Do not be afraid.
The kingdom of heaven comes to change and transform us,
to reshape the world according to God’s reconciling will.
Go forth to bear witness to this community of love.
May the living presence of Christ be with you,
the life-giving power of God sustain you,
and the perfect light of the Holy Spirit shine within you,
now and to the end of the age. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA