Benediction: Choose Life

Here is a closing commission and benediction inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 5, Year A.  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Commission & Benediction
(inspired by Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Matthew 5: 37)

God has placed before you life & death, blessings & curses.
Therefore choose life, follow God’s way.
Go now, and be a people of reconciliation and integrity.
Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” “no”.

And in all the paths you walk
may God hold you steady and close.
May Christ Jesus bless you and every place you enter.
And may the Spirit give you length of days and fullness of life.

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

~ copyright © 2006 Nathan Nettleton