Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church

8050 Post Rd • North Kingstown, RI, 02852-4426

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Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church        December 20, 2014
Sabbath School                                                                                                9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Book of James
“Prayer, Healing, and Restoration”
       “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NASB).
       People are fascinated by the miraculous and the magical. They often are drawn to such things as spectacles or matters of curiosity and nothing more. So, when Jesus was asked to perform a miracle merely for entertainment (Luke 23:8-9) or as a sign of His Messiahship (Matt. 12:38-41) or even to satisfy a legitimate need of His own (Matt. 4:2-4), He refused. The Spirit, by which Jesus taught authoritatively and effected miraculous healings, is not simply a power to be used; we are to be instruments in His hands. God would gladly heal everyone who is sick, but He is interested in a more substantial, lasting healing.
        Thus, in this context, we will look at some crucial questions: how do we understand the words in James about the healing of the sick? Is there a relationship between healing and forgiveness in answer to prayer? Elijah is presented as an important model of prayer in a time of widespread apostasy. What can we learn from his life of prayer and his work of calling Israel back to God and true worship?  Source:  Sabbath School Quarterly p. 96.
The Church at Praise                                                                             10:50-11:00 am

Good Morning and Welcome!
Today, our youth are presenting a special program focusing on
The Christmas Miracle producing miracles in our own lives.
We hope it will be a joyful celebration of the miracle with which our lives have been so richly blessed,
the Divine intervention to rescue our world!

  Sunset  Today:  4:17                                                                Next Friday:   4:21

 Entering His Presence to Worship                                                 11:00 a.m. 

Introit*                                                                                                         Hymnal  #132
                                               “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Call to Worship                                                                                         Mikaela Tentaco
                                                          “Isaiah 9:6”
Invocation                                                                                                           Hugh J.
Welcome                                                                                                     Sandy Cregan
Opening Hymn**                                                                                      Hymnal  #118
                                     “Angels, From the Realms of Glory”

Tithes & Offerings*                                                                                          RG Agua
Our Local Wickford Church Budget
                                     “We Three Kings”  -   verses 1,2, 5                     Hymnal #137
Doxology**                                                                                                Hymnal # 694
                                    “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings”
Prayer of Intercession and Praise*                                                     Hugh J., Criselle, Malachi
Youth Song                                                                                                Hymnal #124
“Away in a Manger”
Scripture Reading                                                                                Mikaela Tentaco     
                                                           “John 1:14”                                  
Sermon                                                                                                        Sandy Cregan
                   "The Christmas Miracle in Song and from the Word”

“O Little Town Of Bethlehem”                                                                 Hymnal #135
What Child Is This”                                                                                 Hymnal #141
“Hark The Herald Angels Sing”                                                               Hymnal #122
“Angels We Have Heard On High”                                                          Hymnal #142
“Go Tell It On The Mountain”                                                                  Hymnal #121
“Silent Night”                                                                                              Hymnal #143
“Joy To The World”                                                                                   Hymnal #125
Benediction                                                                                                Sandy Cregan
Postlude               *                                                                                                        
* Please be Seated            **Please Stand   
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Offering next week:  : Local Conference Budget
Pastor Joseph Piresson  (860)759-8132            email: jpiresson@me.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        Phone: (401) 294-6356
Mail: PO Box 41, N. Kingstown, RI 02852                             website: www.risda.org

Church Calendar

Sermon today by our Elder Sandy Cregan and our youth.

We pray you will enjoy our special Christmas presentation.
Brothers and Sisters Sad News ~ 9:45 AM 12/17/2014
Betty Williamson has gone to Sleep in the Lord ~ Rest in Peace Betty until that Glorious Morning of Christ's Return!!! ~
((( ... Keep her sister Pat in EXTRA Prayer!!! ... )))
... The funeral and burial will be private ... no other details are known at this time. To access Betty's Obituary and leave a condolence message to her family and friends go to:
Let us all learn from Sister Betty’s zeal and passion for Christ.
She always took advantage of every situation to spread the good word and news of Christ’s soon return!
May we all remember how finite our time on this earth truly is and how we do use our time. 

777 - Worldwide Holy Spirit Prayer Fellowship
Seventh-day Adventists are praying seven days a week at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit's power and presence. Praying any hour on the hour a person will join with thousands of others in another time zone around the world bringing unity.


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God!”  Philippians 4:3.


