This article looks at what the benediction is at the end of the worship service and how we must view it.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the priestly blessing. This article shows that the priestly blessing functioned both as a declaration and a prayer. Through the blessing God declares His presence to His people. This article looks at the meaning of this blessing, how it was fulfilled in Christ, and the significance of its modern use at the end of the worship service.
This article considers the conclusion to the covenantal worship service: the closing song and the benediction. It also discusses the place of the accompanist in the service, as well as the announcements, and finishes off with addressing the question whether there should be more participation of the members in the service.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the blessing often given at the end of a worship service. Whose blessing is this? Who must pronounce it? This article looks at the place of this blessing in the Old Testament, the use of the blessing inside and outside a worship service, and the practice of the minister raising his hands for the blessing.