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Closing Liturgy for Evening Prayer

Based on Luke 2:29-32, The Benedictus


Source of all rest and peace, dismiss now into my evening’s quiet,

You have promised no less and so much more.

We are witnesses to your salvation,

Which You did for all people and continue to make inviting and effective.

The Living Word is open for all to perceive and trust,

It is the source of our faith and hope.

Those who trust in God’s revelation find an anchor for their souls.

Source of all rest and peace, dismiss us now into our evening’s harbor-

Adrift no more,

At home in You.


submitted by Pastor Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, Alaska.

Charge & Benediction: the spirit of God

The Spirit of God inspires…
The Spirit of God transforms…
The Spirit of God empowers…
go…and be…and do!

And may you…
those you encounter…
and those who are touched beyond that encounter…
discover and know the grace, love, and peace of God
each and every day.


Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

Charge and Benediction: CtK

Jesus has told us who needs us to care. As you go out into God’s world, keep your eyes open for those who are hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, or imprisoned. See Christ in them and help them.

And remember you are God’s beloved. The Holy Spirit lives in you. Christ’s compassion shines forth in what you do. Live as those who know and have experienced God’s goodness. Go now in peace.

Submitted by Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto

looking on–closing responses for Palm Sunday

Submitted by Rev. Jason Carle, Overland Park Presbyterian Church.

One: Jesus’ face turns toward the cross
All: Even if we wish to look away, we shall not.
One: We will watch what comes though our hearts may break.
All: In the breaking, we shall be made whole.
One: This is our blessing: that Love endured death for us.
All: And then, there was something new. . .