Benedictions, words of commissioning, blessing, dismissal, sending forth…
What words do we use to close worship and move into the world?
Like the trees of the forest
May the peace of God warm you all over
Like the sun in the sky
May the peace of God swell and roll over you
Like a wave in the sea
May the peace of God fill you
Like the cool wind
May the peace of God be with you
Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes regularly for the ProgressiveChristianity.org liturgy project. Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians (2008, St Johann Press). Explore his blog at http://tcpc.blogs.com/musings
Year C – 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)
Let us go out with joy
Awakened to the treasure within and around us,
To bring transformation, challenge and hope to the world.
And may the abundant blessings of God,
Source, Saviour and Spirit
Be ours today and always,
We send you out together
As our loved children
To learn, to play,
And as part
Of the family of God.
In the ritual, we give dignity to the human journey and name it as truly significant before our God.Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Liturgies for the journey of Life, page ix
From Liturgies for the journey of Life (pages 4 and 9, respectively), by Dorothy McRae-McMahon
You are the Way
Help us to find new ways of Walking
You are the Truth
Help us to find new ways of Talking
You are the Life
Help us to find new ways of Living
You are Love
Help us to find new ways of Loving.
Originally posted on Accepting Evangelicals website
Now we take our worship into our work
– Iona Community
The Wild Goose Resource Group, a project of the Iona Community, exists to ‘enable and equip congregations and clergy in the shaping and creation of new forms of relevant, participative worship.’Wild Goose resources
Let us tell the Good News:
this world is not God-forsaken,
abandoned to futility and destruction.
God has not failed:
This world will become the Realm of God.
Let us live the Good News:
care for the sick and suffering,
feed the hungry,
clothe the naked,
struggle against injustice,
care for the earth,
so that others will see the Word taking flesh,
taste and see that the God is good
and believe the Good News.
Go in the assurance that the Comforter is with us always.
Go to give comfort and peace to others.
Divine Wisdom guide us as we go forth on Her paths of peace.
wherever he may send you:
may he guide you through the wilderness:
protect you through the storm:
may he bring you home rejoicing:
at the wonders he has shown you:
may he bring you home rejoicing:
once again into our doors.
Common Prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals is a collection of daily reflections by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro, published by Zondervan
Submitted by Joyce Dent, Andover URC, UK
May God bless you with anger at injustice,
oppression and exploitation of people
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.