Benediction: James 1: 17-27

Here’s a closing commission and benediction based on James 1:17-27, one of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 17 B (Ordinary 22 B) – the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Commission & Benediction
(inspired by James 1:17-27)

Go out, and be doers of the Word.
Cleanse your hearts of all pollution,
be quick to listen and learn,
welcome the Word that God implants in you,
and bring it to birth in acts of righteousness and compassion.

And may God pour grace upon you and bless you forever;
May Christ Jesus reveal to you the truth of God’s ways;
and may the Holy Spirit fill your life with passion and love.

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

~ Copyright © 2000 Nathan Nettleton