Thanksgiving & Blessings for the Anniversary of Ordination (2023)

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Thanksgiving and Blessings for
the Anniversary of an Ordination

Or for Giving of the Title "Emeritus"

by The Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

L = Leader A = Assisting MinisterP = Pastor with Anniversary C = Congregation

The following order is intended for use prior to or within a social gatheringhonoring a pastor celebrating an anniversary of ordination or being given the title "emeritus" when a eucharist is not desired.The Leader [L] may be the Bishop, Dean of the Conference, an AssociatePastor, or a colleague, lay or ordained. Lessons and hymns listed are advisory. The Blessings may be assigned variously beyond those listed below.

The order may also be adapted for use within the chief eucharistic serviceof the congregation, in which case: The Dialog of Thanksgiving would replacethe Apostolic Greeting and Kyrie. The Prayer of the Day below would followthe proper Prayer of the Day. The Litany of Thanksgiving would replace thePrayer of the Church. And the Blessings would follow the Post-Communion Prayer.In Lent, omit the Alleluias of the opening dialog.If a public re-affirmation of ordination vows is desired, it may precedethe Litany of Thanksgiving or the Blessings, using rubric #6 of the Ordinationrite in the Occasional Services (1982), pp.193-94.

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Dialog of Thanksgiving:

A. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

C. His mercy endures forever.

A. Open for me the gates of righteousness.

C. I will enter them and offer thanks to the Lord.

A. Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord.

C. Happy the people who are chosen as God's own.

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A. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, says the Lord.

C. And they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed.

A. I will feed them with good pasture.

C. I will feed them in justice, says the Lord.

A. Alleluia! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.

C. In the assembly of the upright, in the congregation, I will give thanks.Alleluia!

Hymn of Praise "All Creatures of Our God and King"

Prayer of the Day:

L. The Lord be with you.

C. And also with you.

L. Let us pray. Almighty God, through your Son Jesus Christ, you gave theholy apostles many gifts and commanded them to feed your flock. Inspire allpastors to proclaim your Word diligently and your people to receive it willingly,that finally we may receive the crown of eternal glory; through Jesus Christour Lord. (LBW 543)

C. Amen

First Lesson: 2 Timothy 4:1-5. Second Lesson: St. Mark 4:1-9. Homily(optional). Hymn #286 "Bow Down Your Ear, Almighty Lord." TheLeader or an Assisting Minister may lead the Litany of Thanksgiving:

Litany of Thanksgiving:

A. Let us pray in thanksgiving for the ministry of our co-worker in Christ,the Rev. ____________, and for the work of the Holy Spirit in the Churchand in the whole world.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for pouring out your Spirit upon the Churchand bringing forth abundant gifts for the ministry of the whole people ofGod. Fill the Church with truth and love, that all its members may serveyou with true and godly lives. Lord, in your mercy,

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C. Hear our prayer.

For an anniversary:

A. We thank you for raising up men and women of faith to preach your Wordand administer your Sacraments, especially we pray for Pastor ______________.As you have blessed him/her during _____ years of ministry, grant thats/he may continue to keep his/her ordination vows, fulfillhis/her duties of ministry, serve your people, build up your Church,and glorify your name. Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

For giving of the title emeritus:

A. We thank you for raising up men and women of faith to preach your Wordand administer your Sacraments, especially we pray for Pastor ______________, who we honor this day for his service and contributions to this congregation. As we have come to know your goodness and love and been enriched in faith through him/her, grant that s/he (and his/her family) may live continually in your presence, be steadfast in faith, and know your love in such abundance as to continue to share it throughout his/her/their live(s). Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

A. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill Pastor ___________ with your love. Shepherdhim/her who shepherds others. Guide him/her who guides others.Enlighten him/her who enlightens others. Give to him/her whogives to others. Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

A. We give thanks as well [for ____________, his/her spouse, and]for all his/her family, who, in their love and support of Pastor___________, have made a significant self-offering to the mission of yourHoly Church. As they have shared their love, so shower them with your loveand blessings. Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

A. Bless all bishops and pastors and those who hold authority in the Church,especially ___________ our Presiding Bishop and ___________ our Bishop, andthe pastors of our sister congregations. Grant that by their faithful service,faith may abound and your kingdom increase. Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

A. Heal the divisions which separate us and bring peace to the Church, thatwe may speak with one voice of our one Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

C. Hear our prayer.

A. Make us all to follow the path of righteousness until we join that cloudof witnesses who have gone before, that we may together live in the joy ofyour heavenly kingdom. Lord, in your mercy,

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C. Hear our prayer.

The Leader says the final petition:

L. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting inyour mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. Amen

Hymn "Doxology"

During the hymn, Pr. ________ is brought to the chancel by those who willgive the blessings.

Blessing by the Bishop or Dean:

____________, may the Lord God bless you and keep you always in his care.May the Lord equip you with everything good that you may do his will, workingin you that which is pleasing in his sight.

