As in Our Wedding, the Presiding Minister for Grace’s Dedication was My Father
Since Grace was Asleep During Her Dedication and Not Looking Her Brightest, We Offer this Alternative Image of Her in Her Brand New (and Slightly too Large) Head Covering (Aunty Mary a.k.a. Sister #3 in Background)
We used the exact same text as the one used in my own dedication service 29 years ago:
Scripture Reading: Psalm 78:1- 7
Minister: "Luke & Yuko in presenting Emma Grace to the Lord you enter into a solemn relationship with God who keeps covenant to a thousand generations. Throughout the ages godly parents have presented their children to God in dedication. You follow a noble heritage.
“Believing that this child is a gift from God, and that He shall hold you accountable for her, do you now solemnly confess it is your purpose to dedicate her to the Lord and to his service?"
Luke and Yuko: "We do."
Minister: "Will you pray with her, and for her, instruct her faithfully in the doctrines of the Christian religion; teach her to read the Word of God, to pray, and to lead a holy life; take her faithfully to the House of God to attend its services; and do all that in you lies to bring her to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord?”
Luke and Yuko: "We will."
“Emma Grace Elliot, I now dedicate you to God in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. May your young life be nurtured and matured under the gracious influence of the Holy Spirit. May God early call you into His Kingdom, and into His service, using you to advance His glory and hasten the coming of our Lord.”
Naturally, since the service was in Japanese we first had to put together a translation of the above text. This is the final edition that we used:
Sunset Over Mutsu Bay and the Shimokita Peninsula
Psalm 78:1- 7
1 O my people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter hidden things, things from of old-
3 what we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.