What an exciting Sunday we had with a new addition to our line-up! A few weeks ago Pastor Lynn freshened things up by making a few changes to the worship agenda. This week we were blessed to have guitars added for our hymn singing by Pastor Lynn and Gary. How lucky to have such talented men share their gift of music with us! We look forward to more Sundays like this in the weeks to come!
The church fairly buzzed today before worship began. It had been two weeks since we'd last gathered together. Although Blackwater didn't get as much snow as storms dumped in other areas it was enough to cancel services. We don't want anyone to possibly get hurt on ice or snow!
We have another blood drive coming on February 17. If you haven't signed up yet please contact Leslie for an appointment. We broke a BBC record last time and hope to break that record this time! At last count there were still 38 slots open!
Youth Sunday will be on February 14 when the kids show their talents and take over many jobs at church. BBC will also have a Baptism service too. Contact Pastor Lynn if you are interested in participating.
On such a cold and rainy day it was good to be in the house of the Lord. The atmosphere was bright and cheerful, boasting numerous visitors. Our own Andrew Lewis who grew up in Blackwater was with us today, visiting from his home down south. We tried to get him to sing or play for us (he's so talented) but he was content to let BBC do their own thing.
And do it we did... The Praise Team, delighted to have Mikey with us again, led the music selections with Adam leading the prayers and making announcements. Today's Praise Song was "You Are God Alone" and together the congregation lifted their voices with hearts of praise to Almighty God. Very moving!
We were blessed to have guest speaker, Jon Lincoln, with us today while Pastor Lynn met and served with another congregation. Pastor Lincoln brought a great message about living a Christ-Centered life, reminding us that we have responsibilities to share the Good News with others after knowing how much Jesus Christ did for us by leaving Glory to come down to earth as a servant, teaching us how we should treat others. He paid the price for mankind when he took all our sins upon Himself as He died on the Cross of Calvary. We owe Him so much for His unspeakable Gift and sharing about His love with others is the least we can do.
This past week the Music Dept. met with Pastor Lynn to discuss making a few changes in the flow of the worship service. Today we started with a few of those. In recent weeks we have begun putting the words to hymns on the wall to give people the option of not using the hymn book. Yes, many churches have been doing this for years now, but not BBC so this is quite a change for our country church. Today we had ALL the hymns on our program up on the wall, rather than just the contemporary song and doxology!
We also had the Praise Team lead all the hymns instead of just the contemporary. It was very nice hearing harmony on the classic hymns. The old walls of the sanctuary seemed to resonate with the sounds of glory to God! I do believe the congregation sang a little louder (or that may have been due to the large - over 100 - crowd on hand). Whatever the reason it was magnificent!
The order of service had been tweaked a bit too. Announcements were not read to us, although reminders of upcoming events were emphasized by the pastor just before he gave the sermon. It remains to be seen whether the congregation liked the changes. Things went a little smoother, other than when a sound system issue caused delay while they frantically looked for a lost computer file.
Today's sermon, "Yes, You Can!" was the 2nd in Pastor Lynn's "Unbeatable" series based on Joshua. He reminded us to Choose to Live in the Spirit (presented last week). The emphasis today was that living in the Spirit can lead to worshiping, giving, and ministering.
Today was also very special because Miss Mariah Smith. age 22, came to tell us about the Blankets For the Homeless organization that she started five years ago. BBC has been collecting blankets and other items for donation since the beginning of November.
BBC is a warm and welcoming family of like-minded believers who come together to worship our amazing God. Since 1774 BBC has served the Blackwater community and while steeped in tradition we also blend in a bit of contemporary to transition to an exciting future. We'd love to have you join us!