An Everyday, Ordinary Liturgy (Benediction)

cover copyThe word benediction is derived from the Latin (bene, well + dicere, to speak) and it literally means to speak a good word.

Benedictions are typically pronounced at the end of a worship gathering. The pastor or worship leader may lift up his or her hands and speak a word of blessing over the people. (If this is the practice in your faith community, may I suggest that the next time the benediction is spoken, instead of closing your eyes and bowing your head, lift up your head and make eye contact with the one who blesses you).

The two most well known Scriptural benedictions come from Numbers 6:24-26:

“The Lord bless you  and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

and 2 Corinthians 13:14:

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

What Might An Everyday, Ordinary Benediction Look Like?

Throughout the day, look for opportunities to bless people by pronouncing a benediction upon them. Leverage the technology to speak a good word into someone’s life:

  • Send a text message
  • Post something to their Facebook wall
  • Direct message them via Twitter
  • Or go old school and make a phone call

Do you know the names of the people who serve you throughout your day and week? For instance:

  • The baristas at the local coffee shop
  • Your postal carrier or delivery person
  • The checkout person in the grocery store
  • The crossing guard

Learn their names and then find ways to thank them.  Make sure they know that you appreciate the work they do and the way they serve. Bless them!

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  1. […] In many churches, it’s pretty common to end a service with a benediction of some sort. But what if we took the benediction beyond the worship service? Terry Timm writes: […]

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