Sabbath services on March 17, 2018 began with a song service led by Eric (junior), accompanied by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. The opening song was “A Shelter in the Time of Storm”. Jacqueline Miller welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Isaac (sophomore) had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 34:7-9 “7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him.”
Josia (senior) then read a mission story from Jamaica. A lady’s husband died, she took over the business, and eventually she closed the tailor shops on Sabbath and became a member of the church. She opened the shops on Sunday, discovered that there was more available parking at the mall on Sundays, and was happier than she had ever been in her life. One of her employees is taking Bible studies.
Josia then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Isaac (sophomore) and Alex (9th grader) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Jacqueline Miller had the superintendent’s remarks on “God’s Protective Hand”. Laura Mae Zollinger sang “The Ninety and Nine” as a vocal solo for special music, accompanied by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. Jacqueline Miller then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.
The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Elizabeth Castle.
1. A friend of Jacqueline’s found an old book by W.A. Spicer about miraculous occurrences in people’s lives.
2. Moravians escaped to Count Zinzendorf’s estate in Saxony. When they tried, some of these were put in prison. One was impressed that one night that it was time to escape. They managed to get passed two big gates and escaped.
3. A person who was sent to find them and couldn’t find them was put in prison. He made his escape into the village in broad daylight.
4. One group was told they were to be burned at the stake during the reign of England’s Bloody Mary (Mary I). They began weeping, and at the very time they began their persecutor died. They weren’t burned.
5. During one time of his life, John Bunyan was allowed out of jail to spend the night with his family. But his persecutors sent an officer to get him early in the morning, thinking to find that John was out with his family, but John was impressed to return about 3:00 a.m. The officer came about 5:00 and found nothing wrong with the jail. John was present.
6. During Mary I’s reign, one prisoner was chained in an awkward way and fed very little. He prayed that God would relieve his sufferings. An angel came to see him and comforted him, telling him that after this date he would not be hungry or thirsty. He was eventually burned at the stake.
7. One Baptist believer was visiting various believers. He encountered a judge with a male assistant. This assistant questioned him and found out his Baptist beliefs. The believer was imprisoned. Eventually the believer sent for the assistant and told him he would be punished for his sins. Fourteen days later the assistant died suddenly.
8. This generation of ours may experience similar occurrences.
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nursing living on the Laurelbrook campus