Book of Common Prayer (ECUSA)/Pastoral Offices/A Form of Commitment to Christian Service
A Form of Commitment
to Christian Service
This form may be used when a person wishes to make or renew a commitment to the service of Christ in the world, either in general terms, or upon undertaking some special responsibility.
It is essential that the person seeking to make or renew a commitment prepare in advance, in consultation with the celebrant, the Act of Commitment, which may be in the form either of a statement of intention or of a series of questions and answers, but which should include a reaffirmation of baptismal promises.
Before the Offertory of the Eucharist, the person comes forward at the invitation of the celebrant, and, standing before the congregation, makes the Act of Commitment.
After this, the Celebrant says these or similar words
May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you, that in this, and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of the kingdom of his Christ. Amen.
In the name of this congregation I commend you to this work, and pledge you our prayers, encouragement, and support.
The Celebrant then says this or some other appropriate prayer
Let us pray.
Almighty God, look with favor upon this person who has now reaffirmed his commitment to follow Christ and to serve in his name. Give him courage, patience, and vision; and strengthen us all in our Christian vocation of witness to the world, and of service to others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for the special work in which the person will be engaged may be added.
The service then continues with the exchange of the Peace and the Offertory.