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God of widening wisdom, we lift our hearts of thanksgiving for educators in all places. From schools to churches to artistic and scientific spaces, knowledge reaches new heights, allowing us to build a better world.

You call us to grown in mind as well as body and soul. Through the words and wisdom of teachers, our spirits expand, allowing us to see and serve your world in a spirit of justice and righteousness.

Bless all educators. May they feel safe and strong. May their influence travel far into the future. May they have the energy to answer your call to serve in classrooms of all sorts.

We thank you for the great teacher – Jesus the Christ – who open hearts and flipped perspectives. With thanksgiving, we celebrate the prophets, sages, and evangelists who celebrated your presence and created spaces for us to wrestle.

Through your gift of education, wisdom, and knowledge, we create a heaven on earth where all of your children know their their value and dignity.

Amen.

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The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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