Here it is, a month later since our last post already. It's not that we had nothing to share, but that we have been very busy. This is our most joyous season of all, when we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. There were children's play rehearsals and favorite Christmas carols to prepare. There have been meetings and parties and other special events to plan and to cook for. BBC has been beautifully dressed with wreaths and scounces adorned and a lovely Christmas tree with an angel atop in the baptistry.
And of course, on more personal levels, there has been plenty of shopping happening throughout the region, homes have been decorated, cookies and candy made. Trees with tiny lights have gone up, gifts purchased and kids sitting on department store Santa knees.
But even amid the hustle and bustle of an all too commercialized season our hearts recognize and remember the true reason we celebrate.... God's spectacular gift, the amazing birth of His Only Son, sent from the seat of honor next to God Himself to become a human man, ready to take on our sins and those of the world. Who does that?!
Only someone with enormous and unending love.
Our world becomes more self-centered and shallow-hearted every day. Compassion and caring seem like archaic ideals of the past, like whisps of smoke rising to be gone forever in a moment. But those who know Jesus as Savior, know the real deal about Christmas. We know that when He came as a baby, born of a virgin, that He came to save the whole world. We know that He loved us enough to die for us.
There are not enough presents in the world to over-shaddow this one gift of God, the Christ-child, Jesus. We are so very blessed and look forward to spending eteral life with Him someday. We say "thank you" to Him by sharing Jesus with others, and by living as Jesus, our example, showed us to do.
Take time to remember what it's really all about and have a joyous blessed Christmas!
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.
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 has just enjoyed the most wonderful season of the year celebrating the birth of our Savior. Because we're a small church, at BBC we're like family in so many ways. So amid all the joy of the season we also shared moments of sadness and cherished memories as we comforted family members of loved ones who had graduated to be with Jesus during the year who were sorely being missed.
The choir gave a stirring rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and our contemporary Praise Team shared "Mary, Did You Know" and "Beautiful Child" among others." And throughout December Pastor Greg brought us great messages of hope and peace to the congregation.
Of course, there were Sunday School class parties with lots of food and good fellowship. And many people in the Blackwater community were blessed by visits from the Friends Circle Carolers and the Youth Caroling Party.
Now that the decorations are coming down don't think that BBC will slow down.... Nope, not a bit! In fact we're just getting started. 2013 will be here in a matter of hours and we can't wait! Why not visit BBC this Sunday and see for yourself! Sunday School starts at 9am and Worship follows at 10am. We'd love to see you!
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!