Heavenly Father, comfort those students in our schools who feel alone or neglected. Grant that the love their parents have for them is seen and felt in their lives. Surround them with caring and loving teachers and classmates. Provide them with opportunities to communicate their hurts to their parents and others who will respond with concern. Grant to all in our schools a week of your grace that they may know the love You have for them in Jesus; a love so great that you sent Your Son to die upon the cross of Calvary to forgive their sins and restore a right relationship with You; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Almighty God, Your mercies are new every morning and You graciously provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your goodness, give thanks for Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for a Day of Thanksgiving)

Heavenly Father, You guard and defend against all danger. Thank you for the gift of administrators and staff who work tirelessly to protect our students each and every school day. We commend our students into Your care this day and every day. Let Your holy angels be with them that the evil foe may have no power over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. they compelled this man to carry his cross. (Matthew 27:31-32 ESV)

Lord Jesus, though too weak to carry Your cross, yet You bore in Your body the sins of all people. By Your death, You reveal Your love for the whole world and forgive the sins of all people. Grant, that by Your Holy Spirit, our students may know that love and learn to see beyond the perceived faults of their classmates, treating each other with mercy and compassion; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Oh give thanks to the Lord for another day of educational opportunities! Oh give thanks to the Lord for parents that help with schoolwork, attend sporting events, and support our schools! Oh give thanks to the Lord for restful sleep to un-clutter the mind and refresh the body! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!

We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;

In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.

We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;

We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;

Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.

When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,

And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

With voices united our praises we offer,

And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.

With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.

To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

(We Praise You, O God - LSB 778 — Public Domain)

O Lord, bless our classrooms. Make them places where our students become fully prepared to face the challenges of adulthood. Provide teachers for our students who look beyond textbook knowledge and teach our students how to think, not just what to think; through Jesus Christ our Lord.