PRESENTATION AND WELCOME
The child for whom thanksgiving is to be offered, his/her parent(s) and any other members of the family are introduced by an Elder of the Congregation. The Elder then says:
If appropriate, the elder may also say:
The elder then says:
And he put his arms around them, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (St Mark 10: 14–16)
The minister then says:
We are now to share the joy of this family whose life has been enriched by the gift of N.
The minister and people then share in the reading of this Psalm with the people saying the words in bold type:
That you way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise you, O God;
Let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has yielded is increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
O God, extend your blessing upon us; may the whole world worship you. (Psalm 67)
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING
The following or free prayer is offered:
O God, like a mother who comforts her children, you sustain, nurture and strengthen us; like a father who cares for his children, you look upon us with compassion and goodness.
We give you thanks for the birth (adoption) of N, and for the joy that has come to this family. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them. Give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
THE BLESSING OF THE CHILD
The minister may touch the child’s head, hands and feet, as indicated.
DEDICATION OF THE PARENTS
The minister says to the parents:
One or both parents say either this:
The minister says to the people:
The people say:
A gift from the congregation may be given.