S (Scripture): Numbers 6:22 The Lord spoke to Moses: 23 Tell Aaron and his sons: You will bless the Israelites as follows. Say to them:
24 The Lord bless you and protect you.
25 The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
26 The Lord lift up his face to you and grant you peace.
27 They will place my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
O (Observation): This 3-fold blessing is not something that some church leader made up a few years ago. This is a blessing handed down from God to Moses for Aaron and the other priests to use to bless the Israelites.
This is a big deal.
A (Application): We use much scripture in worship as a Lutheran congregation of the ELCA. More than you might think.
As we change some of our liturgy based on the church liturgical calendar, we incorporate the worship texts throughout each season into the words of our prayers and blessing or in our confession and forgiveness, and more.
The hymns also reflect certain scriptures, and typically reflect the season of the Church calendar and messages given through the sermon.
But when we need a tried and true blessing…we can go all the way back to Moses and Aaron.
P (Prayer): Lord, as you provide the words of blessing, help us to know we are in your ever-loving care. Amen.