Back to School Blessing

21st Century Africana Liturgy
by The Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

Elementary Students:
Bless my paper and my pen.
Guide my spirit deep within.
Help me think and help me play
This whole school year, day by day.

All:
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

Middle School (Jr. High) students:
As I move from class to class
Guide my footsteps; clear my path.
Keep my tongue to speak your words.
Let your will for me be heard.

 

All:
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

High School Students:
In every subject high or low,
May God's excellence be shown!
Keep me strong to reach the prize
To grow in grace, becoming wise.

 

All:
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

College Students:
Whether far from home or near
May I hold God's precepts dear.
To do my best at every task;
For this blessing, I do ask.

 

All:
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

Non-Traditional and Graduate Adult Students:
Help my family be a part
As I lift my mind and heart.
As I study, work, and pray,
Be with them throughout the day.

 

All:
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

 
 

About the Author: The Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton is Lead Editor of African American Resources for Abingdon Press and Director of the Wesley Foundation on the campus of Fisk University.

 

"Back to School Blessing" Copyright © 2007 Marilyn E. Thornton. All Rights Reserved. Posted with permission.

Categories: Worship, Worship Planning, Lectionary Calendar, Civil Observances, Back to School, Services and Liturgies, 21st Century Africana, 21st Century Liturgy, Other

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