C. Amen

Blessing by an Ordained Colleague:

____________, may the Lord God always be with you, in your going out andyour coming in. May the Lord fill your heart and your mind with his lovein Jesus Christ. And may the Lord always inspire you to share that love withall those whose lives you touch.

C. Amen

Blessing by the President of the Congregation:

Pastor ____________, may the Lord God always be on your lips, that you maydeclare his saving word of grace and forgiveness to his people. May the Lordgive you understanding of the Gospel, sincerity of purpose, diligence inministry, and the beauty of life in Christ, that many people will be servedand God's name be glorified.

C. Amen

Blessing by a Female Member of the Congregation:

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Pastor ____________, may the Lord God bless you and reveal himself in youand through you. May the Lord bless those whom you bless, guide those whomyou baptize, forgive those whom you forgive, strengthen those whom you feedwith Christ's body and blood, and bring to eternal life those whom you commendto him. May the Lord prosper the work of your ministry for the salvationof souls and the increase of his kingdom.

C. Amen

Blessing by a Male or Youth Member:

Pastor ____________, may the Lord God be your rock and your refuge, thatyou may fear nothing except losing him, and that you may lay all your careson him. May the Lord always hear your prayers, that you may be protectedfrom faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and that you may always knowand believe in his love for you. May the Lord bless, guide, forgive, andstrengthen you, that you too might be brought to eternal life.

C. Amen

The Leader says the Closing Prayer:

L. Let us pray. We give you thanks, almighty and gracious God, that you haveblessed us with the ministry and friendship of Pastor _____________, andwe pray that s/he may continue to exemplify in word and deed the Gospel ofyour Son. Grant that we, with him/her, may serve you now in the Church onearth and rejoice before your throne in heaven forever; through Jesus Christour Lord.

C. Amen

The Pastor being honored gives the closing Benediction:

P. Let us bless the Lord.

C. Thanks be to God.

P. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you andbe gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give youpeace.

C. Amen

Closing Hymn "Now Thank We All Our God"

______________

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

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At a eucharist, the following Post-Communion Prayer may be said:

A. Let us pray. We thank you, almighty and gracious God, that you have fedus with the heavenly food of the body and blood of your Son, and have unitedus through him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. As you raise up faithfulservants for the ministry of your Word and Sacraments, grant that we, withPastor ____________, may joyfully serve you all our days and finally rejoicein your glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (LBW 539alt.)

C. Amen

FAQs

What do you say on anniversary of ordination? ›

Your holy service to the Lord touches so many hearts and inspires so many lives. May God's goodness and kindness be with you on this special day and all the days of your life. God bless you and may He keep you safe in the palm of His hand. Congratulations and best wishes on your 30th Anniversary of Priesthood.

How do you say Thanksgiving blessing? ›

"O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work, and our play.

What do you say at a thanksgiving service? ›

Modern Thanksgiving Prayers

We thank you for the turkey, the gravy, and the dressing. Dear Lord, this table overflows with Thy abundant blessing. Let us always be aware that all gifts come from You, and may we serve Your heavenly will in everything we do.

How do you thank God for the last day of the year? ›

Lord, Whether I leave behind a year of joy or of trials and difficulties, I pause to give thanks. Thank you for being with me every day of every year. Thank you for making all things new and for giving me the grace of fresh starts and new beginnings.

What do you say to someone on their ordination? ›

Don't say congratulations

While there is indeed a lot of work involved, at the end of the day, ordination is never earned. It is a gift and a sign from God. So what can you say instead of “congrats”? Try: Blessings to you; God bless you; Thanks be to God, etc.

How do you say Happy anniversary to a priest? ›

Reach out and shake the hand of a priest celebrating an ordination anniversary. Put a personal, face-to-face emphasis on your heartfelt congratulations with a handshake to acknowledge the special day in person and show that you remember and care.

What is a good Thanksgiving blessing? ›

Thank You, God, for the food we are about to eat, for those who are here to share these blessings, for the generosity of our hosts that make this possible. Bless those who are here and those who are in our hearts, and all those who are not as fortunate on this day. Amen.

How do you say blessing? ›

In Jesus name we pray, Amen. Example: Bless us, oh Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.

What can I say I'm thankful for on thanksgiving? ›

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What is a good Bible verse for thanksgiving? ›

Isaiah 12:4-5 (NASB) And on that day you will say, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." Praise the LORD in song, for He has done glorious things; let this be known throughout the earth.

How do you thank God for everything? ›

In the bible, Psalms 22: 37, 38, Jesus told us to love Jehovah our God with our whole heart, soul, and mind. So the best thing you can give him to let him know how thankful you are is your heart. Obey his commandments and tell him in prayer that you are thankful.

How do you appreciate God for the gift of life? ›

We are to celebrate life by being of service to God's creation. We are to be grateful to God by giving him thanks daily and in every circumstance. Challenges of the moment should keep us depending on God's faithfulness and integrity of His world, which is ye and amen.

