Graduation and Closing Service

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May 27, 2021

Procession and Opening Hymn

Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices – CW 194 st. 1-4

Oh, that I had a thousand voices 
To praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices, 
Would then proclaim in grateful songs
To all, wherever I might be, 
What great things God has done for me.

Dear Father, endless praise I render 
For soul and body, nobly joined;
I praise you, Guardian kind and tender, 
For all the daily joys I find
So richly spread on ev’ry side 
And freely for my use supplied.

I praise you, Savior, whose compassion 
Has brought you down to ransom me.
Your pitying heart sought my salvation; 
You bore the cross triumphantly,
Brought me from bondage full release, 
Made me your own, and gave me peace.

Glory and praise, still onward reaching, 
Be yours, O Spirit of all grace,
Whose holy pow’r and faithful teaching 
Give me among your saints a place.
Whatever good by me is done 
Is worked by grace divine alone.

The Greeting and Opening Dialogue

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
C: Amen.

Psalm 89:15-18

P: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, 
C: Who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

P: They rejoice in your name all day long; 
C: They exult in your righteousness. 

P: For you are their glory and strength, 
C: And by your favor you exalt our horn.

P: Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, 
C: Our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Hymn

Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices – CW 194 st. 5

Shall I not then be filled with gladness? 
Shall I not praise you evermore
And triumph over fear and sadness, 
Although my cup of woe runs o’er?
Though heav’n and earth shall disappear, 
Your endless love is ever near.

P:  Let us pray. 
  Lord thank you for enabling these graduates the opportunity to hear your Word so they may learn to acclaim you. Continue to strengthen their faith and aid them with your continual favor.  Open now our hearts and minds to hear your Word and gladly hear and learn it.
C: Amen.

The Word of God

The  Lesson – 2 Peter 1:3-11

Jesus has done everything needed for us to be able to be welcomed into his kingdom.

  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
  Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Sermon Hymn

Your Kingdom, O God – CW 755

Your kingdom, O God, is my glorious treasure, 
My pearl of incomp’rable worth. 
Its value exceeds ev’ry standard of measure, 
Surpassing the wealth of the earth. 
Lord, give me your grace and the pow’r of the Spirit 
To value this treasure aright 
That, never allured by the world, I inherit 
Your kingdom of glory and light.

Your kingdom, O God, is alive with the power 
Your Word and your Spirit bestow. 
Like yeast, they affect the whole measure of flour, 
Enabling your kingdom to grow. 
Empower me, Lord, as I live your commission, 
Though humble my service may be, 
And bring ev’ry planting to perfect fruition, 
A mustard seed grown to a tree.

Your kingdom, O God, is a field for the growing 
Of seeds that your mercy has sown, 
But still in our midst is the enemy sowing 
The weeds that imperil your own. 
Sustain me, O Lord, till your day of returning 
And harvest me homeward at last, 
To shine in the homeland that quiets all yearning, 
Where sorrow and danger are past.

Sermon Text – Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The Sung Response

I Love Your Kingdom, LordCW 533    

I love your kingdom, Lord, 
The place of your abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved 
With his own precious blood.

Beyond my highest joy 
I prize its heav’nly ways,
Its sweet communion, solemn vows, 
Its hymns of love and praise.

I love your Church, O God, 
Your saints in ev’ry land,
Dear as the apple of your eye 
And graven on your hand.

For them my tears shall fall; 
For them my prayers ascend;
For them my cares and toils be giv’n 
Till toils and cares shall end.

Sure as your truth shall last, 
To Zion shall be giv’n
The brightest glories earth can yield 
And brighter bliss of heav’n.

The Presentation of Diplomas 

Ariana Aparicio
Lauren Baacke
Elijah Bodden
Kayley Clohecy
Isaiah David
Layna Dent
Sydney Drankiewicz
Xavior Evans
Nathan Schmuki
Justin Wachula

School Children’s Anthem

I Want to Walk as a Child of the LightCW 771

I want to walk as a child of the light; 
I want to follow Jesus. 
God set the stars to give light to the world; 
The star of my life is Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. 
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God; 
I want to look at Jesus. 
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path 
And show me the way to the Father.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. 
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ; 
I want to be with Jesus. 
When we have run with patience the race, 
We shall know the joy of Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. 
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

P: As we close our school year, let us come before our Father in heaven to confess our sin, to offer our thanks, and ask his blessing. 
  Father, you have brought us to the end of this school year by your grace. Forgive us for pursuing that knowledge that serves only our selfish desires and for using what we have learned to exploit and hurt others. Cleanse our guilty hearts of the apathy we feel for searching out the deeper truths of your Word.
C: Holy Spirit, hear our prayer that we may put self aside and rejoice in the truth that builds up.

P: We thank you, Father, for Christian teachers, parents, and peers who have served us for our good and blessing. May their efforts bear fruit in lives that continue to grow in faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ.
C: Continue to bless this school with parents and teachers who have a deep love for you and one another.

P: As you sent your Son among us as the Word made flesh, so bless the efforts of our schools, colleges, and seminaries to train those who proclaim your presence among us in Word and sacrament.
C: Holy Spirit, instill in us a desire to teach others the wisdom of your ways.

P: God of light, give to the Church renewed wisdom and fresh understanding that the message of your salvation may shine ever brighter in this dark age.
C: Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love so that others may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.

P: Father, into your hands we commend all that we have and are. Be with our graduates.  May your goodness and love follow them all the days of their lives until they join you in your house forever. We ask your blessing for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ who first offered up this prayer to you:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

The Closing Words and Benediction

P: We close this school year in the name of the Father, Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: Children of God, go in peace. 
  Live in harmony with one another. 
    Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
C: Amen.

The Closing Hymn

Go, My Children, with My Blessing – CW 332

Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone. 
Waking, sleeping, I am with you; you are my own. 
In my love’s baptismal river 
I have made you mine forever. 
Go, my children, with my blessing – you are my own. 

Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure. 
Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure. 
Here you heard my dear Son’s story; 
Here you touched him, saw his glory. 
Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure. 

I the Lord will bless and keep you and give you peace. 
I the Lord will smile upon you and give you peace. 
I the Lord will be your Father, 
Savior, Comforter, and Brother. 
Go, my children; I will keep you and give you peace.