Today was Youth Sunday at my church, and it was filled with joy and applause and pride and congratulations for the young people who are graduating from high school and college. There were about eight high school graduates and most have been members of the church since babyhood or toddlerhood. How fortunate they are, as I was, to have the support throughout their growing up years of a faith community.
Prelude and offertory were by some of these great kids, as well as the sermon; they also served at the altar. Their younger counterparts served as acolytes and ushers. It was a great day.
Our recessional was "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and it truly was one of the most joyous occasions I've been part of. I'm grateful.
Here's a nice rendition of the tune for your listening pleasure.