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Posted 04/16/15
 
Sabbath School                                                                                                9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Book of Luke “Who is Jesus Christ?”
      “He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Peter answered and said, The Christ of God”,   (Luke 9:20, NKJV).
       Who is Jesus Christ?
       The question is not a philosophical or a sociological gimmick. It gets to the heart of who humans are and, even more important, what eternity will hold for them.
       People can admire the works of Jesus, honor His words, extol His patience, advocate His nonviolence, acclaim His decisiveness, praise His selflessness, and stand speechless at the cruel end of His life. Many may even be ready to accept Jesus as a good man who tried to set things right-to infuse fairness where there was injustice, to offer healing where there was sickness, and to bring comfort where there was only misery.
       Yes, Jesus could well earn the name of the best teacher, a revolutionary, a leader par excellence, and a psychologist who can probe into the depths of one's soul. He was all these and so much more.
       None of these things, however, comes near to answering the all-important question that Jesus Himself raised: Who do you say that I am? (Luke 9:20, NKJV).
       It is a question that demands an answer, and on that answer the destiny of humanity hinges. Source:  Sabbath School Quarterly p. 22.
 
The Church at Praise                                                                      10:50-11:00 am

Announcements:
 

  • Next Sabbath, April 25th, we will be celebrating the Communion Service.
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  • Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to renew and recommit your life to Jesus.  Pastor Piresson and family will be here.   We will not be having a fellowship meal, we will have our monthly buffet on May 9th.
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  • Nominating Committee Meeting: June 21 at 12 pm.
 
Sunset Today:  7:29                                                               Next Friday:   7:37
 
Entering His Presence to Worship                                                 11:00 a.m. 
 
Introit*                                                                                          Congregation
                                                  “I Love You Lord”
Call to Worship                                                                         Micaela Tentoco
                                                           “John 6:33-35”
Invocation & Welcome*                                                             Joe Ewing-Chow
Opening Hymn**                                                                           Hymnal #169
                                                    “Come, You Faithful”
Tithes & Offerings*                                                                        Robert Turner
                                   Our Local Wickford Church Budget
 Doxology**                                                                                  Hymnal # 694
                                 “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings”
Prayer of Intercession and Praise*                                              Joe Ewing-Chow
Hymn                             “As We Come to You in Prayer”                 Hymnal #671
Response***                                                                                  Hymnal #684       
                                        “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”
Youth Story                                                                                   Donna Turner
Scripture Reading                                                                      Micaela Tentoco
                                                  “Colossians 1:27”
Special Music                                                                         
           
Sermon                                                                                        Sandy Cregan
                                                     "Eat the Bread”
Hymn of Consecration**                                                                  Hymnal #166
                                          “Christ the Lord Has Risen”
Benediction                                                                                   Sandy Cregan 
Postlude          *                                                                                          Selections
* Please be Seated      **Please Stand                        ***Please Kneel
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Offering next week:  Our Local Southern New England 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
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  1. Sermon today presented by Elder Sandy Cregan.
 
  • Next Sabbath, April 25, Pastor Piresson and family will be here.   We will be celebrating our communion service. What a wonderful opportunity to reflect and renew and recommit your life to Christ.  
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  • Check it out!   Wickford Church Website has been updated.
http://wickford22.adventistchurchconnect.org/
 
  • 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 for more info.
 
  • 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
 
  • Save the dates April 24-26, 2015 for the ASI-Atlantic Union Meeting in Mystic, CT. The theme of this year’s conference is "Knowing the Time”,from Romans 13:11.
Speaker John Lomacang will move and inspire. We look forward to meeting you there!
Event Website: http://asiatlanticunion.org/
ASI is a membership-based organization of Seventh-day Adventist laypeople who enthusiastically participate in the church's worldwide mission to serve others and to share the good news of Christ's love and His soon return.
 ASI members are a unique and diverse group that includes business owners, professionals and self-supporting ministry participants from every walk of life. ASI members live and work to promote a Christ-centered lifestyle by "Sharing Christ in the Marketplace"—through education, health programs, community services, and evangelism.
ASI membership is held at the national level, with various regional chapters working to support the needs of members in their local areas. Each regional chapter also sponsors its own local projects.
ASI is both a national and international organization that exists to nurture its members and challenge them to be unswervingly honest in their endeavors, untiring in their service, and completely focused on Christ as they seek to represent Him to a world in need. Each August, ASI members and supporters gather for a dynamic international convention where evangelism and outreach ideas flow freely, and a generous offering is gathered to support a number of special projects.

 
  • ANNUAL SPRING POPS CONCERT AT AUC ON APRIL 26!
 
Annual Spring Pops Concert by the Atlantic Wind Symphony under the direction of Maestro Earl Raney will feature thrilling works by Rossini, Texidor, Chance, and Bernstein, plus pops and marches.
This concert promises to be a fabulous evening of family fun and exciting music! Celebrate spring with our wonderful AUC community musicians.
The concert will take place on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Machlan Auditorium, Atlantic Union College, 338 Main Street, South Lancaster, Massachusetts (intersection of George Hill Road and Route 70).
Admission at the door: $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, $30 family (parents and children under 18). Pre-concert tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students. Call 978-368-2100 or text 508-331-4435 for tickets. For more information visit tpacma.org/concerts-events.

