Charge and Benediction

Charge and Benediction

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

God has big plans for your life! The same God who raised Jesus from the dead has your back. If God is on your side, who can defeat you?

The heart of the Christian message is not that your problems and pains are somehow not real– they are. They are very real and often very painful. The heart of the Christian message is that those problems and pains are not the final authority for your life. Quite frankly, the worse thing that any power or pain or problem can do to you is kill you–and that is a serious threat, but Jesus Christ has shown us that even death cannot keep us down for long. The good news is that Jesus Christ stood up to all the would-be powers of this world and they dispensed their most severe punishment–death. But Jesus Christ picked himself up, dusted himself off, and said, “What else you got?” If death cannot keep us down, then nothing can keep us down! so be glad that Jesus Christ is bigger than all the problems and pains and powers of the world–and trust that he is bigger than whatever very real problem and pain and power that may be in your life right now.

If you can bring yourself to trust in him, then go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fearful; support the weak, and help the suffering; honor all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

And may Almighty God, + the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Bless you all, now and forevermore.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God. Amen.