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Closing Worship

Published by the Institute for Welcoming Resources, a program of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and home of the Shower of Stoles Project www.WelcomingResources.org. Unless otherwise noted, permission is granted to reprint individual selections for congregational use.

WORDS OF SENDING FORTH

Branches Bent With Ripening Fruit

By Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
Program Director, Institute for Welcoming Resources

One: Branches bent with ripening fruit, golden grain in wind swaying,
All: God, we go forth and rejoice in Your creation.
One: Gatherings, parades, festivals, and fairs,
All: Be with us as we dance in the garden of Your creation.

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CLOSING PRAYER

May Your Gifts of Love Transform

From the More Light Presbyterians Retreat & Mission Weekend
New Orleans, LA, 2006

All: May Your gifts of love transform and enliven us that we may live lives of thanksgiving.
May Your presence among us provoke such longing for Your realm that we will never be satisfied until the whole earth knows Your justice, Your peace, and Your love.
Amen.

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CLOSING PRAYER

We Will Try to Be Holy and Useful

From the More Light Presbyterians Retreat & Mission Weekend
New Orleans, LA, 2006

All: We will try to be holy and useful,
We will strive to repair the world given to us to hand on.
Let us lift each other on our shoulders and carry each other along.
Let us see the light in others and honor that light.
Let holiness move in us.
Praise the light that shines before us, through us, after us.
Amen.

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Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