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benediction: do not be afraid

Beloved, children of God,

do not be afraid to celebrate the presence of Christ this week,

for the true gifts we receive are from the Holy Spirit.

Go out to bear Jesus’ promise into the world,

that we are saved from our sins,

just as the prophets have foretold!

Go out in the strength of Emmanuel, for God is with you.

Go out in the grace of God almighty, for the Holy Spirit is upon you.

Go out filled with the love of the Holy Spirit, for Emmanuel is born among us again today! Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

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