August 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

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The sermon for the Opening Convocation of the fall 2019 semester will be given by Douglas Sweeney, new dean of Beeson Divinity School. He will preach from Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 1 on "Pursuing the Fullness of Christ at Beeson through the Power of the Cross."

All are invited to stay for Community Lunch after the service. The cost is $4 per person.


Prompts for Reflection

Prayer of Preparation

God of grace, we confess and grieve that the church, which shares one Spirit, one faith, one hope and one calling has become a broken communion in a broken world. The one body spans all time, place, race and language, but in our fear we have fled from and fought one another, and in our pride we have mistaken our part for the whole. Yet we marvel that you gather the pieces to do your work, that you bless us with joy, with growth and with signs of unity. Forgive our sins and help us to commit ourselves to seeking and showing the unity of the body of Christ. Amen.

Additional Scripture Readings

Isaiah 29:13-21
John 12:27-36

Song of Praise

O Church of Christ, Invincible


May the love of God enfold us.
May the grace of God uphold us.
May the power of God set us free
to love and serve all God’s people.
Now to God, who by the means of the power working in us
is able to do so much more than we can ask or even think,
to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all times,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer of Preparation and Benediction are adapted from The Worship Sourcebook (CRC Publications, 2004).