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Prayer for the Beginning of the School Year
Holy God, this school year brings with it fresh opportunities to grow, learn and develop new relationships. We expect great and wonderful things this school year for the students and educators of our public and private schools.
We are aware, God of Wisdom, that this school year also brings some challenges as our city school system is reordered. Through your grace we have already witnessed the unity of purpose as the community came together to prepare buildings and classrooms to welcome students and educators alike. The passionate giving of time and talent of so many was only possible through the empowering embrace of your love. Your Spirit is moving among us and through us bringing hope and inspiration that will continue, we pray, to guide us through the days and weeks to come.
We lift up, O God, our elementary schools. May our youngest students be surrounded with the joy of learning. May they be curious and delight as the begin to understand the world you created for them. Grant them courage to step in to new places and experiences.
Amazing God, we lift up our middle schools. Many of our young teens will be attending a new school this year. May they arrive on their first day and be greeted with welcome and acceptance. These are such critical years which may determine the path in which these children will follow in the years to come. Inspire the educators and school personnel to teach and guide with understanding and patience. May they be examples of your unconditional love.
We lift up our high schools, God of hope and peace. May those attending Collegiate Academy continue on a path of focused learning, guided by your desire for them be what you created them to be. We pray for the students entering the new Erie High School. Teens from across the city will come together bringing their own cultures and expectations. Once rivals, they will now be classmates. What a beautiful opportunity to bringing the diversity of our city together, creative God! We know that there will be hurdles to overcome. Empower the students, faculty and administration to find ways to maneuver these challenges with grace and peace.
Healing God, may we, the city of Erie, move beyond the hurts and oppositions of the past. Plant in our hearts the seeds of unity so that our children may grow and learn in schools that reflect the love and acceptance of your Kingdom.
Holy Spirit, impart into our students your spirit of excellence. Bless our educators for their service to the Erie City and surrounding communities. Help them to remain committed to their educational “calling.” Keep them safe in their classrooms and lead and guide them as they teach. Grant each teacher wisdom, creativity, and grace to teach each child according to his or her needs, level of intelligence, and learning capabilities. Increase the wisdom and understanding of each parent on how to partner with the schools to achieve success in their student’s education. Bless the homes of each student to be a place of love, peace and support. Holy Spirit, create within each student, teacher, and administrator an excitement, passion and academic desire as they enter the new school year. We pray this in the name of our Great Teacher, Jesus Christ. Amen.