Opening Collect (adapted)
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ who came as a child you have revealed your glory among the nations. Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer on the Children’s Sabbath (follows Litany)
Loving God, through your prophets you call us to turn swords into plowshares. Embolden your Church to replace weapons and want with peace and plenty, for the sake of all children; through Jesus Christ your Child who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Proper Preface for Children’s Sabbath
On this Children’s Sabbath day, we give you thanks, O God, especially for children, for the blessing they are and the blessing we may be to them, as we seek to heed your prophets and beat swords into plowshares and do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.
Charge & Blessing
Go out into the world in peace;
Hold on to what is good;
Return no one evil for evil;
Strengthen the fainthearted;
Support the weak, help the suffering & cherish the children;
Honor all people;
Love and serve the Lord,
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now may the God of peace
make you complete in everything good
so that you may do God’s will, and the blessing…
Deacon: Remembering especially all our children, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.