Our Father in Heaven,
At the beginning of a new semester create in us a new desire, a new curiosity, and a new love for you and for the truth that we find through observation, study, and learning in this college community together.
Grant O Lord, that as students we might have courage and resolve in the hours and days of this semester to open ourselves to new perspectives, new ways of seeing, and new ways of understanding how all things find life and fulfillment in you. Grant that as you have given your best for us, that we may give our best in reading, in writing, in conversations, and in exploring in the many ways you have created us to learn. May all learning lead us to be better people, loving and caring people, better prepared to serve you in the world.
Grant O Lord, that our faculty might have courage to serve as guides as we explore and learn and are challenged by new ideas and perspectives. Give them strength and resolve in head, heart and hands to call all the best in us as students and all together in this campus community.
Grant O Lord, that all our staff, in every department and role, might have courage and resolve to serve you and your people with love, excellence, and goodness. May our work always be work unto the Lord, in the joyous tasks and in those that make us feel challenged.
Teach us in the community to show love to one another, grace to all, and the fruit of the Spirit in every conversation, every meeting, every meal, and every interaction. Give us the heart and mind to pray and support one another as we give this semester to you for your glory and purposes.
In the name of the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.