Responding to your call, O Lord,
we've come here, led by grace,
where study is our offered gift,
each desk, an altar-place.
Here need and deep commitment met
and faithfully designed
this place for questing of the soul
and challenge for the mind.
As servants, we would search your Word
and search ourselves anew,
with heart and mind kept consecrate
to humbly learn of you.
From thoughtful, patient discipline,
create each needed skill
for scholars' minds and pastors' hearts
apprenticed to your will.
Keep stewards of your mysteries
from losing awe, for time
can dim the fragile edge that guards
the sacred and sublime.
Let those who handle holy things
be nourished by them, too,
and minister to all who serve
in ministry with you.
Lord, as we study, live, and teach
the truths which make us whole,
we seek to dedicate our best
of body, mind, and soul;
then, from the years invested here
help us proclaim your worth,
as we go forth and freely share
Good News throughout the earth.