Answering the Call - Rich Sutton
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 23, 2014 began with an introit by Jacqualine Miller on the piano, followed by the announcements by Clifton Brandt. The church prayer meeting night will be changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, starting this week at 7:00 p.m.
Clifton Brandt had the invocation, and welcomed everyone. The congregation then sang “Seeking the Lost”, accompanied by Donna Kanna on the organ. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Alec (junior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Clifton Brandt prayed for the offering.
Lorealle (junior) told the children present several stories. Heidi (junior) played her flute for special music. Joshua (9th grader) read Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.”
Rich Sutton discussed the topic “Here I Am; Send Me”, interviewing a number of the new staff members in the process. The congregation sang “Here I Am, Lord” led by Heidi (junior), Stephany (junior) and a number of other students. Rich Sutton then called the students to the platform to have prayer to bless the students.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob and Michelle Gustafson – Bob deals with the vehicle shop and construction / Michelle deals with campus mowing
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems / local church elder
Donna Kanna – Laurelbrook music teacher
Juanita and David Smith – Juanita is the academy registrar / David is the elementary school teacher
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
- Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.”
- Isaiah talked about God’s people with their unclean lips and lives. But God touched Isaiah’s mouth with a live coal to purify his life.
- Isaiah 6:9-12 “9 ¶ And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and [there be] a great forsaking in the midst of the land.”
- How did God put all of us together here at Laurelbrook?
- Dottie Jones was sitting at 3ABN camp meeting, have been an SDA member for a little over a year. She was eating in the cafeteria, and C.D. Carter, a Laurelbrook supporter, said that she was needed at Laurelbrook. Eventually she arrived at Laurelbrook as a CPA. Rich found out she had teaching experience so she became the academy principal.
- Becky (senior) went door to door selling Christian literature in California. The first week she called home every day. About Week 4, the work became fulfilling despite a thousand slammed doors.
- About Week 7, she started having days when she only sold five or seven books a day instead of the normal twenty. After lunch, she was hot and tired and ready to quit. Then she went to a home that had a Spanish sign indicating that they were Catholic and not interested in other religions. Becky had a conversation with the man of the house; he was very interested in her DVDs. The man couldn’t read and finally bought the DVDs.
- At the next house, the man was at the house telling people to buy the DVDs.
- Eventually she discovered the man was a pastor. At the last house, the man persuaded the people to buy a cookbook. All in all, it was a good day – and the good days continued.
- Rich met Bob Gustafson when he needed some repairs done. Bob was working 70 hours a week as an interstate trucker. He was sent into nasty places where he used Christian graces to get things done. Eventually he was consulted on how to deal with certain places.
- Bob and his wife Michelle sent applications all over the United States. Rich called them; they felt they were on Cloud 9. Michelle was volunteering at a Seventh-day Adventist school and praying for a place the Lord wanted them to go. Michelle was in a Wal-Mart at the time when Bob called; the two talked over the phone in a Wal-Mart aisle with everyone wondering what was going on.
- David and Juanita Smith were at Michigan Camp Meeting and checked out Laurelbrook’s booth. He was impressed by the brochure and had wanted to be in an independent ministry. Laurelbrook is everything he wanted and more.
- Even more miracles might be revealed if more students were interviewed.