Wickford Seventh-day Adventist Church November 22, 2014
Sabbath School 9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –The Book of James
““The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom”
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10, NASB 1995).
In many midsize and larger companies, a “middle-manager mentality” exists. This attitude happens when workers feel entitled to something they do not yet have: more respect, a higher salary, a more advanced position, and so on. This unhealthy attitude develops over time as the person strives to get ahead. Symptoms may include flattering remarks served up to decision makers and uncomplimentary revelations made about coworkers, all seasoned with a spirit of selfish rivalry. When one major television news anchor advanced to the top without destroying others to get there, a colleague admiringly observed: “There were no dead bodies.”
It would be nice to think that selfish rivalry is confined to secular organizations and that the church operates quite differently. Unfortunately, Scripture indicates that all too often worldly “wisdom” also operates among believers.
Let's see what the Word of God has to say about this unfortunate reality.
Source: Sabbath School Quarterly p. 64.
The Church at Praise 10:50-11:00 am
Today! Our SNEC President David Dennis & Ministerial Secretary John Amoah will host and invites the district to ‘Welcome & Meet our New Pastor & his Family’ as they officially install Pastor Piresson as our District Pastor.
Location: Johnston SDA Church
Date & Time: Sabbath November 22, 2014, 3 – 4 PM.
‘Landmarks of Prophecy’ continues at the Wickford church tonite! 7pm.
Saturday, Nov. 15st. See flyer for more info or call Larry at 401-539-3418.
Only 3 programs left. Do not miss the exciting end to this dynamic series!
Sunset Today: 4:19 Next Friday: 4:16
Entering His Presence to Worship 11:00 a.m.
Call to Worship- Michelle Benson
"Responsive Reading #701 - Shout Joyfully to the Lord”
Invocation & Welcome* Sandy Cregan
Opening Hymn** Hymnal # 27
"Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart"
Tithes & Offerings* Larry Dunder
Atlantic Union College
Doxology** Hymnal # 694
“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings”
Prayer of Intercession and Praise* Sandy Cregan
Hymn “As We Come to You in Prayer” Hymnal #671
Response*** Hymnal #684
“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”
Youth Story Maggie Dunder
Scripture Reading Michelle Benson
Musical Selection Jomicelle Tentaco
Sermon Joe Ewing-Chow
"Oh, Give Thanks to the Lord..... Always"
Hymn of Consecration** Hymnal #559
“Now Thank We All Our God”
Benediction Joe Ewing-Chow
Postlude * Selections
* Please be Seated **Please Stand ***Please Kneel
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Offering next week: : Atlantic Union College
Pastor Joseph Piresson (860)759-8132 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
3-4 pm, Installation of Pastor Piresson as our district pastor by our SNE Conference President. Also time to meet and greet Pastor Piresson and family. At Johnston.
TONIGHT!!!!!! Saturday, November 22, 7 pm:
Amazing Facts Presents LANDMARKS of PROPHECY.
Landmarks of Prophecy is a 21-part, epic Bible study adventure presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts. You’ll delve into the pages of the Bible to get clear, trustworthy, logical answers to your most pressing questions about life, faith, and the future! Only 3 programs left!
You’ll get straightforward, meaningful answers to questions like
What significance does a prediction given thousands of years ago have for you today?
What recent world events are the fulfillment of prophecy and harbingers of the end?
Are you ready for the coming crisis?Landmarks of Prophecy will offer you incredible assurance that God is in control and that the keys to unlocking the future do not come from palm readers or psychics, but rather from the Word of God—the Bible! See flyer in foyer for program titles and dates.
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
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:
Dina and Ray: no more headaches
Betty Williamson from the Johnston Church
Praise God for answered prayers!
We serve a merciful, powerful, wonderful God!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God!” Philippians 4:3.
Nominating Committee for 2015
Joe Ewing-Chow Daphney Williams
Denise McFarland Robert Turner (Secretary)
Larry Dunder Alternates: Sandy Cregan, Ray Carlson
Please pray about how you will be willing to serve God & church!
From our new pastor’s desk:
Here is my contact information:
Pastor Joseph Piresson Phone number: (860) 759-8132
Wife: Fatima Piresson Daughter: Ambrosee Piresson
Son: Joseph Piresson II (and a Dog: Nahvon, (??????)
