The Next Step

It’s graduation season and that means it is time to celebrate. Going back to my time in youth ministry, I have always enjoyed this time of year because it is filled with so much hope and optimism for the future.

Graduation is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our past, but it is also a time to look ahead at what is to come. Earlier this week, I was honored to be part of celebrating with 12 graduates from our Joyful Noise Preschool. These kids are excited about the opportunity to start school next year as they move on to Kindergarten. It was a wonderful celebration and Lois Hylton and the Joyful Noise teachers do a fantastic job with this ministry in our community.

This Sunday, we will honor four college graduates in worship: Beth Ashworth, Aaron Hodges, Catherine McCauley, and Ansley Roach. These young people have accomplished a wonderful achievement, and we want to celebrate with them. But graduation also means transition into a new season of life. When we graduate from something, it means we are also moving toward something. It may be another degree, a job, or it may still remain a mystery what the next step will be. But as we celebrate with the graduates, we will also offer a special prayer and God’s blessing for wherever they may go.

In his book, Oh The Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss wrote, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” We look forward to honoring all of our graduates this Sunday in worship. Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!

Together with you,

P.S. Beginning Sunday, May 26, we will be moving to a more relaxed order of worship in our Sunday morning services. You will probably notice a few things will be a little different through the summer, but we will still be just as focused on excellence in worship. We will plan to return to our regular order of worship after Labor Day.