How can I praise God with words? ›

This could be as simple as saying, "Lord, continue to bless me each day according to Your wisdom." When you're finished, close the prayer by saying something like, "In Jesus' name, Amen."

Why is thanksgiving prayer important? ›

Thanksgiving brings total deliverance from all your troubles. Psalms 50:14-15, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Thanksgiving provokes the blessings of God upon your life.

How do you write a short congratulations message? ›

General Congrats Messages
  1. Congratulations! We're so very proud of you!
  2. Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Congratulations!
  3. Congratulations on your well-deserved success! You're an inspiration!
  4. Warmest congratulations on your achievement! Wishing you even more success in the future.

How do you wish for ordination? ›

Congratulations and best wishes on your ordination. May God's blessings be with you as you seek to do His will. May God's blessings be upon you as you begin your priestly ministry. May He grant you peace and happiness all the days of your life.

What do you write on an ordination certificate? ›

This Ordination Certificate template shows the name of the ordained individual, the ordination date, and the organization that acknowledges the ordination.

What is the purpose of celebrating a church anniversary? ›

Church anniversaries are an excellent time for all churchgoers to focus on the Lord's blessings. Anniversaries also represent wonderful opportunities for church members of all ages to relate stories of the present and listen to tales of the past days of the church.

What is the meaning of ordination day? ›

It's the ceremony of bestowing a person with a position of religious authority — as when someone becomes a priest, minister, or shaman. The noun ordination comes from the Latin word ordinare, meaning “put in order.” Becoming a religious leader usually requires training in a seminary followed by an ordination.

What does pastoral anniversary mean? ›

Their anniversary is an opportunity to recognize their years of service and celebrate the experience, growth, and progress of the church under their guidance.

How do you wish a reverend father Happy anniversary? ›

Thank you for your wonderful service, we love you. Happy anniversary and may God continue to bless you with many great years ahead. #10. Congratulations on your [number of years] anniversary.

What is the meaning of ordination day? ›

It's the ceremony of bestowing a person with a position of religious authority — as when someone becomes a priest, minister, or shaman. The noun ordination comes from the Latin word ordinare, meaning “put in order.” Becoming a religious leader usually requires training in a seminary followed by an ordination.

How do you wish a priest on his silver jubilee? ›

Your year of Jubilee, May you celebrate in joy, Thanksgiving and peace. To bless you.

How do you wish a new priest on his ordination day? ›

Congratulations and best wishes on your ordination. May God's blessings be with you as you seek to do His will. May God's blessings be upon you as you begin your priestly ministry. May He grant you peace and happiness all the days of your life.

What is the best message for anniversary? ›

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What is a good Scripture for a church anniversary? ›

You are to follow no man further than he follows Christ.” And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. I am the good shepherd.

What is the importance of ordination? ›

4. The purpose of ordination is to recognize men whom God has called, to set them apart for ministry, to safeguard the ministry, and to provide an occasion that will encourage them in years to come.

What does Bible say about ordination? ›

The ceremony for the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests is described in detail in Exodus 28-29 and Leviticus 8-9 (cf. Sirach 45:15- 17). From within the covenant people, the holy nation, the kingdom of priests, these were consecrated to teach the people the Law and offer sacrifices (Ex. 19:6).

What is the biblical meaning of ordained? ›

Ordained comes from the root meaning "order," and when you are ordained, you're brought into the religious order, or group of church leaders. We also use ordained for declarations.

What is a golden jubilee for a Priest? ›

your 50th Ordination Anniversary. Congratulations on your Golden Jubilee! Artist Notes: A good Priest who is always dedicated to his Religious work will celebrate his Golden Jubilee soon.

What is the silver jubilee? ›

A silver jubilee is the 25th anniversary of an important event such as a person becoming king or queen, or an organization being started.

What is a Catholic Priest Jubilee? ›

Year of Jubilee, also called Holy Year, in the Roman Catholic Church, a celebration that is observed on certain special occasions and for 1 year every 25 years, under certain conditions, when a special indulgence is granted to members of the faith by the pope and confessors are given special faculties, including the ...

How do you write a short congratulations message? ›

General Congrats Messages
  1. Congratulations! We're so very proud of you!
  2. Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Congratulations!
  3. Congratulations on your well-deserved success! You're an inspiration!
  4. Warmest congratulations on your achievement! Wishing you even more success in the future.

What is the prayer of ordination? ›

joy in ministry, Divine One, and we will give you praise for all that you do through this imperfect but obedient and devoted vessel. Bring him/her joy, and let him/her be your instrument in every act and every prayer, for however long and in whatever places it may please and serve You.

What do you write in a Catholic ordination card? ›

Congratulations on your Ordination Card

The inside of this Ordination card contains a bible verse; "The God of love and peace be with you." 2 Corinthians 13:11 As well as the greeting; " May this important day be a righ reward for your selfless dedication to the service of our Lord."

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