At the end of each service, I say a benediction. It’s been that way for a while and I had tried to tie in the benediction with the sermon message. I had prefered to mix a sentence with an actual scriptural benediction verse. I ran into this article:
A few years ago it occurred to me that most (some exceptions, of course) benedictions (those worship-ending prayers) were meaninglessÄîrather like an appendix. In most churches, they merely signal that the worship is over, perhaps like the bell ending a round of boxing. During benedictions, musicians turn the pages of their music for their final gig, ushers scurry to open the exit doors, and parishioners grab their coats.
Source: Leadership Journal
Do any of you use benedictions? What is your experience? Any good resources?