Chatter seemed endless before worship began today. People are just so friendly - it really is like family. We begin with prayer for those who are sick, praises for those who are healing and a special prayer for the victims of the Paris terror attacks. May God comfort and protect them all in the days to come.
We began by singing the contemporary "Majestic" with little Grace S and Emily K. helping out. We then moved on to "He Leadeth Me" and "God, Our Father, We Adore Thee."
We were blessed to have Rev. Jim McLendon with us today. (He was previously with us back in January). Today he brought a message based on John's letter to the Ephesians, out of the book of Revelation. The basic emphasis was:
Our blanket collection yielded plenty of blankets to be donated to the homeless. We now move on to the "Sock It To Me" sock collection! These mission projects serve to remind us of how truly blessed we are to have homes, plenty of food, and families of caring people in a world that is often harsh for the journey some have to take.
I love the exciting in-between time when Sunday School classes let out and worship is yet to begin. As folks filter into the sanctuary from the classrooms it's nice to see who has arrived for worship and is already seated in the pews. Today it seemed like everyone was pumped. There was a lot of chatter going on. We ran only a few minutes behind as we waited for the stragglers to be seated.
Pastor Lynn began with prayer requests. BBC was happy to hear that William is home from Duke and we continue praying for his recovery. After prayer the Congregation sang "Indescribable" followed by a second time of greetings and then a rousing "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart." You just gotta love Ms Debbie as she leads the hymns, sometimes asking the men to sing, sometimes the ladies. You have to watch her though, because you never know when she might hold a note out!
Our Sound Guy had a rough moment as he tried to move the projector during the Offering; Satan jumped in, knocking over a whole bunch of CDs and more. Sound Guy never missed a beat and scooped everything up in time for the Joyful Noise Choir performance of "He Touched Me." Beautiful job, Choir! Unfortunately we missed recording it on two fronts.
Pastor Lynn brought us another message on Church Values based on Acts 2. Some of those values include:
Following the Invitation two ladies came forth to accept Jesus! It's so exciting to see folks come to Jesus!
We observed Communion after worship, having postponed it from last week when Pastor Lynn was out of town. It was a beautiful time especially as Thanksgiving comes closer.
After prayer requests and prayers the congregation sang the beautiful contemporary hymn "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone." It's been sung many times before, but today, it was especially moving for a lot of people. You could almost feel God's presence in the room. There was just something different about it.
We were blessed to have Mitch Walker bring our message today, entitled "Adoption." He shared his family's personal story about when they adopted their two sons. The bottom line on today's message is that Jesus paid the price and we have been adopted by God into His family as Sons. We are privileged to be joint heirs with Jesus to everything that is the Father's, to live with Him in Paradise forever. All we have to do is accept Him.
Communion will be held next Sunday so we're hoping everyone that was too tired from taking the kids out for Halloween will attend. God's doing wonderful things at BBC and we want everyone to be part of it!
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!