What words do we use?
What feelings do we express?
What covenants do we articulate?
How do we articulate hopes and dreams?
The gathered church often demonstrates its inter-connectedness and care through rituals in which the congregation ‘commissions’ an individual or group to undertake a specific task.
More than ‘order’ or ‘authorize’, these services are a public act of affirmation and support. They provide an opportunity to articulate a mutual covenant between those commissioning and those being commissioned regarding the activity being undertaken.
Commissioning services might be held for:
- a youth group undertaking a mission project
- a member commencing seminary studies
- an artist or group of artists working to create an item for the worship area
- young adults moving away to undertake university studies
- a group departing on a mission trip
- church leaders or teachers commencing a period of service
- a group, tasked to a specific responsibility, e.g. a search committee commissioned to select a ministerial candidate