Last week on a cool morning with an inspiring sunrise Heritage students, parents and faculty gathered at the flag pole to pray for our country, our leaders, our school, and one another. It was encouraging to see our community join thousands of other students across the USA on special day of prayer. It was uplifting to hear the prayers of our students young and old and to know that the God of the universe is listening.
At our All School Chapel this week, our students with their “chapel buddies” (older students paired with younger students) talked about the what, when, why and how of prayer. We read an adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6) from the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones which I share for your encouragement:
We want to know you.
And be close to you.
Please show us how.
Make everything in the world right again.
And in our hearts, too
Do what is best – just like you do in heaven.
And please do it down here, too.
Please give us everything we need today.
Forgive us for doing wrong, for hurting you.
Forgive us just as we forgive other people
when they hurt us.
Rescue us! We need you.
We don’t want to keep running away
and hiding from you.
Keep us safe from our enemies.
You’re strong, God.
You can do whatever you want.
You are in charge.
Now and forever and for always!
We think you’re great!
Yes we do!
As a community of faith and learning may we be encouraged, nudged and committed to pray as He taught us.
Grace and peace,
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