Upbeat Christian tunes filled the Moffat County High School auditorium Wednesday evening as soon-to-be graduates were asked to attend a baccalaureate service to be blessed on their journeys from here on.
The worship team of Troy DeRose on drums, Rod Comp--ton on acoustic guitar and John Graler on keyboard kept the audience entertained and involved. The event was sponsored by the Craig Ministerial Alliance and Moffat County Young Life.
"We want to bring the spiritual element into these kids' lives," said Graler, the youth minister at First Christian Church. "It's important that ... they have his blessing as they enter this stage of their lives."
The about 20 seniors who attended sang and clapped along, and heard from their peers and elders.
Kevin Byers told the story of how he found Jesus after realizing his role models were a bad influence on him. He accepted Jesus after attending a concert his freshman year.
He then encouraged fellow graduates to keep Christ with them wherever they went.
Tiffany McGee explained how she's made Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ," her guiding principle. She hopes to carry that with her as she enters college and struggles to succeed.
Sarah Graler and Jeremy Wright performed," Here in the Power of Christ I stand," and Robert McClellan sang, "I'm only going over Jordan. I'm only going over home."
Local pastors Melinda Bobo and David Carrick prayed for the seniors, and high school math teacher Doug Field gave the main speech.
"There's so much you can't say in the public school," he said.
He relayed key points in, "The Purpose Driven Life," by Rick Warren, a book that has become a popular Christian guide locally and nationwide.
"Being successful and fulfilling life's purpose are two different things," Field said.
He explained to the graduates that God has predetermined everything that happens to humans, and that life is merely practice for the afterlife.
"Life on earth is temporary. You won't be here long, so don't get too attached," he said.
At the conclusion of the program, Dave Ross, Assembly of God pastor, asked all the graduates there to step forward and line the front of the stage.
Then the seniors said their names and an audience member said a personalized prayer for each of the students.
Parents, spiritual leaders and friends all prayed for the success of the seniors as they head off to begin the start of their adult lives.
"Lord, guide them, direct them, give them mentors to lead them," Field said. "Lord, protect them from the darts of Satan."
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.