These dismissal statements make it clear that while our worship has ended our service has only just begun. And yet too often people think that after worship the primary focus is Coffee Hour. In fact, all of what we’ve done is, at least in part, in preparation to be sent into the world to serve our Lord and savior!
In fact, it’s about fulfilling the Great Commission. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Indeed, let us “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!”