Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Matriculation Chapel—The Gordon Community Returns for Worship

Though students and faculty have been steadily returning to campus for the past week, no single event captured the excitement and the profound meaning of this new year quite like today's Matriculation Chapel. Faculty dressed in full regalia processed through a packed chapel, taking their places on the stage along with Provost Mark Sargent, Dean of Chapel Greg Carmer, and President D. Michael Lindsay. President Lindsay began the worship service, welcoming the whole community and especially acknowledging our 525 new students—the largest freshman class in Gordon’s history.

Dr. Sargent led the congregation though the next portion of the service: the presentation of the scrolls.

“The names of every student have been inscribed on scrolls, signed during the Orientation program,” he explained, “As the choir sings ‘My Jesus I Love Thee,’ a hymn composed by A. J. Gordon that has become a traditional feature of this service, we invite representatives of each class to present these scrolls as, together, we recommit ourselves to God and to each other in the task of intellectual and spiritual growth.”

Finally, Graeme Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics and the recipient of this year’s Junior Distinguished Faculty Award, delivered the first chapel message of the new semester—a charge to take full and faithful advantage of the incredible freedom the liberal arts experience offers. You can read the full text of Dr. Bird’s compelling talk at Faculty Central.

So welcome (or welcome back) to all of Gordon’s students! We are excited for all your Gordon experience will hold, and for all the ways you will grow in faith through the liberal arts this year.

Photo: Provost Mark Sargent receives a signed scroll from a class representative as the choir sings.

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