A box of new crayons with perfect points. Long, slender, yellow number 2 pencils with their erasers intact. Notebooks full of unmarked pages. It is the beginning of a new school year. Soon those crayons will be broken. Long curls will be twisted from the points of the pencils. The erasers will be worn down making corrections in the notebooks filled with practice problems and vocabulary words. But it hasn’t begun quite yet. For now, those supplies rest in backpacks and school classrooms, waiting with anticipation to fulfill their purpose.

 

Even if you are beyond the days of buying school supplies, I encourage you to pause in the Back to School aisle. Breathe in the smell of those new crayons. Roll a pencil between your fingers. Fan through the pages of a colorful, empty notebook. New crayons, unsharpened pencils, and empty notebooks speak to us of potential. For our students and teachers, certainly, there is an adventure ahead: a school year full of the potential to learn, grow, expand, and inspire. There are days to be filled with questions and exploration, skill development and practice, reports and stories yet to be written. There will be fun and frustration. There will be the satisfaction of a job well done and the disappointment of unmet expectations. All of that and more will be part of the coming school year.

 

But just for a moment, pause with me in this moment of anticipation, this moment filled with hope for all that this year can be, and join me in prayer (adapted from graceformoms.com):

 

Dear God,

 

Thank you for the gift of education in every form.

As our children prepare to start a new year

may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide,

and may hope be their compass toward a bright future.

We pray that they would have eyes to see

the needs of those around them and a heart to love well.

May they face each day with positivity knowing that

no matter what comes their way, they do not face it alone.

 

Thank you for the amazing teachers

who have given their lives to serve our children.

As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead,

grace to guide, and hope to thrive in their classroom.

Bless them beyond measure for their willingness

to pour into the next generation through education.

 

Grant us all anticipation for the future,

a desire to learn and grow, and hope in a future

where your love fills every home and classroom.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 
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THIS WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Sunday, September 16th
8:45am        Adult Ed
9:00am       Sunday School
10:00am      Worship
11:00am      Fellowship 

Tuesday, September 18th
7:00am          Men's Bible Study
6:00pm          Budget and Stewardship

Wednesday, September 19th
6:00pm           Gospel Rock/Confirmation/Youth Group
                       Kick off

Thursday, September 20th
6:30pm            Music Team

Sunday, September 23rd
8:45am            Adult Ed
9:00am           Sunday Schol
10:00am        Worship
11:00am        Fellowship

 

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