Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Baccalaureate Service for NHS Class of ‘08 this Sunday

Thanks to our reader Laura, Joann Payne with NCS, and Vicki Gabbard, secretary at Norwood Presbyterian Church, we have some highlights from the program for this Sunday’s Baccalaureate Service. But first, a little history about this historic event. Ms. Payne confirmed for us that it has probably been somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 years since the last Baccalaureate Service for Norwood High School graduates. (Anyone know the exact year of the last one?) One of the goals of the somewhat newly formed Norwood Ministerial Association was to try to have the service reinstated, so this past fall shortly after school started, Dr. Daniel Meister, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, approached NHS principal Dr. Terri Holden and asked if this would be possible. The answer was “yes,” but then the challenge became finding a date to have it on an already full school calendar. Fortunately, this coming Sunday was open, and everyone is invited to attend.

Now for some of the program highlights: Among the singers will be NHS students and members of several local congregations. Soloist Sara Lehew will sing “Lullaby” by Jason Robert. Dr. Meister will open the service with a prayer; Rev. Chris White of Norwood Presbyterian Church will introduce Rev. Timothy J. Brooks, pastor of Norwood Church of the Nazarene, who will deliver the message Carpe Manana, using the text from Luke 4:16-20. At the close of the service Rachel Ferguson, Class of 2008 President and member of the National Honor Society, will deliver the Student Address and perform the Lighting of the Candle of Hope. The candle represents the light of hope, protection, and success that God desires to impart upon our graduates and their families.

When: Sunday, May 25. The service starts at 3:00 p.m. ** A reception with refreshments will follow.
Where: Norwood Middle School Auditorium at 2060 Sherman Avenue

** 5/24/08 Correction: We have corrected the start time to 3:00 p.m. We apologize for incorrectly posting it as 1:00 p.m. It is most definitely 3:00 p.m.