Robert Zollinger Discusses Working in the Lord's Vineyard
At the beginning of the church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 7, 2013, Charles Sarr made the necessary announcements. He reminded everyone that bulletin announcements should be turned in to Amy Sonnenthal in the registrar’s office. He acknowledged the role of Becky (junior) and Donna Kanna as musicians for the services this morning.
After Donna Kanna played an introit, Robert Zollinger had the invocation, Charles Sarr welcomed everyone, the congregation sang “The Lord in Zion Reigneth”, Charles Sarr mentioned several additional subjects for prayer,and Charles Sarr had the Morning Prayer. New subjects for prayer included Paul Frechette, who was badly bruised in a lawnmower accident, and Laura Mae Zollinger, who was badly bruised in a fall in her home.
Charles Sarr then called for the main offering, which was for church budget. John Ellis and Paul Frechette collected the church offerings. Charles Sarr prayed for the offering.
Michelle (sophomore) told the children a story about a puppy. Charles Sarr then read 1 Corinthians 4:9 “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.”
Lorealle (sophomore) sang a vocal solo for special music with accompaniment. Robert Zollinger spoke on the topic “Son, Go Today and Work in My Vineyard”. The congregation sang “O Let Me Walk With Thee”. Charles Sarr closed the service with prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Amy Sonnenthal – academy registrar
Charles Sarr – head church elder / head campus tech person / head of the academy music department / academy vice-principal
Donna Kanna – taught music lessons during the 2013 school year
John Ellis – former Laurelbrook staff member living near the campus
Laura Mae Zollinger – retired nurse living with her husband Glenn Zollinger (Robert Zollinger’s brother) on the edge of Laurelbrook’s property
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager
Robert Zollinger – past Laurelbrook president and board chairman
Following are notes on the sermon:
- John Byington, the first president of the General Conference, was riding with Ellen White when she told him that all the Adventist pioneers would die and that a short time would elapse before the Second Coming.
- Ellen White had a last vision shortly before she died. The vision concerned young people. She encouraged young people to live a life attractive to heaven and not a life attractive to earthly things. She also wanted the young people to make sure that their influence was uplifting to those around them.
- In the vision, she seemed to be sorting out books young people shouldn’t have. She was shown that young people should keep their eyes on heavenly things, not influences that tend to detract from religious things.
- She said that the devil would come when men are most unaware that he is there and talks to people’s hearts.
- She ended by saying this warning message should be presented again and again.
- 1 Corinthians 4:9 “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.”
- Ellen White said in The Madison School, p. 41 that if the program followed at Madison were followed by all schools Adventists would be a spectacle to angels and men.
- At the turn of the 19th into the 20th Century, the whole church nearly changed. Just before this, Ellen White called for an educational reform that was not accepted by the church.
- Ellen White in Education says that everyone who hears the gospel should be aware that they are alive for a particular reason. Not all are called to be ministers and missionaries, but all may be workers for God.
- Ministers and missionaries are not the only people called to finish God’s Work. Everyone is called.
- Sutherland and Magan decided to change the basic curriculum by formulating a program for individual students so that everyone could be trained to finish God’s Work.
- Ellen White says that the specific place in God’s Work for a person to occupy is determined by the natural abilities God has given that person.
- Unfortunately, many people are diverted from their rightful work by a desire for greater honor and a wish for a more pleasing task. Students often work better who can drive a tractor or lawn mower instead of working with a hoe and other hand tools.
- We are to do our best the work God has given us right, keep ourselves committed to Him, and watch for the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- Jeremiah 1:4-5 “Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?”
- Psalm 139:13, 16 “13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
- We keep committed to God by studying the Bible and asking the Lord in prayer to send the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us.
- We are supposed to give ourselves committed to God like Joseph. Genesis 45:7-8 “And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”
- Joseph said that God had sent him to Egypt and elevated him so he could do God’s work.
- Ellen White says in the Youth Instructor that God designed that Joseph would introduce God’s religion to the Egyptians. Through dreams God showed Joseph the high position he would fill in order to do this. His brothers tried to prevent this task being fulfilled – but it was done anyway. Joseph’s character did not change when he was exalted to his high position.
- Joseph’s heart was broken when he was sold as a slave, but then he saw his father’s camp and realized that God was still in control and God’s program was still on.
- Another person is David. 2 Samuel 23 says the Lord was with David despite his sins and problems. David communed with nature and with God from the time he was tending sheep. The Spirit of the Lord was with David and guided David.
- David’s psalms were to encourage God’s people to the end of time. As time went on, David was inspired to write richer music and psalms by God’s Holy Spirit.
- This shows what it means when Ellen White says that we are to wait and watch for the indications of God’s Providence.
- If we would pay attention to the things Ellen White wrote about education, there would be a completely different Laurelbrook.
- Matthew 21:28 “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.” You can see two classes of young people here.
- In this parable, the son who said he wouldn’t do it changed his mind and did what was asked.
- When someone asks you to do something, you can decide that you won’t do it or you can decide to do it.
- What God wants you to do is to do everything the way He wants you to do it. Do best the work that lies nearest, whatever that task is. Then keep yourself committed to God by connecting morning and evening. Then just watch – and the Lord will show you what to do.