Presentation of the Bible

A friend and colleague called the other day. She asked if I had a prayer service that she could use at a Confirmation parent / candidate session. But she had specifics. She wanted to engage the parents in presenting Bibles to their young people.

I thought it was a wonderful idea.  But I had nothing, until now.  Here is what I sent her a few days later.

Presentation of The Bible Prayer Service

INTRODUCTION:

Presider: We begin our prayer which we offer + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Response: Amen

Presider: Peace be with you.
Response: Amen

Presider: We gather in prayer as your families and your Church present you each with a Bible. Here <gesture towards the Bible> we hope and prayer that you with discover that God has had a plan for the world all along. Here we hope and pray that you might also find that truths found within the Bible remain very much truths that are essential for your own lives today. Here we hope and pray you might find the words that speak towards the meaning and purpose of your own lives.

Presider: And so, we pray

Leader: Our Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Word of the Father.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You became one with us to tell of the Father’s love.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You are the light that shines in the darkness.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You save us from fear and break the bonds of sin and death.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You come to guide our steps and lead us to God.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You are the Word of eternal life.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: You fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Response: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Source: USCCB

<Please stand>

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you.
Response: And with your Spirit..

Gospel Reader: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
Response: Glory to you, O Lord.

John 1:1-5, 9-12, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

Gospel Reader: “This is the Gospel of the Lord.”
Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ”

Gospel Reflection:

< If this prayer in conducted in church and this reflection is offered by someone who is not a priest or a deacon, please take care to not resent this reflection from the ambo.>

In the Bible, we find the word of God. Throughout all of history, God has spoken and still is speaking to us.

From the very beginning, before there was anything, God spoke into nothingness and said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” God speaks and it is so. It is not only truth but it is Good News.

After the flood, God make promises to Noah. God makes a covenant to Abraham. God provides Ten Commandments to Moses and his people. It is truth and Good News

God calls Mary blessed among women. God announces Jesus as his beloved son in whom he is well please. Jesus, the Son of God, confronts Saul regarding his persecutions of the early church. Truth. Good News.

What will the word of God found in the Bible say to you? It will be Truth. It will be Good News,

PRESENTATION OF THE BIBLE

< Please have a small card that has the “Receive the Word of God…” prayer available for each parent. >

Presider: Receive the gift of this Bible so that the story of God and God’s people may be with you at home, church, or wherever you shall choose to carry it. Enjoy reading how God is at work in nature and history. Learn about the life and teachings of Jesus. Be open to how God may continue to speak to you through your reading of the scriptures.

Source: Build Faith

Parent(s):

Receive the Word of God.
Learn its stories and study its words.
Its stories belong to us all,
and these words speak to us all.
They tell us who we are.
They tell us that we belong to one another,
for we are the people of God.

Source: UMC Discipleship

CONCLUSION

Presider:: Peace be with you.
Response: And with your Spirit.

Presider: < takes the enthroned Bible from the stand and blesses the people >
May the word of Christ in all its riches dwell in our hearts so that we may be able to instruct and admonish each other in all wisdom and joyfully sing praises of God.” May the almighty and merciful God + bless us all, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Response: Amen

Source: Divine Word

Hope  that both you and my colleague find this helpful.  I plan to incorporate this into ny own programming as well.  Please do offer some love to Project YM as a source for these materials (as we have done with our sources.  Please comment with any adaptions and modifications you might have made.

A prayer service to be used when presenting young people with their own copy of the Bible.  This can be used to engage parents in the process as well.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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