DELIVERED BY BISHOP JONATHAN D. KEATON
May 11, 2013
Almighty God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon this august assembly called the McKendree University Commencement. Long before we could remember, you saw the precious memory of this day; the joy of a job well done, the sadness of leaving these hallowed halls. We give special thanks for every graduate, every member of faculty and staff. And we are especially grateful for loving families who supported, prayed, encouraged and had a dream of this day for their loved one. We cannot thank them enough. Send your graduates into the world with the spirit of Christ found in the gospel of Luke and an epistle of Paul, Philippians by name. First, Jesus “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and humankind.” Second, the apostle admonished listeners to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility regard others with great respect.” Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, specifically “love of God and love of neighbor.” Not only will you make a contribution to yourself; you will be making abundant life for others. These blessings and more, we give thanks and praise for this day. Amen.