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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. A free poster is mailed to each member in late August.

Share your ESC activities on social media using #EpiscopalSchools

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2019-2020

"For God is at Work in You" (Philippians 2:13)

October 6-12, 2019


» Read the Presiding Bishop's message to Episcopal Schools

» Read the Executive Director's message

» Download Bulletin Cover, Insert, Poster

» Download Social Media Graphics


The below-listed suggestions are arranged according to the Book of Common Prayer pattern for the Liturgy of the Word, but use as many or as few lessons as suits your school’s needs.

  • Ezekiel 36:24-28
  • Psalm 51:10-16
  • Philippians 2:12-16
  • Luke 17:20-24


In addition to your school hymn and other favorites, you may wish to includes one or more of these hymns:

The Hymnal 1982

H 209 We walk by faith, and not by sight
H 293 I sing a song of the saints of God
H 412 Earth and all stars
H 488 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
H 528 Lord, you give the great commission
H 537 Christ for the world we sing
H 541 Come, labor on
H 597 O day of peace that dimly shines
H 686 Come, thou fount of every blessing
H 711 Seek ye first the kingdom of God

Wonder, Love, and Praise

W 751 Ev’ry time I feel the spirit
W 757 Will you come and follow me
W 778 We all are one in mission
W 780 Lord, you give the great commission
W 787 We are marching in the light of God
W 791 Peace before us
W 800 Precious Lord, take my hand
W 812 I, the Lord of sea and sky
W 819 Guide my feet Lord
W 831 Ubi caritas

Lift Every Voice and Sing

L 70 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
L 106 Take My Hand, Precious Lord
L 114 Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit
L 117 I’m Goin’-a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing
L 165 Higher Ground
L 194 Lead Me, Guide Me
L 201 I’ve Got Peace Like a River
L 221 This Little Light of Mine

My Heart Sings Out

M 87 I want Jesus to walk with me
M 124 Great work has God begun in you

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 2020-2021

October 4–10, 2020

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2021-2022

October 3–9, 2021

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2022-2023

October 2–8, 2022