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Farewell Blessing to Departing High School Seniors
August 9, 2012, 2:48 pm
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Sunday worship, August 5, 2012


Associate Minister’s Introducton

Two members of our senior high youth group are leaving soon for college.  Alex and Ted have grown up in this congregation. 


Youth Reflections—spoken byeach of them


Gift from the Congregation

We have a couple of gifts and a card for each of you to take with you, so you will remember this church.


Words of Thanks and Blessing



Ted and Alex, it has been a blessing to get to know you and watch you mature.  We send you off now with our best wishes for success, well being, and joy.  Remember Mark Twain’s advice:  never let your schooling get in the way of your education.  Enjoy college and the opportunities this time of life can offer.  Take care of yourselves, for the health of mind and body is a precious resource.  Eat your vegetables and get exercise.  Try to get a good night’s sleep, at least once a week.    Now others who care for you have some words to say.  We ask for each group to stand before they speak.


Families of Departing Seniors

We have watched you grow,

            gaining skills and understanding.

We see you now ready to face new challenges.

As you enter young adulthood,

            our love goes with you.


Adults in Congregation

By growing up among us, you have enriched this beloved community.

We welcome you to this new time

            in your life’s journey.

For your many gifts,

            for your vision and your energy,

For your questions and your challenges,

For the hopes you carry and the worries you bring,

we give you our blessing and our love. 

            Take care of yourselves.


Children, Youth &

            Religious Education Volunteers

For your gifts of friendship and joy, we thank you.

For memories we will cherish, we thank you.

As you leave our beloved community of kids and youth, we give you our blessing and our love


All of Us

Bless you on your journeys.

Wherever you go, remember

            that you always have a home here.

Remember also that you are precious.  You are beloved upon this earth.  Amen and blessed be.



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