Portland News

June 26, 2020

Friday Evening Baccalaureate Service

A Baccalaureate service was held Friday evening, June 26, to honor the graduates of the congregation. Although attendance was limited mainly to the graduates and their families, the service was webcast so all could join in the celebration.

The music specials for the evening were provided by a few of the graduates. For prelude, Josh Friesen played a trumpet solo called “Gospel Medley.” Erik Calhoun then welcomed everyone and read Jeremiah 29:11-13, which says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Such encouraging words, and great instructions for those embarking on a new chapter of their lives!

After Brother Erik prayed, Emmaline Worthington sang “City on a Hill,” and then David Warburg led everyone in a few songs of congregation, including “Take My Life and Let It Be” and “Sanctuary.” Then a slideshow began with pictures of the thirteen graduates, during which Brother Erik shared the accomplishment and future plans of each. Following this, videos from the graduates' parents and a few grandparents were shared, each one with a special message of congratulations to their loved ones.

Before the sermon, Katia Fedosov sang “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” Then Greg Bishop (pictured above), from Chehalis, Washington, preached from Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” He stated that no matter where the graduates go or what they do, in the days ahead they will need truth and wisdom; truth to help recognize right from wrong, and wisdom to navigate the various circumstances of life. Brother Greg encouraged the graduates to compare everything to God’s Word to know if it is true, and to value the truth by reading and praying, attending church (or watching the webcast), and taking advantage of other spiritual resources that are available. He said that in life, each person will likely encounter situations that challenge his or her faith, but God has promised to grant the strength and wisdom to overcome every challenge.

To conclude the service, Sophia Sobol sang “Come Alive (Dry Bones).” Erik Calhoun then let the graduates know that there was a card and small gift for each them. Congratulations to the graduates! We pray that God will bless them and lead them as they enter the next phase of their lives.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.

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Portland Baccalaureate 2020