"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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Graduation Prayer and Benediction - 2016
I was asked to give the benediction for a homeschool graduating class. Here's what I said:
Prayer and Benediction for Graduation 2016
Hear now the Word of God for the people of God by the
Apostle of God:
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led
astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice
and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and
loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works
done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of
regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might
become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3.3-7).
Remember who you are, whose you are, and why you are. Let us
LORD God, the
Almighty, the Most High, who has made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is
in them; truly, it is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man;
it is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes or politicians
(Psalm 118.8-9). Our hearts’ desires are for these young men and women moving
onward, upward and outward that you will always – and in all ways – be their
confidence. As they dive into ministry; move on into a vocation; or launch out
into the academy – show yourself to be their God and they to be your sons and
daughters. In the upturns and downturns be their rock of refuge, high-walled
fortress, and safe-haven. As they move on into new venues and vocations, help
them to make sound, solid, suitable and sanctified decisions. There will be new
friends who will seek to summon them to take off down different tracks than
they were raised with. There will be many wanting to get them to slip their
standards, to sacrifice their faith, to sell out their chastity, and to cease
their sobriety. But Lord, we are confident in you that you will watch over
them, and so we commend them to you, body, soul, mind and strength. Ever keep in
the forefront of their minds who they are, whose they are and why they are. And
fill their parents with your peace that passes all understanding, to guard
their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In whose name we pray. Amen.
Now, to all you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love
incorruptible (Ephesians 6.24), stand and receive the LORD’s blessing: “The
LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be
gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace”
(Numbers 6.24-26); in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
If you find it useful for your graduations, feel free to use it. If you reprint or re-post, please give credit where credit is due. Mike
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