I have been working in an academic year format nearly all my life, and I know all too well that this time of year is always a strange one for parents, students and teachers. We are all very aware of a deadline slowly creeping towards us, a point where all the hard work, and all the less-than-stellar moments, are either recorded, or wiped clean off the slate.
For some it’s a time of intense stress, handing in late work, finals and reports, making sure nothing has been left undone. Our high school seniors, Tim King, Isabel and Stoddard Meigs, and Madeleine Aquilina, (and their parents!) are right now caught up in a whirlwind of getting essential things done, and somehow finding time to do things for the last time, say thank yous and goodbyes, and make plans for the next stage of their life (all four are off to college).
The irony is that this major life-changing moment deserves some serious reflection, but it’s hard to find that time within all the craziness. That’s our job as a church: to come together with parents at Grace Discussion Group, and with the students at worship, on June 3rd, to take that time to reflect on their time as church members here at Grace. Please join us next Sunday for all that valuable reflecting and celebrating of milestones.
This Sunday, while we anticipate saying our goodbyes to the Seniors, we will have the formal welcoming of Miles John Heywood into the church through baptism. Let’s remember, as we gather around the font, that this is the same beginning of the journey that our High School Seniors made, and that Grace will always welcome its infants and children, and nurture them throughout their childhood, until they are ready to leave for new beginnings, and maybe new churches, and make their own decisions about how belief and spirituality fit into their young adult lives. This is what it means when we reply to the question:
“Will you who witness these vows do all in your
power to support this child in his life in Christ?”
with the words, said as loudly and firmly as we possibly can: