Sunday April 29 we honored our high school graduating Seniors. Three of our wonderful youth will be graduating this May and beginning a new journey of their life. We spent part of the worship service listening to their stories and learning their next steps coming fall 2018. Once the stories were shared parents were invited to come up and lay their hands upon their children. We spent time as a congregation praying this blessing over their lives:
This Day We Say Grateful
A Sending Blessing It is a strange thing to be so bound and so released
all in the same moment, to feel the heart open wide and wider still
even as it turns to take its leave.
On this day, let us say this is simply the way love moves
in its ceaseless spiraling, turning us toward one another, then sending us
into what waits for us with arms open wide to us in welcome and in hope.
On this day, in this place where you have poured yourself out,
where you have been emptied
and filled and emptied again, may you be aware more than ever of what your heart has opened to here,
what it has tended and welcomed here, where it has broken in love and in grief, where it has given and
received blessing in the unfathomable mystery that moves us, undoes us, and remakes us finally for joy.
This day may you know this joy in full measure.
This day may you know this blessing that gathers you in and sends you forth but will not forget you.
O hear us as this day we say grace; this day we say grateful; this day we say
blessing; this day we release you in God’s keeping and hold you in gladness and love.
After church all youth and their families were invited to a cook out hosted by a wonderful youth group family! We had a wonderful day celebrating our Seniors! They are loved greatly!