Let Us Go Out Into the World In Peace
This is my favorite moment of the Sunday gathering, after communion and service of the bread and wine is over and we all rise together as one to say:
“Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with the spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
And then the priest raises his hand in blessing and says over us:
“The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.”
And then the priest and the lay reader walk down the center aisle toward the door, and the lay reader turns just before leaving to remind us of our weekly assignment, just in case we didn’t hear it the first dozen times we went over it during the service:
“Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.”
We have now entered the season of Epiphany, my friends, when the Light of the world became known. It is our duty to keep that light shining through our own eyes, minds, and lives.
When you see your friend’s light dim, it is your honor to rush to your friend and help him/her to rediscover their light.
When you see the world’s dim light, it is your place to raise your own light high, so others can see and be comforted.
When your own light feels heavy and grows dim, it is your commissioned duty to turn to your brother or sister to allow them the honor of helping you to rediscover your own light.
Rejoice and say:
“Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!”