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Term 3 Week 10

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people… that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Greetings from Vietnam!

When you read this newsletter, you will find me attending the Asia Lutheran Education Association conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. I am attending this conference as a representative of all Lutheran schools in Australia. As I shared with our students earlier in the year, our school is one of more than 80 Lutheran schools in Australia and one of thousands of Lutheran schools across the world.

I am enjoying the sights and sounds of Vietnam – the homeland of many of our families at Sunshine. It has been great meeting people involved with Lutheran schools in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and many other places.

These gatherings remind me of the purpose of Lutheran schools – to proclaim God’s love to the world through the provision of quality education to all who seek it. In this mission we are joined by many brothers and sisters across the world in other Christian schools.

In our reading from this week, the apostle Paul urges us to proclaim God’s truth. How do we do this? Paul encourages us to pray for each other and to live lives that are full of peace. At this gathering of Lutheran schools it has been a great blessing to gather as the people of God, united by his Son Christ, to pray for our schools and our world.

There is so much power in prayer. Not through our own strength, but through what God does through prayer. Being in communion with God, and talking with him in prayer, helps us to live at peace with the world and be open to the things He would have us do.

As we enjoy a brief respite from the rigours of school, may we take time to connect with God and seek to live with the peace Christ left us.

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A prayer for the end of year

Lord God, the greatest of all Teachers

Bless all in this school as we seek to end our year with the grace you so generously provide.

We give thanks for the students the staff, the school council, the families and all who have contributed to this successful and joy filled year.

We stand before you a community greatly blessed by many cultures, languages and nationalities. What a gift indeed it is Lord to come together as the body of Christ and celebrate as one community.

We affirm all the positive moments, of insight, of the excitement of learning, of accomplishment, of creativity, of laughter, of a sense of community.

We recognise the times of struggle, of difficult work, the tinge of sadness that comes with farewelling staff, students and families. We ask that all who come into our community go out in the way you taught us, to pass the good news to all. May we always be grateful for the time we have had together as part of the school community.

As we leave for the summer break May we take with us the knowledge that you will keep us all in your embrace so we may rest and be restored.
Assure us of your presence as we can continue in the ongoing teaching and learning of your love expressed most profoundly in the sacrifice of your precious son Jesus.

Amen

By T Brennen (Leaning heavily on a resource provided byhttps://educationforjustice.org/)

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