"An advocate for you'

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Grads hear advice on how to deal with life’s ups and downs

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“You’ve got an advocate.”

                That was the message given to soon-to-be Fredericksburg High School graduates at Sunday night’s baccalaureate service held at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

                The event, hosted by the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, is an ecumenical service for graduates and their families, designed to encourage continued faith as they enter college and the job force and have families of their own.

                The Rev. Jamey Day of Faith Baptist Church said there was a definite technology gap between what his generation and today’s graduates have.

“You have more computing power in your pockets than on the mainframe computer I worked on in college,” he said, “so what could I have to say to relate?”

                Day said he asked his father-in-law, who was dying of a disease, what he wanted his message to be at his upcoming funeral.

                “Find Jesus and live for him,” Day said his father-in-law told him. “It’s an enduring message.”

                Day cited Jude 1:24-25 — “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

Day said “stumbling” means falling away from faith and said that one’s faith in Christ can keep people grounded.

“Life will be difficult at times,” but faith will carry one through the trials.

                He said the best thing graduates can do is to “lean in to Jesus Christ” and cited four reasons found in the verses: Protection, advocacy, propitiation (appeasement of anger) and pre-eminence.

                “He is like the best attorney in a courtroom in front of a judge,” Day said. “And as long as you profess faith in him, he will be an advocate for you.

                “He is definitely worthy of our praise,” Day said.

                The service also included other Christian leaders from the group, including Casey Zesch, Bethany Lutheran Church; Joel Griffin, Fredericksburg UMC; Clint Pluenneke, Holy Ghost Lutheran; Rob Holster, Hill Country Church; Kiesha Priem, Bethany Lutheran Church; Royal Henk, St. Mary’s Catholic Church; and David Priem, Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

                Music was provided by the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Praise Team, under the direction of Don Doss.