Please bless and guide those returning to school: students and teachers and all staff. Please bless and guide those going to school for the first time: students and teachers and all staff. Grant courage and peace to those who have experienced suffering in school and walk before them to open their way. Grant your protection for our schools and for the security and police who work in our schools. Please bless parents as they seek to nurture their children and as they work with educators. Grant that our communities may be sources of support for their schools. May we all have open minds and hearts to live as your children as we learn and grow together. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.