Pastor Cory Pittman Talks About What God Can Do
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 16, 2016 began with Elizabeth Castle and her Personal Ministries Corner. She mentioned that God wants us to perform acts of kindness and charity for others as part of our personal ministries. Ask God what He would have each of us to do.
Rich Sutton reported that the Mexican group built five regular churches, not one-day churches. Teams went from church site to church site doing a specialized job at each site. Each crew member learned a skill as he worked. One crew member was an alcoholic named Levi; he was prone to go to a place to get a drink. This young man’s eyes changed as time went on and he conquered alcoholism. He went forward in an altar call, encouraged by a group leader. As a result of the trip, 13 or 14 young people are coming to Laurelbrook next year for a short time. God is blessing our missionary training.
Stanton Rolle followed with the announcements. Today there will be a special vespers program at 5:15, followed by a special meeting and a social. Sunday evening there will be a special meal in honor of Chay (sophomore), who will be leaving us soon; it will begin at 6:00.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “I Love Thee”, accompanied on the piano by Evelyn (Korean ESL student). Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. JD (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. Heniel and Tony (ESL students from Mexico) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering.
Hillis Jeffries then told the children a story about a boy named Johnny, a country boy who was forbidden to use a certain trail. But his father refused to tell why so the boy decided to try the trail one wet morning. The trail was overgrown. At a dip in the trail, he slipped towards a cliff. He called for his father, he cried to the Lord, and his father grabbed him just before he went over the cliff. Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Ephesians 6:1-2 “1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” Colossians 3:20 “Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Johnny should have listened and avoided the experience he had.
Benjie (ESL student from Mexico) read 1 Timothy 1:15 “This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” The congregation then sang “There’s Sunshine in My Soul Today”. Pastor Corbin Pittman then discussed the topic “Better Than We Deserve”.
The congregation then celebrated the quarterly communion service in honor of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Lorealle (senior) and Mari (9th grader) removed from and replaced the covering on the communion table. Heniel and Tony (ESL students from Mexico) helped serve the communion juice and bread. People were invited to give their testimonies as the emblems were being passed out.
As the deacons collected the glasses, Pastor Pittman talked about his ministry (and his wife’s) to the women in a nearby state prison. Recently Pastor and Mrs. Pittman looked over the Advent Home property in view of the needs these women have when they are released from prison. Please pray over this opportunity for service.
The congregation sang “Chief of Sinners”. Pastor Pittman had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Pastor Cory Pittman – retired pastor working with a prison ministry in a nearby state prison / lives in nearby Brayton
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Pittman: