This past weekend I offered the Invocation and Benediction at Franklin University's commencement in Columbus, Ohio. It is sometimes a challenge to compose public prayers that respect various spiritual traditions and maintain integrity as a Christian pastor. I offer the following prayers to Discipleship Ministries as resources for folks preparing for commencement exercises for their communities. -- The Rev. Jay Moyers
"Behold God beholding you, and smiling" –Anthony de Mello
To the One who has called us each by name;
As we hear our own names spoken aloud today,
and receive diplomas and certificates of accomplishment,
let us also hear your voice calling each one present
to receive a word of purpose and direction in life.
We celebrate finishing a chapter in our own history,
that we may continue from this day and this place,
to create outstanding stories that surround us every day
and in all places we may find ourselves.
And so, with friends and family who have gathered
to encourage and support these graduates,
we welcome the presence of our Creator,
who has anticipated this moment from the beginning of time.
As your classes and grading are now complete, may you strive toward excellence in all you do.
As the speeches conclude, may your voices rise up to pronounce justice and peace in the world.
As the fanfares cease, may you sing of joy, even in the dark and lonely places.
As the applause quiets, may you celebrate and lift up those around you.
As you graduate today, may your achievements grow and cause growth in your communities.
And may we all know of the overwhelming blessings of the One who created all things.
Please also see Graduation & Baccalaureate Resources