It is always such a pleasure to have the eighth graders participate in our worship service the Sunday before they graduate. This special celebration allows us to honor them, and to honor their families, teachers, and friends, who helped them reach this important milestone.

Even if you are not related to one of the young people we honor today, you have reason to be proud. First, we should always take pride in young people who strive to do their best, to learn and excel, to conquer challenges and create opportunity. Second, the support of this congregation is crucial to the success of our school; that support takes many forms, including financial gifts, welcoming fellowship, and prayer for the administration, faculty, students, and families, all of which contribute to the success of our students. Third, we are committed as Christians to building up the next generation, raising them in love and light so they can go out into the world and share their passion for the Gospel, and live godly lives.

Even if you are not related to one of the young people we honor today, you have reason to be proud. First, we should always take pride in young people who strive to do their best, to learn and excel, to conquer challenges and create opportunity. Second, the support of this congregation is crucial to the success of our school; that support takes many forms, including financial gifts, welcoming fellowship, and prayer for the administration, faculty, students, and families, all of which contribute to the success of our students. Third, we are committed as Christians to building up the next generation, raising them in love and light so they can go out into the world and share their passion for the Gospel, and live godly lives.

May God bless these students, and bless us through them.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

1 Timothy 4:12-16