Commencement Vespers - May 10, 2012 - 12:00am

Chaplain Don Moldstad
Music leader(s) 
Choir director: Prof. Dennis Marzolf
Other service participants 
Liturgist: Rev. Prof. Erling Teigen; Student Organist: Katherine Stevens; Accompanists: Elisabeth Urtel, Constance Bloedel, Marta Krause

Order of Service

* Prelude: “In Dir Ist Freude” by J. S. Bach BWV 615

* Entrance Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation, ELH 8

* Versicles and Gloria Patri

* First Lesson

* Responsory: Scatter the Darkness, Break the Gloom Besançon Melody, 17th century,  Setting by Jacob Weber, 2011

Scatter the darkness, break the gloom;

Sun, reveal an empty tomb

Shining with joy for all our sorrows,

Hope and peace for all tomorrows,

Life uneclipsed by doubt and dread;

Christ has risen from the dead.


Bearing the standard from on high

As the Lamb of God to die;

He who for us, so cruelly treat,

Lives again our foes defeated!

Where is your sting, O death and grave?

Christ has shown His strength to save!


Banners of triumph, be unfurled!

Trumpets, sound throughout the world!

Crying and sighs, give way to singing;

Life from death, our Lord is bringing!

Let there begin the jubilee

Christ has gained the victory!

S. P. Starke, b. 1955

* Second Lesson

* Responsory Hymn: Lord, Open Thou My Heart, ELH 24

(all may join with the choir to sing the Bethany Song)

1. Lord, open Thou…

High amid the trees you stand, Bethany, O guide of youth, Pointing up, with kindly hand, filling heart and mind with truth.

2. Thy Word doth deeply move the heart…

When we leave your sheltered side, May we all your hopes fulfill, May your lessons e’er abide, May your hand point upward still.

3. To God the Father…

* Third Lesson

* Responsory: All Those Who Trust in Christ (Jerusalem) H. Parry, 1916

All those who trust in Christ are blest

And find in Him eternal rest;

This world’s allurements we despise

And fix on Christ alone our eyes.

Through Him we heirs of heav’n are made;

O Brother, Christ, extend Thine aid

That we may firmly trust in Thee,

And through Thee live eternally.


O Christ, our Savior, Helper Friend,

Be with us till our journey’s end.

In mercy guide us by Thy grace

Till we behold Thy glorious face.

Though Satan rage, His pow’r is gone

His thundering roar can harm us none

Our strong Defender hurls him down,

And wins for us a heav’nly crown.

1. Author unknown, 1607; 2. K. Stolshagen, 1550-94

* Sermon  Romans 12:1-2

* Collect and Canticle: O Lord, Support Us  M. Besly 1888-1945

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work done.  Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

J.H. Newman, 1801-1890


* Hallelujah!  G. F. Handel (1685-1759), arr. C. Czerny (1791-1857)

Hallelujah. For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.

Revelation 19

* Kyrie, Lord’s Prayer and Prayers

* Benedicamus and Blessing

* Hymn of Departure: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord, ELH 2

* Postlude: “Praeludium et Fuga in C” by J. S. Bach BWV 531