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A rich tradition of worship exists in many Anglican schools, from large public services to regular chapel worship for students, and services for staff and families. The school prayer or hymn often has a significant place in the worship tradition. These well-known components may be supplemented by a large number of additional worship resources and may be adapted in preparing worship to celebrate Anglican schools at diocesan, city, regional, deanery, parish, or school level.


Services of Thanksgiving and Celebration

Some dioceses/provinces already organise annual services at which schools, staff and students give thanks to God for this remarkable educational and missional enterprise. These diocesan/provincial services provide a model for others to hold similar services. The following resources provide a starting point for planning.


Order of Service

The various services in A Prayer Book for Australia (1995) provide a wealth of flexible material. The rites of Morning and Evening Prayer set out a clear pattern for worship that allows for hymn/song, opening sentences, Bible readings, reflection/sermon, Affirmation of Faith, Collect, Lord's Prayer, Blessing, hymn/song. The Service of Praise and Proclamation (APBA, p.34ff) is especially recommended, along with the various daily services (APBA, 381ff).


For Eucharistic worship, the Third Order (APBA, p.167ff) gives flexibility, and Thanksgiving 5 (APBA, p.139ff) provides opportunity for greater congregational involvement.


APBA has many other resources to be explored. Prayers, litanies and confessions for various seasons and occasions are found at p.181ff. Occasional prayers include that for Australia (p.203), and Places of Learning (p.206). A collection of Thanksgivings is found at p.218ff, and Blessings on p.221.

Other resources include:
  • Aiken, N, Prayers for Teenagers, London, SPCK, 2003.
  • Erickson, S E, School Chapel Services and Prayers, New York, Church Publishing Inc., 2007.
  • Tilson, E & P Cole, Litanies and Other Prayers, Nashville, Abingdon, 1989.
  • Wild Worship Group, A Wee Worship Book, Glasgow, Wild Goose Publications, 2002.


A Prayer for Anglican Schools

Eternal God

We hold before you the Anglican School communities

Throughout Australia and give thanks for our communion with one another.

We celebrate the diversity for which we are known ? the uniqueness and value of our many parts.

Empower us to serve our students, their families and our schools with the love of Christ.

Guide us in our planning, preaching and teaching, that

Your name be known and revered.

May we continue in the ancient call to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. (Mic 6.8)

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Light.




A Collect for Anglican Schools

God of wisdom, source of all truth, we pray for teachers and students in Anglican schools here and around the world. May we search for the truth and use it for the good of all. Enable us to grow in wisdom, and live in the love and understanding we see revealed in Jesus. May we learn to love you and to serve others in your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Readings for School Celebrations

(The Contemporary English Version, or another modern translation, is recommended for school use.)


Recommended selections from the Old Testament

  • Leviticus 19.1-2, 17-18 (Reconcile differences)
  • I Kings 3.11-14 (Solomon asks for wisdom)
  • I Kings 8.54-61 (Solomon's prayer)
  • Proverbs 4.5b-9 (Wisdom and good sense)
  • Proverbs 4.10-19 (The right and the wrong way)
  • Isaiah 58.7 (Help others)


Recommended selections from the Psalms

  • Psalm 1.1-3 (Happy are they who follow God's way)
  • Psalm 15.2-5 (Obey God in everything)
  • Psalm 18.13, 28, 29 (The Lord's light)
  • Psalm 36.5-9 (God's constant love)
  • Psalm 101.3b-5 (Follow God's way)
  • Psalm 122 (A song of praise)
  • Psalm 145.1-3 (Thanking the Lord)
  • Psalm 146 (Happy are those who trust in the Lord)
  • Psalm 16.1-3, 11 (I trust in God for safety)


Recommended selections from the New Testament

  • Acts 2.42-47 (The believers learned and prayed together)
  • Romans 12.9-13 (Let your love be sincere and welcome others)
  • I Corinthians 2.1-11 (Telling about Christ)
  • Philippians 1.3-11 (Understand how to make right choices)
  • Colossians 3.12-14 (Bear with others in kindness)
  • 2 Thessalonians 3.1-5 (The Lord leads us to understand God's love)
  • 2 Timothy 4.7-8 (I have finished the race)


Recommended selections from the Gospels

  • Matthew 5.1-12a (The Beatitudes - teaching us how to live)
  • Matthew 5.13-16 (You are the light of the world)
  • Matthew 6.25-29 (God the Creator takes care of everything)
  • Matthew 18.1-5 (Who is the greatest in the kingdom?
  • Luke 2.41-52 (Jesus in the Temple)
  • Luke 10.29-37 (The Good Samaritan)
  • Luke 17.7-10 (The duty of the servant)
  • John 13.31-35 (The new commandment)
  • John 15.12-17 (Love one another as I have loved you)


Hymns/Songs recommended from 'Together in Song, Version 3' (Australian Hymn Book II in electronic edition)

  • #14    O Lord, make me know your ways (Psalms 25: 1,4-5, 8-10, 4)
  • #29    Clap your hands, all you nations (Psalm 47)
  • #152  Joyful, joyful we adore you
  • #157  O Lord of every shining constellation
  • #165  Praise our God, the great Creator
  • #167  How deep the riches of our God
  • #168  For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God
  • #178  Praise the God who changes places
  • #181  Come, O God of all the earth
  • #190  Colourful Creator, God of mystery
  • #236  Jesus' hands were kind hands
  • #258  You are the Word, who calls us out of darkness
  • #261  Lord, you are the light of light to mne
  • #272  In the presence of your people (Psalm 22)
  • #414  There's a spirit in the air
  • #416  Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
  • #417  Loving Spirit
  • #419  Like the murmur of the dove's song
  • #428  Help us, O Lord to learn
  • #430  Your words to me are life and health
  • #453  We limit not the truth of God
  • #464  Seek, O seek the Lord
  • #468  We are your people
  • #469  This is the truth we hold
  • #474  Gather us in
  • #477  Jesus calls us here to meet him
  • #541  Hallelujah! We sing your praises!
  • #547  Be thou my vision
  • #552  Come, my way, my truth, my life
  • #560  All my hope on God is founded
  • #648  Help us accept each other
  • #650  Brother, sister, let me serve you
  • #616  What does the Lord require?
  • #624  Christ be my leader
  • #628  In faith and hope and love
  • #666  We are marching in the light of God
  • #668  Tough the earth lightly
  • #670  Jesus put his song in our hearts
  • #675  Shine, Jesus, shine
  • #681  Lord, let me see you
  • #685  The power of your love
  • #686  Lord Jesus, we belong to you
  • #687  God gives us a future
  • #691  Faith will not grow from words alone
  • #712  Create in us a clean heart, O God
  • #717  Give thanks with a grateful heart
  • #739  Nothing can trouble
  • #743  Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring
  • #753  You are holy, you are whole
  • #754  You are my hiding place
  • #755  You shall go out with joy
  • #787  Christ be our Light
  • #790  Goodness is stronger than evil
  • #793  Darkness lay upon the waters
  • #795  Holy Spirit, living water
  • #796  O Lord, our Lord
  • #802  O God you search me