Benediction: Luke 1: 78-79

Here's a benediction inspired by the song of Zachariah in Luke 1.

(based on Luke 1: 78-79)

A new day is dawning!
Despite what we see and hear in the world around us,
the sunrise is coming.
When it comes, it will break through the darkness of our world—
darkness caused by violence and death and hunger and despair.
And all those who now sit huddled in the shadows
will be able to rise and walk with confidence in the light.
So go from here with courage and hope,
to love and serve the Lord.  Amen.