Students in many parts of the country have already gone back to school, but others are still eagerly (or anxiously) preparing. If you want to acknowledge this special time of year for your community, consider having students – and teachers, and anyone else involved in resuming the school year – bring in their backpacks, laptop or messenger bags, or other symbolic items for a blessing.
Rev. Kerry wrote this liturgy in 2015, in both a pastor-led and responsive version: Blessing of the Backpacks. May it be a blessing to your ministry, as you bless others!
Permission is given to reprint either version for use in congregational worship. Please include “By Rev. Kerry Greenhill, http://www.SacredStonesMinistries.org. Used with permission,” in any printed or projected reference. If you choose to use this prayer in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.