Baccalaureate service held May 27 for seniors

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

The 2007 Freer High School Baccalaureate Service was held in the high school auditorium Sunday, May 27, with the Reverend George R. Barcus of the Freer United Methodist Church as guest speaker.

Carina Moreno opened with the invocation followed by Daniel Saenz introducing the song "Amazing Grace" in which music was provided on the piano by Kent Wiederkehr.

The scriptural reading was given by Katherine Cantu as Seve Alaniz then recognized special guests.

Following a word of prayer, Rev. Barcus addressed the senior graduates.

"Next week, you will be walking across the stage and someone is going to hand you a piece of paper and they're going to say to you 'well done.' Some people are going to hear the word "well" and others are going to hear the word "done," he said, smiling.

"Whichever way you choose to interpret it, let me be the first to say well done to all of you," Barcus said.

He then spoke of the closing chapter in a book of memoirs written by President Jimmy Carter, referring to a preacher named Otis Moss who had preached the funeral of Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr.

Carter recalled Moss talked about the gravestone, giving the date of her birth and the date of her death. In between was a dash. Moss didn't want to talk about the day she was born or the day she died.

He wanted to talk about the dash, when the significance of her life was formed.

"What do we do about that little dash that is our life?" Carter asked. "It's a loaded question to ask, as you prepare for the day of your graduation. The ceremony itself is officially named the commencement exercise. Commencement, of course, meaning a beginning, a start," Barcus said.

Barcus noted in a letter to friends in the Bible, Paul said Christ "may dwell in your hearts through faith as you are being rooted and grounded in love."

"Rooted" and "grounded," both of these words are metaphors from the world of agriculture and construction.

Rooted in good soil, stuck in a firm planting.

Grounded in a solid foundation in which a structure rises, he said.

"To be rooted is to have a strong and dependable system that provides nourishment, to be grounded, to be sure of who you are and what your life is about. This is without question, one of the most important needs of the human soul," he said.

"What you have been doing the past years in school, has been putting down roots. Your education has been helping you develop a root system that will give you the ability to receive nourishment," he added. "Today you'll stand at a crossroads, one of a myriad of experiences you'll experience during your dash," he said.

"This is the end of this chapter in your life, but you are still at the beginning of the book."

Following, Malerie Eeds closed the service with the benediction.