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A Time of Prayer

January 20, 2021 | Abby Hall Choi

Last week the middle school teachers thought and discussed about how we wanted to care for each other and our country on this inauguration day.

We read through a variety of resources. We found these two resources particularly interesting:

  • Political Polarization demonstrates how the Republicans and Democrats have changed over the last 60 years.
  • Allsides shows headlines articulated from sources from the right, center, and left.


We decided that we would host two times of prayer and singing today. We have missed gathering in multi-grade groupings. And we are grateful for this time to gather and pray to God.


We will hear this prayer from The Book of Common Prayer.

Look graciously, Almighty God, upon this land. 

Where it is in pride, subdue it. 

Where it is in need, supply it. 

Where it is in error, rectify it. 

Where it is in default, restore it. 

And where it holds to that which is just and compassionate, support it. 

In your holy Name, we pray.



Together we will sing words of blessing.


In our 6-8 time, we will sing:

May God give you eyes to see

All that is good, all that is good

The courage for anything

May you be strong, may you be strong




In our 4&5 gathering, we will sing:

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!

Let it shine!

Let it shine!


Abby Hall Choi

Head of School

Abby Hall Choi has a Masters in Social Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Covenant College. She is also completing a Certificate in School Management & Leadership from Harvard University. As she helped lead Mustard Seed School’s NJAIS accreditation efforts and our most recent strategic plan development, she has gotten to apply and grow her learning. 

Ms. Hall Choi has worked as a fifth-grade teacher and a multi-grade fourth-fifth grade teacher. She has held several administrative roles including Middle School Director, Director of School Initiatives and Improvement, and Assistant Middle School Director.

She likes thinking about how people work together. She enjoys leading work and conversations that enable our community to thrive because we work through complex problems together.

Ms. Hall Choi values caring for the whole person. She believes it’s most important that everyone knows they are a child of God and loved all the time, no matter what. 

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