Chapel and Bible...

Bible is a graded subject at Canterbury Christian School – with daily integrated Bible lessons and the memorization of one Bible verse per week. Each morning begins with a very simple chapel service including prayers, a short Bible lesson, and the singing of an hymn. Several prayers are included as a standard feature, including the following two age-specific prayers:

Lower Grades:

 

I thank Thee, O heavenly Father, for the rest of the past night, and for the blessings of friends, food, health, and strength which Thou givest me; and most of all for the gift of Thy dear Son who died for me. Help me to remember that THOU GOD SEEST ME. Take away my sinful temper, make me truthful and honest, and help me to grow day by day more like Thy Holy Child Jesus. Bless, watch over, and keep me and all my dear friends -- especially my family -- and may we all be gathered some time into Thy heavenly rest; for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

 

 Upper Grades:

 

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep me this day from all sin and danger, either of body or soul. Grant unto me such an abiding sense of Thy Presence, that I may think, speak, and act as in Thy sight, and do all things heartily as to Thy glory.  Strengthen my weakness, that I may be strong to subdue my sins, to master my temptations, and steadfastly to resist all evil. Take me, O Lord, into Thy holy keeping this day.  Grant me purity of soul and body, love and humility, control of temper, simplicity, and perfect truthfulness. Endue me with grace in doing my work, in speaking and in giving up myself and my own way. Grant this and all else that is good for me and mine, and be Thou with us this day and ever more; for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

 

The chapel lessons for the 2014-2015 school year are systematic, with the Lower Grades receiving lessons focused on famous Old Testament characters and the Upper Grades receiving lessons from the Gospel According to St. John.