Commissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents

foster careCommissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents
PASTOR:
Invite the family members forward and introduce them.
We rejoice that the _____________ family has been approved and licensed as a foster home. Let us bless them and pray for them as they begin this important ministry.

In God’s Word, we read: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27 HCS)

In another place we read: “Sing to God. Sing praises to His name. … a Father to the fatherless and a champion of widows is God in His holy dwelling. God provides homes for those who are deserted….” (Psalm 68:4-6 HCS)

PASTOR TO FOSTER FAMILY:
____________________________(names), you have heard the call of God to care for the most vulnerable among us – children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves separated from families who have failed them. Will you rely on the power and grace of God to provide these precious children a haven of encouragement, safety and healing? To help them learn to trust again? To live a life that reminds them they are loved and valued, not simply by you, but by others and by their Father in Heaven?

FOSTER FAMILY: We will.

PASTOR TO CONGREGATION:
Will you support this family in their calling?

CONGREGATION IN UNISON:
We recognize and rejoice in God’s calling on your life. We commit ourselves to support you in every way possible, to pray for you and for the children in your care, and to become an extended church-family to them.

At this time, the foster parents/family may kneel or stand in the aisle among the congregation. The congregation is invited to rise, move, and lay hands of blessing and support on the foster parents/family. Anointing with oil is optional.

PASTOR:
Let us pray:

CONGREGATION (OR PASTOR):
God of Grace, we praise you and thank you that you do not leave us orphaned, but welcome all into your family. Shower your blessings upon ____________________(names) as they prepare to receive foster children into their homes and hearts. Prepare and equip them to love these children with Christ-like love. Give them patience to deal with the challenges that are to come. Grant them wisdom to guide and direct the young lives in their charge. When the time comes for the children to move on, fill all involved with peace and hope and trust in the future, knowing they remain forever in your steadfast care.

PASTOR:
We ask all this in the strong name of Jesus, the One who brings new life, the One who taught us to pray… conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

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Click here for more information on Open Hearts Family Services, the Foster Care division of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Click the following link for John Gill’s original Blessing-Celebration of Newly Licensed Foster Parents

Commissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents
© 2013 John Gill, adapted with permission by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the scripture translation, art and the use of this resource in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

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