Commission & Benediction: Lent 1

Here’s a closing commission and benediction based on the scripture readings for the first Sunday of Lent. It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Commission & Benediction
(based on Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:9-15, Luke 4:1-13)

Go now, and live in the spirit of your baptism,
even when you are led into wild and hard places.
With repentance and trust, give yourselves to God,
and with fasting and prayer,
strengthen yourselves against the ways of the tempter.

And may God enfold you in tender and lasting love.
May Christ be beside you in times of struggle.
And may the Spirit guide you back to the path whenever you stray,
that you may keep the covenant.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen. 

— Copyright © 2000 Nathan Nettleton