Posted July 25, 2014
Sabbath School 9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Teachings of Jesus “Salvation”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV).
Death, we often say, is just part of life. No, death is the negation of life, not part of it. Yet, so used to death, we mislabel it, calling it the opposite of what it really is. However we understand it, one point is certain: without divine help, eternal death would be the fate of us all.
Fortunately, that help has come. God, in His infinite love, offers us salvation through Christ. When the angel announced the birth of the Messiah, he named Him Jesus (from a Hebrew word that means salvation), for He will save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21, NKJV).
This week we will consider Jesus’ saving work. First, our attention will focus on the basis of our salvation and later on the results of it.
The Bible is clear. We have only two choices regarding our sins: either we pay for our sins in the lake of fire, or we accept Christ’s payment for them on the cross. As we review the generous gift of God’s grace through Christ, let us once again humbly renew our faith in Jesus as our personal Savior. Source: Sabbath School Quarterly p 30.
The Church at Praise 10:50-11:00 am
Sunset Today: 8:10 Next Friday: 8:02
- Please keep Melany, Nathan, and Steven Myers and family in your prayers. Especially Melany’s Dad. Thank you!
- Please continue to pray for Betty Williamson.Especially for sleep at night.
- Church Business Meeting Sunday August 3rd, 10:30 am. : This is an important meeting to discuss the proposed elevator lift. All members encouraged to attend
- Tuesday Prayer Line:Stay connected by prayer.Join us by phone on Tuesday nites.See insert for details.
Entering His Presence to Worship 11:00 a.m.
Call to Worship Peace Jacob
Invocation & Welcome* Larry Dunder
Opening Hymn** Hymnal #383
“O Day of Rest and Gladness”
Tithes & Offerings* Robert Turner
Local Conference Budget
Doxology** Hymnal # 694
“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings”
Prayer of Intercession and Praise* Larry Dunder
Hymn “As We Come to You in Prayer” Hymnal #671
Response*** Hymnal #684
“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”
Youth Story* Hugh J
Scripture Reading Peace Jacob
“1 John 4:9-10”
Musical Selection Sarah Sherman
Sermon Joe Ewing-Chow
“Forgive: The Divine Imperative (Part 1)”
Hymn of Consecration** Hymnal #322
Benediction Joe Ewing-Chow
Postlude * Selections
* Please be Seated **Please Stand ***Please Kneel
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Offering next week: Our Local Church Budget
Pastor Barry Kimbrough (508)243-1289 ****[can receive texts or calls!]]
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
- Sermon today by First Elder Joe Ewing Chow.
- Prayer Warriors Needed!!!!Please keep Betty Williamson from the Johnston Church in your prayers.
- Help!A Seventh day Adventist man needs a place to live for a period of 2 to 4 months, starting as soon as possible. For further information, please call 954 9201.
- Please pray for our Prison Ministry Teams which meet on the following days:
• Mondays: ACI Medium One led by Chip Langley.
• 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.
- Tuesdays: 7:30 pm, Prayer and Praise by Phone: Wickford church will meet every Tuesday by conference phone. Call 1-209-647-1000 (it is a California number, so long distance charges may apply) then enter access code: 499 954 # (pound sign). Questions or info Maggie 539-3418
- Wednesdays: Prayer meeting:No meetings till further notice.
- Save the Date! Sunday, August 3, 10:30 am, Church Business Meeting! Information on an elevator lift to safely transport our elderly or infirmed safely to the fellowship hall. All members are encouraged to attend.
Sunday August 17th – Cedar Brook School Picnic
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Corn Roast is at 1:00 p.m.
Work bee Final Registration
School Begins at Cedar Brook School on Wednesday, August 20.
Sabbath, August 2, Presentation of “The Chosen Garment” by Steven Mosely, author and writer for It Is Written and other media ministries is scheduled for in New Bedford. This is an afternoon vespers presentation with highlights from the whole Bible in 40 minutes. The program will begin at 6:30 Sabbath afternoon, at the Lantern Lane church, 246 Lantern Lane, New Bedford. This dramatic presentation is very visual and powerful. It is appropriate for your non-churched friends and we are inviting other area churches, and youth groups to enjoy the presentation with us. A love offering will be taken to help with expenses.
