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Program Focused on Praise to God


The Sabbath services on August 11, 2018 began with a song service led by Heissel (junior) and Itzel (senior), accompanied by Samantha (junior) on the piano.  The opening song was “Praise the Lord”.

Sebastien Roy-Lavallee welcomed everyone and had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 50:14-15“14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

Isaac (elementary) read a mission story. Sebastien Roy-Lavallee then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Clifton Brand and Mark (junor) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.   Jara (2018 sophomore) and Josia (her brother) sang “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” for special music.

Rebecca Nowdesha had the theme talk on “Praise”.  Stephanie Roy-Lavallee had the closing prayer and explained the classes.  Jester Felarca led the lesson study in the main sanctuary and Rich Sutton the class “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary.


Following are a few notes from Rebecca Nowdesha’s presentation:


  1. God wants us to have thanksgiving and praise as a habit even though things may not be going well.
  2. Psalm 63:1-3 “1 ¶ « A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. » O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so [as] I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 3 ¶ Because thy lovingkindness [is] better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”
  3. David praised God in a bad time because God never changes.
  4. 1 Chronicles 16:8 “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.”
  5. 2 Chronicles 20:20 “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”
  6. The king put the choir in front as they marched towards the enemy.
  7. Psalm 9:1-9 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David. » I will praise [thee], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. 3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. 6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. 7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. 8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. 9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
  8. We can always praise God because He is trustworthy.
  9. Psalm 22:3 “But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
  10. Psalm 50:3 “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.”
  11. Habakkuk 3:17-18 “17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
  12. Hymn from the old hymnal – “Sometimes a Light Surprises” – Rebecca Nowdesha sang as a solo with Jara accompanying her on the piano.

Personnel Other Than Students:

Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems

Jester Felarca – works as a CNA in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home

Rebecca Nowdesha - assistant girls’ dean

Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president

Sebastien Roy-Lavallee – men’s work coordinator

Stephanie Roy-Lavallee – academy girls’ dean

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