Seniors Dedicate Themselves in Consecration Service
Laurelbrook’s 2017 graduation weekend began with a Consecration service at 8:00 p.m. Friday evening in the school auditorium. Hillis Jeffries III led the song service, accompanied by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. The opening hymn was “Onward Christian Soldiers”.
Rich Sutton had the invocation. Rosemarie Jeffries welcomed everyone. And the Class of 2017 paid tribute to their parents by presenting them with flowers and special attention.
Edgar Velzaquez (senior) then played a saxophone solo, accompanied by Samantha on the piano. Bob Gustafson read John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
E. W. Dempsey gave the Consecration Address titled “True to the Call”. In response, each senior came to the pulpit, responded to the address, lit a candle, and cross the platform to stand in a group formation with lit candles. E. W. Dempsey then had the Consecration Prayer. The senior class then sang “Go Light Your World” as a Consecration Hymn.
Each graduating senior then marched out, lighting a junior’s candle on the way. Class members then stood in a line on the porch and received the best wishes of various audience members.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson - parent of a senior and former Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
E. W. Dempsey – adult ministries director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Hillis Jeffries III – Laurelbrook Academy boys’ dean
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rosemarie Jeffries – Laurelbrook Academy principal
Following are notes from the Consecration Address:
- When you are lost, every way seems right.
- Joshua 1 says that Joshua was now chosen to be the leader after Moses. He didn’t allow grumbling and selfishness to bother him.
- God told Joshua to remember His Law, the reflection of His character. He would have to deal with rebellious people and with a swollen river and then with the walled city of Jericho.
- In a few days, each senior will be going on a different path than the one he/she is now on. But God will qualify for each senior the challenges ahead.
- God gave Joshua how to get across the river – the priests would carry the Ark right up to the edge of the water. At that point, there was dry ground to cross the river.
- Nothing will be impossible for God when the seniors need to do what God has asked.
- Then there was Jericho with high walls, advanced military equipment, and trained warriors.
- But there was Rahab the Prostitute, who protected the spies. They realized that God would help them take the city.
- Today all the top spiritual leaders are going to the Vatican. Are you going to follow them and talk about your faith?
- Esther had to see the king since a degree threatened to wipe out her people. After fasting, she determined to go. Which seniors are willing to be like Esther?
- Daniel was willing to stand up for God.
- Romans 10:17 “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This is how you get faith.
- Matthew 17:14-21 “14 ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 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. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
- Fasting may include substituting prayer for computer use, not just refraining from food.
- Spending time with the Word strengthens us. Few Adventists are spending time with God in prayer.
- In Genesis 3, Eve was out walking by herself. Satan noticed. Eve entered into a dialogue with him and wound up misquoting God.
- A leader is a person who motivates and guides someone to do something that person thinks impossible.
- Challenge tonight is to be someone who cannot be swayed from God wants that person to do and calls sin by its right name.
- You can expect miracles when you are doing God’s Will.
- Jesus chose Peter despite his negative qualities and despite Peter’s denial of Him.
- Jesus went to heaven and Peter is given the gift of the Holy Spirit and testifies by healing a cripple and preaches to thousands of people.
- The authorities realized that the believers were unlearned people but had been with Jesus.
- With a compass, you find the true way you want to go. And the true compass is Jesus.
- God wants you to be true to duty as the needle to the pole. Give God your will and plans every day. Pray continuously and study His Word every day.