 
  • SNEC Adventist Youth Public Campus Roll Call
As a conference we know we cannot assume that all our young adults attend SDA colleges and universities. If you are at a public campus, we want to know who you are and where you are so we can better serve you and meet your needs. 
Register yourself or someone else today!
Contact: Kirosha Huggan
Southern New England Conference Adventist Youth Ministries
978-365-4551 or snecyouth02@gmail.com
We want to count you in!

 
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”
Psalm 68:19  (NIV)
 
  • Save the Date!!!  Camp Meeting Coming Soon! June 12-20!
 
  • 100 day Prayer initiative  March 25th to July 11th
Just Imagine . . .Millions of Seventh-day Adventists…around the world…all praying…for 100 days for the same thing
 
Praying for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on our church during the General Conference Session in July of 2015, San Antonio, Texas!
During this 100 day Prayer initiative (March 25th to July 11th), we want to challenge members to PRAY specifically for several things:
1:  for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our own lives!
2:  for the Holy Spirit to be poured out in our local churches as we press together;
3:  for wisdom and Holy Spirit blessings on our worldwide church and leadership at the GC session as many important decisions are made.
The 100 days will culminate onsite at the GC session where members will be encouraged to continue to pray together both in the sessions and in our prayer meeting room at the dome.
 
  • How Never to Be Offended

Commentary: It may sound strange, but I am never offended by anything when I'm in tune with God and His law.  By Melody Mason, coordinator of the Adventist world church’s 100 Days of Prayer
 
I used to get offended easily.
       If someone said something that I didn’t like or criticized something I did, I’d spend some serious time sulking afterward.
       In fact, I would often think in frustration: “Why did he say that to me?” or “Why doesn’t she look at her own issues instead of pointing out mine?”
       But as God slowly changed my heart through the study and power of consistent time in the Word, I began to welcome correction — even if it hurt my pride.
       However, there are two key verses that I memorized that have made a big difference and helped me gain perspective. They still keep me focused today.
       The first verse is Psalm 119:71, which says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
       Wow! In this passage, I see clearly that God allows afflictions and maybe even criticism from others to help me grow in character and closer to Him. I want to grow, so maybe it’s good to be afflicted like this.
       The second passage that really influenced my thinking is in the same chapter, Psalm 119:165, and it says simply, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
       When I first read this, I thought to myself, “Nothing! Are you serious? Nothing shall offend them?” It was hard to believe.
       Now when tempted to be offended, I pray and quote Psalm 119:165 to myself. It may sound strange, but I am convinced that if I’m in tune with God and His law, I won’t be offended by what happens to me or around me.
 
Are You a Breach Repairer?
       As God has helped me become spiritually stronger through learning to hide His Word in my heart, I’ve realized that He has also called me to stand strong on behalf of others. In other words, rather than create breaches, He has called me to be a “breach repairer,” to help build up what the enemy has torn down.
This isn’t just His calling on my life. It’s for all of us.
       Isaiah makes it clear that this is our duty as God’s people. “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12).
       The problem is we often have so many holes in our own spiritual walls — like I had with getting easily offended — that we can’t stand strong as intercessors for others. As a result, God sadly wonders why there are no intercessors for the land, as He did in Ezekiel 22:30 and Isaiah 59:16.
       But this is where the Word of God and prayer come together once again.
       When I recognize an area in my life where I’m weak or struggling, I take that breach in my life, I cling to a promise from God’s Word, and I start to pray that promise against my area of weakness until God gives me victory.
       The weakness may be as simple as being easily offended, another negative mindset, an un-Christlike attitude toward someone, a love for something worldly that will pull me away from God, an unhealthy food addiction or craving, or something more serious. We need to ask God to reveal those things to us. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
       Of course, I also must choose to surrender the weakness to God and to walk in a new direction. But when I do and pray for God to change my heart, He always does. Not once has He failed to answer when I’ve claimed His promises and truly spent time wrestling on my knees pleading for Him to remove a breach in my life.
 
Scripture Changes Attitudes in Real Time
Of course, I’m not saying that I never get offended anymore, or that I never suffer with other weaknesses. I do because I’m human and we are in the midst of a great struggle between God and Satan.
       But when I’m tempted to grumble or complain, or when trials and temptations seem to be multiplying, I just remind myself of these passages in Scripture and God gives me strength to overcome. That’s the beauty and power of prayer combined with time in the Word. It can change your mind!
       That’s why the Bible tells us, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). His Word is true. It’s our secret to spiritual fortification and our weapon against the enemy today.
       Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
       Adventist Church cofounder Ellen White wrote, “We might close the door to many temptations, if we would commit to memory passages of Scripture. Let us hedge up the way to Satan’s temptations with ‘It is written’” (The Faith I Live By, p. 8).
       And just in case you think your weakness is the exception to the rule and can never be overcome, check out this powerful quote, also from Ellen White: “With watchfulness and prayer [our] weakest points can be so guarded as to become [our] strongest points, and [we] can encounter temptation without being overcome” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 24).
       What an amazing God we serve! So rather than being offended when you are wronged, turn to the Word. Rather than making breaches, let’s pray that God will help us be “breach repairers.” When we store God’s Word in our hearts, Satan can’t take control of our mind, and God will get the victory in our lives.
       My prayer: Dear heavenly Father, Teach us how to build a strong foundation upon Your Word. Teach us how to lay up Your Word in our heart and apply it practically in day-to-day life. Teach us how to fortify our mind from the attacks of the enemy by telling him, “It is written.” Help us to stand in the gap on behalf of those who don’t yet know you and to never be offended. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NIV)


 

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1(NIV)

See you at Church,

Have a blessed Sabbath,

Joe


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

 
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