Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church

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

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Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church       
August 30, 2014
Sabbath School                                                                                                9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Teachings of Jesus “Our Mission”
       “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come“.   (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).
        Early in Jesus’ ministry, He called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, which meant that they were to lead others to Him: Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19, NKJV).
       Later, the Lord appointed twelve disciples that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach (Mark 3:14, NKJV). Christ sent out the Twelve Apostles and later seventy disciples to evangelize as well (Matt. 10:5-15, Luke 10:1-12). During forty days after His resurrection, Christ appeared several times to His disciples (1 Cor. 15:3-8), and He placed the responsibility of preaching the gospel in their hands (Acts 1:2-3).
       Again and again He entrusted them with the gospel commission. Though none of the gospel writers recorded every word Jesus said, each one set down a few sentences of the Lord’s instructions, each account emphasizing a different aspect of the gospel commission and thus providing us with valuable insight into its purpose, methodology, and scope.  This week we’ll look at the gospel commission as Jesus Himself presented it.  Source:  Sabbath School Quarterly  p 72.
The Church at Praise                                                                        10:50-11:00 am
Please join us after the worship hour as we fellowship over lunch with Pastor Barry and his family for the last time. He and his family will be relocating to West Virginia.  Please pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon his family and upon the search committee for our new pastor.
September 6th: Compassion Boston Kickoff Rally with Pastor John Bradshaw of
“It is Written”.
September 6th:  Meet James White in New Bedford!   See insert for more info.       
Sunset  Today:  7:22                                                                     Next Friday:   7:10
Entering His Presence to Worship                                                 11:00 a.m. 
Introit*                                                                                                        Congregation
Call to Worship-                                                                                   Suzanne Johnston
                                          Responsive Reading #863: “Psalm 117”
Invocation & Welcome*                                                                        Joe Ewing-Chow
Opening Hymn**                                                                                       Hymnal  #108                
                                                               “Amazing Grace”

