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Farewell, friend(s) in Christ

Farewell, friend(s) in Christ,
hold fast to the Lord;
we bid you rejoice
in God and his word.
His wisdom will keep you,
his Spirit will guide;
his love will not leave you,
whatever betide.

2. We give God our thanks
for times that have passed;
though days have flown by
the memories will last
of tasks undertaken,
of people who cared,
and bread that was broken
and wine that was shared.

3. We look on in hope:
God’s work, once begun,
shall not be in vain
though workers move on.
Whatever the journey
they surely will find
that friendship’s before them
and prayer lies behind.

4. Goodbye and God bless
as pathways divide;
farewell and take heart
with Christ at your side.
With God’s hand upon you
the future’s assured;
‘Godspeed as you go
in the name of the Lord.’

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