High school seniors and their families, community members and leaders gathered for the third annual baccalaureate service at Westwood Baptist Church Friday evening, hosted by My Life Matters.
During the message, the Rev. Timothy Bowes, My Life Matters Executive Director, honored the graduates for being “salt and light” of the world.
“Where there is no presence of God, where there is no people who care about more than American culture, where there are no people to care about God, a community is in danger, so when I look at our graduates I look at people who are going to make this place taste better,” Bowes said.
At the same time, he encouraged the seniors to follow their dreams but to remember even the biggest dreams need massive help and moral guidance.
“Imagine the first person who wanted to split the atom – an object...what comes from is it is a massive supply of energy and guess what? We did it! What have we done with the atom except devastate entire cities,what can start out as a dream can turn into a nightmare and a catastrophe and if you don’t have your own moral North Star, even your best dream can become your own worst nightmare,” said Bowes.
Bowes didn’t sugar coat the responsibility that the seniors will have to bear after graduation.
“In the minimum, you have got to set your own alarm clocks and get up. In the maximum, it won’t be your mom and dad saying get home by 10 p.m. or don’t hang out with those people. It will be you saying ‘I shouldn’t hang out with those people, I need to go home and get some sleep,’” Bowes said.
Leaving everyone with three words to remember through the impossible, Bowes said, simply “God is able.”
Baccalaureate is a traditional worship service held to pray for and honor the graduating class.
Baccalaureate service chair Stephanie Bowen describes it as a time to encourage, uplift and show the seniors that their community loves them.
“It is a sweet time to honor and celebrate our children’s accomplishment,” said Bowen.
Nearly 40 seniors from both local high schools in the county, Roxboro Christian Academy and local home students attended the service.
Afterward, refreshment were served and Bowen believes the service couldn’t have been a success without their community partners like Westwood Baptist Church, Madison Marketplace, Village Gallery, Pepsi-Cola of Roxboro, Brittany Booth and PHS Choral Ensemble, Antioch Baptist Church, Clement Baptist Church, F.I.T. Community Church, Overflow Worship Center and Theresa Baptist Church.
“I am grateful for all the churches that donated and those who helped make it possible,” Bowen said.