Following services on Sunday, August 2, 2015, The Abbey congregation and friends processed outside to the site of The Abbey’s new chapel where Bishop Murphy led all present through a special litany to bless, celebrate, and pray for the new chapel now under way at The Abbey.
Bishop: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God, we ask you to stir and inspire our minds with the vision that you have given us for this congregation at this time and in this place,
People Come, create, and empower us, we pray.
Bishop: Grant that this new community of Word and Sacrament may become a people strong for service, glad in praise, and eager to respond to your presence here at The Abbey.
People: In your power, may we become a holy people that blesses and transforms the world around us.
Bishop: O God, the source of all beginnings: we thank you for bringing us to this day and to this place. Empower us by your Holy Spirit as we now take this next step together as the people of The Abbey.
People: Empower, refresh, and renew us, we pray.
Bishop: All your works praise you, O God,
People And your faithful servants bless you.
Bishop: Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, ruler of the universe. Your gifts are many, and in wisdom you have made all things to give you glory. Be with us now, we pray, and bless us as we dedicate our use of these grounds to your praise and honor. Give us joy in all your works, and grant that this new sanctuary may be built into a place where your will is done, and your name is glorified. Be known to us in the Word spoken and heard, in our fellowship with one another, and in the breaking of bread; through Jesus Christ our Savior, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.