This prayer appears in the August issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The Holy Spirit comes: MennoCon19 in stories and photos.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. Peace be with you, sons and daughters of God, for whom creation groans, we are made manifest. May we again and again experience the power that resurrected Jesus from the dead. I declare grace and peace be multiplied to you all from ravaged lands or bounty-filled pantries on the terrestrial globe. Let God’s shalom that surpasses all understanding, by the power of the Holy Spirit, overwhelm us past all isms. I declare the excellence of the very peace proclaimed by the angels on that night divine, to propel us to radical love with benevolent abandon, setting our hearts on fire for neighbor as self, the stranger, the poor, widowed, orphaned, the hungry, the thirsty, the broken, imprisoned and the creation, turning gun to plowshare and pipelines to solar panels. Tonight, let our hearts burn with zeal as our faith with works causes God’s kingdom to prevail in this generation and beyond. Go on now. Go in God’s peace. Go and change the world with him and through him. Go and leave no one behind—from A to Z, America to Zimbabwe. The Bride and Spirit cry, Come, Lord Jesus. The tables are turned over. Peace be with you. Amen. Sibonokuhle Ncube gave this benediction at the MennoCon19 evening worship on July 3.
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