MLC graduates 145 seniors

By Connor Cummiskey
Staff Writer

NEW ULM — The 2017 class at Martin Luther College (MLC) received their degrees and holy commission Saturday morning.
Presiding Minister Rev. Paul Koelpin conducted the commencement service for 145 graduating students. 
There were 29 Bachelor of Arts, 89 Bachelor of Science in Education, five Bachelor of Science, four seminary certifications and 18 Master of Science in Education awarded.
MLC President Rev. Mark Zarling presented the sermon from the text John 16:33 chosen by the class. 
The theme of the commencement was “Courage for the Commission.” Zarling emphasized that the graduates should look for strength and courage in their faith.
“You’ve been taught that it’s all about Christ’s power, not your strength,” Zarling said. “It’s all about Christ’s message, not your smarts. It’s all about Christ’s saving love, not your emotional friendliness. You go forth for one reason: Jesus, always Jesus. As you step forward to carry Jesus’ name on your lips and in your lives, the words you chose will bring you courage. Courage is needed, for the task is impossible without the courage Christ provides.”
The sermon explained the importance of the commission the graduates have received. Zarling referred to it as the great commission.
Zarling further described the commission as going with the love of Jesus Christ to those lost. It is the only commission ever given that is eternally impactful for every soul, he said.
“It will not be easy,” Zarling said. “This commission will bring difficulty, hardship, suffering and perhaps even death. But don’t be frightened. It is a commission that will bring you blessing. Listen to Jesus, and you will always have peace in him. In love Jesus tells you what to expect, so you are prepared with the sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer.”

Connor Cummiskey can be emailed at ccummiskey@nujournal.com.
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Master of Science in Education recipient Kate Krieger leads Martin Luther College graduates from the gym during the recessional at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday. See more photos on page 7A.

By Connor Cummiskey Staff Writer NEW ULM — The 2017 class at Martin Luther College (MLC) received their degrees and holy commission Saturday morning. Presiding Minister Rev. Paul Koelpin conducted the commencement service for 145 graduating students. There were 29 Bachelor of Arts, 89 Bachelor of Science in Education, five Bachelor of Science, four seminary certifications and 18 Master of Science in Education awarded. MLC President Rev. Mark Zarling presented the sermon from the text John 16:33 chosen by the class. The theme of the commencement was “Courage for the Commission.” Zarling emphasized that the graduates should look for strength and courage in their faith. “You’ve been taught that it’s all about Christ’s power, not your strength,” Zarling said. “It’s all about Christ’s message, not your smarts. It’s all about Christ’s saving love, not your emotional friendliness. You go forth for one reason: Jesus, always Jesus. As you step forward to carry Jesus’ name on your lips and in your lives, the words you chose will bring you courage. Courage is needed, for the task is impossible without the courage Christ provides.” The sermon explained the importance of the commission the graduates have received. Zarling referred to it as the great commission. Zarling further described the commission as going with the love of Jesus Christ to those lost. It is the only commission ever given that is eternally impactful for every soul, he said. “It will not be easy,” Zarling said. “This commission will bring difficulty, hardship, suffering and perhaps even death. But don’t be frightened. It is a commission that will bring you blessing. Listen to Jesus, and you will always have peace in him. In love Jesus tells you what to expect, so you are prepared with the sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer.” Connor Cummiskey can be emailed at ccummiskey@nujournal.com. ——— Master of Science in Education recipient Kate Krieger leads Martin Luther College graduates from the gym during the recessional at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday. See more photos on page 7A.

NEW ULM — The 2017 class at Martin Luther College (MLC) received their degrees and holy commission Saturday morning.

Presiding Minister Rev. Paul Koelpin conducted the commencement service for 145 graduating students.

There were 29 Bachelor of Arts, 89 Bachelor of Science in Education, five Bachelor of Science, four seminary certifications and 18 Master of Science in Education awarded.

MLC President Rev. Mark Zarling presented the sermon from the text John 16:33 chosen by the class.

The theme of the commencement was “Courage for the Commission.” Zarling emphasized that the graduates should look for strength and courage in their faith.

“You’ve been taught that it’s all about Christ’s power, not your strength,” Zarling said. “It’s all about Christ’s message, not your smarts. It’s all about Christ’s saving love, not your emotional friendliness. You go forth for one reason: Jesus, always Jesus. As you step forward to carry Jesus’ name on your lips and in your lives, the words you chose will bring you courage. Courage is needed, for the task is impossible without the courage Christ provides.”

The sermon explained the importance of the commission the graduates have received. Zarling referred to it as the great commission.

Zarling further described the commission as going with the love of Jesus Christ to those lost. It is the only commission ever given that is eternally impactful for every soul, he said.

“It will not be easy,” Zarling said. “This commission will bring difficulty, hardship, suffering and perhaps even death. But don’t be frightened. It is a commission that will bring you blessing. Listen to Jesus, and you will always have peace in him. In love Jesus tells you what to expect, so you are prepared with the sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer.”

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