A Prayer on the Eve of the School Year by Renee Purtlebaugh

For the gift of summer and a change of rhythm and Sabbath rest, we are thankful.
For the opportunity to start again and experience new beginnings, we are thankful.
For the chance to learn and grow and discover, we are thankful.
Be with us and give us courage to lean into new challenges and experiences.
Be with us and give us courage to learn and to be creative.
Be with us and give us courage to build new friendships.
Be with us and give us courage to be brave and kind.

May we know that You are by our side as we ride the bus, as we eat lunch together, as we study, and as we play.
May we know that You are by our side as we prepare, as we teach, as we coach, and as we guide.
And so we enter the school year with wonder, with curiosity, and with the promise that You walk with us as we go. Amen.