The blessing offered to the congregation at the end of a worship service is called a “benediction” (from Latin, meaning “to speak well”).
The benediction you hear at Hillside Community Church each week (“Go forth this day in peace…”) is a paraphrase of the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5.
While the there is a bevy of bible verses used for this purpose, the most popular by far is 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.
Tomorrow, we’re going to have a go at singing this famous benediction:
Hope you can join us as we not only “speak well,” but sing well too!
Grace + Peace
Tom Hathaway, Pastor