Liturgy of Farewell

Below is a participatory Liturgy of Farewell, based largely on one provided by the United Church of Christ (To view, click here).  I have not been able to access other liturgies of this sort, so if you have any, I invite you to share them with me at

Liturgy of Farewell

One: Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to one another. Loved ones and friends among us come to the end of their lives. Individuals move into our community and church life. Others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences, and new opportunities.  It is important and right that we recognize these times of passage, of endings and beginnings. Today we share the time of farewell with a friend/friends who is/are leaving.

One: To mark the occasion, I will pass out markers and slips of paper for each of you to write a blessing that the friend/friends can take with them on the journey.  You may want to share words of gratitude, love and/or well-wishes that they can read and soak in when they arrive in location.

When done, I invite you to come forward and place your blessing in the basket.

After congregation completes task, invite the family forward, briefly summarize their journey here at the church and present them with the box. End with prayer found below.

All: God, whose everlasting love for all is trustworthy, help each of us to trust the future which rests in your care.  The time we were together in your name saw our laughter and tears, our hopes and disappointments.  Guide us as we hold these cherished memories but move in new directions, until that time to come when we are completely one with you and with each other, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

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