Monday, August 24, 2009

"Blessing the Backpacks" liturgy
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Blessing the Backpacks
(Parents and kids/youth come to the front.)

Minister: Let us pray: As another school year begins
Congregation: we pray that You would bless these backpacks
Parents: and our children who carry them.
Minister: We lift up to You all those who will be starting back to school soon—
Congregation: students, teachers, administrators, staff, bus drivers, and school board members.
Parents: We pray that You would especially protect our children as they go to and from school.
Congregation: We pray that You would provide for all the expenses that come with school.
Parents: As our lives get busier, we pray that we would be able to still find time to spend together as a family.
Congregation: Gracious God, we give thanks for the opportunity for education in the classroom.
Minister: And we also give thanks to You for education in the church and for a chance to get know You a little better.
Congregation: Lord, we pray that the students among us would study hard, would be kind to their classmates, and ask for help when they need it.
Parents: And lastly, Lord, give us the wisdom, the grace, and the patience to be good parents.
Minister: All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Parents’ Blessing
(Parents place hands on child’s shoulder.)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
--Numbers 6:24-26

A Gift from the Church Family
--icthus shaped zipper pulls for backpacks

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