Episcopal Schools Celebration
Episcopal Schools Celebration (ESC) celebrates the ministry of the nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church. Whether it is at school, the parish or cathedral or at a diocesan-wide service or event, ESC is the time to give thanks and to proclaim to your community and the Church the good news that is your school!
Observed the week beginning with the first Sunday in October, ESC highlights a different aspect of Episcopal school identity and mission through the event's theme. Below you will find resources to help you plan your celebration and a bulletin insert for your use at worship services. A free poster is mailed to each member in August.
Episcopal Schools Celebration 2012–2013
October 7–13, 2012
The Gift of Joy and Wonder in All Your Works
Psalm 97: 8–12
I Thessalonians 5:13b–24
Suggested Hymns El Himnario
: 14, 215, 222, 223, 247 The Hymnal 1982
: 315, 347, 405, 547 Lift Every Voice and Sing II
: 214, 217, 218, 219 My Heart Sings Out
: 128, 129, 130, 131, 132 Voices Found
: 56, 68, 70, 139, 159, 161 Wonder, Love, and Praise
: 786, 812
Collect for Episcopal Schools Celebration
God of knowledge and wisdom, we pray to you for all the schools across this country, which are part of the Episcopal Church. We remember them in their variety, in their differences, and in what they share. Give us open doors, open minds, and open hearts that we might accept, learn, and love everything and everyone whom you have given us. Help us to share our lives and what we have, and to learn from all those who are in school with us. We pray in the name of Jesus who opened his arms to all, young and old. Amen.
From John F. Smith, Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools, 2nd ed. (New York: National Association of Episcopal Schools, 2008), 4.
Save these Dates!
Episcopal Schools Celebration 2013–2014
October 6–12, 2013
Episcopal Schools Celebration 2014–2015
October 5–11, 2014
Episcopal Schools Celebration 2015–2016
October 4–10, 2015