The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bless those backpacks

Consider a back-to-school blessing for an August worship service

We can all use a little extra blessing, said Stacy M. Hill, pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Bentonville, Ark.

Children of Lord of Love Lutheran Church,
Children of Lord of Love Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb., prepare to have their backpacks blessed.

The congregation is one of a growing number that blesses children's backpacks during worship at the beginning of the school year. But she said the annual rite is for adults too, not just kids.

"The first time we asked adults to bring their briefcases and laptops a few of them looked at me a little strange, but they appreciated it as well," Hill said.

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