The following was adapted by the editor for “Back-to-School” Sunday, to be offered when appropriate in later Summer.
God of grace and glory, even amidst the days of August we feel the cool of autumn creeping in. Days are growing shorter again. Children are returning to the routines of school. Time moves ever faster, it seems, and yet you remain constant—always with us, ever urging us into your sanctuary of prayer. Help us to draw nearer to your gracious heart, and to entrust to you our every burden and care, as we pray for our world and its peoples, for this community and those around us, for this our church family and those we seek to serve in you.
Ours are concerns of health and fulfillment, of peace and survival. We long to experience your healing presence in our lives and the lives of those we love, especially as we lift to you (_____and) those we name in the silence of our hearts.
Hear our prayer this day, especially for teachers and their helpers, school administrators and employees, and the students of our community (especially:______). May the days ahead bring a bright awakening within those teaching and those learning, that the lives of both the young and of the aging may be inspired for fullness of living by all of your children, and that the commonwealth of your creation might be served.
We remember with joy and praise your faithfulness to those who have finished their course and rest with you. Strengthen us to be faithful disciples in an ever-changing world. Remind us that you love this world, and are ever-giving yourself for it, even as you gave your ultimate self to us in Jesus the Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.