Faculty, staff, and student Orientation leaders came together bright and early this morning in the Chapel for the first worship service of the new school year. Greg Carmer, dean of chapel, welcomed his colleagues with a reiteration of the spiritual mission of the College. “We’re not here to sell degrees. We’re here to inform lives, to cultivate hearts that seek truth and goodness.”
Following these encouragements, Academic Dean Dan Russ delivered his reflection for the service, entitled “A Taste of New Wine.” Casual but full of insight, Russ spoke on the values and virtues of change—a message that cut to the heart of Gordon’s current circumstances: the largest incoming freshman class in College history, tens of new faculty and staff members, and, lest we forget, a new president.
Newness abounds at Gordon, and we can take courage in the knowledge that “our God is a God of the new and the re-newed.” You can read the full text of Russ’ message at Faculty Central.
The service closed with a special performance of the classic Celtic hymn “Be Thou My Vision,” sung by the faculty and staff choir, directed by Sandra Doneski, associate professor of music.