Godparents for Eldsters -- This brief conversation illustrates the benefits.
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,
This VERY short ceremony, 6 minutes, also exhibits the value.
3--Short, short ceremony
Witness: ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’
Hierarchy: (Witness speaking)
‘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.’
Ethics: (Witness speaking)
‘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: (Witness speaking, then the One to be Protected)
Witness: ‘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? ‘
Witness: ‘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? ‘
Witness: ‘This completes the reference to James 1:27.’
Succession: (Witness speaking)
"Heavenly Father, we thank you for the truth of your Word that nothing in death or life will separate us from your love in Christ Jesus and that whether we live or die we belong to you. By your gracious Spirit strengthen those who have now committed themselves to ____name______ in this confidence and guide them should they face difficult decisions concerning ____his/her_____ care so that their actions may be in agreement with your holy will. Do not forsake them, but uphold and keep them in your love and peace through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen."
(Witness) ‘Having now completed this covenant that I have witnessed, the Lord be with you. Go in peace.’