Blessing College Students as They Leave for School
We offer this blessing during worship the second Sunday in August. This is usually the last Sunday our college students are in worship before they return to school.
The students are invited to stand where they are seated. (Option: If the congregation is small enough, the students could be introduced at this time and/or given a gift.) The rest of the congregation is then invited to stand and lay a hand of support and blessing on the student closest to them.
Option: The blessing may begin with an invitation for the congregation to offer their own prayers for the students silently or aloud. The following prayer concludes the time of blessing.
ONE: Holy One,
Bless and protect these college students
as they leave us to begin another school year.
Keep them encouraged and full of hope.
Surround them with godly influences and opportunities.
Fill them with discernment,
that they may remain focused, disciplined and far from foolishness.
Grant these students the mind of Christ-
that they may grow in your wisdom and truth
that they may serve with both power and compassion
that they may carry your light throughout their campuses
Thank you for these students
and for providing the resources for them to continue their education.
Thank you for family members, friends, teachers, and coaches
who have mentored and supported them so that this day might be possible.
Thank you for creating us with the capacity to think, speak, discover and reason.
We rejoice in these good gifts from you and give you the honor and glory for them.
Receive our thanks and extend your blessing in the name of Jesus,
who saves us and leads us and teaches us to pray…
Finish with all praying The Lord’s Prayer
Blessing College Students as They Leave for School © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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