Benediction: Bread of Life

Here’s a closing benediction which uses bread as its central image. It was written by Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi.

(inspired by Exodus 16, John 6)

Let us go forth in faith in our Nonperishable God,
who gives us daily what we need to feed our bodies and spirits.
Our common need for nourishment
unites us together as the body of Christ.
May the holy Bread of Life create
sustenance for the journey,
calm for troubled stomachs,
grace-filled movement for aching limbs,
and joyful activity for all bodies
as we seek to live in sacred community. Amen.

~ from The Bread of Life, written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi.  Posted on the United Church of Christ website.