Benediction: Go out, among the outcast

Here’s a closing commission and benediction based on the scripture readings for Proper 8 B.  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Commission & Benediction
(2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

Go out, among the outcast and the grieving,
and speak the word of life and hope.
Do not fear, but trust in God’s word.
Watch for the Lord with eager expectation,
and be generous with all God has given you.

And may God respond to your every cry with mercy;
May Christ Jesus take you by the hand and lift you to life;
and may the Holy Spirit build you up in faith, in speech, knowledge, in passion and in love.

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

— Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton