Sunday, Aug. 12, we recognized students returning to school in many of our worship services. Students were called forward and the following liturgy was read:

Leader: As we begin this new school year, we give thanks that God has given us the ability to learn many things in many ways. We learn in school, but we also learn in church, in our family, in our community and in the world.
All: Learning is a gift from God.
Leader: The Bible tells us that Jesus learned and studied, just as we do.
All: And Jesus grew in wisdom.
Leader: We ask God’s blessing on this new school year, that it may be a time when we appreciate and fully use God’s gift of learning.
All: We ask God to bless our schools and teachers.
Leader: We ask God to bless our classmates and friends.
All: We ask God to bless our principals, counselors and librarians.
Leader: We ask God to bless those who prepare our lunches, those who drive us to school and those who keep our schools clean and safe.
All: We give thanks to God for books and computers, for bookbags and backpacks, for pens and pencils and all the things that help us learn.
Leader: We ask God to bless the students, staff and volunteers of our schools, our Children’s and Youth Ministries, and at our partner school Dunbar Elementary.
All: We pray that all children everywhere may be able to learn so they can become all that you intend.
Leader: We give thanks to God for the gift of learning!
The children and adults hold their backpacks high or in front of them.
Leader: Loving God, sometimes a new school year seems exciting or scary or both. Sometimes school is great, and sometimes it is hard. But we know that whether we are excited or scared, you are with us. We know that whether school is great or hard, you are with us. We thank you for always being with us. Help us to remember to show our thanks for your gift of learning by doing our best every day. Bless us as we learn and bless these backpacks as they represent everything that you would have us be, as we learn how to make God’s love real in our world. Amen.

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