Benediction: Matthew 6: 25-34

Here’s a closing commission and benediction inspired by Matthew 6: 25-34.

Blessing: Do Not Worry

“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs,
and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him
and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Matthew 6:32-33

Do not worry about anything in life—
what you’ll eat, or what you’ll wear.
Look at the birds of the air,
or the flowers in the field.
If God takes such good care of birds and flowers,
how much more will He care for you?
So don’t be afraid.
Instead, let your lives be marked by compassion and generosity,
sharing what you have been given with those in need,
storing up your treasure in heaven
instead of here on earth.
And may the blessing of God—Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer—
encourage and strengthen you in every good word and deed.

~ Christine Longhurst, on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website.