Image: Graduating Class of 2014
Northern Baptist Seminary’s Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. At that time, the seminary welcomed 51 students into the alumni family. Now, our graduates go out to carry out God’s work in the world.
It was my honor and pleasure to open the Commencement Ceremony with the invocation prayer. Below is the invocation given at graduation:
We come before your presence to honor these men and women whom you have called to carry out your work in the world. They have been obedient to your call and they have prepared themselves for the ministry of the Word.
They have worked hard to finish their education. They have learned much over these many months and years of study, and now, they are equipped for the good work to which you have called them.
Endow them with your grace. Empower them with the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Fill them with the love of Christ. As they go, may their lives be a blessing to many. As they minister, may their ministry be blessed and fruitful. May their light shine in the midst of darkness so that the people who are walking in darkness may see the true light of Jesus Christ.
Today we honor Jesus Christ who, through his death and resurrection, makes our work possible.
Bless our celebration today. Bless our speaker and let his words encourage those who are graduating today. Accept our worship and our declaration of praise.
We pray and ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We know that God has a special ministry for this special group of people. They go with our prayers and gratitude for their dedication.
May the LORD bless them and keep them;
May the LORD make his face to shine upon them, and be gracious to them;
May the LORD lift up his countenance upon them, and give them peace.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary