With Seniors Helping, Hillis Jeffries Has Communion
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 16, 2016 began with an introit by Jairit (junior) on the piano. Hillis Jeffries III announced that the congregation would now separate for the foot washing.
After the foot washing, ministers, elders, deacons, deaconesses walked in. Eric (senior) gave the call to worship, reading Psalm 54 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? » Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah. 4 ¶ Behold, God [is] mine helper: the Lord [is] with them that uphold my soul. 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for [it is] good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen [his desire] upon mine enemies.”
Dave (senior) had the opening prayer, and the congregation sang “When We All Get to heaven”. Jessica (senior) read Luke 7:36-39 “36 ¶ And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind [him] weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe [them] with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.”
Inna (senior) called for the offering, which for the local church budget. Haniel and Benjie (seniors) collected the offering. The congregation then sang “Praise God”. Inna then prayed for the offering.
Eric (senior) coordinated the giving of testimonies. Eric was thankful that he didn’t have to pay as much in tickets this past week as he feared he might. Dave (senior) talked about a friend he had in Indonesia who is now taking theology despite his family background. He also praised the Lord he had not gotten sick so far. Isai (senior) was thankful for the new opportunity to change he found at Laurelbrook. He thanked the Lord that his mother had recovered from a serious illness. Dorka Ellis thanked the Lord that her grandchild had said “Mama”. She also thanked the Lord that He had led her through a perplexing situation.
Hillis Jeffries III had the Morning Prayer. The congregation then sang “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”. Rosemarie Jeffries, his wife, talked about the occasion, reading from Ellen White’s book The Desire of Ages.
The congregation sang “Break Thou the Bread of Life”. The deaconesses then uncovered the communion table.
Tony (senior) and Hillis Jeffries III broke the communion bread, and Hillis Jeffries had prayer for the communion bread. Kaz (senior) read 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 “23 ¶ For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
Tony then had a prayer for the communion bread. The deacons – Isai, Tony, Haniel, and Dave (all seniors) distributed the communion bread. While this was taking place, Stephanie (senior) then read a reading. The congregation then sang “Let Us Break Bread Together”. The congregation then ate the bread while contemplating the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us.
The deacons then distributed the communion grape juice while Heidi (senior) then read a reading about the meaning of the communion service. Among the points she mentioned was the fact that the juice that Christ used was not fermented. The congregation then sang the second stanza of “Let Us Break Bread Together” in parts. the congregation then drank the grape juice while again thinking of Christ’s sacrifice.
The deaconesses then covered the communion table. Hillis Jeffries III had a few closing remarks, the congregation sang “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”, and Hillis Jeffries III had the closing prayer. The deacons collected an offering for the poor at the door as the congregation left.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Rosemarie Jeffries – assistant academy principal / wife of Hillis Jeffries III
Following are some notes on the remarks by Hillis Jeffries III: