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2016 Laurelbrook Graduation - Sabbath Vespers

Sabbath vespers during the 2016 Graduation Weekend featured several choral organizations and the music of Lorealle Moore (senior). It began at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Seniors Jonathan, Jessica, Stephany, Heidi, and Lorealle had a song service with Caleb at the piano. Opening song was “It Is Well With my Soul”, a Laurelbrook favorite. Stephany had the welcome and prayer. Ron Oxentenko, former LBA president and father of senior Heidi, had a story-talk.

Following are some notes from Ron Oxentenko’s talk:
  1. Our world went the wrong way in the great universe conflict by choosing the side of sin.
  2. Have you ever been in a catastrophic situation?
  3. Ron and his brother were on a big lake when the wind started picking up. You have two choices when this happens – turn the canoe into the wind or let the wind push the canoe before it.
  4. Finally, he and his brother landed the canoe and carried the canoe across a peninsula to a quiet harbor.
  5. Have you known someone who didn’t study and yet made As? Most people have.
  6. Thomas Edison said that genus is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. 
  7. Some people did their homesick; some didn’t.
  8. Jesus had been worn out by His work.  He got into a boat to go to an area not populated by Jews to get some physical rest.  In the midst of the sea, a big storm came up, frustrating all the disciples’ efforts to keep the boat afloat. Jesus was sleeping in the boat; a flash of lightning revealed him.
  9. Mark 4:38 “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?”
  10. Jesus had made the universe and cast the devil out of heaven. He had planned to go to save a fallen world, yet the disciples thought he didn’t care due to the storm’s fury. Of course, He did care and calmed the sea.
  11. Psalm 121:2-4 “2 My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
  12. John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
  13. Jesus said that of His own self He could do nothing. Jesus laid aside His universal power to become a human like each of us.   Yet He stood up the boat and rebuke Satan’s efforts to destroy Him and His disciples.
  14. Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
  15. Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
  16. Jesus was as a man dependent on His Father spent His time establishing a connection with God and His power.
  17. Seniors, remember today is in your hands.  The people you are with today are connections you have for life. In your dreams, you hold the future, but remember that when catastrophes come, a connection with the Father is extremely important.
The elementary young people sang “I Will Praise Your Name” with Lorealle at the piano. The senior Heidi had closing prayer.

After sundown, three video yearbooks were shown.

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