Sep 14, 2011

Blessing: Matthew 21: 23-32

Here is a commission and benediction based on Matthew 21: 23-32 (the parable of the two sons), one of the suggested lectionary texts for September 25, 2011 (Proper 21A, Ordinary 26A).

Sending Out
(based on Matthew 21: 23-32)

We have heard Jesus' disturbing statement
that notorious sinners may be ahead of us
in entering the kingdom of God.

Let these hard words wake us up
from our smug self-contentment
and make us aware that our life too
is a mixture of Yes and No,
of an honest seeking to do what is right
together with moments of cowardice.

May God give you this insight and bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Let us go in the peace
and the love of Christ. 
Thanks be to God!

— from Liturgy Alive, Models of Celebration 

For other benedictions based on the scripture texts for September 25, 2011, see also Benediction: September 25, 2011, Commission & Benediction: Proper 21A, Blessing Words: Philippians 2: 6-11, Benediction: Philippians 2: 12-13or Benediction: Psalm 78: 1-7. You might also try clicking on Benedictions in the list of “Labels” at the right, or take a look at this Benediction index. 

For more worship resources related to this text, or other texts for September 25, 2011 (the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 21A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.