Benediction: 1 Peter 4

Here’s a closing commission and benediction I wrote for a World Food Day Service for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (2012).  It was inspired by 1 Peter 4:8-10.

Commission & Benediction
(inspired by 1 Peter 4:8-10)

Go now into the world,
inspired by the extravagant love of God.
Live generously, with open hands,
loving one another as if your lives depended on it.
Be good stewards of the gifts you have received,
so that God may be glorified in all that you say and do.

And may the abundant love of God surround you,
may the extravagant grace of Jesus Christ sustain you,
and may the constant presence of the Holy Spirit
inspire and encourage you in every good deed and word. Amen.

~ from With Open Hands, a worship service written for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (World Food Day, 2012).  To see the entire service, visit