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Plantation SDA Church

A Scentless Prayer Is a Senseless Prayer!

A Scentless Prayer Is a Senseless Prayer!

Welcome! Our speaker today is Pastor Joseph Salajan.

Locations & Times

Plantation SDA Church

400 NW 118th Ave, Plantation, FL 33325, USA

Saturday 9:00 AM

Saturday 11:30 AM

Welcome to our Online Bulletin.

The online bulletin has been enhanced with additional information to make it more relevant to you. It includes:

• Links to the live stream and service rebroadcasts
• Sermon Outline.
• Bulletin
• Church Newsletter

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Online Services

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Pastor Joseph Salajan Bio

Pastor Joe was born in the little town of Crasna (Romania). Ever since he was a child, he has been fascinated by the unique connection between pastors and their special book, the Bible. When at the age of 7 he received his first little Bible from a brave pastor who was able to procure it for him in spite of the interdictions of the communist regime, he felt special and decided one day he would become a pastor.

After serving as a Pastor for 8 years in Romania, in 2013 he immigrated to the USA. He currently serves as Lead Pastor of Plantation Seventh-day Adventist Church. Along with his wonderful wife Anda and their gorgeous daughter Alessandra, he enjoys proclaiming God’s grace and ministering to his fellows.

Pastor Joe is currently enrolled in a doctoral Program (DMin in Preaching) with Andrews University. His hobbies are languages, music, and poetry.

Pastor Joe's Sermons

All of Pastor Joe's sermons are on the new Plantation SDA Media Centre
Sermon Theme:

Our prayers have value only if mixed with the merits of Jesus Christ. When we pray for justice in His merits, He takes care of our enemies.
Social Media Tags to share with your friends:

#justice #mercy #angel #prayer #blood #altar #prayers #judgement #scent #incense #trumpets

Our Need

In Ancient Israel, there was a Sanctuary where interesting rituals or ceremonies were performed. It was God’s object lesson to teach His people the Plan of Salvation. The main point was this: we are in need of a Messiah… we need a Savior; and God will provide a Savior!
Question: when we make an altar call for prayer… what do we have in mind?

We are referring to the altar(s) of the heavenly Sanctuary. That Sanctuary has two altars… one in the courtyard… (altar of the sacrifice) and one in the Holy (altar of incense).

In verse 3 both altars are mentioned:3Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at [on]the altar. He was given much , that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
What is the role of incense?

Frankincense is known to have antiseptic and disinfectant properties, so it may have been part of the physical cleaning of the Sanctuary. However, it is obvious that incense was not used merely to clean or cover up the bad smell of blood…

Incense was burn as pleasing fragranceoffered up to God…

It is significant that God gave a unique “holy recipe” for the preparation of the incense that was going to be used at the Sanctuary. You were not allowed to prepare the same composition of spicesfor personal use. Doing that had extremely severeconsequences.

Incense is given at the altar of sacrifice, which represented the cross (in the courtyard). The significance of the incense has to do with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is actually the merits of Jesus Christ at the cross that give our prayers the right scent…Prayer without incense is mere self-talk; wouldn’t go up!
Angelic Role

The whole ritual of the incense is performed by an angel… In chapter 5:8 the 24 elders had bowls full of incense in their hands. I told you before that they seem to be representatives of the un-fallen worlds (chief-angels)... Somehow, the angels (“ministering spirits”) are part of God handling/answering our prayers.

An angel takes the incense (Christ’s merits), mixes it with the prayers of the saints and ministers with it on the altar of incense in front of the throne. Then he fills the censer with fire from the (same) altar and throws in on the earth...Fire thrown on earth is a symbol of divine justice… What I am suggesting is that God’s angels are somehow agents of God’s justice…

This scene of fire thrown on the earth calls to mind the cry of the martyrs under the altar asking for justice(in the section about the 7 seals): "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10).
The Trumpets

The whole section of the trumpets is about divine justice… The 7 seals present the history of God’s people; the 7 trumpets outline the history of God’s people’s enemy. So here’s the meaning of the incense: when we pray for justice in Christ’s merits, God “takes care” of thise who treat us unjustly.

