Dorka and Daryll Ellis Talked About An Emergency
Sabbath services on June 17, 2017 began with a piano introit by Mark Kent. Angela Volpe led the song service, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano. The opening song was “Praise to the Lord”. Daryll Ellis welcomed everyone.
Alejandra Feria (2017 graduate) had prayer and Citlali (senior) read the scripture reading – 2 Chronicles 20:15 “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s.”
Karla Gil (2017 graduate) then read a mission story. Daryll Ellis then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Itzel and Jissel (sophomores) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Dorka Ellis had the superintendent’s remarks on “God’s Ways”. During Dorka’s talk, Angela Volpe sang “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” as a vocal solo for special music, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano.
Dorka Ellis then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.The congregation then became one Sabbath School classes taught by Ricardo Carr in the church sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Jehoshaphat was a very godly king and built up Judah’s army.
- The king didn’t know exactly what the Lord wanted him to do when many of the neighboring nations invaded Judah.
- 2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, [art] not thou God in heaven? and rulest [not] thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand [is there not] power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 7 [Art] not thou our God, [who] didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 If, [when] evil cometh upon us, [as] the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name [is] in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 11 Behold, [I say, how] they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes [are] upon thee.”
- All Judah stood before the Lord with all the children.
- The answer came in 2 Chronicles 20:15 “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s.”
- At this point, they decided to worship God for the answer He would provide.
- 2 Chronicles 20:18-19 “18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with [his] face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.”
- Judah fasted and prayed for the answer that was coming.
- 2 Chronicles 20:21 “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.”
- “The beauty of holiness” was the provision the Lord had made to protect them.
- 2 Chronicles 20:22-24 “22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy [them]: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. 24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they [were] dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.”
- The result? 2 Chronicles 20:25-26 “25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.”
- 2 Chronicles 20:29 “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of [those] countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.”
- If we ask, God will protect and save us.
Angela Volpe – Mark Kent’s girlfriend
Daryll Ellis – Laurelbrook graduate / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Dorka Ellis – wife of Daryll Ellis
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT person
Ricardo Carr – one of the chaplains in Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga