Retirement and Farewell Prayers

Retirement is the withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from one’s active working life. A person may also semi-retire by reducing work hours. The prayers are for blessing those who are about to leave you.

An increasing number of individuals are choosing to put off this point of total retirement, by selecting to exist in the emerging state of pre-tirement.

Many people choose to retire when they are eligible for private or public pension benefits, although some are forced to retire when bodily conditions no longer allow the person to work any longer (by illness or accident) or as a result of legislation concerning their position. In most countries, the idea of retirement is of recent origin, being introduced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Previously, low life expectancy and the absence of pension arrangements meant that most workers continued to work until death.

A prayer for a happy retirement

Dear Father God,

Thank you for the seasons of life, for the joy of childhood, the excitement of youth, and the stability of maturity. Thank you for the blessings that come with age, for all the happy memories to enjoy, for the wisdom that comes through experience, and for the freedom that is given with retirement.

Lord, we give thanks for the tremendous blessing that has come from the work of many years, and thank you that you still anoint and use us always, in all seasons. We pray that this would be a new beginning, may your hope arise, and your vision be the guide. May a new rhythm emerge, one that forms a beautiful balance between rest and engagement with life.

And now Lord, we ask for your blessing. May there be good health, joy in abundance and peace in heart and mind, from this day forwards and each day that follows.

In Jesus name, Amen.


A Retirement Prayer

(a prayer to say for a person who is about to retire)
Lord, here I stand with a new horizon ahead of me. I know I am entering a later phase of life, yet I feel so much the same inside.
Help me to seize each sunrise, and fully live each day. May I be guided by You, and walk into this new landscape with hope and confidence.
May I engage with the beauty of creation, and connect with the passions, hopes and dreams I had as when young.
My prayer is not to leave anything behind, but to walk forwards into all I can be, all I can enjoy, and all I can give.
To this new page
The next chapter of my life
– Shared with You.
Amen.

Farewell Prayer for Students

(a prayer suitable for closing a graduation or school leavers service with)

May God’s blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel. May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.
May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.
May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,
And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.
Amen.

Farewell Prayer

(a prayer to pray for those moving away)

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Father God,
As we say farewell to our loved ones we entrust them into your care. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of them, for wisdom and guidance to be beside them, and for grace and truth to be behind them, pushing them onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go.
Amen.

“May The Road Rise Up To Meet You” is an ancient Celtic blessing. It can be used as a prayer for those leaving that they would be ever conscious they are held in the palm of God’s hand. The following is a beautiful contemporary song interpretation of this prayer:

“We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go”

Farewell Prayer for Teacher

Lord God,

Thank you for the extraordinary love, commitment and creativity this wonderful teacher has given this school.

Thank you for the way he/she has served us and given out so much to the children we care for.

We pray that he/she would go on to find new treasures each day, and that the blessing of Christ would be upon all that he/she does, forevermore.

Amen.

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