Church Participates in Communion Service
audio of sermon
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 18, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano and Cheyna Ashe on the violin. Rodney Herra followed with an announcement that at 4:00 p.m. there will be a meeting at Southern in the Collegedale church remembering the beginnings of the Layman Foundation.
Rich Sutton mentioned that years ago he went into Mexico with several vehicles in his name. The conference lawyer helped through the border and through the military checkpoints. Year after year for fourteen years he did this. When his boys grew up, he looked through the various academies and found that Rich Sutton worked at Laurelbrook. They are working through the documentation necessary to send their boys to Laurelbrook.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Near the Cross”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Rodney Herra then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. TJ (sophomore) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Rodney Herra then read Mark 14:32-40 “32 ¶ And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.”
Pastor David Wendt discussed overcoming stress the way Jesus did. The congregation then celebrated the quarterly communion service – foot washing and partaking of bread and grape juice as symbols for Christ’s sacrifice. Rodney Herra and Rich Sutton were the elders involved in the quarterly service. Lorealle (senior) and Polina (junior) were the deaconesses for the service. Daryll Ellis, Paul Frechette, TJ (sophomore), and Nicky Moro were the deacons.
The congregation sang “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”. The communion personnel left during the hymn. The congregation then was ushered out.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office / works with the Laurelbrook music program
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Nicky Moro – Laurelbrook task force worker
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager / local church deacon
Pastor David Wendt – pastor of the Laurelbrook and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rich Sutton - Laurelbrook's president
Rodney Herra – works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program / local head church elder
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt: