Good Friday: Closing Prayer and Benediction

Here’s a closing prayer and benediction for Good Friday.  It was written by Carol Penner, and posted on the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website.

Closing Prayer and Benediction
for Good Friday

God thank you for being with us in this wondering moment
where we stand poised between life and death,
filled to the brim with sorrow,
filled with thoughts of what has been
and what lies before us.
Thank you for the gift of life.
Thank you for our friend Jesus
who was a gift to the world,
a gift in each of our lives.
Comfort us even as we are shaken by the horror of these last hours.
Be our friend in this time of sorrow,
and sustain us in the days to come.

Now Jesus, may God bless you and keep you,
May the very face of God shine upon you, and be gracious to you,
May God’s presence embrace you and give you eternal peace.

~ written by Carol Penner, in A Funeral for Jesus: Good Friday Service.  Posted on Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website.