elsewhere.
We express our gratitude for your time among us.
We ask your forgiveness for our mistakes.
Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave with your departure.
I accept your gratitude and forgiveness, and I forgive you,trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to God.
I release you from turning to me and depending on me.
I encourage your continuing ministry here and will pray for you and for Pastor Karen.
Let us pray.
Eternal God, whose steadfast love for us is from everlasting to everlasting, we give you thanks for cherished memories and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions. Keep us one in your love forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.