Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Grace Message style

One of the things I enjoy about Eugene Peterson's  'The Message' translation of the Bible is that it provides a fresh take on passages that revitalises them for us. I often use them in public worship to give fresh insights into things that we simply repeat and repeat like for example the benediction from 2 Corinthians 13:12... While we are comfortable and can say from memory 'May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.' Its good to have to rethink that blessing. Using Peterson translation...

May the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ,

 The extravagant love of God,

And the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all.

Amen (sung three fold )

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