Week of Devotion at University Church features college and university pastors
The King’s Heralds, one of the best-known musical recording and performing groups in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was on hand to perform for one of the Week of Devotion services, held at Loma Linda University Church January 12 to 19.
Nearly every Seventh-day Adventist college or university in North America was represented when campus pastors, presidents, and guest artists graced the Loma Linda University campus for the North American Division Week of Devotion, held January 12 to 19, 2008.
Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists hosted the event, inviting well-known musicians and recording artists to the campus including Steve Green, Wintley Phipps, Michelle Tumes, Chiz Rider, Selah, and the King’s Heralds men’s quartet.
School presidents and pastors focused their inspirational messages on the theme “The matchless charms of Christ.”
Randy Roberts, DMin, LLU Church senior pastor, commented that the theme was chosen because he could think of nothing more inspirational to talk about than Jesus. “After all,” says Dr. Roberts, “He is the central reality to our faith.”
Dr. Roberts hopes that those who attended took away a new and greater appreciation for Jesus and His love as a result of the music and preaching.
“The matchless charms of Christ have been illustrated in so many different ways this week,” Dr. Roberts points out. &ldq
John McVay, PhD, president of Walla Walla University, spoke about “The Alabaster Disaster” at the Wednesday morning meeting on January 16.
uo;Phillips Brooks once said that preaching is ‘truth through personality.’ During each message, a different facet of Jesus has shown through.”
Karl Haffner, PhD, is senior pastor of the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church and a self-proclaimed Selah fan. He suggests the event was a treat for the speakers as well. “I love the energy of the place and I’m so thrilled to participate in such a spiritual feast.” Dr. Haffner was the final speaker, delivering a sermon titled “The gospel of getting stoned.”
The LLU Church overflowed as thousands came to hear the message of what it’s like to receive “less than you deserve,” illustrated by the woman caught in adultery.
Most of the school pastors and presidents stayed around for the entire week, sharing prayers and support. During Sabbath School services on January 19, the pastors formed a panel, moderated by Dan Matthews, which discussed the challenges and opportunities facing pastors at Adventist education institutions of higher learning.
Several recurring themes included the diversity of tastes and needs in these unique congregations, and the challenges of nurturing cohesiveness and understanding—particularly relating to worship styles. The specific issue of musical taste is one area where campus pastors face diverse ideas and opinions.
While students, faculty, and community members filled the church for midday and evening meetings, there was an unseen global audience attending as well.
Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLBN) aired the event live, beaming the signal to more than 140 countries in six different continents, with each meeting rebroadcast the following day.
Ganim Hanna, president and CEO of LLBN, enjoyed hosting the program.
“LLBN is honored to have a close working relationship with our sister organization, the Loma Linda University Church, and Pastor Roberts.” He continues, “We appreciate their commitment to outreach, and are pleased we can work together to share the Week of Devotion.”
Also broadcast on LLBN this week was Loma Linda University Medical Center’s own week of devotion, with the theme “Pathways to Peace.”
Portions of the NAD Week of Devotion will be edited and distributed on DVD.
For more information, call the Loma Linda University Church at (909) 558-4570.
By Maranatha Hay