Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Parish Youth

Honoring Our 2019 Graduates

This Sunday during our service we had the privilege of honoring our graduating high school seniors. Each senior was presented with a bible with their name imprinted on the cover, with notes inside from our staff team.

We have 9 graduating seniors from eight different high schools.

1. Calley Hull – Weaver Academy (Guilford College)
2. DJ Dalporto – Twilight High School (Undecided)
3. Jeanne Mwutatu – Page High School (Undecided)
4. Naomi N’Tibonera – Page High School (UNCG)
5. Jonathan Kirkman – Cornerstone Academy (UNCW)
6. Anna Davis – Grimsley High School (Duke)
7. Noah West – Northwest High School (Undecided)
8. Anna Robinson – Wesleyan Academy (Undecided)
9. Josh Hawkins – Caldwell Academy (UNC)

After the service, we had a celebration lunch and held a Blessing Service. During the Blessing Service, family members of each of the graduates had a chance to pray a blessing over them. It was a Holy moment.

This summer, recent graduates and all college students are invited to be a part of our college bible study led by Judson and Rachel on Thursday nights at 7pm in the youth room at New Garden Park.

GRADUATION BLESSING

Before you were even formed, God knew you.
While in your Mother’s womb, God named you.
At your birth, God’s breath filled you with life.

Today we celebrate what you have become
at this moment in time.
And so we pray,

God of our beginnings,
We thank you for the gifts of these graduates;
their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity,
their open speech and encouraging words.
Their contributions have blessed and challenged us,
and we have become a richer
and more diverse community because of them.

As they step forward into the world that awaits,
comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence.

Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus
as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.

Guide their feet as they move through life,
protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness
while they help to lead future generations
into the warmth and promise of your light.

We ask this blessing upon each of them,
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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