The 7 trumpets are manifestations of divine justice on his people’s enemies!
Coming to the Altar

The Bible doesn’t teach self-justice…We cannot do ourselves Paul says: 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath [of God]; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord (Rom. 12:19).

Divine justice is needed because God knows how to mix mercy with justice so that the sinner gets a chance to repent…There will be a time when God’s wrath will be poured unmixed… at the final phase of judgment. But throughout history, when His persecuted children pray, God does justice on those who persecute them. That’s the 7 trumpets…

When we pray without the merits of Jesus Christ, that’s a scentless prayer. A scentless prayer is a senseless prayer. It wouldn’t go up!

When we pray without thinking of the sacrifice of Jesus allowing mercy for other sinners, that’s a scentless prayer. A scentless prayer is a senseless prayer… It wouldn’t go up…

When we pray for justice and then do ourselves justice (revenge… payback…) that’s a scentless prayer. A scentless prayer is a senseless prayer. It wouldn’t go up!

When we pray for justice while treating unjustly those for whom Jesus was sacrifices, that’s a scentless prayer. A scentless prayer is a senseless prayer… It wouldn’t go up…

Let’s come to the altar…O come to the Father through Jesus the Son…

This section contains the traditional bulletin, including:

• The Ministry of Giving
• Service Order and Participants
• Songs in today's service
• Sunrise/Sunset times

Give Online to Plantation SDA Church

Did you know you can donate tithes and offerings to Plantation SDA church online? Just click on the link below and fill out the form. Your contribution can help us help those in need and also spread the gospel.Thank you!

Ministry of Giving

Offering Last Week: $5,802.41
Offering Month to Date: $13,829.04
2017 Offering Surplus (Deficit): $2,193.57

Service Order and Participants

Praise And Adoration: Praise Team & Congregation

Welcome & Announcements: Donavan Lovelace

Children’s Story: Julio Prieto

Pastor's Corner: Pastor Joseph Salajan

Ministry in Action: Addy Lubin

Offering Call: Brendon Hernandez

Praise And Adoration: Praise Team & Congregation

Intercessory Prayer: Dion Walden

Sermon: Pastor Joseph Salajan

Praise And Adoration: Praise Team & Congregation

Dedication in Song: Congregation

Benediction: Pastor Joseph Salajan

Afterglow: Praise Team & Congregation

Praise Leaders
Ahkeem Darden
Subrina Callwood

Dorothy Felix
Wydnyr Richardson
Rochelle Smith

Olivia Smith
Swelenn Gomez

Rhoneil Williams
Wallace Borges

Visual Arts/ProPresenter
Sharon Campbell

Acoustic Guitar
Michael Davis

Bass Guitar
Michael Davis

Joshua Callwood

Levar Higgs

Lisa Simpson

Praise and Worship Songs

Songs In Today's Service

• Happy
• Blessed Be Your Name
• Blessed Assurance
• Emmanuel
• O Come To The Altar
• To God Be The Glory
• Great Are You Lord by Sinach
• Trust in You - Anthony Brown

Sunset Information

Today: 8:17 PM
Next Friday: 8:17 PM

The last section of the online bulletin is the newsletter. Its similar to the print version but enhanced with live web links and other interactive features. It includes:

• Prayer Ministry Update
• Calendar of Events
• Social Media Links for Plantation SDA Church

Need someone to pray for/with you?

Sick or hurting and need prayer?

