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Staff Prayer for the Beginning of the New School Year 2010

The Faith Development Team in CEIST have prepared the following staff prayer for celebrating the beginning of the new school year 2010. Click here to download the staff prayer.

 

Staff Prayer for the Beginning of the New School Year

August 2010
 

 

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'
And he replied,
'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!'

Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957
 

Leader:

This morning we begin our new school year.

We meet as a staff, sharing news with friends and colleagues; welcoming new faces; knowing that refreshed after our summer break we are now moving forward together into another academic year of teaching and learning; of challenges; of joys and sometimes of difficulties.

We place this year in God’s hands, and pray that in all that we do we will support each other in leading our students on their journey in life, not only in academic learning, but in developing themselves, their gifts, their talents, their deeper selves.

In order to do this well we must take care of ourselves; of our own spiritual well being.
 

Leader:

This morning we begin our new school year.

We meet as a staff, sharing news with friends and colleagues; welcoming new faces; knowing that refreshed after our summer break we are now moving forward together into another academic year of teaching and learning; of challenges; of joys and sometimes of difficulties.

We place this year in God’s hands, and pray that in all that we do we will support each other in leading our students on their journey in life, not only in academic learning, but in developing themselves, their gifts, their talents, their deeper selves.

In order to do this well we must take care of ourselves; of our own spiritual well being.

Reader 1:

Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life. Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self –knowledge – and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject.

                                                                                    ‘The Courage to Teach’ - Parker J. Palmer: (p.2)

Leader:

Jesus knew the value of taking “time out” and there are many examples in the Gospels of him making space in his life, and in the lives of his apostles, to refresh and renew their spirits to enable them to be available to others.

Reader 2

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while” for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat. 

Mark 6:20-31.

Leader: We pray today:

(each prayer to be read by a different voice)

That, in the words of Dorothy Suller, we may not be, “robbed of our depth by the frenetic stuff”.

That we may always give our inner selves space, time and quiet.

That we may be able to meet and greet each of our students with openness and acceptance.

That we will always have time to be aware of the needs of our colleagues and be supportive of each other during the busy days of this school year.

That as a school community we will become ever more aware of the Gospel values which inform our ethos – not only in theory, but in a very real way, growing together in faith, in hope and in the love of God and of those we encounter each day.

Ár nAthair ………….

Leader:

Lord, accept the work of this day and of this school year. Be with us in all we do, in all we say; in the good days and in those days which challenge us. We trust ourselves to you and ask that your Holy Spirit will be with each of us throughout this year. Amen.