Rich Sutton Talks About the Mexico Trip
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 23, 2016 began with an introit by JD (junior) on the piano. Clifton Brandt mentioned that we are in the closing scenes in this world’s history and should be sharing the gospel in every way possible right now.
Elizabeth Castle read an article from the Southern Tidings about religious freedom. Many conservative Christians bemoan the fact that the government doesn’t control our moral behavior. True marriage, Seventh-day Adventists believe, is not something that can be defined by the government. Every argument that Adventists use about marriage comes from the Bible but should not be forced on everyone. Clifton Brandt then mentioned that Satan delights in bringing in confusing issues and mentioned the religious liberty offering today.
Bob Gustafson then had the announcements. The Belize mission trip is coming up – January 31 is the deadline for applying to go on this trip. Vespers will be at 5:15 in the church. There will be a baptismal class at 2:00.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation led by Pedro Acre and Michelle Gustafson then sang “Praise to the Lord”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Samantha (elementary) then called for the offering, which was for religious liberty. Elliott and Eric (seniors) then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Jenny Acre told the children a story from the mountains. The parents went for more provisions. The children were left to run the camp and register any visitors. Then one of the children saw a shadow on the snow; later there was a loud knock on the door. The visitor demanded food and brandished a gun. Then he demanded all the family’s valuables. Then he went to sleep on the couch. One of the children went for the gun and was pulled to the floor. A loud pounding shook the door. A stranger came in and asked who the stranger in the house was. The second stranger ordered the first man out of the house and took the gun and threw the first stranger out the door. The second stranger went to sleep in the first bedroom, but in the morning there was no stranger in the room. It must have been an angel.
Eric (senior) then read Matthew 5:38-42 “38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
Isai (ESL) played a solo on his saxophone, accompanied partly on the piano by Jairit (junior). Rich Sutton started discussing the topic “Going the Extra Mile”. During the sermon, he interviewed various people who went on the December church-building mission trip to northern Mexico. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Brenda Herra – wife of Rodney Herra / student vocational coordinator
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local church head deacon
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jeffries family – Rose, the mother, assistant academy principal / Hillis, the father, the academy boys’ dean
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assistant farm manager
Pedro Acre – works with the Laurelbrook music department
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – local church elder / men’s work coordinator
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton: