A Sunday School Prayer for Families and Teachers

     On this day and always we affirm that we are all children of God.  We are all both learners and teachers
of the faith…. A faith that is living and active… made alive and fulfilled in the life, death, resurrection and abiding presence of Jesus Christ.

     We remember how Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

     As the stories of the Children of Israel and the parables of Jesus remind us, our God is eager for relationship… seeking, finding, and rejoicing in us. We are called, as disciples of Jesus, to rejoice in You O God, and so we pray…

     As faithful learners, O God, may we seek you as you have sought us. May we carefully search our world, lighting the dark corners, sweeping away all that obscures your presence and hides you from us. Help us to seek you, O God.

     As faithful teachers, O God, may we find what we may have overlooked. May we put aside the mass of unending demands, duties and details, so that we may come to embrace the one thing that is needful, the one thing that truly matters.  Help us to find you, O God.

     As faithful families, O God, may we grow in the life of Faith, walk in the light of Hope, and share in the labor of Love…  May the Grace of the Living God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit empower us to live as forgiven and forgiving within our own families, and within the blessed family of the children of God.

     As faithful teachers, learners and families, O God, may we rejoice in the wonder of your love and share your great love for us in loving one another. May we celebrate the value of each of us and the worth of all of us, seeing your wisdom, mercy, and love all around us… And now…

     May the Lord bless you and keep you… The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you… The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace.  All this we ask In Jesus Name…  AMEN.
 
Pastor Mark