Graduation Prayer

Graduation Prayer
We praise and glorify you, almighty Father,
because in your infinite love you have formed throughout the world
a holy people for your own possession,
the body of your dear Son.
We praise and glorify you
because you have given us your only Son Jesus Christ,
the image of your eternal and invisible glory,
the firstborn of all creation and head of the Church.
We praise and glorify you that by his death he has overcome death;
and that, having ascended into heaven, he has given his gifts abundantly,
to equip your people for the work of ministry,
for the building up of the body of Christ.
And now we give you thanks
that you have called these your servants,
who are graduating from ______________________________
to share in the ministry of the gospel of Christ,
the source and sustainer of our faith,
and the Shepherd of our souls.
Therefore, Father, through Christ our Lord we pray:
bless these your servants
as they serve you in whatever ministry to which you have called them.
Through your Spirit, heavenly Father,
give these your servants grace and power
to proclaim the gospel of your salvation
and minister to your people.
Renew them in holiness,
and give them wisdom and discipline
to work faithfully with those committed to their charge.
May they exalt you, O Lord, in the midst of your people;
Make them faithful servants, pastors, teachers, ministers, counselors, missionaries.
Grant that that in all things they may serve without reproach,
so that your people may be strengthened and your Name glorified in all the world.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Related:  Responsive Prayer of Praise ("We Praise Thee, O God")