O Holy God, the time is come when school begins. As your children begin their studies, we ask a blessing on their backpacks in which they carry their books and notebooks, pencils and pens, tools they will use to learn.
We pray that in this “back to school” time, you would bless the teachers and administrators. Give them wisdom and creativity and energy and patience and care.
Bless the children, those whom we have promised to love and nurture. Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them seeking to learn more and develop their gifts.
Both at school and church, help them to grow in love and faith and service, all their days, even as they inspire us to do the same.
Bless, O God, these backpacks and the children who carry them.