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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 

CTW: God is gracious

Leader: Return to the Lord your God,

People: for God is gracious.

Leader: Confess to the Lord your God,

People: for God is merciful.

Leader: Repent to the Lord your God,

People: for God is slow to anger.

Leader: Praise the Lord your God,

People: for God abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Worship the Lord your God.

All: Together, let us worship God!


Submitted by Rev. Daniel Commerford, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Covington, GA

CTW: we are here, we are home

Leader: We are here.

Side 1: In this place where we experience God’s love.

Side 2: In this place where we practice loving each other.

Leader: We are here.

Side 1: Some of us have returned from a distant country.

Side 2: Some of us have snapped out of our own petty preoccupations.

All: At least for now.

Leader: We are here.

All: We are home.


Submitted by Rev. Joanna Harader.

confession: space

Holy One,

The space between us is too great–

this agonizing expanse between you and us:

The rift we have created by demanding our share.

The distance we have put between us as we flee to a far country.

The resentment we hold when things don’t seem fair.

Our refusal to join your gracious party.

Forgive each selfish request

each step away

each bitter thought

each joyless rejection.

Forgive us

and run toward us

with open arms.

Submitted by Rev. Joanna Harader.

confession: holding on

God of the old and the new,
we want to embrace your new way,
but we like the old just fine.
We repeat tired ideas and resist new possibilities.
We hold on to old grudges
and resist your word of reconciliation and new life.
We are too afraid of the unknown to step out into something new.
Forgive us, loving Lord.
Help us to see the way of your new creation in our lives and our world,
that we might be reconciled to you and one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, New York

confession: ritual

One:    God, you have called us into community, and gifted us with ways to celebrate your presence and to mark our journey.

All:     Forgive us for the times when we have believed that our way is the only way, trusting in the words and actions rather than in the One to whom they point.

One:    Through words ancient and new, you speak. Through bread and water, journey and prayer, feast and fast, you show us your way.

All:     When these rituals of your people become nothing but empty rote recitation, not worth our attention, forgive us.

One:    We hear your words of invitation, but sometimes we are certain they do not apply to us.

Reader 1: We are not worthy of your notice.

Reader 2: We are too smart and sophisticated for such things.

Reader 3: We aren’t sure we believe it all.

All:     We are not ready, we do not understand, if you knew what we’d done…

One:    And you say: You are my beloved, and I have called you by name.

All:     We offer ourselves to you, O God, not because we are good, but because you are good.

sung: Kyrie Eleison



Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.