Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed our congregation with the joy and care of children. In your mercy, give us courage, patience, and wisdom as we bring them up in the faith. By your Holy Spirit and through our faithfulness as the Body of Christ: may they learn to know, love, and trust you all the days of their lives. We ask all this for the glory of your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.