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Online Calendar

You can view all of our upcoming events with this link

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Upcoming Events


June 30 – Communion

June 24 – Women’s Ministry Prayer Breakfast

July 4 – Church Office Closed

July 7 – Youth Choir Rehearsal

July 7 - AY

July 8 – Elder’s Meeting

July 8 – Discipleship Meeting

July 8 – Mission Council Meeting

July 8 – Admin Advisory Meeting

July 9-20 – Film Ministry Summer Camp

July 10 – SAS Board Meeting

July 17 – Church Board Meeting

July 21 – Baby Dedication

July 21 – AY

July 28 – Children’s Church

Men’s Prayer session

The Planation Men's ministry host a prayer session immediately following second service. Come and join us as we pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

Sabbath Afternoon Bible Study

Join us at 6 PM in the the Youth room as we continue our study of Genesis. starting at Genesis 41:40. Everyone is welcome

Monthly Prayer Summit

Monthly Prayer Summit

Come join us on the 3rd Sunday of each Month from 5:00AM to 10:00AM as we pray for healing, revival and reformation for our community and our nation. Let’s unite with one voice to cry out for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For more information, contact Dion Walden or Angela Smith.

Women's Prayer Session

The women hold a prayer session the Second Sabbath of each month, immediately after second service in the Prayer Room

Leadership Positions: Second Reading

Youth Ministry: Nicky Cameron

Sabbath School Superintendent: Yolanda Williams

Sabbath School Supply Secretary: Ilma Deidrick

Children’s Ministry Leader: Camille Francis

Children’s Ministry Assistant Leader: Melissa Nugent

Children’s Church Leader: Michelle Gunning

Children’s Ministry Secretary: Andrea Wilby

Youth Ministry Leader: Garri Ogata

Young Adult Leader (Merge): Nikita Marseille

Social Media

You can follow us on the various social media sites below for the latest videos, photos and news updates.






We look forward to interacting with you.

Own a Business? Let Everyone Know About It

We're assembling a directory of businesses owned and run by our church members so when other members need a good or service, they know who to contact.

If you own or run your own business, please let other church members know what goods and/or services you provide. Email with these details:

Business Name:

Phone #(s):

Service(s) provided:

Hours of Operation:

Address (if available):

Email (if available):

Web site (if available):

Social Media links (if available):

Fax # (if available)

Logo (if available)

Help Needed! Parking Ministry

The Parking Ministry is looking for a few men and women who can dedicate one Sabbath a month to serve the church. If interested, please
contact Mozart Porcena or Michael Adden

MERGE: Young Adult Ministry

Young Adults are experiencing faith, friendship, and service.

Plantation’s Young Adult Ministry meets Saturdays at 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.

For questions or more information email us at


call Nikita Marseille

You can also download Celly app:

and look us up


Important Tax Announcement

Please make sure you legibly print your first and last names and address (including apartment number) on the tithe envelope every time you turn one in to keep our records current.

We have several families with the same last name, so if you want to have an accurate tithe report at the end of the year, please be specific regarding your name and address.

If we can't read your name or you don't give us an address, unfortunately, we can't provide you with a tax receipt.

Interested in Bible Study?

If you or someone you know would like to know God better and study for baptism, please contact Alex Graham.

Also, please come to the Baptismal Study Group at 10:40 on Sabbath morning and say hello!

Hope Ministry Needs You!

The Hope (Helping Oppressed People Everyday) Ministry makes life changing impacts in the lives of those without housing or shelter, the battered and abused and those in need of food.

But to continue to make this impact, we need

Monetary donations
Goods such toothbrushes, tooth-paste, and soap.

Please contact Jesse Guillaime at

and visit

to learn more about this ministry

Sick and Shut-ins

Enid Cawley

Paul Van Putten Sr

Mary Kopp

Jeremy Gayle is home after bicycle accident. His dad is Franz Gayle, father

Marvel Jones

Elaine Stephenson – please pray for a speedy recovery after knee surgery.

Lilett Cunningham (Vida’s Mother)

Bob Velez – Bob is now home from the hospital. Please keep him in your prayers.

