Wednesday, March 16, 2011


My benediction (the blessing/prayer at the end of worship) is a slight modification of Ephesians 3:20-21. I have used this benediction at the conclusion of Sunday morning worship for over 24 years... and yet stumbled over it Sunday morning! Thanks- church family- for taking it by heart and carrying us through!

Dr. James Speed was long-time pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marietta and led his congregation in the following benediction:

Go forth into the world in peace,
be of good courage;
hold fast to that which is true;
render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted;
support the weak, help the afflicted;
honor all;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God the Father,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.


(Thanks to Faith Jansen for sharing this prayer, which was given to Taylor as he was awarded his Eagle Scout.)


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I grew up at FPC Marietta and have long held a soft spot for Dr Speed's benediction.
    I was attempting to write it in my journal this morning and thought I might find some scripture that it was based on. Who would've thought that I'd actually find the very benediction!

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