Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church
May 30, 2015
Sabbath School 9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Book of Luke
“Jesus, the Master Teacher”
“And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority” (Luke 4:32, NKJV).
When Christ came to the earth, humanity seemed to be fast reaching its lowest point. The very foundations of society were undermined. Life had become false and artificial. . . . Disgusted with fable and falsehood, seeking to drown thought, men turned to infidelity and materialism. Leaving eternity out of their reckoning, they lived for the present.
"As they ceased to recognize the Divine, they ceased to regard the human. Truth, honor, integrity, confidence, compassion, were departing from the earth. Relentless greed and absorbing ambition gave birth to universal distrust. The idea of duty, of the obligation of strength to weakness, of human dignity and human rights, was cast aside as a dream or a fable. The common people were regarded as beasts of burden or as the tools and the steppingstones for ambition. Wealth and power, ease and self-indulgence, were sought as the highest good. Physical degeneracy, mental stupor, spiritual death, characterized the age.-Ellen G. White, Education, pp. 74,75.
Against such a background we can better understand why Jesus taught the things that He did.Source: Sabbath School Quarterly p. 72.
The Church at Praise 10:50-11:00 am
Camp Meeting is almost here!!!! June 12-20! Never been? Need more info?
Anyone can go to the Wickford Church website and log onto the top of the Resources page. Camp meeting is at the very top. Or Go to sneconline.org for full schedule and info of daily seminars, powerful preaching, prayer, and thousands of Adventists together worshiping our Lord!
Sunset Today: 8:12 Next Friday: 8:17
Entering His Presence to Worship 11:00 a.m.
“I Love You Lord”
Call to Worship- Gift Jacob
Invocation & Welcome* Sandy Cregan
Opening Hymn** Hymnal # 27
Doxology** “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings” Hymnal # 694
Prayer of Intercession and Praise* Elizabeth Jacob
Hymn “As We Come to You in Prayer” Hymnal #671
Response*** Hear Our Prayer, O Lord” Hymnal #684 “
Scripture Reading Gift Jacob
Special Music Jim & Denise McFarland
Sermon " The Imminent Return of Christ " Michelle Pierre
Hymn of Consecration** “In His Glory I Shall See The King” Hymnal #426
Benediction Michelle Pierre
Postlude * Selections
* Please be Seated **Please Stand ***Please Kneel
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Offering next week: Our Local Wickford Church Budget
Pastor Joseph Piresson (860)759-8132 email: email@example.com
Elder Joe Ewing-Chow (401)284-3131 Clerk Robert Turner (401)782-4796
Elder Larry Dunder (401)539-3418 Treasurer Peter Cregan (401)862-4258
Elder Sandy Cregan (401)862-6593
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 P
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Mail: PO Box 41, N. Kingstown, RI 02852
Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church
May our Father in Heaven grant you a Sabbath blessing as we gather to
worship Him on His Holy Day. If this is your first time in our congregation,
please fill out the “Welcome” form available from the greeters and place it in the offering plate.
Sermon today presented by our Michelle Pierre.
Check it out! Wickford Church Website has been updated.
Campmeeting brochures available at the church website.
Nursing Home Ministry:
When: 2nd Sabbath of every month.
Where: The Seasons Assisted Living Facility, E. Greenwich.
When: 3-4 PM, after our Fellowship Meal.
Plan to come and enjoy the blessing of singing for Jesus. Contact Denise McFarland 868-0150
or email info@wickfordSDAchurch.org
Please pray for our Prison Ministry Teams which meet on the following days:
Thursdays: ACI –minimum security led by Charlie Petit, David Baron, and Rick Pelletier. More volunteers are needed
June 7th, 5pm, Save the Date! Click here or contact Daphne Williams for more information.
and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
We are to Overcome as Christ Overcame
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Satan made stronger attacks upon Christ than he will ever make upon us. There was much at stake with him, whether Christ or himself should be conqueror. If Christ resisted his most powerful temptations, and Satan did not succeed in leading Him to sin, he knew that he must lose his power, and finally be punished with everlasting destruction. Therefore Satan worked with mighty power to lead Christ to do a wrong action, for then he would gain advantage over Him.... You can never be tempted in so determined and cruel manner as was our Saviour. Satan was upon His path every moment.
Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance resist Satan, as Christ has given him example in His conflict with the foe in the wilderness of temptation? God cannot save man against his will from the power of Satan’s artifices. Man must work with his human power, aided by the divine power of Christ, to resist and to conquer at any cost to himself. In short, man must overcome as Christ overcame. And then, through the victory that it is his privilege to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus, he may become an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. This could not be the case if Christ alone did all the overcoming. Man must do his part; he must be victor on his own account, through the strength and grace that Christ gives him. Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming, and then he will be partaker with Christ in His glory.
The Saviour overcame to show man how he may overcome. All the temptations of Satan, Christ met with the Word of God. By trusting in God’s promises, He received power to obey God’s commandments, and the tempter could gain no advantage.
This text is taken from Sons and Daughters of God by Ellen G. White.
Adventists Help Hundreds After Deadly Texas Floods
Volunteers hand out clothing to more than 750 people.
By Adventist Review staff
Seventh-day Adventists have sprung into action to assist hundreds of people affected by deadly floods in central Texas.
