United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing
With each new school year comes the excitement and anticipation of a new beginning, a new journey, a new chapter. This video meditation features an empowering blessing, written by the Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton, for individuals or groups to use to lift up those involved in all walks of education. You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday school classes, before or during worship, or in your home. You can also share this United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom.
by the Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!
The images were taken by photographers from various United Methodist agencies and conferences.
This prayer is also found under resources offered by Discipleship Ministries.
Learn more about how United Methodists are supporting students and schools.
This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted in August, 2015.
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