Simple Service of Ordination to Daily Work

Devotional / Produced by partner of TOW

From: Elizabeth O’Connor, Call to Commitment: The Story of the Church of the Savior, Washington D.C.  (New York: Harper and Row, 1963), 105-106.


Simple Service of Ordination


Minister to Participant:

Your work and your worship are intimately interwoven.  In fact, they are not separate at all: Your work grows out of your worship and your worship grows out of your work. _________, do you come today to acknowledge that the place where you work is as holy as the place where you worship?



I do (kneels and speaks as follows, or in words of their own):  Enabled by Christ’s love for me, I shall endeavor to make each day’s work a sacrament.  I pray that my work will be cleansed of all spiritual or material selfishness, of all impatience or criticism, of all secret desire for consolation, recognition or reward.  Turn, O God, my seeing into loving, that I may witness to the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for all people.  In His name I make my prayer.  Amen.