May the maker of heaven and earth fulfill God’s creative purposes in you and through you;
May the Christ who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven extend God’s presence in the flesh in you and through you;
May the Spirit who gives us life breathe new life in you and through you;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
---Steven R. Harmon, benediction for the School of Divinity Convocation Luncheon, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina, September 7, 2015