Rodney Herra Discusses Worship
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 13, 2016 began with an introit by Samanatha (elementary) on the piano.
Rich Sutton had the Personal Ministries Corner, introducing a young man named Curtis who has been going on Mexico Missions trips. He described the roads in Bolivia, essentially muddy trails. He helped get a decent road to the school where Scott and Min Sterling worked for a time and also electricity, using shovels and wheelbarrows to move the earth. Then the group built a dam the same way and installed a water wheel to produce the electricity. Currently Curtis is working on an airplane for mission work.
Stanton Rolle followed with the announcements. He welcomed everyone and had the congregation sing one stanza of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. He asked prayer for the students going to Spiritual Retreat. The new pastor, Mark Cox, should be arriving the first week of prayer. The Gustafsons had some mechanical issues in Texas and need our prayers.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Holy, Holy, Holy”. Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Laura (junior) then called for the offering. Blake (sophomore) and Scott Sterling then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went for the Adventist church’s world budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering.
Marissa (9th grader) told the children a story. Montel Johnson then read Psalm 122:1 “« A Song of degrees of David. » I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
Pedro Acre and a select choir then sang for special music, accompanied by Samantha on the piano. Rodney Herra discussed the topic “Worship”. The congregation sang “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Montel Johnson – teaches math for the Laurelbrook Elementary School
Pedro Acre – works with the Laurelbrook music department / husband of Ginny Acres, the academy girls’ dean
Rich Sutton - Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / head local church elder
Scott Sterling - works with Laurelbrook’s IT department and assists Clifton Brandt with the sewer and water systems
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
- A drunk person needed a bathroom, entered a church, and found a door leading to the platform in front of the congregation. He then asked what the congregation was doing there that day.
- Good question for us today. People come to church for various reasons – social, habit, curiosity, occupation of assigned seats, or the worship of God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
- Just coming to a church service doesn’t mean that we are coming to worship. Worship is an active participation in a service in honor of God.
- We can be so close to worship but go away without really taking part in worship.
- Isaiah 6:1-8 “1 ¶ In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 ¶ Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 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. “
- The first key element is to see God and realize He is on the throne.
- Uzziah had been king for 52 years, a follower of God. Now he was dead, and the Assyrians were on the march. Isaiah was afraid and went to worship in the Temple. He saw God was still on His throne.
- Today everything around us seems to fall apart, but God is still on the throne, looking out for us. This is the time to come to worship.
- Many times we fear God, but He is really our Father somewhat like the father of the prodigal son. He accepts us back the second we reach towards Him.
- To worship is a privilege. Psalm 122:1 “« A Song of degrees of David. » I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
- Secondly, we must see ourselves as we really are. Note Isaiah 6:5 where the prophet realized his weaknesses because he has seen God.
- It is a mistake to compare each other because we all have faults. Unless we see Jesus, we will be inclined to find faults in others.
- Isaiah 5:8 “Woe unto them that join house to house, [that] lay field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!”
- Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!”
- After pointing out all these woes, Isaiah sees God and realizes his unworthiness to say about others.
- Thirdly, worship deals with forgiveness and cleansing. Note Isaiah 6:6-7. God does the cleansing, not us. He cannot do it unless each of us sees our needs.
- Many times we wants God’s peace while remaining comfortable in our sins. Christianity begins in discomfort.
- Like clothes, we can fit our clothes by going on a diet or go buy some new clothes. Christianity is like this. We can find Christianity that fits our sins, but we won’t get to heaven so doing.
- True worship lets us see ourselves and then go to Jesus to correct our lives. We must see and feel our need.
- Fourthly, worship directs us to service, to meeting life’s rigors and problems. It’s a place where we come to see who is in control.
- In summary, we must see God as the Ruler and Father of the universe. Then we must see ourselves as we really are and then accept Christ’s cleansing and correction. Finally, we must go serve.
- This kind of worship comes with great power that God has ready, but some of us never realize this. Do we plug into this power?