Benediction: Advent 1 C

Here’s a closing commission and benediction based the suggested scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent (Year C).  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Commission and Benediction
(inspired by Psalm 25, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21)

Go now and let the Lord steer you in the way of truth.
Be on your guard so that you will not be caught up
in the trivialities and anxieties of the world.
Be alert at all times and pray for strength
to escape the traps that would keep you from God.

And may God make you increase in love for one another;
May Christ Jesus teach you how to live in God’s ways;
and may the Holy Spirit strengthen your hearts in holiness,
as you ready yourselves for the coming of the Lord.

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

~ Copyright © 2000 Nathan Nettleton