* Hymn, 33, We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost
* Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5 (select verses)
* Litany for the New Academic Year
P: Almighty God, the everlasting Fountain of all wisdom:
C: You desire that all pure arts and true knowledge would be consecrated to Your service and the welfare of mankind;
P: We pray that Your hand of blessing would rest upon this institution, and all those who serve You in the various callings
among our staff, faculty and administration.
C: Grant us Your Holy Spirit, and give us wisdom, humility and patience as we carry out our labors in Your name.
P: May Your holy Word of truth continue to be proclaimed and defended in our midst, that the wonderful knowledge of Your grace in Christ our Savior may be impressed into the hearts and minds of the students in our care.
C: Guide all of our professors and instructors in their work, that they may faithfully teach the earthly truths of their
disciplines in the light of Your sacred Word.
P: We thank you for the blessings You have given to the members of our faculty - the gifts of scientific knowledge, of language, of modern technology, of history, of the visual, musical and theatrical arts, of speech, language and communication, of mathematics, of athletic skills, competition and human health, of business and industry, of psychology and sociology, of education, and religion.
C: Sanctify and bless all areas of study that our students may grow in the knowledge of You and the world which You have created.
P: Grant all of us a spirit of harmony and unity that we may carry out our duties with diligence and care so that Your kingdom may be increased.
C: Bless those who proclaim Your truth in our Chapel services that the One Thing Needful may be preserved in our midst. We ask this all in Christ’s saving name. Amen.
* Hymn, 425, Light of the Minds that Know Him