The last Sunday of 2015 saw BBC worshiping our Lord with gusto. We started with a contemporary version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" followed by the classic " Go, Tell It On the Mountain." The Joyful Noise Choir sang "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!"
Rev. Bryan Breland brought us his message entitled, "Playing To Win" siting Noah, David and Peter as men who obeyed God's call to live with great risk. Some key points included with God-sized risks will give you God-sized results and when you take your eyes off Jesus you start to fall. He noted that "Being hand-to-hand with Jesus makes all things possible."
The service ended with our Hymn of Invitation, the moving "There's Something About That Name."
It's always nice to stop during the hectic shopping, wrapping, baking and more to reflect on the real reason we have Christmas in the first place .BBC had a great Christmas Eve service with about 80 people showing up. It was fairly casual with singing of several classic hymns and a wonderful message from Pastor Lynn. He and daughter Emma played guitar for us to sing "Silent Night" at the end of the evening after everyone had lit their candles. It was a beautiful moment that helped us to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. to take with us as we went back to our homes and families.
Lynn's message is available under the Sermons > 2015 tab.
The girls on the softball team had gone undefeated for the entire season. Opposing teams arrived at the games, knowing they would lose. These girls had made the practices, worked hard, improved their fielding and batting skills, and deserved every win they received. In the Western Branch community, that summer, they were as good as the Carolina Panthers are in their NFL division this year. After having coached several teams during the 1990s, the memories of that team are more valuable to me than the trophies we were given.
Israel had seven undefeated years in their history as a nation during the time of their invasion and conquering of the land of Canaan. Joshua records every battle, writes down the list of kings and cities which fell to the God-led companies of Jewish warriors. The wilderness wanderers became hope-filled homesteaders. They were so completely victorious, the historian wrote:
The victories won by the Israelites in their land are available to us today in our lives. We don’t war against Canaanites, but we do wrestle with discouragement, debt, disapproval and other teams of terror arrayed against us.
In January we begin a 16-week sermon study in Joshua together titled, “Unbeatable.” I will begin to share with you a vision for Blackwater and we will set the course for the direction we need to go. We will learn skills for defeating the enemy’s best strategies. My advice: don’t miss the practices (sermons)!
We often do things a little bit differently at BBC. Today outdid itself in that capacity with just about everything off of the traditional schedule.
After a brief welcome by Pastor Lynn little Miss Meadow opened our service by singing "Silent Night" all by herself. She did a great job and you can hear her under the Music > Specials tab.
Pastor Lynn then took special prayer requests and said the opening prayer. Next we'd planned to do our Congregational hymn, but technical difficulties kicked in (nice try, Satan) so everyone took a moment to meet and greet each other while the kinks were worked out of the sound system.
Miss Debbie had planned for the children to give a teaser song presentation from tonight's Christmas play after greetings and that's exactly what they did. What a nice stage full of kids; we love seeing the kids perform! To hear that song you'll have to go to the play this evening or see the video on our Facebook page!
Back on track again the congregation sang "Away In A Manger" together. Sometimes by going back to our roots and singing the simple songs you'll find the greatest impression on your heart. You can't help but love the story as presented in "Away In A Manger."
Following the Offertory collection the four ladies of the Shades of Grace sang a beautiful rendition of "Christmas Offering" in three-part harmony.
Pastor Lynn completed the service with his message entitled "Christmas Is Heaven's Idea." You can hear it in it's entirety under the Sermons> 2015 tab.
Things always get a little crazy with the BBC family during the Christmas season. This year is no exception. The calendar is full!
There is plenty to chose from. Do plan on attending at least one of these special church events to make your Christmas brighter and more joyous by putting Jesus first.
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!