This blessing includes prayers for the initiative/event itself, the volunteers for the event, the leaders organizing the event, the resources to be distributed at the event, and any community partners helping with the event. Feel free to adapt it for your needs.
Consider offering this blessing the Sunday before the event during worship and/or at the volunteer orientation for the event.
If you are distributing a resource at the event (backpacks of school supplies, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, shoes and socks for the homeless, relief supplies for storm survivors, etc.) distribute them around the meeting place before the service/orientation so those present can reach them easily during the blessing.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Lord, our needs and the needs of our community are deep and complicated. We confess they are beyond our strength, wisdom, and skill.
Yet, we accept your calling to meet these needs, to work for the common good, and to faithfully join you in your love and saving work.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
Lord, we claim your promise and provision, believing our community will change for the better because of you working through our resolve and efforts. We accept this God-sized calling, understanding it requires sacrifice, generosity, humility, action, and fervent prayer.
Will all the NAME OF EVENT/INITIATIVE volunteers please stand. Please place a hand of blessing and support on those standing.
Holy Spirit, fill us and strengthen us so we may be faithful – faithful in listening for your direction, faithful in following you in your saving work, faithful to one another as we serve together, faithful in welcoming and loving those we are serving. We call on your power to bring our entire neighborhood to saving faith, caring relationship, and joyful service to one another in Jesus’ Name.
Grant wisdom and strength to the NAME OF EVENT/INITIATIVE coordinators, NAME THE COORDINATORS. They have planned well so we may serve well.
Second Option for Reader 4: Grant wisdom and strength to our regional/national event coordinators NAME THE ORGANIZATION and our local coordinations NAME THE COORDINATORS. They have planned well so we may serve well.
Please be seated
We call for your blessing and provision for the many partners who make NAME OF EVENT/INITIATIVE possible- NAME THE PARTNERS. Continue to draw us together across our community and inspire us in this holy and noble effort.
Please pick up a NAME THE RESOURCE FOR DISTRIBUTION near you. Imagine the child/person/family who will receive it. Offer your own blessing silently or aloud.
Pause for responses
Encourage and bless the children/persons/families as they receive. Dispel anxiousness and help us to build up one another in hope and love. We ask this, trusting in the coming of your kingdom. We ask this for the honor of your name. Amen.
Blessing for a Ministry Event or Initiative © 2018 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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