As sadly expected, the service of Thanksgiving for the Congregation of St. John’s Waupoos had to end with the Deconsecration. In accordance with proper procedures, Bishop Michael Oulton read the Declaration of Secularization, but before this, prayers were said at the Altar, the Chancel Stairs, the Lectern, and the Font. Bishop Oulton’s prayerful approach to this was much appreciated by all in attendance.
Loving God, here at this table we have gathered together to be fed with the body and blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. May we who have shared his body, live his risen life; we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. May we who have been fed by Christ be filled with his grace and blessing. Amen.
Life-giving Spirit, here you have confirmed your people in their Baptismal vows. Here you have blessed those who have come to be united in marriage. May your Spirit be always with your people that they may know your power and your love. Amen
Almighty God, your eternal Word speaks to us through the words of holy Scripture. Here we have read of your mighty acts and purposes in history, and here we have learned about those whom you have chosen to be agents of your will. May we always seek to hear and follow your Word. Amen.
We thank you, loving God, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. May all those who have been baptized in this place ever live as people made new by your Spirit. Amen.
To many of you, this building has been hallowed by cherished memories, and we know that you will suffer a sense of loss. We pray that you will be comforted by the knowledge that the presence of God is not tied to any place or building.
And we prayed: Loving God, in your great goodness you once accepted to your honour and glory this building, now secularized: receive our praise and thanksgiving, for the blessings, help, and comfort which you have given your people in this place. Continue your saving work and help your people to recognize your presence as they move forward in faith. May we always be conscious of your unchanging love for us, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.