Benediction: 1 Peter 2: 21-25

Here’s a closing benediction (or even words of assurance after a time of confession) from Sunday Word and Prayer.  It was inspired by 1 Peter 2: 21-25.

(based on 1 Peter 2: 21-25)

We go with God
Christ himself suffered for us and left us an example,
so that we would follow in his steps.

He committed no sin,
and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips.

When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten,
but placed his hope in God, the righteous judge.

Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross,
so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.

It is by his wounds that we have been healed.
We were like sheep that had lost their way,
but now we have been brought back to follow the shepherd and keeper
of our souls. (1 Peter 2:21–25)

Christ our crucified Saviour draw you to himself,
so that you may find in him
the assurance of sins forgiven and the gift of eternal life.
And the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with us now and always.  Amen.