The end of July already? Where has the time gone? BBC is gradually getting ready to transition into a new year starting in September. The Finance Committee and the Missions Committee both recently met to start getting their ducks in a row. The Nominating Committee's Volunteer sheets are on the hall table waiting to be filled out by those who feel led to serve. The Annual Church Picnic is now on the "Things To Do" agenda (although that won't be until the 2nd Sunday in September).
Where will you serve? How can you help BBC to grow in the coming year? Don't attend Sunday School yet? Perhaps this coming year would be a good time to start! Want to work with kids? We've got a great bunch of kids rearing to go! There are so many opportunities to serve God and help others - pray that God will use you according to your called purpose!
Today's sermon was another in the "How To Be Happy According to Jesus" series by Dr. Lynn Hardaway. We learned about kathros, or 'clear without impurity' and heard a very interesting analogy with sour milk. This all led to our focus on a sour heart. Scripture was from Luke 24, Matthew 5 and Mark 7. Dr. Hardaway's point to be remembered was this, that "When you stop believing all of this book [the Bible] your life's going to grow sad and you're going to become angry." The whole message was really good and if you missed it you can find it under our Sermon tab.
Another great day in the country, worshiping and serving God! Our service began with one member sharing about the heartache and sorrow their family had recently experienced through several deaths within the family. They shared that knowing where their loved ones are now brings such comfort for them. This family was also grateful for the support of cards, calls, flowers, and prayers expressed by the church.
Then the whole congregation sang Counting On God, which blended well with the sentiments previously expressed, for how can any of us get through the hard times without being able to count on God?!
Greetings of Peace, announcements, and hymn singing followed before Pastor Lynn Hardaway began his message, "How To Be Happy According To Jesus" with the focus on mercy. He shared the parable from Matthew 18: 23-35 about the king who had mercy for a debtor, who after received his forgiveness (mercy) did not show mercy himself towards another who owed him, but showed evil towards him instead.
Once again, it was good to be in the house of the Lord today. We look forward to what God has in store for us during the coming week, and pray we will be able to show mercy and kindness towards others as God has taught us.
Don't you just love being in a little country church for Independence Day celebrations? It's like the real nitty-gritty down-home America feeling all in one room. All the little towns with all their little churches and stores and everything else are what make our country the greatest place on earth! Haven't we been blessed so incredibly much by God to be privileged to live here? Our prayer is that the good people of our land will remember and turn to God, and not forsake Him.
Sunday morning found folks at BBC saying the Pledge Of Allegiance and singing America The Beautiful. The Shades of Grace opened the service by asking the congregation to help sing the special -- My Country Tis of Thee. Doesn't that say it all? Such a beautiful song.
We also sang our traditional God Bless The U.S.A. which almost became a test of sorts. Oops, we forgot to tell our sound guy it was on the agenda so the singing began without the words on the wall. Luckily enough folks knew enough that there was no problem!
With the busy Friday past in our nation's history Dr. Lynn Hardaway addressed a few key elements and during the "How To Be Happy According To Jesus" message reminded our congregation to "remain calm and to trust in God, that nothing was happening that God didn't already know about. " It was just the right reminder to hear. As nationally, things seem to be changing rapidly, we do need to keep our attention on God, no matter what the circumstances.
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!