You know how the angels said that they had brought tidings of great joy in Luke 2:10? Well, that's exactly what should be said about Easter. Knowing that our Savior has risen from the dead and is alive and with us always is definitely tidings of great joy!
Easter at BBC was wonderful. We didn't get to have a sunrise service due to the weather, but our regular service was anything but "regular." There were well over 100 people in attendance and everyone was in such a joyful spirit. It's always a blessing to be in a room of joyful folks! And the donated Easter lilies that decorated the church smelled delicious. Proceeds from the purchase of the flowers benefited the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions.
Gary and Angela began the service with the Easter story of the Risen Savior in the song "Alleluia." The congregation lifted their own voices in traditional hymns of "Low In the Grave He Lay" and "Because He Lives" accompanied by Ms Sylvia on the piano and our great guitar group. Later, the Shades of Grace sang "I Will Rise" for another music special.
We all had to smile as the many children were dismissed to Children's Church, all dressed in their Easter finery and bow ties. How cute they were! (They scurried about enjoying the Easter Egg Hunt the day before).
Pastor Lynn presented a sermon that was different from what is traditionally expected. Entitled "Why Are You Afraid," you can hear it at: http://www.blackwaterbaptist.org/uploads/6/0/7/8/6078740/2016-03-27.mp3.
Another great day at church today! A minor hick-up in our sound system was quickly brought under control, but other than that things went smoothly. Guitars and piano played heartily while the congregation sang praises to our Lord! Everything was awesome.
Every Sunday when the children are dismissed to Children's Church and Mission Friends we are reminded of how truly blessed we are to have such a large group of kids at BBC. Jesus said to love the little children and we all love ours so much!
Under upcoming events we are now taking Easter Lily orders for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions. We're preparing for the annual Easter Hunt on the day before Easter and our joint community sunrise Easter service will be held waterside down at the Trading Post early Easter morning, followed by our normal worship service at 10am.
Pastor Lynn brought us a great sermon today. Crossing The Jordan continues our study in Joshua, with a lot of good points about following God.
At the conclusion of our service today we said good-bye to the Schrecks who are being transferred to another state. We are grateful for his service to our country and will continue to support them with our prayers. After a tearful statement from the young couple all of our Deacons surrounded them as we prayed for them and the path God leads them. They will be missed!
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!