Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation

William R. Cannon Chapel

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

 11:05 a.m.


ENTRANCE                                                                                 Processional on Shaker Song                                                                       Timothy Albrecht                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                         Timothy E. Albrecht

                                                                                                                University Organist and Professor of Church Music

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                                               David L. Petersen                                                                                                     Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs;

                                                                                                      Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!

        Serve the Lord with gladness!

           Come into God’s presence with singing!

           Know that the Lord, who made us, is God.

        We are the Lord’s:

           we are the people of God,

           the sheep of God’s pasture.            

        Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,

           and God’s courts with praise!

           Give thanks and bless God’s name!

            For the Lord is good;

        God’s steadfast love endures forever;

           God’s faithfulness to all generations.


HYMN                                                                                  God, who Stretched the Spangled Heavens                                                              HOLY MANNA

God, who stretched the spangled heavens, infinite in time and place,

flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space,

we your children, in your likeness, share inventive powers with you.

Great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do.


Proudly rise our modern cities, stately buildings, row on row;

yet their windows, blank, unfeeling, stare on canyoned streets below,

where the lonely drift unnoticed in the city’s ebb and flow,

lost to purpose and to meaning, scarcely caring where they go.


We have ventured worlds undreamed of since the childhood of our race;

known the ecstasy of winging through untraveled realms of space;

probed the secrets of the atom, yielding unimagined power,

facing us with life’s destruction or our most triumphant hour.


As each far horizon beckons, may it challenge us anew,

children of creative purpose, serving others, honoring you.

May our dreams prove rich with promise, each endeavor well begun.

Great Creator, give us guidance till our goals and yours are one.

                                                                                                                Words:  Catherine Cameron, 1967

                                                                                                                       Music:  William Moore, 1825

OPENING COLLECT                                                                                                                                                                                       Dr. Petersen

ANTHEM                                                                          Come, O Fount of Every Blessing                                                          Words: Robert Robinson, 1758                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                              Music: Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813     

                                                                                                                                                                                                   arr. Carlton R. Young

                              The Convocation Choir

                                  Barbara Day Miller

          Assistant Dean of Worship and Music;

 Assistant Professor in the Practice of Liturgy

                                      Jamie W. Shiell

                            Candler Music Assistant


GREETINGS AND INTRODUCTIONS                                                                                                                   Jan Love

                                                                                                                Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics


INSTALLATION OF THE HANKEY CHAIR IN WORLD EVANGELISM                               James W. Wagner                                                                                                                                                                                                       University President

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dean Love

CONVOCATION ADDRESS                                                                                                           E. Brooks Holifield

                                                                                         Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History                                          

PRAYERS                                                                                                                                             Woodie W. White

                                                                                                                                                                 Bishop in Residence

HYMN                                                                                        How Firm a Foundation                                                                                 FOUNDATION


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord

is laid for your faith in his excellent word!

What more can he say than to you he hath said,

to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?


“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,

for I am thy God and will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand

upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.


“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;

for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,

and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.


“When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,

my grace, all sufficient shall be thy supply,

the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.


“The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to its foes;

that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,

I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”

                 Words: “K” in Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, 1787.

                Music: Early USA melody; harm. from Tabor, 1866

BLESSING AND DISMISSAL                                                                                                                                                                               Dean Love

RETIRING PROCESSIONAL                                                              Toccata on Holy Manna                                                                             Timothy Albrecht


 Faculty Marshals                                                                                                                                                                                    Rex D. Matthews

                                                                                                                                                       Associate Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology

                                                                                                                                                                                                      L. Wesley de Souza

                                                                                                                                            Arthur J. Moore Associate Professor in the Practice of Evangelism

 Andrea C. White  

                                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture


Gonfalon Bearer                                                                                                                                                                                             Tim Moore

                                                                                                                                                                             President, Candler Coordinating Council

E. Brooks Holifield is the Charles H. Candler Professor of American Church History.   A graduate of Hendrix College (B. A., 1963), Yale Divinity School (B.D. 1966), and the Yale Graduate School (M.A., 1968, Ph.D. 1970), he has taught at Emory since 1970.  He is the author of seven books on American religious history, including, most recently, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War (2003), which won the Albert C. Outler prize of the American Society of Church History, and God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America (2007), which won the 2007 Best Book Award from the Association for Parish Clergy.   He has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1976-77, 1983-84, 1991-92), the Louisville Institute (1998-99), the Pew Endowment (1998-99), and the Luce Fellowship Program of the Association of Theological Schools (2005-06). In 2010 he received the Emory University teacher-scholar award at the University Commencement.  He and his wife, Vicky Holifield, have two children and four grandchildren.

Arun W. Jones, Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism, is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., M.Div.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)  The son of Methodist missionaries, Dr. Jones was raised in India and came to the United States to attend Yale College.  Upon graduation, he served as a mission intern and missionary for four years in the Philippines with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.  An ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Jones has served congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey.  Dr. Jones comes to Candler from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he was John W. and Helen Lancaster Associate Professor of Missions and Evangelism.  He is the author of Christian Missions in the American Empire:  Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1892 – 1946 (Frankfurt:  Peter Lang, 2003) and of several dictionary and journal articles.