God who teaches us every day how to make Earth a little more like Heaven, we lift to you today, these students.
Give them your patience to understand the problems on paper and in the hallways.
Help them commit themselves to study and learning in the school year ahead.
Bless each of them.
Lord, put your hands on these backpacks. Fill them with school work and reminders of the love and care of this church. Surround them each school day with your Spirit.
Look after the teachers and workers in our schools. Sustain them with your peace, patience and perseverance. Help them know how appreciated they are and that this congregation embraces their call to teaching and learning and surrounds them with love and care as well.
We pray in the name of Jesus who we seek to follow day by day. Amen.
adapted from http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-blessing-of-the-backpacks-and-the-school-year