STAFF PRAYER Prayer for Those Leaving at the End of the Year Leader: As we come to the end of another school year, we gather to thank God for the friendships we have formed and for the support and encouragement we have received in our work. At this time we also remember the students and staff who will be leaving our school. We pray for each one of them that, as they journey into the future, they will continue to discover the love of God. A few moments of silence Leader: This prayer, attributed to St Brendan, is one of profound trust in God. Brendan launches out into deep waters, in his fragile boat, leaving his homeland to journey to foreign lands. As we pray this prayer, let us be mindful of all those who are letting go of what is familiar, and moving into the unknown. Let us pray together. All: Beyond these shores Into the darkness Beyond these shores This boat may sail And if this is the way Then there will be A path across this sea. And if I sail beyond The farthest ocean Or lose myself in the depths below Wherever I may go Your love surrounds me For You have been before Beyond these shores. Each membe of staff lights a small candle and prays in silence, or aloud, for the students and/or staff members who will be leaving the school.r Reader: I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the Gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began the good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Phil 1:36 Leader: May the love of God, the courage of Jesus Christ and the peace of the Holy Spirit be with us all as we continue our journey of faith. All: Amen. Thanks be to God!