For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34b-37 ESV)

O Lord, guard the lips of our students that they speak words of kindness and encouragement toward others in our schools and by Your Holy Spirit, also bring forth words that pray, praise, and give thanks for Your wondrous work of salvation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him.  He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. (Matthew 12:1-13 ESV)

Lord of the Sabbath, You gave Your servant David the bread of the Presence on the Sabbath to teach him that You desire mercy and not sacrifice. Be merciful to all in our schools by healing them  of all sins and diseases, that they may be merciful to others as You have been merciful to them; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.(Adapted from Treasury of Daily Prayer)

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. (Luke 17:11-14 ESV)

Lord God, heavenly Father, You created all things and sustain all things by Your Word. According to Your will, bestow Your blessing this week upon those associated with our schools. Restore the health of those who are ill. Uphold all who are experiencing difficult times in their lives. Bring peace to those who are in conflict. Grant wisdom to our teachers and understanding to our students; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

O Lord Jesus, as our schools celebrate “Homecoming,” watch over our students as they travel and participate in the celebration activities, games, dances, and other events. Keep them safe from all harm and danger. May we ever know that by Your death and resurrection, You won forgiveness of sins for all people, so that believing in You, we may have a joyful homecoming in our heavenly home where You dwell with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

[Jesus declared,] “Come to me, all who labor and are heave laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

O Lord Jesus, Your Word of forgiveness refreshes our souls as it relieves the burden of sin. Grant restful sleep each night to all students, faculty, administration, and staff that they may be physically refreshed and ready to teach and learn each day; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. (Matthew 10:24-25)

O Lord, as Your disciples, many of our students face challenges in our schools that were not faced by their parents or grandparents: a disregard for the sanctity and value of life, the perversion of natural law and the Biblical teaching of marriage between a man and a woman, and attacks against the teachings and values of the Christian faith. With Your Word and Spirit, strengthen their faith to trust in Your protection and stand firm against these assaults; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Heavenly Father, bless the times that our students have to enjoy their school experience. Bring joy to their lives as they participate in the "fun" parts of school: clubs/organizations, athletic events, homecoming activities and being with friends. During these times, relieve their stress and keep them safe in Your almighty hands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.