As the sun set on Saturday, August 13, Guam Adventist Academy faculty, staff, board members, and supporters gathered in the Upper Room for its teacher consecration service.
The service began with song service led by Ms. Choi and Mr. Larrazabal, followed by opening prayer by Mr. Choi and principal Mrs. Larrew’s welcoming remarks. Then Mrs. Dela Paz blessed the congregation with a glorious piano solo of “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Pastor Ken Norton, the new Guam-Micronesia Mission President, shared an inspiring message that set a Christ-centered tone for the new school year. Pastor Norton revealed Jesus’ daily routine of ceaseless teaching, preaching, and healing that continued into the evenings (Matt.9:35-38; 8:16-17). But how did Jesus continually pour out to people and not burn out? Norton quoted Mark 1:35, which relates Jesus’ early morning prayers, stating that the only way to survive this academic year and the struggles of life is “to have a living, vital connection with Jesus.” He explained that Satan attacks our personal and social lives, and tries hard to separate us from God, even through the busyness of work and serving others. “But if we take time with Jesus,” he reassured, “everything works out.”
Pastor Norton finished his message with the well-known lines in Jeremiah 29:11-13 in a fresh perspective: What God wants to do through us will happen as we take the time to seek and connect with Him.
After the conclusion of the inspiring message, the entire congregation formed a circle in the front of the room for a prayer of consecration by Pastor Remenster Jano. Finally, the consecration service came to a close with a hymn, a prayer, and an emboldened group of faculty and staff, ready to face the new year with Jesus.