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Five Seniors Graduate
The 2014 Commencement service began with the junior and seniors marching in with a prelude played by Mrs. Melinda Pauls, the main music instructor, on the piano. The Processional was “Trumpet Voluntary”.

Catherine Parris, the main academy science teacher this school year, had the invocation.  Academy Principal John Pauls welcomed everyone.  The five seniors gave their speeches, highlighting the value of their experience at Laurelbrook. Pastor Burt then had a few comments about what the seniors could expect in the future and how they should react to this future. The seniors then sang “I’ll Run Till I Finish” as their final class song.  Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook’s president, told the graduates they were the future of Laurelbrook.

Academy Principal John Pauls and Registrar Amy Sonnenthal then presented diplomas to the five seniors.  Pastor Burt led out in a prayer of dedication. Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook’s president, had the benediction.

Following are some notes on Pastor Burt’s comments:                         Audio recording
  1. After the seniors’ four years of high school, they and their education are like a sewing machine – their educationcan be used to the full or not (as families often do and do not use a sewing machine sitting in their houses).
  2. Dorcas helped her entire town, and the townspeople really mourned her passing.But Peter prayed – and Dorcas returned to life.After her resurrection, she probably went right back to her assistance.
  3. James 4:13-16 “13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”
  4. He’s saying that you can make your plans, but if God is not the center of these plans then these plans would not succeed. If you respond to God and make Him the center of your life, God will strongly nudge you to what He has planned for you.
  5. In the Middle Ages, there was a shift from every church member having a call to witness to the minister only having a call to witness.
Challenge – will you commit to choosing your life work according to the way (unseen) God wants to lead you?

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