Joseph Bates Annual Heritage outdoor vespers program is scheduled for September 6. Program will begin at 4:30pm and will include singing of advent songs, historical sketches, and, new this year, a dramatic appearance of "James White” in period character. Other churches have asked to join us this year, so the presentations will represent participants from several churches. The theme for this year’s Bates house historical vespers is “The Founding Trio”, Joseph Bates, Ellen Harmon White, and James White. The presentation will show how these individuals came to know each other and how they joined their efforts in helping to establish what we now know as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. You will be inspired by their dedication and sacrifice.
When? Sabbath afternoon, September 6, 4:30pm.
Where? Joseph Bates’ boyhood home, 191 Main Street, Fairhaven, MA
Why? To strengthen our ties to our roots and to learn the providence of God in raising up His church
Who? Any one wishing to deepen their devotion to our Creator and God as founder of the Adventist Movement.
The program will be preceded by a pot luck picnic. Watch for more information and a flyer in a couple weeks. Contact Pastor Hallock 508-961-7359, for more information or to offer your help with the event.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you
and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice
to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
In Britain, Young Adventists Display Faith
in Shop Window
The art exhibit in one of Birmingham’s biggest shopping centers leads passersby to Bible studies.
BY BRITISH UNION CONFERENCE STAFF,
with additional reporting by Adventist Review staff
With shopping centers looking more crowded than churches nowadays, a group of creative-minded young Adventists in Britain decided to showcase their faith in a shop window.
The nine Adventists staged a public art exhibition in a shop window in one of the busiest shopping centers in Birmingham, the biggest British city after London with more than 1 million people.
The three-day exhibition, titled “The IQ: Innermost Questions,” featured artwork made by the nine Adventists and themed around life's unanswered questions, such as the existence of humanity and the origins of morality.
"My whole aim with the IQ project was to make use of the creative skills we have in the church to bring the gospel outside of the church walls to the people,” said coordinator Daniel Blyden, a member of the local Aston Newtown Community church.
He said he jumped at the chance to hold the exhibit when a friend opened a shop called The Loft with a window display in The Square Shopping Centre in February. The shopping center itself gave the empty retail space to The Loft, which promotes creative ideas in public spaces, to use for six month at no cost, according to The Loft's Web site.
“I felt that this could provide the perfect opportunity for us to create a place where we could help the people to meet Jesus through art," Blyden said.
He said the unconventional approach to evangelism in late June stimulated conversations about Jesus with many shoppers and proved highly effective in reaching people from all walks of life, resulting in follow-up Bible studies with atheists and Muslims alike.
Valerie, an art enthusiast and self-professed atheist, explored the exhibition at the invitation of a friend. Initially unsure of what to expect, she began to question her own disposition toward disregarding rules and laws, Blyden said. This sparked a lengthy discussion with the IQ team that challenged her thinking and resulted in her accepting the challenge to read the Bible with a different approach.
Safi, a young Muslim, was in the city center participating in Islamic outreach when he saw the exhibition and decided to take a closer look. The IQ team gave him a tour that raised his curiosity about Christianity and led him to ask for Bible studies to learn more, Blyden said.
Valerie and Safi along with a number of other visitors who showed an interest in the exhibit have been invited to attend a follow-up event later this month that will explore whether the Bible can be trusted
- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
BY ANN AND ADVENTIST REVIEW STAFF
- 34,000 Celebrate Religious Freedom in Zimbabwe
A year before a major evangelistic series in Harare, more than 34,000 local Adventists have packed a stadium in the Zimbabwe capital to celebrate religious freedom.
Some 4,000 Seventh-day Adventist young people marched from downtown Harare to the Glamis stadium, where they joined more than 30,000 waiting Adventists.
The Zimbabwe prisons band played for the Pathfinders, who carried banners reading, “Celebrating Religious Liberty in Zimbabwe.”
