Women: How can we thank God enough for you, in return for all the joy we feel because of your presence in our lives?

Men: Night and day we pray earnestly that your face will never depart from our memory.

Women: So now may the One Who showers our lives with goodness and mercy be present with you even in our parting.

Men: And may the Gracious One strengthen your hearts in holiness, protecting you against every threat of terror.

Singing: *God be with you till we meet again!
Heav’nly counsel guide, uphold you,
Safely and securely fold you
God be with you till we meet again!

©Ken Sehested @ Inspired by 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, tune by W.G. Tomer, lyrics adapted from J.E. Rankin.