Benny who?

I’m not sure if I’m convinced of the value of the practice of reciting a benediction at the end of a formal church service. For me, coming from a non-conformist background, it smacks a little too much of lifeless rigid formalism. However, I don’t mind reading or quoting an applicable verse of scripture that captures or summarises the main point of the sermon preached during the service.

For those that are more favourably disposed to “Benny’s diction” 🙂 here’s one from Polycarp circa 120 A.D. (or C.E. if you’re so inclined)

“Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal High Priest himself, the Son of God Jesus Christ, build you up in faith and truth and in all gentleness and in all freedom from anger and forbearance and steadfastness and patient endurance and purity, and may he give to you a share and a place among his saints, and to us with you, and to all those under heaven who will yet believe in our Lord and God Jesus Christ and in his Father who raised him from the dead. Pray for all the saints. Pray also for kings and powers and rulers, and for those who persecute and hate you, and for the enemies of the cross, in order that your fruit may be evident among all people, that you may be perfect in him.”

~ copied from Expository Thoughts

Saint Polycarp