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May 25, 2023
Processional and Opening Hymn
God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises – CW 911
1 God, we sing your glorious praises
as we tell your awesome deeds;
you have fashioned all creation,
and you meet each creature’s needs.
We rejoice in how your people
tasted your great faithfulness;
graced through ev’ry generation,
we your mighty acts profess.
2 We remember, Lord, your covenant,
which extends from heav’n to earth:
how Christ’s death and resurrection
conquers sin, renews our birth.
Thank you for this gospel message,
which inspires your Church to preach
grace to ev’ry generation
in our deeds and in our speech.
3 Filled with all your Spirit’s power,
we commit ourselves anew
to be faithful to your gospel
in the daily work we do.
We will shout your glorious praises,
telling all who have not heard;
grace for ev’ry generation
is embodied in your Word.
4 Lord, with joy we lift our voices
as we celebrate your grace
which you shower on your people
gathered here and ev’ryplace.
Blessed by water, Word, and table,
we, your Church, now pledge to share
grace with ev’ry generation
in our witness, work, and prayer.
Greeting and Opening Dialogue – Psalm 89:15-18
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
they exult in your righteousness.
For you are their glory and strength,
and by your favor you exalt our horn.
Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
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.
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Meditation – Philippians 4:13
You Can Do All Things through Jesus
Presentation of Diplomas
Maximus Karns Bingham
Grades K-8 – Jesus, Friend of Little Children
As we close our school year, let us come before our Father in heaven to confess our sin, to offer our thanks, and to 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.
Holy Spirit, hear our prayer that we may put self aside and rejoice in the truth that builds up.
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. We thank you for the good and faithful efforts of Mrs. Alysa Balfour and Mrs. Bonnie Scheibe, who have completed their final year of service to Mount Calvary with the closing of this school year.
Continue to bless this school with parents and teachers who have a deep love for you and one another. Be with those who are departing from us.
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.
Holy Spirit, instill in us a desire to teach others the wisdom of your ways.
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.
Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love so that others may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.
Father, into your hands we commend all that we are and have. 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 and has also taught us to pray:
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 us 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 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.