The Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church service on May 5, 2018 began with Elizabeth Castle having the Ministry Corner. Jester Felarca welcomed everyone and made a few announcements.
Jeremy Westcott played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation and then sang “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”. Joubert Pierre had the main prayer; the congregation responded with “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”.
Mark (sophomore) then called for the offering. Elyjah (junior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Mark prayed for the offering.
Arielle Pierre told the children a story about a child who was entranced by a razor and put a bald spot in the middle of her hair. She had been warned not to touch the razor. The child was already punished by that bald spot so the mother took nearby hair strands and wove them into a net over the bald spot. Arielle confessed she was that child.
Moises (sophomore) then read Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Rebecca Nowdesha played a violin solo for special music, accompanied by Jara (sophomore) on the piano.
Joubert Pierre discussed the topic “We Have This Hope”. The congregation sang “We Have This Hope”, accompanied by Jeremy Westcott on the organ. Joubert Pierre had the closing prayer.
Personel Other Than Students:
Arielle Pierre – wife of Joubert Pierre / works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home with social services
Jester Felarca – works as a C.N.A. in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jeremy Westcott – one of the academy teachers
Joubert Pierre – academy math teacher
Rebecca Nowdesha – assistant girls’ dean / works in the school kitchen
Following are some notes on the sermon by Joubert Pierre:
Many people experience a dark and close experience, but there is hope.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
The Lord uses these waiting periods for His advantage. Many times God doesn’t answer our prayers in our time frame, but eventually He will answer our prayers.
Prayer is never useless. James 5:16 “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
God hears every prayer we pray, but the answer can be “Yes” or “No” or even “Wait”.
Israel lost hope on the border of the Promised Land and let them wonder in the desert for 40 years. But the cloud, the manna, and the tabernacle all reassured them that He was with them.
Do you feel helpless about some situations? Remember Psalm 27:14.
God has given us promises for difficult times. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”
Many Bible characters were given peace despite the circumstances.
We need to grab our Bibles in difficult times and memorize its promises.
“An act of kindness is in most cases more valuable than the most eloquent of sermons” Anonymous
1 Peter 1:18-19 “18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Heaven gave up its most precious treasure for you and I.
Are you looking forward to the greatest rescue of all history (when Christ comes)?