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Blessing of the Backpacks Service Order

August 17, 2017
Evangelism Initiatives

Check out in the Resources box below an example bulletin from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Diocese of Texas!

The congregation doesn’t only pray over backpacks, but other instruments of teaching and learning. They also bless students and educators– especially inviting folks from their day school to the service and a reception afterward. The text of their prayers is as follows:

Blessing of Students and Educators

Eternal God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our great teacher and savior, bless these your servants as they begin the school-year. Your Son was once himself a child learning and teaching in the temple. Grant that all who enter into places of learning as students and educators this year be filled with your grace and heavenly wisdom—that all their efforts be directed by your Holy Spirit, and work to your praise and glory. Amen. 

Prayer for Instruments of Teaching and Learning

Almighty God, we bring before you these instruments of teaching and of learning. We pray that your Holy Spirit of wisdom go forth with all who carry them this year: that all bearers of briefcases and of backpacks will rest secure in the knowledge of your abiding strength, peace and love. May they, like the young Jesus, grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and with society. Amen. 

To learn more about St. Matthew’s and how they reach out to their community, check out our bulletin inserts here.

Check out a PDF copy of the service bulletin below for some great ideas!

The Rev. Canon
Stephanie Spellers

Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care

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Sarah Alphin

Associate for Church Planting and Evangelism

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