Torrential rain for more than a week has caused rivers to overflow their banks and led to at least 17 deaths in Texas, which is experiencing the wettest month in its history.
Volunteers with Adventist Community Services have handed out clothing to more than 750 people in one of the worst-hit cities, San Marcos, from a mobile distribution truck this week, the Adventist Church’s North American Division said Thursday.
Adventist Community Services is also working with Houston authorities to see how it can best respond to local needs after more than 500 houses were flooded there.
Part of the assistance may come from a Pathfinder project that saw Pathfinders fill 3,000 buckets with cleaning supplies at their international camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in August 2014.
- “The buckets were then distributed across the country for use in major events such as this one,” the North American Division said in a statement.
The buckets project was the brainchild of Adventist Community Services and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, or ADRA.
The Texas flooding has not affected the Adventist world church’s General Conference session in San Antonio on July 2 to 11.
In addition to the flood response, Adventist Community Services have set up a donations center in Delmont, South Dakota, to assist the community after a tornado ripped through the town on May 10.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. “
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
Brazilian Designer Skips Sabbath Awards
He tells a religious liberty conference that he would rather lose the prizes than dishonor God.
By Bettina Krause and Felipe Lemos, ANN
Brazilian designer Diego Arlinson has won state prizes for his work, but he was unable to collect them for many years.
The reason: He is a Seventh-day Adventist, and the prizes were awarded at Friday evening ceremonies.
Arlinson, like other Adventist believers, observes the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.
“I decided in previous years that I would not go, so I sent a letter to the organizers explaining that I was not going for religious principles,” Arlinson told a religious liberty conference in Manaus, Brazil, last weekend.
Then to his surprise, the authorities abruptly changed the day for the most recent awards ceremony to Thursday.
“I won once again, and this time I was able to go and receive the prize without any problems with my beliefs,” he said.
Arlinson, who works for the Adventist Church in the states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Roraima, and Acre, told his story to 7,000 conference attendees as he highlighted the importance of respecting religious beliefs. The conference, held on Sabbath, May 23, was the third of its kind to be organized in Brazil since the Seventh-day Adventist Church began holding conferences to express gratitude to governments that protect religious liberty in 2009.
John Graz, secretary-general of the church-affiliated International Religious Liberty Association, whose South American chapter organized the conference, cautioned that religious liberty is often taken for granted, and he asked the audience to imagine life without the right to freely practice one’s faith.
“Without religious freedom, parents would not even have the right to raise their child in their own faith or beliefs,” Graz said.
Graz emphasized that religious liberty conferences have one purpose: to express gratitude for the basic human right to worship according to one’s conscience.
Since the first Religious Freedom Festival in Lima, Peru, some 25 rallies have been held in support of religious liberty in a number of countries, including the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico. The largest festival took place in Angola, attracting 45,000 people. Source: Adventist Review
‘Revelation of Hope’ Drinking Water Sells Briskly in Zimbabwe
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The local Adventist Church quenches people's thirst — and invites them to attend an evangelistic series.
By Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review
In Zimbabwe, you can buy “Revelation of Hope” drinking water bearing the portrait of Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson.
Hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles appeared on store shelves in the run-up to the two-week “Revelation of Hope” evangelistic series that ends on Sabbath, May 30, with an expected 30,000 baptisms. By all appearances, the water is a hit.
“It’s hard to find the bottles now. They have nearly all sold out,” said Nkosilathi Khumalo, who designed the bottle’s label as part of his work in the communication department of the church’s Zimbabwe Union Conference.
Favored methods to promote major evangelistic meetings have long centered around television, radio, and billboards. But few have been as creative as the Zimbabwe Union Conference, which has looked for new ways to reach a country where more than 800,000 people in the population of 14 million are baptized Adventists.
“We want to do everything that we can to get the message out about the series,” Khumalo explained Thursday as he drove past a large, green “Revelation of Hope” billboard depicting Wilson on a busy street in the capital, Harare.
The “Revelation of Hope” series featured on the 0.5-liter (16.9-ounce) water bottles is the largest of hundreds of evangelistic meetings that are have been held across Zimbabwe since May 17. About 20,000 people are attending Wilson’s nightly presentations in a field in Chitungwiza, a city about 30 minutes by car south of Harare.
The idea for the water bottles rose during a brainstorming session at the Zimbabwe Union Conference, and a church member subsequently offered to finance the packaging, Khumalo said. The bottles, whose labels include an invitation to Wilson’s meetings, hit store shelves in March.No one apparently has any qualms about bottling or selling hundreds of thousands of bottles featuring the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“They know that if they put ‘Adventist’ on something, it’s a chance to make money,” Khumalo said, adding that the church is highly respected in Zimbabwe, and many non-members like being associated with it. “But let them make their money. We want to get the message out there.” The Adventist-branded bottles appear to have sold better than the regular ones, said Khumalo, citing informal conversations with storeowners. It was unclear if the main buyers were Adventists.
Wilson, who was presented with several bottles when he arrived in Harare, said that using something as simple yet as needed as a water bottle to encourage people to attend a public evangelism meeting was a good idea.
In any case, the water bottles have had their intended effect, Khumalo said.“People have told us that they came to the meetings because they saw the message on the bottles,” he said.
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