Here’s an opening prayer for a graduation or Baccalaureate service. It comes from the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, IA.
Opening Prayer: Graduation
Gracious Heavenly Father,
you create life from the earth on which we dwell
and breathe into it new life and meaning.
Graciously you empower us with knowledge and skills
to aid one another as we live out our life on this earth.
Bless our gathering this night
as we recall your grace and kindness to these young lives
and celebrate the endings and beginnings of the opportunities you provide.
Empower us all to live lives worthy of the callings you offer,
that we may strengthen one another and your creation
as we walk together with you through this life.
In Christ Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
~ written by Rev. Michael H.from Hope Lutheran Church, Everly, IA. Posted on http://synodresourcecenter.org/wma/worship/occasional/other/0023/baccalaureate1.html