10 Days of Prayer -  2015

God poured out His Spirit in Pentecost power after His church spent ten days together, pleading for His promised blessing. He is ready to do it again today! All around the world, Adventist churches are experiencing the renewal of the Holy Spirit by following the disciples’ example and participating in Ten Days of Prayer. Learn more/Register
Church elders, pastors, and lay leaders have led prayer groups of all sizes in homes, schools, churches, online forums, and teleconference. Groups unable to meet during the designated days have chosen an alternate ten days and been just as blessed. Will you lead your church to join us in Ten Days of Prayer 2015? The dates voted for 2015 are January 7-17 (Wednesday evening through Sabbath morning).

much prayer = much blessing.
little prayer = little blessing



“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”  Psalm 9:1


Thanks from the North Kingston Human Services for participating in their HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM.
 Three families consisting of 6 children benefitted from 24 gifts.     Praise the Lord!


New Officers Training on January 18, 2015
 College Church in South Lancaster, 10:00am -  4:00pm. 

There is no expense associated with this training, and lunch will be provided for those that have registered. 
All training classes will be held at the College Church. There is plenty of parking.
On-line registration will close on January 5th.
 If you have not registered, please do so before the cut-off date in January
by going to our website – www.sneconline.org, and click on CHURCH OFFICERS TRAINING 2015. 
This will take you right to the registration form and you can enter in your information and submit it on-line.  
If you have further questions, please call the Conference Office at 978-365-4551, X613 or 601.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing many of your parishioners take part in these upcoming training sessions.

The Program Health of Body, Mind, & Spirit airs on Fridays and Tuesdays in Kent county channel Cox18
or Verizon 31 and Saturdays at 2:30 on channels Cox 14 or Verizon 33.


Please pray for our Prison Ministry Teams which meet on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: women’s  ministry teams that meet at the ACI on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Thursdays:  ACI –minimum security led by Charlie Petit, David Baron, and Rick Pelletier.
  • More volunteers are needed.  Call Charlie: 397-4514



Citrus Season is upon us. 
Cedar Brook School is looking forward to making delicious tree-ripened fruit available to you.
Please contact Daphney Williams  by Monday, January 5, 2015 with your order or with any questions. 
  Order forms and descriptions of what citrus is available are located in foyer.


January 23-25, 2015  at the  Rhode Island Convention Center
Learn more at: PlusLine at (800) 732-7587. AdventSource/PlusLine


Contact Info:
Pastor Joseph Piresson  (860)759-8132            email: jpiresson@me.com        
Elder Joe Ewing-Chow (401)284-3131               Clerk Robert Turner (401)782-4796
Elder Larry Dunder    (401)539-3418                  Elder Sandy Cregan    (401)862-6593
Treasurer Peter Cregan (401)862-4258
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI  02852    
Phone: (401) 294-6356                 website: www.risda.org
Mail: PO Box 41, N. Kingstown, RI 02852                            
Offering Today:                    Our Local Wickford Church Budget
Offering next week:      Our Local S. New England Conference

Sunset  Today:  4:17                                         Next Friday:      4:21      


The Blessed Hope
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing
of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13.

 Jesus said He would go away and prepare mansions for us, that where He is there we May be also. We shall ever dwell with and enjoy the light of His precious countenance. My heart leaps with joy at the cheering prospect. We are almost home. Heaven, sweet heaven! It is our eternal home. I am glad every moment that Jesus lives, and because He lives we shall live also. My soul says, Praise the Lord. There is a fullness in Jesus, a supply for each, for all, and why should we die for bread or starve in foreign lands?
I hunger, I thirst for salvation, for entire conformity to the will of God. We have a good hope through Jesus. It is sure and steadfast and entereth into that within the veil. It yields us consolation in affliction, it gives us joy amid anguish, disperses the gloom around us, and causes us to look through it all to immortality and eternal life.... Earthly treasures are no inducement to us, for while we have this hope it reaches clear above the treasures of earth that are passing away and takes hold of the immortal inheritance, the treasures that are durable, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fade not away....
Our mortal bodies May die and be laid away in the grave. Yet the blessed hope lives on until the resurrection, when the voice of Jesus calls forth the sleeping dust. We shall then enjoy the fullness of the blessed, glorious hope. We know in whom we have believed. We have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. A rich, a glorious reward is before us; it is the prize for which we run, and if we persevere with courage we shall surely obtain it....
There is salvation for us, and why do we stay away from the fountain? Why not come and drink that our souls May be refreshed, invigorated, and May flourish in God? Why do we cling so closely to earth? There is something better than earth for us to talk about and think of. We can be in a heavenly frame of mind. Oh, let us dwell upon Jesus’ lovely, spotless character, and by beholding we shall become changed to the same image. Be of good courage. Have faith in God.
Source:  In Heavenly Places by EG White.

