‘It’s your time to sing’
“What is the soundtrack for your life?
That’s the question posed by the Rev. Clint Pluenneke to the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2019 during the Baccalaureate service at Bethany Lutheran Church on Sunday evening.
With graduation on Friday, he noted that graduates and their parents are experiencing an emotional rollercoaster and encouraged them to process these emotions by listening to God’s word.
“I want to encourage all this evening to turn to the music of the Lord. Turn to this message of God’s word,” Pluenneke said.
“Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega — the beginning and the end,” Pluenneke said. “The Lord is with us from the cradle to the grave. Talk about putting it all in perspective. Talk about a great soundtrack for life.”
“It is natural to doubt ourselves,” Pluenneke said. “I can absolutely guarantee you that as you face the future, you will doubt yourself and that’s okay. But what’s not okay is to try to go it alone. That’s why it is essential, no matter where you go, to find a new community of faith to keep the music playing.”
He also told the graduates that “It is your time to sing. It is your time to lead the way. It is your time to seize the day.”
He added, “It is your time to contribute your verse to the glory of God.”
“May God bless you as you ride this rollercoaster of emotions and bless you as you listen to the soundtrack of God’s saving word.”
“May God bless you as you make the noise. May God bless you as you build that bridge. May God bless you as you connect with your new tribe of faith. May God bless you as you trust who is the Alpha and the Omega — the beginning and the end.”
Sunday night’s service began with a welcome from the Rev. Casey Zesch, vice president of the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, sponsor of the service.
Annabel Wilkinson was the organist for the processional of graduates and worship leaders.
Providing music for the ceremony was Bethany’s Agape Road led by Matt White.
Fredericksburg High School senior Landon Priess sang a solo, “Landslide.”
Also taking part in the service with the Rev. David Priem, Holy Ghost Lutheran; the Rev. Monte Marshall, Fredericksburg United Methodist; Kiesha Priem, Bethany Lutheran; Joel Griffin, Fredericksburg United Methodist; Daniel Hofmann, Holy Ghost Lutheran; Royal Henk, St. Mary’s Catholic; Chaplain Tim Bowyer, Hill Country Memorial; Austin MacKintosh, Oak Hills Church; Daniel Phillips, Hill Country Church; the Rev. Randy Harding, Young Life, and the Rev. Kevin Haug, Bethany Lutheran.