Cherita Lewis’ mother-in- law had a serious stroke this week. Please keep
them in your prayers.

Plantation Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs

Upcoming Calendar

July 27 – Leadership Convention


Pathfinders: Peta Ann Anderson

Adventurers: Dawn Williams

Email address:

Religious Liberty: Legal Problems on the job or at school?

Is your employer threatening to fire you if you don't work on Sabbath?
Is your employer refusing to give you Sabbath off?
Is your school requiring you to take a test on Sabbath?

If so, we can help! please email

to understand your legal options and/or get some help.

Please don’t quit your job before talking with us.

Looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job or considering switching jobs?

Does your business need employees?

If so, contact Jonathan Williams at

Brother's Keeper's Jobs is a jobs registry that helps match those in need of employement with those looking to employ workers.

Baby Dedication

Upcoming Calendar:

July 21, 2018


For information regarding our next baby dedication, please contact Joie at the church office:



Florida Conference jobs

There are several positions available at the Florida Conference Office. Check out

to see if you meet the job requirements for the open positions.

We're Building a Social Media Team

Are you knowledgeable in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube?

Do you enjoy interacting with people?

If so, please contact

We want to ensure that our live stream viewers feel welcomed and part of the family. We need team members who are able to:

Answer questions from our viewers
Pray with viewers
Report audio/video issues that viewers are experiencing to the media team

Youth Sports Ministry

We just launched a new ministry. The Youth Sports Ministry

Championship Game – June 3

Contact Darren Smith for more information 702-917- 8004

Adventist Book Center Express Delivery

The ABC in Miami Springs closed effective December 3, 2017. Call 407-644-4255 or email to place your order for the next time they deliver.

Joining the Plantation Family

Interested in joining our Church family?

Please fill out a membership application/transfer form, located in the literature rack in the church foyer. Then place it in the Church Clerk’s mailbox located in the Ministries Office.

Contact our Church Clerk, Melissa Mangual at

or the church office at


for more information and the status of your transfer request. The average time for transfers to take place is:

Domestic – 3 months;

International – 4 to 5 months.

Children’s Baptismal Classes

The class meets from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the prayer room . All children ages 8-12 who are interested in being baptized are welcome to attend.

Contact Alex Graham to get more information.

Volunteers Needed

• Hope Ministry
• Usher Ministry
• Deacon and Deaconess Ministries
• Worship Coordinators
• Children’s Sabbath School
• Pathfinders
• Parking Ministry
• People willing to do the welcome
• Children’s Story
• Offering Call
• Maintenance workers
• Family Life Ministry leader
• Visual Arts Media
• Media Ministry
• Social Media Ministry

Please contact the church office


if you are interested in helping with any of these positions.

Children's Ministry

Children’s Baptismal Classes have resumed - 10:30-11:30 AM in the Prayer Room. All children ages 8-12 who are interested in being baptized are welcome to attend.

Children’s Choir rehearsals have been suspended.

Church Office Hours

The office is open from

9:30 AM to 2:00PM Monday - Friday.

Please leave a voicemail or email message during all other hours.

Phone: 954-473-4991

Children's Choir

Children’s Choir rehearsals have been temporarily suspended.

Deacon of the Day

Brendon Hernandez

Nurse on Call

If you have a medical problem during Sabbath church service please contact Canute Anderson RN and Veronica Hector

Health Nugget:

The best way to prevent getting the flu is by proper hand-washing. Clean hands save lives, so please wash…wash…wash your hands.

Planned Giving

From the Development and Planned Giving Department:

Have you created an estate and legacy plan for you and your family’s future? Creating it is easy and free for members of the Florida Conference through the Florida Conference Association Development and Planned Giving Department.

Phone: 407-644- 5000, ext. 2241

Requesting an announcement for the bulletin/Youversion

If you would like to have an announcement put into the Church Newsletter, it should be 50 words or less and must be emailed to by 5:00 PM on Tuesday.

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