Email address: email@example.com
Lessons from the Night the Stars Fell 181 Years Ago
News commentary: A look back at the last sign promised by Jesus as a token of His return. By Benjamin Baker, PhD, assistant archivist at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Night became day 181 years ago.
Burning meteors populated the heavens with thousands upon thousands of incandescent dots shortly after sunset on Nov. 12, 1833.
Through the small hours of the night and into the wee hours of the morning the glowing matter seemed to wait as if on cue, suspended on the onyx canvas. Several hours before the sun rose, the first star fell.
Then it was as if the heavens collapsed.
People who witnessed the astonishing display across North America spoke of it even decades later with eyes wide and a quiver in the voice.
“It seemed as if the whole starry heavens had congregated at one point near the zenith and were simultaneously shooting forth, with the velocity of lightning, to every part of the horizon, and yet they were not exhausted—thousands swiftly followed in the track of thousands, as if created for the occasion,” testified an onlooker.
“Never did rain fall much thicker than the meteors fell toward the earth; east, west, north, and south, it was the same,” said another. “In a word, the whole heavens seemed in motion.”
Significantly, Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White later said that the starry spectacle was “the last of the signs … which were promised by the Savior as tokens of His second advent” (The Great Controversy, p. 333).
But what does November 12-13, 1833, mean to us today? After all, we are almost 200 years away from the event and still waiting for Jesus to come. In addition, we have witnessed indications that we are living in the last days that threaten to overshadow the falling stars from long ago: Wars that have killed millions. Diseases that have claimed even more. A hyper-increase of knowledge. Moral depravity. Unprecedented natural disasters. The gospel reaching every nation in the world but a few.
Still, 1833 can offer an important lesson if we listen to those who witnessed that night—and rejoiced in the light of daybreak.
The dazzling light of the falling meteorites caused one witness to fear that a fire was raging near his home.
“Being up this morning, I witnessed one of the most grand and alarming spectacles which ever beamed upon the eye of man,” he later wrote. “The light in my room was so great that I could see the hour of the morning by my watch which hung over my mantel, and supposing there was a fire near at hand, probably on my own premises, I sprung to the window, and behold, the stars or some other bodies presenting a fiery appearance were descending in torrents as rapid and as numerous as I ever saw flakes of snow, or drops of rain, in the midst of a storm.”
A Millerite man grasped for words to describe the scene: “The dawn was a full hour, that morning, earlier than usual, and the whole eastern sky was transparent like molten glass, so as I never witnessed before nor since. An open arch of brilliant light arose from the east, above which arch stood the morning star, inexpressibly glorious for its brilliance and firmness on the face of the dark, transparent, and bursting firmament.”
On the night the stars fell William Miller was a 51-year-old lecturer unwittingly starting a movement that gained steam until the Great Disappointment 11 years later, when the hopes of his followers that Jesus would return on Oct. 22, 1844, were dashed.
James White had recently dropped out of school at the age of 12 to earn his keep on the family farm. His future wife, Ellen Harmon, was 5 going on 6, having started school that autumn in Portland, Maine.
The year of 1833 found William Ellis Foy, an African-American teenager who would later receive visions that Ellen White and John Loughborough recognized from God, being baptized into Christ in southern Maine, not far from where the White and Harmon families lived.
Joseph and Prudy Bates were a middle-aged couple living in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, destined to accept the Millerite message a couple years later.
J.N. Andrews, J.N. Loughborough, and Annie and Uriah Smith were all toddlers.
Whatever their age, wherever they were, these pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist movement unanimously saw great significance in the celestial event of 1833, holding it to be a sign of the coming of Christ.
Ellen White noted that Jesus had promised the meteor shower, saying, “The stars shall fall from heaven” (Matthew 24:29, NKJV), when His disciples asked for a sign that His coming was near. Furthermore, White said, the 1833 event fulfilled a prophecy by the apostle John in Revelation 6:13, where he wrote, “And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.”
Adventist pioneer Joseph Harvey Waggoner was an early teen so impressed with the star shower that he later he commissioned an engraving of the phenomenon that appeared in the 1889 Bible Readings for the Home Circle.
He wrote: “It was the privilege of the writer of these pages to behold this scene, and it was one never to be forgotten. They began to fall about an hour before midnight, increasing in frequency until, in a few hours, they became a perfect shower. They could no more be counted than one can count the fast-falling flakes of snow in a hard storm. They continued to fall without any diminution of numbers until the dawn of day obscured them. And when the approaching light of the sun paled them in the east, they still colored the western sky. And when the spreading light obscured them in every direction, occasionally one of great brilliancy would leave its trace in the west, showing that they were still falling.”
