...or when a half-baked plan turned out so much better than expected and we drove away feeling totally overwhelmed.
Enjoy the photos, a second time around!
|They're still out there... can you spot them?|
|They're still out there... can you spot them?|
|Original photo found at Messiah.edu|
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His Presence continually. Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He has uttered... He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He is mindful of His covenant forever, of the word that He commanded, for a thousand generations... (from Psalm 105)
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings by becoming like Him in His death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own... (from Philippians 3)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus... (from Hebrews 12)
Bless the Lord O my soul O my soulWorship His holy nameSing like never beforeO my soulI'll worship Your holy name...You're rich in love and You're slow to angerYour name is great and Your heart is kindFor all Your goodness I will keep on singingTen thousand reasons for my heart to find...
Here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I'm come,And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God.He, to rescue me from danger, bought me by His precious blood....
...In Christ alone, Who took on fleshfullness of God in helpless babe!This gift of love and righteousness,Scorned by the ones He came to save.'Till on that across as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live.There in the ground His body lay,Light of the world, by darkness slain;Then, bursting forth in glorious dayUp from the grave He rose again!And as He stands in victory, sin's curse has lost its grip on me;For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.No guild in life, no fear in death -This is the power of Christ in me!From life's first cry to final breath,Jesus commands my destiny.No power of hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand.'Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand!
We worshiped the Lord in prayer:...High King of heaven, my victory won,May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Charge to parents, family and friends ~
Having trusted God for the provision, wisdom, and protection to bring you thus far, will you trust God's work in the life of your child as you continue your journey in separate places? Will you be watchful in prayer for them, liberal in encouragement, courageous in hope and unswerving in the knowledge that God holds them in His faithful hands?
Charge to educators, staff and student leaders ~Knowing that it is God who calls and equips you for your task, will you accept your mission to educate these students toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith? Will you pray for them diligently, challenge them faithfully, encourage them wholeheartedly, lead them with integrity, and accept them as fellow companions on the journey of faith?
Charge to new students ~Being confident that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to bring it to completion, will you accept this opportunity and responsibility to prepare for a life of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society? Will you seek God as the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, will you trust God to do in you more than you can ask or imagine, and will you be faithful in the stewardship of the gifts He has given?
Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us always this bread."
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6.34-40)