Opening Convocation: Liturgy for the World

Dr Weedman at August 2014 convocationOn Tuesday, August 26th, President Gary Weedman opened the semester by leading faculty, staff, and students in a responsive liturgy. In this powerful practice, the hurts of the world were remembered and brought to God in supplication. Join us as we pray these words over our campus, over our city, and over the world.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord, have mercy".

For your kingdom, God, that it may be extended to all nations and filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For your church universal, that it may be a faithful witness to your glory, grace, and love, and be united in one faith, one lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the nations of this world experiencing unimaginable violence: for Gaza and Israel; for Ukraine and the internal strife there; for Nigeria and the violence experienced through Boko Haram; for Iraq and Syria and the violence experienced through ISIS; for the violence created by al-Shabaab in Somalia; for violence against women world-wide, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For Ferguson and Florissant, MO., and the racial strife that tears apart those communities, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace and welfare of our State and our city, Knoxville, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.

Posted: 8/29/2014 2:27:39 PM

 

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