The guest of honor, State Minister Miriam Chikukwa, spoke about the government’s commitment to protect the constitution, which guarantees religious liberty.
She said the government would not hesitate to arrest anyone who perpetrated violence in the name of religion.
Paul Charles, communication director for the denomination’s Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, told the gathering in late June that the purpose of the function was for Adventists to express appreciation to the Zimbabwe government for the religious freedom the church was enjoying.
He also urged the Adventists to respect those from other faiths.
“The reason why we love each other even though we do not know each other is that in you I see the image of God and in me you see the image of God,” Charles said.
The function was organized by the East Zimbabwe Conference, which is also preparing to welcome more than 40,000 people to a two-week evangelistic series led by world church President Ted N.C. Wilson next May.
Jonathan Musvosvi, president of the East Zimbabwe Conference, which is organizing the event, said earlier that the first week of the evangelistic series would see Wilson speaking to businesspeople and government officials at the Harare International Conference Center, an upmarket venue in the affluent section of Harare.
“This is a segment of the population which is difficult for us to reach and where the church is not growing as fast and strong as we would like to see it,” Musvosvi said.
Conference leaders are looking at working with wealthy local Adventists to invite people to the meetings, similar to what was done for “Hope Manila 2014: iCare,” a two-week evangelistic series that resulted in more than 2,000 baptisms in the Philippine capital in May 2014.
For the second week, the evangelistic series will move to the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in a densely populated area of Harare.
“We expect attendance to be in the range of 40,000,” Musvosvi said.
About 860,000 Adventists live in Zimbabwe. The Adventist Church entered the region near Bulawayo in 1894 and has long enjoyed the support and protection of the authorities.
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
- 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.
- Jointoday the 777global initiative. Every night at 7 pm, every one is invited to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our local church, upon our world church and upon each other.
- North Kingston Food Pantry Food Drive:Your continued support of the Food Pantry is appreciated. Bring your donations to church & we will deliver them to the Pantry.
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
Our Supreme Obligation
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10.
So perfect is the character represented which men must have in order to be Christ’s disciples that the infidel has said that it is not possible for any human being to attain unto it. But no less a standard must be presented by all who claim to be children of God. Infidels know not that celestial aid is provided for all who seek for it by faith. Every provision has been made in behalf of every soul who shall seek to be a partaker of the divine nature and be complete in Jesus Christ. Every defect is to be discerned and cut away from the character with an unsparing decision.
The people of God are to turn every action into devotion. They are to partake of every meal as if they knew it was a token of the love of the infinite God expressed to them. The termination of one duty is to be the commencement of the next that presents itself. Then the Christian character will be manifest in a life of continuous obedience and service to Jesus Christ.
Whatever business engagements men May yoke up with, if Christians, they must wear the yoke of duty to Christ. This is their allegiance. They are to consider themselves bound by superior obligations. The Master, Jesus Christ, has placed His yoke upon the neck of every disciple. The life service is pledged to Him in accepting His yoke. Anything that will mar or hinder his perfect service to God is to be broken off, whatever its nature or character May be....
The Lord has united His nature with humanity expressly that He might become a more distinguishable and definite object for our contemplation and love. He invites us to draw near and contemplate the great light, the invisible God invested in robes of humanity, emitting a glory so softened and subdued that our eyes can endure the sight. Christ is the light of heaven. In His face we shall see God. Bear in mind the prayer of Christ, that His people May be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that they May be with Him where He is and behold His glory.
Source: ‘In Heavenly Places’ by EG White.
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
GC Employees Stop Work for Prayer
During the week of June 16-19, 2014, General Conference employees witnessed an unprecedented emphasis on prayer when they were encouraged by the General Conference president, Ted N C Wilson, to stop their work for an hour each day to pray together.
“We need to pray for so many things,” says Wilson, “including our humility to recognize God as the leader of our lives and the Advent movement to accomplish His last-day work . . ." Throughout the week, time was given to personal prayer, corporate prayer, prayer in pairs, in groups, and united prayer.
We need to do this more often,” one employee commented. “I felt spiritually uplifted,” said another. “We really need more prayer, and this was a good start,” said a third.
