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7th Grade Prayers

Posted in Education with tags , , , , on December 6, 2019 by timtrue

A couple of weeks back I posted some prayers largely composed by Imago Dei’s 6th grade class for use in the midweek Eucharist. Here’s another set of prayers, this one from the 7th grade. As you peruse them, please keep in mind the context: all students of Imago Dei live in poverty; and, though not technically on the Mexican border geographically, for all intents and purposes Tucson is a border town. This context naturally enters student prayers on a daily basis, but perhaps especially when I ask them to pray for “The nation and all in authority,” “The welfare of the world,” “The concerns of the local community,” and “Those who suffer and those in any trouble,” as related in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 383). So then, next week’s Prayers of the People:

God, we thank you that different religions make the world a better place. We pray that people would respect other religions and not make fun of them; and that churches and other houses of worship may be safe places.

Hear our prayer.

We thank you that we live in Tucson, a beautiful city, and for the freedoms we have in this country. Help the homeless people in Tucson. Make Tucson safe. We pray for the president to make wise decisions.

Hear our prayer.

We thank you for Jesus’ message of love. We pray that people would clean up the pollution in the world; that the people on the Mexican side of the border will love us anyway; and for justice throughout the world.

Hear our prayer.

We thank you for Imago Dei Middle School and the education we are receiving. We pray for the staff, teachers, founders, students, and parents, that each day will be blessed and full of wonders. Help our school last forever.

Hear our prayer.

Thank you for our friends, families, and pets. We pray for the people we know who struggle with addiction, live in fear, are sick or in pain, are in jail, or are no longer with us. Be with them and help them.

Hear our prayer.

Accept, O God, our thanks and praise for all you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, for the mystery of love, and for your presence and involvement in our lives. Amen.