Lord, you lead us through all of life’s transitions, those we expect and those that take us by surprise, the changes we welcome and the ones we resist with all our might.
As we embark on a new semester filled will uncertainty and different ways of learning, teaching and being community, we look to you for hope and courage. Whether we gather virtually or together, masked and socially distant, we trust that you are in the midst of us, drawing us close and holding us up.
Inspire us to creativity and innovation, service and collaboration. Do new things in and through us that foster abundant life for everyone. Help us to make choices that protect the most vulnerable among us. Grant us patience with one another when stress and fear are expressed in hurtful ways. Give every member of our campus your divine perspective that allows for grace, humility and compassion.
May our search for knowledge and purpose bear fruit in the shaping of a society that better reflects your loving kindness. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.