The prayer focus for each day varied with the leaders, and included prayer for youth, children, education, women, personal ministries, publishing, military personnel, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Revival and Reformation, and Mission to the Cities―major cities of the world, as well as cities where workers were born.
“God would work mightily for His people today if they would place themselves wholly under His guidance,” writes Ellen White. “They need the constant abiding of the Holy Spirit. If there were more prayer in the councils of those bearing responsibilities, more humbling of the heart before God, we should see abundant evidence of divine leadership, and our work would make rapid progress” ―Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 238.
The call to prayer developed out of a planning meeting, where young adult leaders actually suggested the idea. “This [stopping work for prayer] will send a powerful message to young adults that the church takes prayer seriously,” said Natasha Nebblett, GYC President.
“We are living at the end of time and the Lord is preparing His church for the final loud cry,” Wilson concluded. “God wants to see His church completely dependent on Him for all our needs and for the power we will need in the future to accomplish His specific plans for His end-time, Bible-believing, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled remnant church―a people who depend completely on the simple reading and understanding of God’s Holy Word and acceptance of His last-day messages to us through the Spirit of Prophecy.”
Youth-Led Ten Days of Prayer
The youth from the Mizo Conference in Northeast India organized their own Ten Days of Prayer and chose a temperance emphasis. They camped out in tents and had up to 500 young people participating for ten days. Although feeding that many people could be expensive, lay members donated specific items, such as bags of rice, lentils, or cash to help defray the cost and they never ran out of food. "It was wonderful witnessing what was taking place in various places of the camp," said Lalchansanga Colney, from the Southern Asia Division. "Hundreds of young people experienced a revival."
Most of the speakers were not ordained pastors, but young people, who shared from their hearts. Many young people fasted and prayed. Hundreds of young people confessed their sins and gave their lives to the Lord. Some, with tears in their eyes, cried out loud to God as they prayed. A former Pentecostal church leader who accepted the Adventist faith gave his testimony for two hours. He was baptized the following Sabbath. Hundreds of Adventist young people gave their testimonies. By God’s grace, revival, genuine revival, is taking place in Mizoram.
A young lady gave a testimony and shared that, after giving her heart to Jesus, she could no longer join some of the activities that the non-Adventists had been involved in, specifically with a secular singing group. Although she was a good singer, her friends and many others made fun of her. With tears in her eyes, she said, “Now I want to be a member of the heavenly choir and be among the 144,000.” Please pray for these young people, that the Holy Spirit will continue to work on them and use them to tell others about Jesus.
Source: Lalchansanga Colney Southern Asia Division
United Prayer Works!
United prayer is not a new concept. In fact it's as old, or older, than the Bible. What did Jehosaphat do when the neighboring tribes came to wage war against him (2 Chronicles 20)? Or, Esther, when she approached the King on behalf of her people (Esther 4)? Watch ten short video spots on the power of united prayer at RevivalandReformation.tv/home. The video spots, produced by Andre Brink, Associate Director of the General Conference Communication Department, and filmed in Morocco, feature Bible characters whose lives were changed when believers prayed in one accord on their behalf. The series concludes with a 30-minute documentary on united prayer. The spots are being translated into 40 different languages, including subtitles in some languages for the deaf. These video spots call believers to humble, fervent fasting and prayer so the Holy Spirit’s power can be unleashed, obstacles be removed, and the Word of God go forth around the world so Jesus can come soon.
777 Praying Gives Church Vitality
In 2013 we adopted the 777 prayer strategy in our church. We had challenges which included low church membership, lateness for church services, weak and unfocused leadership, few youths singing in the youth choir, no organized church programs for the Pathfinders, and others. The church seemed to be on the verge of dying then with a lot of lethargy. But now, thank God, we need to add more pews! True revival has been witnessed! Strong youth programs, refreshing church events and the best thing is, we are still witnessing beyond the church into the community with acts of kindness to those in need.
Read these and more testimonies on revivalandreformation.com.
We would love to have you worship with us.
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 (401) 294-6356
- Bible Study at 10:00 AM
- Worship Service at 11:00 AM