Back-to-School Blessings

The start of the school year is a milestone for any child, with all of the excitement about classes, friends, and all the newness that's ahead. It would be wonderful for churches and ministries to find ways to send students into their school years with blessing and encouragement as they learn about who God has created them to be. Pastor Dave Hall, who is serving at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO, has suggested celebrating this checkpoint for children by holding an annual "Blessing of the Backpacks" during a church service at the start of the school year... (continued)

Breaking the Routine

Have you been looking for ways to bring your community together in ways that promote interactive worship and a chance to be refreshed? Valley Lutheran High School in Phoenix, AZ has been putting a Night of Worship into their routine and found it to be a helpful time for students, teachers, church members of the on-site Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and other members of the community to set aside time for reflection, prayer, and praise... (continued)