Rodney Herra Talked About Christ's Sufferings
Sabbath services on August 13, 2016 began with a song service led by Pedro Arce, accompanied on the piano by Jacqueline Miller. The opening song was “The Wonder of It All”. Rodney Herra welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Edi (elementary) read Isaiah 53:5 “But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Samantha (9th grader) read a mission story from Rwanda. A grave digger witnessed to those who were doing the killing during Rwanda’s internal civil war. Rodney Herra then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Haniel Garcia and Sammy (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Rodney Herra had the superintendent’s remarks on Jesus’ sufferings. Bubba Herra sang a song about Jesus’ crucifixion, accompanying himself on the guitar. Rodney Herra then had closing prayer. The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the sanctuary and one taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson “behind the glass” at the back of the sanctuary separated by a glass wall from the main sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Rodney Herra:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Matthew 26:47-50 “47 ¶ And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.”
- One of Jesus’ own disciples betrayed him with a sign of friendship.
- Matthew 26:65-67 “65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. 67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote [him] with the palms of their hands,”
- Jesus was beaten, spit on, and hauled off to Pilate. There the people chose a very bad criminal instead of Jesus and shouted that Jesus be crucified.
- Jesus was then whipped with a whip with barbs at the ends.
- Next the soldiers took him to their quarters. Matthew 27:27-30 “27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band [of soldiers]. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it] upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.”
- Jesus went through all this due to our sins.
Bubba Herra – Laurelbrook graduate / Rodney Herra’s son / physical therapist’s assistant in Cleveland
Haniel Garcia – Laurelbrook graduate
Pedro Arce – works with the music department
Rodney Herra – men’s work coordinator