Education Sunday

God of freedom and life,

We praise you for the gifts of education, and for those who labour to teach others.

For school teachers and university lecturers, for those who work in toddler groups and nurseries, for parents and grandparents, for Sunday school teachers, and for those who radiate wisdom without realizing, we thank you. And we ask you that they might be encouraged in their work, and valued for the role they play.


Wherever children are brought up by those with a lust for terror, or by the impersonal face of the television or computer screen, we pray that you would bring true freedom.


Wherever market forces or nationalism or greed produce adults who have never grown up, we pray that you would bring true freedom.


Wherever people are programmed instead of taught, brainwashed instead of enlightened, manipulated instead of educated, we pray that you would bring freedom.


Teach us to recognize our own role in education, help us to encourage those who have committed their lives to this task, and make us all to heralds of the truth that sets people free.