Ordination Benediction

There’s always hope.


Having hope doesn’t make the journey always easy. Having hope doesn’t fix all that needs to be fixed. 

Having hope gives us strength to face the dawn, to face obstacles and struggles.


We have gathered here this afternoon, not as a people with one common theology, with one common religion. We have gathered here as a people who carry hope in our hearts. Hope that the world can be a better place where justice shall “roll down like water, and peace like ever flowing stream.”


To help marshal in such a world we must be faithful.


If we have any hope of transforming the world and changing ourselves,

we must be bold enough to step into our discomfort,

brave enough to be clumsy there,

and loving enough to forgive ourselves and others.


May we, as people of faith, be granted the strength to be so bold, so brave, and so loving.