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Prayers of Blessing
The opening Convocation of the first semester will be held in the Seminary’s chapel this fall including these  prayers of blessing for new students, continuing students and faculty and staff.  While the group being blessed remained seated or kneeled, the rest of the assembly stood with an arm raised in blessing.  Feel free to adapt these for use in your own individual and corporate prayer practices.

For new seminarians: Bless these, your children, as they begin this new stage of their life in youth. Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their community, and for their service in your world. Amen.

For returning seminarians: Bless these, your children, as they continue in their life here. Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their community, and for their service in your world. Amen.

For faculty and staff: Bless these, your children, as they serve in this community to which you have called them.  Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed to equip others for the work of ministry, for their life in this community, and for their service in the world.  Amen.

For family members of students:  Bless these, your children.  In changing circumstances and times of stress, bind them ever more closely to each other and to you.  By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their life in this community and for their service in your world. Amen.
 

When a seminarian reflects and prays…

Regina Beard, a recent Master of Divinity graduate, reflects on the difference the support she’s received has made as she has responded to her call to public ministry: "No matter how small or large, from friends or from strangers, these gifts are proof of the priesthood of all believers following God’s call to serve. I give my heartfelt gratitude for the prayers and gifts of the Body of Christ."

Scott Schul, a 3rd year student in his internship year at Trinity Lutheran Church in Butler, PA, gives thanks for teachers: "…And so I want to thank all of my teachers, wherever they are.  And I want to thank all of you who will be teaching this year, whether at a public school, a college or a Sunday School class.  You are a blessing to every student you encounter and you really do make a difference.  But most of all I wish to thank the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, which collectively, during this year of internship, will be my teacher as I prepare for ministry within the ELCA.  I look forward to learning from you and with you as together, guided by the Holy Spirit, we seek to serve God and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ."