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Baccalaureate 2001
Prayers of the People

May 24, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Gracious Creator, you who are the giver of all good gifts, including the gifts of life and worship and celebration, it is with grateful hearts that we come now before you. Guide us in the Spirit of truth, that our prayers may serve your will and honor the steadfast love that you have for all of your creation.

O God, whom we cannot love unless we love our neighbors, we give you thanks for the life of this college and this community, for the students from many backgrounds, many nations, many faiths who have studied, learned, and served, who have grown in body, mind and spirit during their years here. We give thanks for the faculty and staff of this college, and for their good use of the abilities and resources that you have given to each of them. We honor especially those whose labor is most often behind the scenes, the custodial and dining services staff, the maintenance and laundry workers, the secretaries in a myriad of offices, without whose efforts this college could not function. And we give great thanks for all of the families who have supported these seniors--their parents, their grandparents, their sisters, their brothers, and others--throughout these years of college.

Lord, you know the breadth and depth of the life that has brought each of us to this place. We ask that you would use, as a blessing for all, the many opportunities and challenges that we have met and that have shaped who we are today, as well as the hopes we carry in our hearts for our futures and for the futures of those about whom we care. May we never fail to listen for the whisper of your grace as we move through our lives; may we always be attentive to your call to build communities in which there is inclusiveness, justice and harmony; may we have the wisdom to be as tender and as kind with ourselves as you are with us.

O God of abiding compassion, comfort and relieve all whom we name before you in silence who are caught in the grip of sorrow ... poverty ... sickness ... violence ... addiction ... or any other form of need. Heal them in body, mind or circumstance, working in their lives, by your grace, wonders beyond all they may hope or dream. We also pray in a specific way this day for the families and friends of Nick Dancik and Chris Malamisura, who have departed from our midst, but whose memory remains strong in the hearts of many gathered here today and many in other places as well. We thank you for the lives of Nick and Chris, and for all the ways that they have enriched the lives of so many people in this community. Grant that your healing comfort and peace be with us all, throughout the length of our days.

Acknowledging that we call you by many different names and worship you in many different ways, we close our prayer this afternoon by remembering the words that Jesus taught his followers to pray, saying Our Father ...

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