This Sunday, Ariana Newton, a member of our community gave the following benediction in response to Scott & I’s sermon.  I loved it so much that I thought I would share:

So may we realize that in this huge cosmos, not just around the globe but throughout time,

that God names us.

May we take our place in the lineage of those that love God,

as opposed to being a city that loves ourselves.

May that love translate into how we treat those on our right and left,

not here at the church,

but at our jobs, schools, communities,

and those we come across in our daily grind.

May we be the kind of people that love,

are generous,

show grace,

and forgive seventy times seven.

May we walk in continuity with those who call upon the name of the Lord.

Amen.