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III. 1.  CHRISTMAS EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

   1. The time of the service is in the evening (Christmas Saturday or first day at Christmas)  The liturgy is the same as in weekday services. The reading from the Bible has to be:                Luke 2,1-20, and Matthew 2,1-12.

    2. Song

    3. Chalice lighting

    4. Christmas songs, poetry, choir, acting...

    5.  Short closing speech.

    6. Closing song - the distribution of the Christmas gifts for the children.

    7. Closing Christmas song - Silent night.

III. 2.  GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

A)  Morning:  Sunday worship service, appropriate prayer and sermon.

B)  Evening, afternoon: as the local custom requires.

Liturgy:    1.  Beginning song

                2.   Main song.

                3.   Passion

                4.   Prayer.

                5.   Lord prayer.

                6.   Silent prayer.

                7.   Benediction.

                8.   Closing song.

III. 3.  MOTHERS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Sunday worship service with appropriate prayer and sermon.

    2.  Additional parts: songs, poetry, choir, mothers day poetry and song, religious songs

    3.  Closing song.

III. 4.  REFORMATION ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon.

III. 5.  MEMORIAL DAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon.

III. 6.  FRANCIS DAVID MEMORIAL DAY WORSHIP SERVICE

1.  Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon.

2.  Additional parts: songs, choir, organ, speech about Francis David and his work.

3.  Closing song.

III. 7.  BENEFACTORS MEMORIAL DAY WORSHIP SERVICE

1.  Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon.

2.  Additional parts: songs, music, poetry, choir, memory of the benefactor - remembering.

3.  Closing song.

III. 8.   TEA-AFTERNOONS,  POT-LUCKS WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Opening words.

    2.  Song.

    3.  Bible reading.

    4.  Text exegesis - meditation.

    5.  Prayer.

    6.  Lord prayer.

    7.  Agape  -  pot-luck.

    8.  Benediction.

    9.  Closing song.

Point of views regarding  the pot-lucks

    1. The agape, it is a religious act, based on the Bible it is part of the Unitarian services, which represents our religious and congregational life. Here are coming other people than Unitarians too, to observe and have a good time together.

    2.  The cakes and cookies brought by the members are served  with tea, shared all together.

    3.  The time is on Sunday afternoon or evening.

    4.  These pot-lucks serves to gather together the members and to develop the sisterly and brotherly love toward each other.

III. 9.  MINISTER ORDINATION WORSHIP SERVICE

A. Synod session

    When the Synod has its session, the Consistory announces the members that in the Synod worship service will be the ministers ordination, and asks to gather for the service.

B. Ordination worship service and liturgy

    1.  Sunday worship service liturgy until the minister (usually the bishop) comes down from the pulpit.

    2.  Song  (193).

    3.  The bishop asks the vicebishop (general notary) to introduce the ministers who will be ordained. As hear their names they stand.

    4.  The bishop from the Lord table asks from the ministers the following questions:

a)  Are you ready to assume your Unitarian ministry calling and to serve God and humanity?                                          WE ARE READY!

b)  Do you promise that you will keep our Unitarian religious believes and you profess, proclaim and you lead your members to a religious and ethical life, to build our congregational life and to achieve the kingdom of God here on earth?                                                          WE PROMISE!

c)  Are you ready to seal your promise with the ordination oath?                                                         WE ARE READY!

    5.  The bishop asks the general notary to take the oath.

    6.  After that the district ministers, faculty members and invited ministers put their hand in one of the minister head and quote a verse from the Bible. The bishop asks for God blessing to the ordained ministers life and activity.

    7.  The ordained ministers sign their names in the ordination book.

    8.  The bishop gives the certificates and read from the Bible.

    9.  One of the ordained minister give thanks to the Synod.

    10.  Closing song  (199, 214).

III. 10.  BISHOP INSTALLATION WORSHIP SERVICE

The bishop installation service in the church.

Liturgy

    1.  Beginning song.

    2.  Main song.

    3.  Prayer.

    4.  Lord prayer.

    5.  Song.

    6.  The president of the Synod reads the decision regarding the bishop's election.  Asks the general notary and district ministers to celebrate the installation.

    7.  Near the Lord table the district ministers put their right hand on the new bishop' head and quote from the Bible, in this way celebrating the installation, than close with a blessing to the new bishop' life and activity.

    8.  It follows the new bishop' worship service.

    9.  Song (193), when the new bishop goes up to the pulpit.

    10.  Prayer.

    11.  Lord prayer.

    12.  Middle song.

    13.  Reading from the Bible.

    14.  Sermon.

    15.  Prayer  (closing).

    16.  Benediction.

    17.  Greetings.

    18.  Closing song  (199, 213, 214).

III. 11.  MINISTERS INSTALLATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Beginning song.

    2.  Main song.

    3.  The district minister and the minister stands near the Lord table. The district minister greets the congregation and asks the district notary to read the bishop's nomination. The district minister asks the minister to keep his complementary worship service.