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on   You,    
 Because he trusts in You.”        
 Isaiah 26:3

By Gordon Botting, DrPH, CHES, CFC

       As a kid, nuts were a luxury in our home, and we only had them on special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas because nuts were expensive in the 1950s. In the last twenty years, nutritional experts cautioned us to avoid nuts or use them sparingly because they are high in calories and fat. Even today, the average American consumes only three quarters of an ounce per day, and only a third of us eat any type of nuts at all on a given day. Europeans consume about 1.1 ounces per day and an even higher consumption in Mediterranean countries.
       Nuts were part of the Edenic diet. Records of ancient civilizations describe the first trail mix of ground almonds and pistachios with chopped dates, sesame oil, and bread crumbs. Almonds were discovered in the famous Tutankhamen’s tomb and in pyramids of other pharaohs of Egypt. In the last two decades food science has focused on the health benefits of nuts for the prevention of cardio disease—and more recently, on protecting bones and combating diabetes. If you want a simple way to live longer, eating a handful of nuts a day may be the right answer. In a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers followed 119,000 men and women for three decades. The study showed that those who ate walnuts, almonds, and other nuts seven or more times a week were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause during these 30 years than those who didn’t eat nuts. Overall, nuts are low in carbohydrates and rich in “good” fats (mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids), fiber, vitamin E, and protein.
       The majority of foods we describe as nuts are tree nuts which are seeds or dried fruits from trees. Tree nuts include walnut, almond, cashew, hazelnut (also called filbert), Brazil nut, macadamia, pecan,
pistachio, chestnut (starchier and contains different micronutrients), and pine nut. The one exception in the world of nuts is the peanut, which is actually a legume that grows in the ground like peas and beans. The peanut commands twothirds of U.S. nut market.
Cracking Open the Health Benefits of Nuts
       According to Dr. Jeffery Blumberg, director of Tufts University HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, nuts are excellent sources of vitamin E and magnesium. For example, over 90 percent of us don’t get enough dietary vitamin E which is needed for protection against oxidative damage to our cells and assists in immune functions. If you analyze the average American diet, it is difficult to get enough of this vitamin without going overboard on fats. However, consumption of almonds and sunflower seeds solves both the calorie intake and the vitamin problem. When it  comes to magnesium, over 80 percent of Americans lack this important element. Eating nuts high in magnesium (Brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews) can decrease your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis. To give us an idea of the real value of nuts in relation to chronic diseases and overall health, I have taken the liberty to emphasize just one nut—the walnut.
Walnut’s Surprising Benefits
       Walnut growers often market the walnut as “a whole food with whole-body benefits” or an “essential food for health.” The FDA enhanced these logos, stating in 2004 that “supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
       Further evidence of the health benefits of walnuts was recently shown in a heart-health test by Loma Linda University researchers. They recruited 25 adults with normal to mildly high cholesterol and tested them with three different diets for four weeks. These control diets included a diet with no nuts or fish, a diet of moderate amount of walnuts, and a regimen of twoservings of salmon per week. The conclusions as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed the consumption of the walnut diet reduced both the total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. In addition, the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (‘good’) was found to be the lowest in the walnut group.
     Other studies have shown walnut’s possible health benefits in both diabetes and cancer. In the now famous Nurses Health Study, women who ate a minimum of five ounces of nuts per week were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the study’s 16-year follow-up.
       Researchers at Marshall University School of Medicine found that mice had a significantly lower risk of cancer when they were fed the human equivalent of two ounces of walnuts daily. These particular mice were bred to develop breast cancer but when fed a walnut diet their rate of malignancy was cut in half. In a presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, the lead researcher stated, “Walnuts contain multiple ingredients that,
individually, have been shown to slow cancer growth, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols.”  As stewards of our health and lifestyle, let’s add a handful of nuts to our daily diet and certainly enjoy them as part of our heart-healthy snacks this
Christmas Season.

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth  peace,  
goodwill toward men!”         Luke 2:14


“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”

Romans 11:33 (NKJV)

 U.S.: Adventists on ABC TV

Teams from U.S. television network ABC and the Voice of Prophecy descended on the Spencerville Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, on a recent evening to record a special Christmas program that will be broadcast across the United States on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
The television program, directed and produced by the Voice of Prophecy, an Adventist media ministry, has the theme “Peace on Earth” and features a message by Voice of Prophecy speaker and director Shawn Boonstra, the North American Division said.
“The gift of peace is the very best gift that we can share with our friends and family this year,” the division said in a statement.
Music is performed by the King's Heralds Quartet; international vocalist Christine Wollmann, and Spencerville Adventist Academy's Adventist Children's Choir under the direction of Jane Lanning.
Broadcast times for the annual Christmas program are to be listed on ABC television’s website in November.



“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Psalm 23:1

We would love to have you worship with us.

Sabbaths (Saturdays):

  •  Bible Study at 10:00 AM
  • Worship Service at 11:00 AM
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI  02852 (401) 294-6356




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