Often a worship service will occur to mark the end of a missionary’s career, and to give God honor for what He has accomplished through the missionary’s life. Such a service might include elements such as:
- Songs of worship that feature gratefulness for God’s faithfulness, and encouragement for future generations’ involvement in missions.
- A homily (brief sermon) that reiterates the importance of world missions, gratefulness for the missionary’s influence, and a charge for next generations to take up the mantle.
- Brief remarks about the missionary by friends, co-workers and the mission agency, if possible.
- Remarks by the missionary reflecting back on his/her experiences, and giving thanks to God
- Prayer for the missionary and the people group he/she labored among.
Such a ceremony is highly appropriate, especially on the occasion of retirement, and can bring celebratory closure to a career, and worship to God for his faithfulness.
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