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Dedication–consolation

 Prayer of Dedication (based on 2 Cor. 1:3-11) – Narrative 5/22/16

Blessed are you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! We give thanks for the blessings you have granted us, and we commit these offerings to your use. Receive them and bless them for the consolation of all who are in need, just as we have been consoled in Christ. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion IA 

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