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Other Rituals: “Today We Honor You

Also appropriate as Responsive Readings

ALL:
Today we honor the youth among us
You who are stepping beyond and away and toward
Today we share in your journey
And encourage your discovery

Young Adults (18-35):
Today we welcome your energy
And offer you a safe place to grow
Today we celebrate your hopes and dreams
Come live, breathe, thrive and rejoice
Your time is now

Non-Bridging Youth:
Today we applaud you
For all you have been
For all you are now
For all you will be

Bridgers:
Today marks an ending
So that I may begin again
To hope and do and learn and be

ALL:
Today you cross this bridge
Go now and explore with wonder
We will support and nurture you
You are the future.

Young Adults (18-35):
Today you cross this bridge
Go now and make choices that make you happy
We will support and nurture you
You are amazing.

Non-Bridging Youth:
Today you cross this bridge
Be patient and hopeful
We will support and nurture you
You are an inspiration.

Bridgers:
Today I cross this bridge
And join in fellowship
Let me grow but don’t let me go.

ALL:
Together we share a special place
Together we learn, Together we love
Together we grow.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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