A Non-Adventist's Perspective
But one of the most meaningful accounts came from a non-Adventist, Frederick Douglass, who at the time was a 15-year-old slave in Talbot County, Maryland. Here was his reaction:
“I witnessed this gorgeous spectacle, and was awestruck. The air seemed filled with bright descending messengers from the sky. It was about daybreak when I saw this sublime scene. I was not without the suggestion, at that moment that it might be the harbinger of the coming of the Son of Man; and in my then state of mind I was prepared to hail Him as my Friend and Deliverer. I had read that the ‘stars shall fall from heaven,’ and they were now falling. I was suffering very much in my mind. … I was looking away to heaven for the rest denied me on earth.”
Later Douglass would buy his freedom and become one of the greatest abolitionists and orators in American history. It is believed that he was acquainted with James and Ellen White when they lived in Rochester in the late 1840s.His oldest child, Rosetta Douglass-Sprague (1839-1906) became a Seventh-day Adventist.
Douglass’ account of 1833 is so compelling not because of what he was but because of what he was not. He was not free, he was not white, he was not rich, he was not educated, he was not an adult, and he was not affiliated with a Christian denomination. He had, in truth, been taught to read against the law and in secret by the wife of his former owner.
With his prized literacy Douglass had read the words of Jesus, “The stars will fall from the sky.”He looked forward to the coming of Jesus, “my Friend and Deliverer,” not only because of the faith he had in Him, but because of the direness of his earthly situation. Douglass was a believer, off the radar of everyone who mattered, but known to God.
This speaks strongly to us today. God has believers in the least likely places and situations, and they see the signs of end times taking place in this world. Utterly tired of the turmoil, they look fervently to the sky for the return of their Friend and Deliverer.
We may not know these precious souls, but they will soon unite with the true and faithful among us. When they hear the truths about Jesus that it is our privilege to share, they will rejoice and walk in the truth.
These silent believers are everywhere—even in the countries and places where the gospel has not been preached—and they are as precious to God as the most faithful Christian in a Bible Belt state in the United States. Finding the water of life in places where others see only barren desert, these believers have a faith that may lack sophistication but is filled with simple love and trust.
They testify to a Lord who sheds His light everywhere and gives signs that seekers will notice.
It’s “about daybreak” for them. Source: Adventist Review.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Every Man Our Neighbor
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints,
is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles
the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Ephesians 3:8.
In the hearts of the majority of men there is little respect for truth and righteousness. Unbelief in God and His Word is everywhere manifest.... While such conditions prevail in the world, we are not to shut ourselves in our homes and think that assent to truth is all that is required of us. Christ gave Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the world.... If you have the riches of the grace of Christ in your heart, you will not keep them to yourselves while the salvation of souls depends upon a knowledge of the way of salvation that you can give. These May not come to you and tell you their heart longings, but many are hungry, unsatisfied, and Christ died that they might have the riches of His grace. What are you going to do that these souls May share the blessings that you enjoy?
Are you seeking to become acquainted with those who need your help? Are you using your opportunities and advantages and means in winning souls to Christ? You May say, I am not a minister and therefore cannot preach the truth. You May not be a minister in the generally accepted sense of the word. You May never be called to stand in the desk. Nevertheless you can be a minister for Christ. If you will watch for the opportunities that present themselves for speaking a word to this soul and to that, God will speak through you to win hearts to Him.... Drop a word here and a word there that will lift up the Saviour before men and lead them to higher and holier purposes.
Growth in grace is shown in an increasing ability to work for God. He who learns in the school of Christ will know how to pray and how to speak for the Master. Realizing that he lacks wisdom and experience, he will place himself under the training of the Great Teacher, knowing that only thus he can obtain perfection in God’s service. And daily he becomes better able to comprehend spiritual things. Every day of diligent labor finds him at its close better fitted to help others. Abiding in Christ, he bears much fruit.
This devotional is from ‘In Heavenly Places’ by Ellen G. White.
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
“With men this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 (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.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
We would love to have you worship with us.
- Bible Study at 10:00 AM
- Worship Service at 11:00 AM
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 (401) 294-6356