Music, words of inspiration fill the air
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Soilymar Centeno performs a worship dance.
Music filled the air in Northwestern Lehigh's baccalaureate Last Friday.
The service, held in the Middle School, began with Amanda Bringhurst playing a prelude and continued through the evening as seniors offered their own contributions and asked the audience to join them in others.
After Ramzy Burns, president of the Class of 2010, gave an opening welcome, the entire assembly joined for two songs, "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" and "In Christ Alone."
Burns later quoted from Jeremiah, 29: 11-14: "For I know the plans I have for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end"
Pastor Kevin Fruchtl said the latter song was "a remarkable statement of faith."
"Clean Hands," a graceful worship dance, was performed by Soilymar Centeno.
Alyssa Everett said she chose the Bible reading from Luke 12: 22-31 because it because it reminds us not to worry.
Life is more important than food and the body, more important than clothes, "but rather seek ye the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you," she said.
Another musical selection, "Corner of the Sky," was presented by Jarrod Walczer.
"It was chosen because each of us are going off into wonderful directions. Each of us has to find our own corner of the sky," said Walczer.
Kelly Miller gave a Bible reading from the Book of Matthew: "Ye are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Bev Post and Alex Masetti provided another musical interlude, playing classical duos by Mozart.
Brittany Kittle provided a memorial to Shaunice Jarjous who died in September 2009 and whose picture was on the stage.
"Shaunice was a cheerleader, daughter and best friend," Kittle said. "She could light up a room with just a smile. … Remember to love like she would, laugh like she would."
Fruchtl said there were many things he could have said in his sermon but they were for the graduation day, which was the following day.
He did pose the question, "Who's in charge? Parents, the school? But by 6 p.m. tomorrow you will have transitioned. They will no longer be responsible.
"You are the one responsible for your life. You can do something really stupid. You may think 'I'll say God's in charge' but you are mistaken if you think He'll manage every little thing.
"Wherever the journey takes you, I hope it will be to God's glory on the path he made for you."
A responsive prayer was given by Amanda Bringhurst.
The audience sang "Here I Am, Lord," and Soilymar Centeno gave the benediction.