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Rebecca Nowdesha Talks About Brokenness

Sabbath services on June 3, 2017 began with a song service by Leilani (sophomore), Jissel (sophomore), and Cesiah (junior), accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano. The opening song was “Let Your Heart Be Broken”. Rebecca Nowdesha welcomed everyone.

Citlali (senior) read the scripture reading from Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Moises (sophomore) then read a mission story from Nigeria about a student named Jemimah, who shared her faith with Confidence, a fellow student. The 13th Sabbath Offering this quarter will go towards special quarters for youth ministry and Sabbath School rooms at Babcock University.

Joseph Nowdesha then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Samuel Torres and Cesar Rodriguez and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Rebecca Nowdesha and Rachel (junior) sang “Beneath the Cross” without accompaniment for special music.

Rebecca Nowdesha had the superintendent’s remarks on brokenness.  Joseph Nowdesha had the closing prayer. Rebecca Nowdesha then announced the classes.
The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the church sanctuary and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Stanton Rolle.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. God has ways to bring brokenness into our lives.
  2. Everyone here probably wants to be a servant of God, but each of us also contains something called “self”.
  3. Peter was with Jesus, but there was something about himself Peter didn’t know. But Jesus knew his need.
  4. Ellen White says we may be doing good things for praise or self-exaltation. Our own works cannot purchase salvation.
  5. God might have to break us down to show us our need.
  6. Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
  7. The world needs Christians who are emptied of self.
  8. The love of Christ will give the believer new life if the believer is willing to be broken so this can happen.
  9. Don’t fear being broken by Christ.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT person
Rebecca and Joseph Nowdesha – work in the school kitchen / have been missionaries in India
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager

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