|Weaver Chapel is the site of Wittenberg's annual Baccalaureate Service.|
Planned in the Christian tradition, the service provides an opportunity for faithful reflection and prayers at this significant moment of passage. The 2006 Baccalaureate Service titled “Expanding Horizons: Led by God’s Hand, Supported by His Love” will begin at 2:15 p.m. Friday, May 12, in Weaver Chapel, with pre-service music starting at 2 p.m.
According to Tune, the students selected the title because they see their time at Wittenberg as a time when their horizons were expanded in many different ways. Now the horizon continues to expand as they graduate.
“The second half of the theme comes from a prayer in the Lutheran Book of Worship that they liked,” Tune said. “It reads, ‘Lord God, you have called us to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out in good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us.’”
In addition to a short homily by Tune, students will read lessons, and they have written prayers for the service. Pati Recalde from Quito, Ecuador, Charlie O’Dell from Bellbrook, Ohio, Pam Evans from Lindsey, Ohio, and Alison Davis from Dublin, Ohio, have been selected to share brief reflections for the service.
Neal Hayes from Cedarville, Ohio, a student of Professor of Music Trudy Faber, will play an organ prelude piece, and Jeff Klukas from Nashotah, Wis., will sing “Faith My Eyes.” Musical ensembles will include Wittenberg choir seniors, Wittmen Crew and Just Eve, the university’s men’s and women’s a cappella singing groups, and the seniors of the contemporary worship team.
A moment of remembrance for those loved ones who cannot be with the seniors, especially those who have died, will be observed with the lighting of a candle and the reading of Psalm 23.
Jessica King from Castalia, Ohio, designed the bulletin cover for the Baccalaureate Service.
The senior planning committee also selects the beneficiaries of the offering at the Baccalaureate Service, and this year’s offering will be given equally to Lutheran Disaster Response and Children’s Rescue Center, an after-school program in Springfield.
- Phyllis Eberts
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