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.

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.

And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 18:14-17)

Lord Jesus Christ, whose compassion led You to heal all kinds of sickness and disease, look with compassion upon those who are ill in our schools.  If it is Your will, bring them health and healing.  But if You see fit to let their sicknesses linger, give them the strength to bear up under their crosses. According to Your will, heal our students who suffer illnesses with the same power by which You forgive our sins through Your suffering and death on the cross; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
Heavenly Father, You promise to give good gifts to Your children. Bless the students in our schools with respect for their teachers and a desire to learn. Bless the teachers with compassion for their students who struggle for various reasons in their classrooms. Bless the administrators with wisdom to create positive educational opportunities for our communities; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayer for Las Vegas:
Almighty God, You are a fortress of defense in the time of trouble. We thank You for preserving lives in the midst of the danger and violence many suffered in Las Vegas. Look upon them in mercy and grant them Your peace that they may cling to You in faith. Grant comfort to those families who mourn the death of their loved ones. Since You are the judge of all, guide the civil authorities charged with the investigations of this crime that the evidence may be carefully considered and answers provided. For students in our schools whose lives are affected by this mass shooting, grant Your comfort and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (adapted from The Pastoral Care Companion)

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.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:13-15)

O Lord, the ways of this world are enticing and when classmates and teachers challenge what our students are learning from Your Word and worship, it is difficult to remain faithful. Strengthen the faith of our students to remain true to You and Your Word, trusting always in the great sacrifice of Your Son on the cross to forgive them when they fail and lead them through the narrow gate to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)

Everlasting God, You have ordained and constituted the service of angels and men in a wonderful order. Mercifully grant that, as Your holy angels always serve and worship You in heaven, so by Your appointment they may also help and defend us here on earth; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Prayer for the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels)