Today at Brandon University are the Convocations for the 2014 Graduates of Bachelor of Music, Science, and Education. As part of the Convocation, Brandon University holds a PowWow the night before. Then the day of Convocation, a minister of Word and Sacrament is asked to lead a Prayer of Invocation. What must the students think to hear a prayer just for them as they begin their new lives and new careers? Convocation is a time of newness and excitement. Years of education have been achieved. The new Grads begin a time of seeking employment and careers. The newness of time. How amazing that Brandon University asks a Minister of Word and Sacrament to be part of this newness of time.
Read 1 Timothy 5: 1-8
Paul instructs Timothy how the Christian community must care of the widows, elderly, and slaves. What one word comes to your mind when you read this passage? Nurture? Teachings? Compassion?
How does this passage of scripture reflect upon the Christian community to the newness of time. If Churches could have a "convocation", what would our newness of time be? Would we have compassion and care for the widows, the elders, and those who are imprisoned by thought or deed?
Great God, on this day may we reflect upon it as a newness of time. May Your peace which surpasses all understanding keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of You... and of Jesus Christ Your only Son... and Your Comforter the Holy Spirit. May we rest and abide with You now and forever more. Amen.