Today was a first for me for lots of reasons. One of those firsts I’m not sharing. The other I am.
Today I had the pleasure of dedicating a High School’s new building. Looking for ideas on the internet, I could find nothing that offered any help for a beginning of where to start with a prayer. So I turned to the ordinal of what is said when a new church or hall is built and I pulled up the school mottos in the hope that something would rush out and hit me with an idea.
Here is the prayer and dedication offered.
Almighty and Creator God,
You make all things new,
transforming what we know about ourselves
and about the world
in our meetings with other people
and with the experiences
of our senses.
Each moment of life
is an opportunity to be inspired
We give You thanks
for the history and tradition of education
within this ancient burgh,
and for the continuing history and tradition
of this school.
We give You thanks
for the many people who have
played their part
in inspiring young people
that they might
head into life encouraged to reach into life
as they look to the opportunities before them.
Today especially we give You thanks
for the promise of this new building
and the work of all those
who have been involved in the design and construction.
From teaching staff, pupils and parents
offering views and opinions on what they hoped for;
to those who found the finance;
to architects, surveyors, builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians;
and those who thought of furnishings and decoration.
As we dedicate this place of learning,
we ask Your blessing Lord,
upon all those who come within the walls and grounds.
May those who teach, and learn and grow
continue to be inspired and inspiring;
May this place continue to be a place
where young people are encouraged
to reach for their potential.
May the sounds of the corridors
be sounds of a community that values respect and trust,
and may the doors be open to the community beyond
as it finds a welcome and a place
for growth and learning.
May the hopes of the building of a better community
find its root in the ambition
of education that touches every aspect of our lives.
We offer these our prayers,
in Christ’s name.
I post, not because I think it is perfect, because another poor soul may one day search the internet for something that might help them think about where to start. Hidden within the words are the influence of two school mottos. If you are from the area I hope you find them.