The Sabbath services on June 2, 2018 began with a song service led by Heissel (junior) and Eric (senior), accompanied by Jara (junior) and later by Samantha (junior) on the piano. The opening song was “Be Still, My Soul”.
Sebastien Roy-Lavallee welcomed everyone and had prayer. Kiki (9th grader) read the scripture reading – Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Stephanie Roy-Lavallee then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Jakob (junior) and Felix (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. Isaac (elementary) read the mission story. One girl grew up in an abusive situation on a poor farm in West Virginia. She disliked religion, but she did attend a series on Revelation and thought about a Judgment Day in the future.
Stephanie and Sebastien Roy-Lavallee had the theme talk on “Let God Be God”. Sebastien Roy-Lavallee had the closing prayer, and Stephanie Roy-Lavallee explained the classes. James Brenneman led the lesson study in the main sanctuary, and Jester Felarca “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from Stephanie and Sebastien Roy-Lavallee’s presentation:
Stephanie used to wonder why she couldn’t bring her husband to the truth, a continual source of frustration.
But the children readily accepted Jesus and were baptized. Why didn’t her husband do also?
Do we try to take God’s place by demanding something right now?
We do everything to do our will, but this may not be God’s will.
She finally told God her husband was His problem. When she got out of the way, the Holy Spirit convinced Him to accept Jesus.
His father forced him to go to church, Stephanie forced him to go, but only when she got out of the way did conversion come.
Let God be God. Revelation 22:13“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Our understanding doesn’t even come close to God. Consider the source.
Proverbs 3:5“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
God controls the whole universe. Trust God when you don’t understand even in scary situations.
Be obedient. 1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.”
When they came to Laurelbrook, they had to trust God and leave everything behind.
God will lead you. Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”
Abraham didn’t have to obey God when he left his home and went to Canaan, following the Lord’s leading.
God often gives us piece by piece what we need to know. Let God be God.
Personel Other Than Students:
James Brenneman – one of the academy English and Bible teachers / works on the grounds / one of the yearbook sponsors
Jester Felarca – works as a C.N.A. in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Sebastien Roy-Lavallee – men’s work coordinator
Stephanie Roy-Lavallee – academy girls’ dean / Sebastien’s wife