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Benediction: God’s future

We are God’s beloved,

and we go out into God’s future

to love, to serve, and to be made new.

As we go, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the unity of the Holy Spirit

keep us now and forever.

Alleluia! Amen.

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

Benediction: recognize Christ

We have heard and claimed God’s Good News in worship.
Now we go into the world to serve, to forgive,
to work for justice, and to give praise to God.
As we go, may we be filled with the Holy Spirit,
so we might recognize Jesus Christ in all people,
to the glory of God the Father,
now and forever. Amen.

 

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

Benediction–Claimed by the Spirit

Benediction – based on 2 Cor. 5:20 

You are claimed by the Holy Spirit 

to be an outpost of heaven on earth. 

Go therefore to bear the life of Christ to all people, 

forgiving and reconciling in Jesus’ name. 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 

the love of God, 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit 

be with you all. Alleluia! Amen.

 

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

benediction: Christmas Eve

You have heard the stories of old, the stories of God’s salvation.
With Mary, we have pondered these things in our hearts.
Go out into the world to love and do as Christ would have you do.
With Joseph, we realize that our work has just begun.
As you depart, know that the love of God goes with you wherever you go.
We are strengthened by Christ’s presence with us.  Alleluia!

Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

benedictions for Advent

A Hopeful Benediction
Be people of hope.
Let hope live in your heart and share the hope of Christ with all you meet.
Share hope by noticing someone else’s humanity.
Share hope by listening to someone’s story.
Share hope by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share hope.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share hope with those you meet. Amen.

 

A Peaceful Benediction
Be people of peace.
Let peace live in your heart and share the peace of Christ with all you meet.
Share peace by acting out of compassion and not fear.
Share peace by listening to all sides of the story.
Share peace by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share peace.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share peace and hope with those you meet. Amen.

 

A Joyful Benediction
Be people of joy.
Let joy live in your heart and share the joy of Christ with all you meet.
Share joy by seeing the good in each other.
Share joy by remembering good times and hoping for good times to come.
Share joy by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share joy.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share joy, peace, and hope with those you meet. Amen.

 

A Loving Benediction
Be people of love.
Let love live in your heart and share the love of Christ with all you meet.
Share love by loving those you see regularly. Start by loving your community.
Share love by loving those you do not know. How do your actions affect the rest of God’s creation?
Share love by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share love.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share love, joy, peace, and hope with those you meet. Amen.

 

Christmas Eve Benediction
Tonight, as we celebrate God is with us in the birth of Jesus, let us continue to live lives of hope, peace, joy, and love.
Share God’s love with the shepherds you meet on the hillside.
Let the communion of the Holy Spirit fill your heart with glad tidings like the angels.
And the Prince of Peace born again tonight, may He live in your heart to comfort and challenge you as you seek to live as one of his disciples. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Christ Congregational Church & Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Takoma Park MD

A Benediction

May love rain down on us, so we know why God calls us beloved.
May challenges and questions fill our days, so we know the Spirit of Wisdom and Creativity who walks with us.
May many opportunities to see Jesus in each other arise, so we practice compassion, justice, and mercy as Jesus did.
Go out into God’s world knowing you are never alone and always loved. Amen.

submitted by Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Salisbury, Maryland

benediction: the kingdom of heaven

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

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

benediction: delight God’s heart

Servants of God, who delight God’s heart,

go forth by the power of the Holy Spirit

to do justice, strengthen the weak, and free those in bondage.

Go forth as ministers of the covenant

made for us in Jesus Christ.

Go forth in the hope of the new dawn,

shining in God’s light.

As you go forth,

may the hope of Christ’s coming,

the power of the Spirit’s presence,

and the glory of God’s kingdom

be with you always. Amen.

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

benediction: attentive

Wherever you find yourselves this week,

may you be attentive to God’s call on your life

and the special grace of the Holy Spirit that has placed you just there.

Whomever you meet this week, may you love and serve them as you have been loved and served in Jesus Christ.

And may the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

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