Hello everyone, and good morning! Our morning here at Christ Chapel was certainly good because we had International Student Day! This is a Daily Sabbath were we celebrate diversity and our international student population here on campus. Thus, we had an amazing processional of students carrying the flag that represents the country they are from, and then all the flags stayed at the front of the Chapel while students read a variety of poems and writings from or about their country, and sang songs. Finally, at the end of the service everyone gathered up around the flags in a circle and sang a closing hymn, “This is My Song”:
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are ev’rywhere as blue as mine.
So hear my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
This is my prayer, O God of all earth’s kingdoms,
your kingdom come; on earth your will be done.
O God, be lifted up till all shall serve you,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations;
myself I give you; let your will be done.
Thank you in particular to Oliver Frempong, Cintia Rodriguez, Jon Andersson, Ayushi Kalyan, Agnes Edman, Benissa Uwamwiza, and Saad Tariq who made this service so meaningful and moving!