Blessing for the First Day of School

[Lay hands on each child and say]

Dear God, as we get ready to start another year in school, we ask that you would protect these, your own children.

As they do the very important work of being students, bless them with:

eagerness to learn, that their world can grow large;

respect for teachers and students, that they may form healthy relationships;

love for nature, that they may become caretakers of your creation;

happiness when learning is easy and stick-to-it-iveness when it is hard;

faith in Jesus as their best teacher and closest friend.

Watch over them and keep them safe as they travel to and from school.

As they learn, help them discover the different gifts you have given each one of them to be used in your work in the world.

As they hear the many voices that will fill their days, help them to listen most carefully for your voice, the one that tells them that you will love them always, no matter what.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Sundays and Seasons, Year B 2012, pg 264