Prayer of Dedication:
O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on the earth beneath. You are a covenant-keeping God, showing lovingkindness to your servants who walk before You with all their heart. You have fulfilled all that You have promised in ages past. Now, therefore, O Lord, our faithful God, let Your Word be established and confirmed in this place—that Your kingdom might grow and prosper in our midst— if only we take heed to Your way and live before You as the faithful believers of the past have lived.
O Lord, we commit this land to You, that we, Your people, and our children might be instructed and that we might serve in it this place. We pray, Lord, that You would hear our supplication and turn Your eyes toward this place—that You would sanctify this work and use it for Your glory and for our good. May this place, O Lord, having been set apart for Your service, even as You have set us apart from the world, be a place of diligence, faithfulness and joy, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Father, we ask Your blessings on this project, and all that are involved. We especially pray for our contractor, Mr. Stanaland, and all those who labor on this place. Keep them safe and prosper their work.
Now, as we break this ground, we likewise, dedicate ourselves afresh, as Christian servants, to love You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We present ourselves as living sacrifices, which is but our reasonable service. May Your blessings now be upon this land, this building, and upon each of us individually.
In Jesus name, AMEN
BENEDICTION: 1 Kings 8:56-61.
“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. 57 May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, 58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. 59 And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require, 60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. 61 Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”