Liturgy for the Closing of a Church

The United Church of Canada, 2010. Accessed April 14, 2017.

This downloadable liturgy from the United Church of Canada is designed to be the final community worship service in a closing church. One of its most helpful aspects is the up-front note at the beginning that addresses what may be a complex emotional climate in the closing church, potentially still torn by conflict over decision-making. The liturgy is designed to be adaptable to the circumstances surrounding the closure and able to address the grief, anger, or other emotions in the community. A Litany of Thanksgiving has parts for various lay leaders such as choir members and Sunday school teachers to lead, and a memory-sharing portion that may function somewhat as a eulogy for the church, potentially a very healing moment. Scripture and hymn suggestions are provided, and the service concludes with a commissioning and blessing of the members to go forth into ministry in new places.