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Closing Prayers


In closing a meeting or church service in prayer, we can thank God for the way that He has been with us during meeting, and ask Him to continue to inspire and protect us as we leave.

Gathered together on this page are a number of short prayers drawn from the Episcopal, Methodist, Celtic & Catholic traditions, as well as two modern prayers for closing bible studies and meetings.



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The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.

Fredrick Buechner


Catholic Closing Prayer

A Catholic prayer suitable for closing a worship service or meeting:-

Glory Be Closing Prayer


Closing Prayer for Meeting


Father, thank you that you have revealed Your love to us today.
We invite You to send us out from here in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Fan into flame the gifts that you have given us,
Come reveal Your grace and truth to us each day.

For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
Forever and ever.

Amen.

(a sample closing prayer for a meeting from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


Short Closing Prayer

A prayer suitable as a closing blessing for a church meeting, bible study or worship gathering, based on the ancient Celtic blessing "May the road rise up to meet you":-

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

(the song in the video above is based on the following gaelic blessing)


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.




Closing Prayer for Bible Study


Lord, your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Thank you that we can live in Your light and walk in Your truth.
May the things that you have revealed and thoughts that we have shared
dwell in our hearts and stir us to action.

We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus.

Amen.

(a short prayer for closing a bible study, based on Psalm 119:105, from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


May The Lord Bless You

A ancient Jewish blessing for closing a meeting or church service with:-

May The Lord Bless You Prayer

read more benediction blessings for closing meetings with here.



Closing Prayer for a church service


Lord, thank you that we are a family in Christ. Help us to share his love and legacy with everyone that we encounter this week. May we lavish Christ’s abounding goodness upon our families, friends and colleagues. Holy Spirit, come and equip us in our workplace, guide us in our school life, and inspire us in our neighbourhood.

Thank you for choosing to use us to bring your kingdom here on earth.

Amen.

(a contemporary closing prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


The "Day by Day" Prayer

An inspiring reading of this famous prayer by St Richard, with breathtaking images of sun down over a beautiful landscape:-


Traditional closing prayers

After Worship

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may, through thy grace, be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honor and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)



The Grace Prayer

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all,
now and evermore.
Amen.

(a prayer widely used in the Methodist church for closing a church service or meeting. More info. about the practice of this prayer here - the grace prayer.)


A Celtic Blessing

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

(taken from the prayer of St. Patrick's Breastplate)





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