Posts tagged “Graduation

Sermon Dei: 2017 Graduation

Posted on June 9th, 2017

Psalm 33 2017 Immanuel Lutheran School Baccalaureate Vespers Pentecost Wednesday +++ June 7, A+D 2017 Wherever you go to school next, you’ll probably find a counselor there. Many high schools have guidance counselors; they may advise you on what classes to take, what colleges to consider, what career paths to pursue. There are other kinds of counselors. Grief counselors help when someone dies, employment counselors help college students find work, and lawyers are called counselors for the help they give about courts and judges and laws. A good counselor might tell us what we don’t want to hear. Did I tell you about my advisor in college? I thought I was pretty hot stuff, but after he heard me play the piano the first…

Baccalaureate Vespers 2015

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

Excerpt from the 2015 Baccalaureate Vespers service at Immanuel Lutheran School:   Do we have time for one last Latin lesson? Graduation has gradus as its root. We get “grade,” like “8th grade” from it, but that derives from the word “step,” like stair-steps. And it all derives from an even earlier meaning, “to walk, go.” The point is that graduation doesn’t mean you are done. It means now you walk, go to the next step on the journey. What’s the destination? For a Christian, the goal is the world-renewal that has begun with the resurrection of Jesus, which we heard Isaiah describe as when “the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,” when “the effect of righteousness will be peace.” God will bring about the…

Baccalaureate Vespers 2014

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Baccalaureate Vespers Wednesday before Pentecost John 14:15-21 June 4, 2014   Zeitgeist oder Heilige Geist? Das ist die Frage. (Translation: The spirit of the times, or the Holy Spirit? That is the question.) Spirit means wind, and the Zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, is a hurricane. It carries along everything in its path, and obliterates all who resist. Immanuel Lutheran School is a fortress against this seemingly unstoppable spirit. Benjamin, Hans, Abraham, Daniel, Emmanuel, Caroline – I love you; I am proud of you; and I am also worried for you. For the world is a worrisome place. I’m not worried about the schoolwork that is ahead of you. No problem, you’ll be fine. Academics, socialization, maturation – you will do well. But…