"Today, we have before us backpacks and school supplies to be carried to and from school by the children and youth gathered here and by some who are not here with us."
So begins our "Blessing of the Backpacks”.
Every fall Holy Trinity Riverbend has a 'Back to School Sunday' when we invite our children to bring their backpacks to be blessed for their use in the upcoming school year. In addition, our congregation donates backpacks and other school supplies to help families who have a difficult time with the costs of going back to school. Our church community was generous again this year, and many backpacks were taken by the Rev. Rebecca Harris to Tipaskan School in Millwoods, where they were gratefully received. We ask God’s blessing not only for the backpacks, but for the students themselves, along with their parents and teachers and administrators who embrace their call to teaching and learning. We pray that they may be reminded of the love and care of this congregation that surrounds them each school day.
Submitted by the Rev. Dan Wold