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A Litany Of Farewell

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Leader: A church community is constantly changing. Loved ones come to the end of their lives; new lives are born and baptized into the faith community. Individuals and families come and go throughout our life together. It is important for us to recognize and mark well these times of passage, these endings and beginnings. Today we bid farewell and godspeed to ______________ who has served us as Pastor for the Interim for the past _______ months, whose time with us has now drawn to a close.

Pastor: I thank you, the people of ______________________ Church, both members and friends, for the love, kindness, and support you have shown me these past months. I thank you for accepting my leadership and receiving me as pastor in your midst for this time of transition. I recall with joy the many things we have been able to accomplish together, and with sadness the things we were not able to do. I ask your understanding and your forgiveness for the mistakes I have made and for the times I may have let you down.

Congregation: We receive with thankfulness the ministry you have offered us in the time we have shared. We accept that you now leave us to minister elsewhere, trusting that God goes with you on that journey. Your presence among us will not be forgotten. We are grateful for the time you have been with us and ask your forgiveness for our own shortcomings and our sometimes flagging faith.

Pastor: I forgive you your failures, as Christ has forgiven me, and graciously accept your gratitude, trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to the Christ we are called to serve.

Leader: Do you, the members and friends of ________________ Church, now release Pastor ________________ from the duties of Pastor for the Interim?

Congregation: We do, with the help of God.

Leader: Do you, Pastor _________, release ____________________ Church from turning to you and relying on you to serve them as Pastor?

Pastor: I do, with the help of God.

Leader: Do you, Pastor _________, offer your encouragement for the continued ministry here at ___________________ Church?

Pastor: I do, with the help of God.

Leader: Let us pray.

Congregation: O God of all creation, whose love for all is trustworthy and true, help each of us to trust the future which rests in your care. During our time together we have experienced laughter and tears, hopes and disappointments. Guide us as we carry these cherished memories with us in new directions until that time when we are completely one with you and with one another. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Leader: Go now, Pastor _____________, with our blessing, surrounded by our love and led by the promises of God, the presence of Christ Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation: Amen!

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