It’s that time of year again. The kids are heading back to school and churches everywhere are looking to mark this time of transition in the life of children, families, and the church as a whole. One way to mark this time is to observe an annual Blessing of the Backpacks which has become a common tradition in many churches. Below is a prayer I developed during my time as an associate at Mulberry Street UMC in Macon, GA and I plan to use it in my new appointment as senior pastor here at Aldersgate UMC in Savannah, GA. As with all liturgy I share: feel free to adapt it, change it, and don’t worry about citing or giving me credit.
The Lord be with you .
And also with you.
Let us pray.
you have called us to love wisdom and understanding.
Use us, we pray, as you will,
always to your glory and in service to one another.
Bless these bags and the ones who use them
as we learn and grow this year.
Show us all how to serve you.
May we grow in holiness of heart and life together,
young and old,
as we continually teach and learn from each other.
Bless these children and all of us entrusted with their care,
that we may grow in knowledge and grace,
to worship and serve you from generation to generation.
Let us live to make the world safe
for the dreams of all God’s children;
may we all participate in the transformation of the world
as we witness to God’s compassion and justice. Amen.