“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB)

Imagine, for a moment, being the only person alive; nobody else anywhere, just you. How many of you think you would like that? It might sound great for a brief, prideful, moment: no one telling you what you can and can’t do, having everything on the planet to yourself, but very soon you would start to realize that you would have no family, no friends, nobody. All of us were made to live in community. This is because part of our identity is found in community. We were made in the image of the Triune God, who has been in perfect unity with His three persons for eternity. Being such, we have a natural desire to be in community with others.

Here at Covenant, we reflect the unity of our Triune God by supporting the community of our school. Our school is united under our Mission Statement. We are a community with the goal of serving “Christ and His Kingdom by sharing the gospel and partnering with parents to train students by way of Scripture and the classical liberal arts to be discerning, articulate followers of Jesus Christ and to be leaders who are equipped to honor and defend truth, goodness and beauty.” It is this statement that unites the school under one collective identity. All of us are necessary parts to the community here at school, and being so, it is our job to help support it. We can do this by defending and striving towards the Mission that unites us. We can also do this by acting in ways that strengthen the bond of our community: by loving, serving, forgiving, and encouraging one another.

Today, we will all have an opportunity to do these things at the Patriot Games and the Walkathon! Both of these events build up the community of our school and houses by strengthening the friendship between us all, if treated in the right way. While we are cheering and clapping with our house during the Patriot Games, we must also be loving, forgiving, and honest to one another. While we are walking and running at the YMCA for the Walkathon, we must also be servant-hearted and loving to everyone around us. But most of all, we must remember that we are doing these things not because they benefit ourselves, but because they benefit our community.

As I finish this speech, this, my last chapel speech here at Covenant, I want to remind you that even though the members of this community may graduate or come and go, the purpose for which this community stands will never change. For as long as there are students who are ready and willing to achieve our challenging, but rewarding, mission, the community here will thrive. I will greatly miss the community here that has shaped me, but it brings me great joy to remember that the community here that I love will continue with different students, but the same mission, long after I have gone. Thank You.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Jonathan, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).