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A prayer for the first day of school

January 16, 2013

2012 to 2013This semester is the first day of classes at Gordon. This morning in chapel I led us in a responsive prayer, offering thanksgiving and petition to God at the start of a new semester. I offered the prayer in italics, then we all as one congregation read the bold responses.

For the start of a new semester and all the promise that it holds:

We give you thanks, our God.

For the joy we have in seeing friends for the first time in a month:

We give you thanks, our God.

For those with whom we live in dorms, apartments, and houses:

We give you thanks, our God.

For the chance to gather freely in worship:

We give you thanks, our God.

For all that we will learn: in the classroom, in this worship space, in Lane, in labs, in practice rooms, in the library, in relationships, on campus and off campus:

We give you thanks, our God.

For wisdom for all students, staff, and faculty, as we seek to offer God our very best in all that we do:

Lord, please be near us.

For family relationships that we’ve invested in over the last month but now step away from in some ways:

Lord, please be near us.

For perseverance and diligence in our studies:

Lord, please be near us.

For healthy sleep patterns, motivation to exercise, self-control in eating good, healthy foods:

Lord, please be near us.

For those areas of life in which we struggle, where we despair, and for those things of which we are ashamed:

Lord, please be near us.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Deb Kielsmeier permalink
    January 16, 2013 11:52 am

    love this!

  2. January 16, 2013 1:51 pm

    May I use this in my classes next week?

    • January 16, 2013 1:57 pm

      Of course! Source=me, though I certainly don’t feel a need to be named, if you just want to say it’s from a friend….thanks for asking!

  3. Jolina Coronel permalink
    June 16, 2013 9:59 am

    I am an Incoming freshmen student of TUP so I need prayers to encourage me through <3 Thank You for this. Would you mind if I am going to copy this prayer ? Thank You for this.

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