Tithes & Offerings*                                                                                  Peter Griswold
                                   World Budget/Atlantic Union Adventist Media
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                                                                                                   Pastor Barry
Scripture Reading                                                                                  Suzanne Johnston                   
                                                  “Acts 13:1-3; 14:24-28”                             
Musical Selection                                                                                       Nathan Meyers
Sermon                                                                                                           Pastor Barry
                                                  “The Power of God’s Grace”
Hymn of Consecration**                                                                             Hymnal #537
                                                            “He Leadeth Me”
Benediction                                                                                                    Pastor Barry
Postlude *                                                                                                              Selections
* Please be Seated              **Please Stand                    ***Please Kneel
*     *     *     *     *
Offering next week:  Local Wickford Church Budget
Pastor Barry Kimbrough  (508)243-1289  ****[can receive texts or calls!]]
Email:  morninglightwpep@yahoo.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 Pastor Barry Kimbrough.
Prayer Warriors Needed!!!!  "Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of
Him." 1 John 5:14, 15.  Please pray for:
  • Betty Williamson from the Johnston Church
  • Leroy & Sue Quigley from the Burriville Church.
  •  Kindly join fellow Christians as we pray for God’s intervention. The following was an email from the First Elder of the Myrtle Beach SDA church. 
Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working.
Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil . Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.
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.
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.
 “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
September 6 - Compassion Boston Rally
Join us for the official kick-off of COMPASSION BOSTON a multi-year effort to reach into the great city of Boston with the liberating love of Jesus through acts of kindness, compassion and warm friendship.  Bring your passion for Christ, your enthusiasm for ministry and your love for the gospel. Be inspired, motivated and equipped for Kingdom service!
A complimentary vegetarian or vegan lunch will be provided for all who register. If you prefer another meal choice or have specific dietary restrictions please plan to bring a lunch with you.
Greater Boston Academy        108 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02180
Tentative Schedule
10:30 a.m.         Sabbath School        Pastor Jose Cortes Jr.      
11:30 a.m.         Worship Service       Pastor John Bradshaw
For more information about Compassion Boston, visit our website. www.compassionboston.org 
Thomas W. Murray     Compassion Boston Planning Director
Southern New England Conference        978-365-4551 ext. 615
September 6:  Joseph Bates Annual Heritage outdoor vespers. Program will begin at 4:30 pm 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, 4:30 pm.
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? Anyone 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 info or to offer your help with the event.
Save these dates:  September 14,  October 5!
Adventist Community Services (ACS) disaster training at the Disaster Training Center located at the Waterford SDA Church in Quaker Hill, CT.,
We are conducting classes in September and October to train and certify Adventist church members for disaster response.
The goal is to build a network of Adventist Churches in Southern New England with at least 2-4 trained volunteers in each church.  With a proper network communication system, these churches will be capable of providing help to each other and our communities during a time of disaster (and they are coming).  Everything that we do as a Nationally recognized disaster response agency requires us, as Adventists, to intermingle with non-Adventist. What a great way to witness!
We are praying that we can get this network together before we are hit by a major disaster (better known as a hurricane). If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.
Register by using the link on the flyer,
 e-mail:   acsdr.snec@yahoo.com or call 860-444-1115.
May God Bless you,
Tom McQuarrie                ACS Disaster Response Coordinator/SNEC
‚ÄčDon’t Be a Friendly Church
The difference will surprise you.
Friendly churches are warm and happy. Their members greet one another on Sabbath mornings and enjoy potluck dinners together after church. Often church members visit in one another’s homes and have church socials. What is wrong with being friendly?
Just ask Russell Burrill. In his book How to Grow an Adventist Church.  He relates the story of his first visit to a certain “friendly” Adventist church. Once the service was over, he managed to find his way to the fellowship hall for potluck. He scanned the room looking for a seat. All around him were groups of friends enjoying one another’s company. Since all the chairs at the inhabited tables were filled, he pulled out a chair from an empty table and sat down. He then noticed a young couple approaching his lonely corner.
“Are these seats taken?” they asked.
Glad for the company, he replied that the chairs were available, but instead of joining him, they picked up the chairs and took them away.
Burrill never returned to that church. It wasn’t because of a boring sermon or an ugly carpet. It wasn’t even for lack of a greeter to smile and hand him a bulletin. It was because none of the members took the time to get to know him. They had been so busy fellowshipping with one another that they didn’t notice that Burrill was all alone. During the entire potluck the only people who talked to him were fellow visitors.
Not the Only One
Burrill isn’t the only one who has felt awkward at a friendly church. Kerry, a returning Adventist, wanted his wife, Chiare, to embrace the Adventist faith. When they moved to a new town, they visited several congregations, but no one connected with them. In fact, aside from the greeters, no one had said anything to them. The contrast between the warm fellowship they were accustomed to at a previous church and the cold reception they received at the Adventist churches was painful. They were nearly ready to give up when they decided to give Adventists one last try.
“We work so hard to invite people to our churches, but when God brings them, we pretty much ignore them.”
The next Sabbath, as they sat in the parking lot of yet another Adventist church, Kerry, Chiare, and their daughter bowed their heads and prayed, “Lord, direct us home.” The threesome then walked through the church doors and slowly navigated the long hallway, brushing past chattering clumps of happy people all around them. Just before they reached the sanctuary they hesitated awkwardly. As they were wondering whether this church would be like all the others, a woman introduced herself and spent time getting acquainted. The next week the family was invited over for dinner. Kerry and his family found what they were searching for. They just needed people to welcome them and make them feel wanted.
Outside Our Comfort Zone
We don’t always realize how nervous some people are when they visit a church for the first time. Mary2 had been watching 3ABN and taking online Bible studies for some time when she decided to check out an Adventist church.
She drove half of the 45-minute trip to the Norfolk Seventh-day Adventist Church before turning around and returning home. The next week she got as far as the parking lot. Finally, on her third Sabbath, she managed to get out of her car—but then she froze, clutching her Bible. Somehow, though, she found herself walking toward the door. Once she got inside, church members warmly welcomed her and invited her to sit with them. She says, “It’s a good thing, too, because I was feeling pretty lost!”
Today Mary is an active member of the Norfolk church because the members made her comfortable. Her pastor, Adrian Atkins, adds, “If someone comes to our door and we can’t gather them in, there’s something wrong with us. . . . If we can’t love them as family, we have no business calling them out of the world!”
What About Your Church?
Would a guest go unwelcomed at your church? Bible worker and author Karen Lewis  believes that we miss many opportunities to make people feel welcome. She explains, “We work so hard to invite people to our churches, but when God brings them, we pretty much ignore them.”
How can we make sure that guests aren’t being ignored? The greeters should take care of that, right? While greeters give the all-essential bulletin, smile, and handshake, they alone cannot make guests feel welcome. Visitors need to feel wanted by the congregation, and a relaxed conversation means a lot more than a dutiful handshake. Every member should take an active role in welcoming guests.
Making a guest feel welcome is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips:
  •  Be aware. Watch for new faces, and when you spot someone you don’t recognize, introduce yourself.
  • Be confident. Extend your hand, look the person in the eye, and say, “I don’t think I’ve met you yet.”
  • Be interested. Learn the person’s hobbies and find out where they work. 
  • Be a host. Give visitors a tour of the church, show them the children’s Sabbath school rooms, and ask them to sit with you at potluck.
  • Be courteous. Introduce the visitor to your friends.
  • Be encouraging. Get visitors’ contact information, and invite them back the next week.
    As nice as it is to be friendly with our church friends, we need to include visitors in our fellowship. Friendliness is a great quality to have, but in order to truly welcome visitors we must go deeper. If we make our guests a priority, they will feel at home in our churches.
“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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