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May 21, 2022 - Baccalaureate Service

St. Luke’s Graduating Class of 2023

Welcome 

 

Opening Hymn

“I Want to Walk as a Child of God” - Hymnal #815    

 

Leader:   Welcome to this important time of worship in the name of God the Father, Jesus the risen Son, and the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us...Amen.

 

Proclamation of Praise - From Psalm 148

Leader:    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

 

All:    Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

 

Leader:    Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!

 

All:    Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

 

Leader:    Let them praise the name of the Lord,  for he commanded and they were created.

 

All:    He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 

 

Leader:     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

Cong:     And also with you.

 

Hymn of Praise

“Make a Difference”

Prayer of the Day

Leader:     O Lord God, we gather this evening to recognize your power and presence in the lives of these young people.  Not only have you sustained them with your never-ending love, but you have been there in their times of joy as well as moments of sorrow.  You have wiped their tears, offered them direction and purpose, and bestowed on them the gift of your Holy and ever-present Spirit.  Grant, O God, to each of these graduates, the gift of knowing that they are loved by you so that they might go forth with confidence into the future.  Bless their families also as they give them the freedom to fully grow into that future.  And all God’s children said loudly...Amen!

 

Lesson: Galations 3:25-29

     But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

 

This is the word of the Lord...Thanks be to God!

 

Holy Gospel: Luke 12:22-32

     Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!  And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord...Thanks be to God.

Meditation

“Hakuna Matata” - Jay Kiel

 

Song of the Day

“Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song” - Hymnal #808     

 

Presentation of Scholarships

Gary Kolpin

 

Presentation of Graduates

 

Leader:    We gather this evening to recognize this special group of young men and women who have reached a significant milestone in their life.  

 

All:    Graduation from high school is certainly a defining moment in the life of every person.  

 

Leader:     It is a time of reflection as we remember accomplishments and experiences that have helped shape and form these young people into the individuals they have become today.

 

All:    It is also a time when we recognize that there are new opportunities, new horizons, and new adventures awaiting after high school.

 

Leader:     We also gather here tonight to acknowledge the importance, power, and strength that come from a vibrant and living relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

All:    We recognize that no matter where we go or what we do, our Lord Jesus walks with us into the future.

 

Parental Blessing

Prayer

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

Words of Institution 

 

The Lord’s Prayer    

      

Distribution

 

Communion Blessing and Benediction

 

Closing Song

“I’m Gonna Sing”

 

 

Go in peace, serve the Lord...Thanks be to God!

Prelude        

 

Welcome 

 

Opening Song    “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”    #504 vs 1, 2, 4

 

Leader:      We gather together in the powerful name of God our Father, Jesus his only Son, and the Holy Spirit our Protector and Guide...Amen.

 

Proclamation of Praise (Psalm 104)

 

All:     Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. 

 

Leader:     Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, you are great indeed! How manifold are your works, O Lord! The earth is full of your creatures;

All:     Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. 

 

Leader:     If you take away their breath, they perish and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. 

All:     Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. 

 

Leader:     May the glory of the Lord endure forever; May the Lord be glad in his works! Pleasing to him be my theme; I will be glad in the Lord!

All:     Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. 

 

Leader:     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Cong:     And also with you.

 

Prayer of the Day

 

Leader:     O Lord Jesus, it is with great joy that we come together this afternoon to celebrate the faith of these young people. Instill in them and us a renewed sense of your power and strength as well as your tender love and compassionate care. May the vows they take today be but the beginning of an even greater commitment. Strengthen them in their faith; encourage them in their walk with you; and may they never for a moment doubt that you are by their side. And all God’s people said loudly…AMEN!

 

Romans 8:38-39

 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Holy Gospel: John 20:24-31

 

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

The Gospel of the Lord...Thanks be to God.

 

Meditation                   Amanda Burton

 

 

Song of the Day     “Neither Death Nor Life”    Hymnal #622 vs 1, 2

 

 

 

Affirmation of Baptism - Class of 2023

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

Words of Institution 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Distribution

 

Communion Song    “Come to Me, O Weary Traveler”    

 

Communion Blessing and Benediction

 

Closing Song    “Take My Life, Here Am I”

 

Go in peace, serve the Lord!...Thanks be to God!

Postlude

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