Benedictions, invocations to depart with God's blessings, are a feature of the church - every liturgical structure ends with them. They were a feature of the synagogue in Christ's time--indeed Christ himself uses them when he dismisses his disciples on a new task. This makes them a Biblical norm for the end of worship, something we should consider doing each time we leave God's presence and go out into the world.
If you are involved with leading worship in the church or in the home your next question will be "Where do I go to find them?" Fortunately Robert Vasholz has done the leg work for you. He has collected in this one book the benedictions found in scripture along with some additional scripture enriched blessings for use during worship. Use them to help Christians have a greater effect on the world.
Foreword on the History of Benedictions by David B. Calhoun
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