What were the first words from God to humanity? It was a blessing. “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground’” (Genesis 1:28).
God’s first words to His image-bearers were words of blessing. The Bible is filled with them. God commanded the priests to give a blessing to his people and say, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
Jesus’ final days before his ascension back to heaven Luke tells us that, “While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven” (Luke 24:51).
And what were God’s final words to humanity? Revelation 22:21, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
Words of blessing. It is what we commonly refer to as “benedictions” which comes from the Latin, “good” and “speak.” Benedictions are good words spoken that express anticipation of what only God can give. Most of the letters written to churches in the New Testament include at least one benediction.
On most Sundays, we end our time together with good words spoken, a benediction. Why not just say, “You’re dismissed”? For some, benedictions sound like archaic conclusions to worship services. As your pastor, I want to send you off each week with good words of great anticipation of what our Great God can do and give. I want to leave you with a God-size expectation for your near and distant future. It is not just a sacred way of saying, “You’re dismissed.”
Perhaps this practice of incorporating benedictions into everyday life is for you. Can we speak them over our children? Can we write them in birthday, anniversary, graduation, or sympathy cards? Should we include them in our emails or texts? You can work this out for yourself.
In the announcement section of this epistle, I have included a few of the benedictions in Scripture. In your Bible reading, look for benedictions and familiarize yourself with them.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
Lord Have Mercy!
Link to This Sunday Worship Service
Sample List of Biblical Benedictions
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
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Book of Proverbs
Coming in June
Change for Life
Baby Bottle Blessings Fundraiser
Baby bottles will be available this Sunday May 9th during our worship service.
Aspire provides life affirming pregnancy support services, including pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds for pregnancy confirmation, for women in our communities experiencing unplanned pregnancies. This fundraiser runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.
Hey Mom’s! This Sunday we will be honoring mothers with flowers and blessing cards.
Coffee will be served beginning this Sunday between services.
Please be mindful of beverages in the sanctuary.
As of this Sunday the mask requirement has been lifted. We are asking that you be respectful of each other’s choice to wear a mask and be responsible when you’re feeling sick.
Men save the date for the next Men’s Breakfast Saturday June 5th at 7am at EBC. Sign up at the back of the sanctuary or contact the office to RSVP.
Prayer 30 meetings will pick back up over the summer on Wednesday nights from 7pm-7:30pm.
Mark your calendars with these dates: June 9, July 14, August 11, & September 8.
Our annual Church Picnic and Baptism is scheduled for Saturday August 28th.
We look forward to coming together for a time fellowship and celebration.
Mark your calendars!
On Goal Soccer Camp
June 22nd – June 26th
Register today at www.ongoal.org
K-1st 9am-Noon $145 / 2nd-9th 9am-3pm $165
Family discounts and Laconia resident discounts are also available.
Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.
We already have donation requests coming in.
EBC Kids is back up and running. Nursery – Grade 5 is provided during second service. If you would like to volunteer to serve in this ministry, please contact Victoria Mansfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer and Praise
If you have any prayer requests or needs, please email Corianne at: email@example.com