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Invocation

Northfield Mount Hermon Class of 2019, family, friends, teachers, coaches, and mentors, what a joyous occasion we have gathered for this morning! We come with our gratitude for all those who have given of themselves in significant ways that we might arrive at this very moment. We come with our celebratory wishes, that this day may become a deep well of encouragement for our graduates as they go forward. And, indeed, we come with both our joys and our sorrows for this ending that will bring forth yet a new beginning.

So we must call upon all that is good, all that is embracing, and all that holds beauty that these young people will know the hope we pray for them this day.

We must call upon all that is wise, just, and merciful that these young people will know the dream we hold for them for their days to come.

And we must call upon all that breathes compassion and brings forth love that these young people will know the joy that can live on even beyond the finite number of their days.

We join our hearts together in these moments when meaning is made and memories are created.

We join our hands to know the community that has sustained each one of us and has reminded us we have all been imbued with humanity and with purpose.

We come together in this place for we have a passion for all that is possible in these young people.

May we be blessed by this day and in turn be a blessing for others. Amen.

Benediction

Class of 2019, may you know that we bless you. May you know the degree to which you are valued and appreciated. May you know the confidence this community has in you, and may you know the home that will always be yours at Northfield Mount Hermon. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you leave your alma mater and move forward in life. Share with us your joys, your anxieties, your accomplishments, and your failures, too. Remember it is not the successes or the mistakes that draw the outline of your identity. It is your response that builds your character. In the end, you are a human being, not a human doing. Savor that truth and allow others that freedom. Take our benediction, our words of blessings, with you today.

I leave you now with words from Psalm 121, from the Hebrew Bible, because at Northfield Mount Hermon we wake every morning and sleep every evening embraced by these amazing hills.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help….
And the sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil...
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
May it be so for you now and always. Amen.

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