Godparents for Eldsters
Summary, Conversation with Friend, Short Suggested Ceremony. Conclusion
1--Summary: You know how some churches have godparents for an infant being baptized, so if something happens to the parents, there's somebody? This is like that for eldsters, a more honoring term for oldsters.
2--Conversation:Godparents for Eldsters conversation with co-worker, with whom I had not worked for a while.
CW: Co-worker: What's new?
CH: Chuck: Godparents for Eldsters.
CH: Eldster is a more honoring way than saying oldster.
CW: How does it work?
CH: You know how some churches have godparents for an infant being baptized, so if something happens to the parents, there's somebody? This is like that for eldsters.
CW: Is this established already, or is it your idea?
CH: As far as I know, it's mine..
CW: Get it going, people need it.
Love in King Jesus,
3--Short, short ceremony
Witness: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
I am Rev. _____, here on this ____ day of ____, A. D. _____, in _________ to witness the establishment of this covenant before God.
The participants have been asked by ________ ________ to be ___ Godparents for Eldster (____self), in a way similar to that of Godparents or Sponsors for infants in some churches.
James 1: 27: King James Version (KJV)
27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Deuteronomy 5: 16: King James Bible
Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Oaths and Sanctions:
The one to be protected will introduce the Godparents for Eldster to be, after which I, the witness, will ask them to vow to be such, under God:
One to be Protected: I introduce _______________, and _______________ (as many as have been asked).
Witness: Do you ________ accept the commission of Godparent for Eldster for ________, to protect ______ in ______ possible enfeeblement, vulnerability, and befuddlement as ___ ages, or otherwise needs protection, so help you God?
And, do you ________ accept the commission of Godparent for Eldster for ________, to protect ______ in ______ possible enfeeblement, vulnerability, and befuddlement as ___ ages, or otherwise needs protection, so Help you God?
This completes the reference to James 1:27.
Having now completed this covenant that I have witnessed, the Lord be with you. Go in peace.
4—Conclusion. The Fourth Time Around. Another way to ‘Inherit the Earth’. Evangelism, Discipleship.
--Godparents for Eldsters June A. D. 2011 [2 Cor. Smyrna861]