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Clayton Brandt Discusses Thankfulness

Sabbath services on July 1, 2017 began with a song service led by Angela Volpe, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano.  The opening song was “It Took a Miracle”. Beth Brandt welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Jeffrey (9th grader) read the scripture reading – Psalm 105:1-3 “1 ¶ O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”  

Eddie (sophomore) then read a mission story from India, where the church is constructing the Pioneer Memorial Training Center. Erected in honor of the Indian missionaries who started the work in Central India, the center will be a meeting and training center for church members.  The facility will have a 1000-seat auditorium and guest rooms. In all, the center will cost $730,000 and will be accessible to all forms of transportation. It will be also used by Adventist students when events are not scheduled at the center and will enable students to invite their non-Adventist friends. This project will benefit from this quarter’s 13th Sabbath Offering and will help reach out to India’s 1.3 billion people.

Eddie then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Sarah (senior) and Citlali (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. 

Clayton Brandt had the superintendent’s remarks on thankfulness and gratitude.  Clayton Brandt then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.
The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Jim Brenneman 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. Humans tend to forget what they have been forgiven and forget to give thanks for what they have.
  2. Luke 17:11-18 “11 ¶ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw [them], he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where [are] the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”
  3. Ellen White says that these lepers were recreated as they went with toes and fingers being reconstructed.
  4. We would have more power in prayer if we expressed gratitude and have more to thank God for.
  5. Think of all the problems we don’t have. Think of what we all owe to the Lord.
  6. Jesus struggled with the decision to go ahead in the Garden and finally decided to give us His place if necessary.
  7. Jesus watches for signs of gratitude for what we have been given in the plan of salvation.
  8. In Psalm 139, it says that God’s thoughts are precious towards.  Why not thank him for it?
Personnel Other Than Students:

Angela Volpe – Mark Kent’s special friend
James Brenneman – retired English and history teacher / academy yearbook sponsor
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager

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