A Blessing for Graduations
Preparation: Fill glasses for everyone to make a toast. Consider offering the Graduate's favorite drink!
Welcome: (read by a sibling or family member of graduate) "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. Welcome to this celebration of (name's) graduation from..."
Prayer: (read aloud by oldest family member/parent) "Loving God, we thank you for times in our lives when we can celebrate our accomplishments. Thank you for the gifts and abilities you have given (name) that enable this achievement, one that would not have been possible had it not been for you. With gratefulness, we acknowledge your presence and guidance in our lives. In Jesus' name we pray." Amen.
Bible Text: (read by family member) "Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."
Reflection: Have the one honored share thoughts about the following:
- What makes this achievement special for you?
- What, if any, were the greatest obstacles you had to overcome?
- What gifts did God give you that allowed you to achieve this goal?
- Who are the people you need to thank for their support and help?
- To what, if anything, are you sad/happy to say goodbye and to what are you excited to say hello?
Then have the one's DOING the honoring express their words of congratulations!
Ritual Action: Raise your glasses in honor of the achievement, saying, "Well done! May the God of peace continue to bless you!"
Blessing: (offered by the youngest member of the family, if possible) "May God bless us all with a humble spirit, a grateful heart, a dedicated mind, and willing hands of service as we pursue what is commendable in God's eyes." Amen.