    4.  Song (minister goes up to the pulpit).

    5.  Prayer.

    6.  Lord prayer.

    7. Middle song.

    8.  Reading from the Bible.

    9.  Sermon.

    10.  Closing prayer (the minister comes down from the pulpit).

    11.  Song  ( the bishop, district minister or other minister - who celebrates the installation - goes up to the pulpit).

    12.  Reading from the Bible.

    13.  Installation sermon.

    14.  Benediction.

    15.  Song - choir.

    16.  The district minister and the minister stands bear the Lord table and the installation begins:

    17.  The district minister says:     "I, like the .......... district minister, according to the church constitution I install you in the ............ congregation as their ordinary minister.   I give you the church keys. Open the church gate widely, let the worshipers come in to pray, to rest and to gain new powers in the Lord's house.  I give you the Bible. Proclaim the Gospel, preach and live through your life Jesus' double commandment of love.  I give you the chalice. Serve the bread and wine, - our life eternal source power, - from the Lord table to those who are hungry and thirsty for a better life.   I give you the congregational seal, stamp. Do your work with honor and faithfulness, that everything to be in adornment and good order.  In the spirit of the Gospel be the shepherd and guardian of the congregation,  serve God and humanity."

    18. If the bishop is present, the district minister greets the bishop and the bishop answers - greets the installed minister.

    19.  Greetings: a) the congregation,  b) the district representative, c)the headquarter representative, d) other denominations from that village, city representative greets the installed minister.  The installed minister answers to the greetings and gives the benediction.

    20.  Closing song.

III. 12.  MINISTERS FAREWELL WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Beginning song.

    2.  Main song.

    3.  Reading the Consistory document. The minister holds his farewell worship service.

    4.  Song ( minister goes up to the pulpit).

    5.  Prayer.

    6.  Lord prayer.

    7.  Middle song.

    8.  Reading from the Bible.

    9.  Farewell sermon.

    10.  Closing prayer ( the minister comes down from the pulpit).

    11.  Song (the district minister or headquarter representatives goes up to the pulpit).

    12.  Reading from the Bible and sermon.

    13.  Benediction.

    14.  Song.   

    15.  If the bishop is there the district minister greets the bishop.

    16.  Greeting of the minister from the representatives of the a) congregation, b)headquarter, c)district, d) others.  The minister answers and gives the benediction.

    17.  Closing song.

III. 13.  MAIN COUNCIL AND SYNOD WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon. The bishop asks one of the minister to be the speaker.

    2.  When is Synod there is communion in the service (see communion liturgy).

    3.  The ministers are with keips, the bishop asks from the singers to play the organ.

III. 14.  CHURCH INAUGURATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    The inauguration is celebrated by the bishop or his representative. The bishop it is greeted by the president of the congregation in the church and asked to inaugurate the new church.

    1.  Beginning song.

    2.  Main song.

    3.  Prayer.

    4.  Lord prayer.

    5.  Middle song.

    6.  Reading from the Bible.

    7.  Inauguration sermon..

    8.  Closing prayer.

    9.  Benediction.

    10.  Song - choir.

    11.  The minister's short report on the church building or repair.

    12.  Communion song.

    13.  Communion (see communion service).

    14.  Closing song.

III. 15.  BELL INAUGURATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    Sunday worship service liturgy with appropriate prayer and sermon. At the end of the sermon ringing the bell as the inauguration minister (bishop, district minister, or minister) says the following defined text, while the congregation stands:   "And now let ring the bell, inviting into the church the believers, to weep, escort the death to the cemetery, to keep away the danger. To proclaim with loud sound God's glory, peace on earth and good will among the people. Amen."

    Ringing the bell   1  minute.

    Benediction.

    Closing song.

III. 16.  ORGAN INAUGURATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    The liturgy is the same like on the bell inauguration worship service. Just at the end of the service plays the organ, as the inaugurating person says the following defined text: "And now let hear the organ. Along with the organ let sing the songs all the members of the congregation: let sing new songs to the Lord, sing with rejoice to the Lord on the whole earth.  Amen."

    Organ music   1 minute.

    Benediction.

    Closing song.

III. 17.  HOUSE INAUGURATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Song.

    2.  Opening words, for example: Psalm 118, 22-25:   "The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give success."  Amen.

    3.  Reading from the Bible.

    4.  Appropriate sermon.

    5.  Prayer.

    6.  Lord prayer.

    7.  Benediction. for example:  "God's blessing  be on this house, to become home of this family. God's peace and love rest upon this house and in its resident hearts. Amen.

III. 18.  TOMB-, GRAVE INAUGURATION WORSHIP SERVICE

    1.  Song.

    2. Opening words.

    3.  Remembering.

    4.  Prayer.

    5.  Lord prayer.

    6.  Benediction.

    7.  Song.

 

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