July 26

Today, many of our teachers and educators begin a new school year.  Just one week from today, our Oconee County children will begin their new year.  Is it possible that the summer is already over?  If you are like me, you are asking the same question.  Where did the time go?

Back-To-School is always an exciting time, even if it falls near the end of July.  If you have been shopping recently, you know that the stores have school supplies out in abundance, occupying the most prominent display in the store.  College students are shopping for dorm room supplies, while younger children are looking for the “coolest” backpack to accompany them on their first day.

As we have done the past two years, we will again pause during worship for a time of Blessing of the Backpacks this Sunday, July 30.  We know that we are not blessing just the actual backpacks and teacher bags; most importantly, we are blessing the children, teenagers, teachers, and other educators.  As we anticipate a new school year, let me offer a prayer adapted from Hamilton Mill United Methodist in Dacula, GA.

Holy God, as our children go out to face the world, please bless and protect them.  May they know and trust that even when they are away from their parents, that you are always with them. Whether our children are just starting kindergarten, entering high school, or leaving the nest for college, our hearts and hopes go with them. They are excited about new possibilities, while at the same time apprehension and the fear of the unknown may weigh heavily on their hearts.  We pray that you will fill them with your love and will give them confidence to face each challenge they may experience this year.

We pray that you would bless our children with lives filled with happiness and laughter.  Surround them with friends, teachers, and adults that will lovingly stay by their side, build them up when they are weak, and hold them accountable when they wander from your ways.  We know that you have an amazing plan for each and every one of your children.


~Pastor Jane