We missed Pastor Lynn today who had obligations elsewhere. Gary and Pat carried on with their guitar and harmonica talents, helping to keep BBC singing uplifting songs to praise God. The Praise Team led everyone in singing "All In All" and of course all had a great time doing so!
We were blessed to have Dr. Peter McLewin bring the message today in Pastor's Lynn's absence. Dr. McLewin is an international pastor who has worked in so many wonderful places sharing God's Word. For BBC the sermon, "The Power Of The Gospel" was based on Acts: 1 and emphasized that it is not for us to know when or how God will use us. After the message we celebrated Communion.
The kids were definitely excited today. After church the Youth were heading to Ocean Breeze Water Park. Can' wait to see photos from that!
The church's Blood drive is tomorrow. We always have great time together, regardless of whether we can donate or don't meet requirements. It's just such a good neighborhood outreach moment.
We were so blessed to have Pastor Alex Zabel bring our message today. This was his 3rd visit with us and his message titled, "What Now?" examined God's expectations of us against our own expectations. Taken from John 21: 15 some of the admonitions included that we are to adhere to God's teachings and emulate what He did as our example. Click to hear the sermon in it's entirety.
We were also blessed during the service to hear Cheryl Shirley and her son, John Dobransky sing a duet of the contemporary of "East To West" for us. God's love does extend everlasting!
BBC had a quiet day with much enthusiasm. We missed Pastor Lynn, who was busy with his other duties, but were greatly blessed to have Jared Laskey bring us a great message.
His sermon was entitled "How To Live You Life Forward" and he presented instructions from God's Word to that end, starting with committing completely to the plan. After asking us to think where we'd like to be in 20 years, he challenged us to write a letter from the Future You to the the Present You.
On Super Bowl Sunday all the Sunday School classes meet in the social hall for a Bible Trivia Super Bowl competition. Within the fun and laughter is the serious learning of using a Bible and knowing its contents. This year's winners were the Teens and Kids classes! Congratulations on a job well done! It's so nice to think that our young people have a zest for Jesus!
We were truly blessed to have Gary, Mikey, and Wyatt accompanying our hymns with their guitars today! What a treat!
With Pastor Lynn away this week BBC was delighted to welcome Rev. Jim McLendon back to bring our message. Titled "Come Eat, Drink, Listen, and Live" Rev. McLendon shared three main points:
Upcoming events include Youth Sunday and Baptism next Sunday. We'll have another blood drive on February 17 and after church on February 21 the War Room Bible Study will finish their final lesson with a potluck luncheon.
On such a cold and rainy day it was good to be in the house of the Lord. The atmosphere was bright and cheerful, boasting numerous visitors. Our own Andrew Lewis who grew up in Blackwater was with us today, visiting from his home down south. We tried to get him to sing or play for us (he's so talented) but he was content to let BBC do their own thing.
And do it we did... The Praise Team, delighted to have Mikey with us again, led the music selections with Adam leading the prayers and making announcements. Today's Praise Song was "You Are God Alone" and together the congregation lifted their voices with hearts of praise to Almighty God. Very moving!
We were blessed to have guest speaker, Jon Lincoln, with us today while Pastor Lynn met and served with another congregation. Pastor Lincoln brought a great message about living a Christ-Centered life, reminding us that we have responsibilities to share the Good News with others after knowing how much Jesus Christ did for us by leaving Glory to come down to earth as a servant, teaching us how we should treat others. He paid the price for mankind when he took all our sins upon Himself as He died on the Cross of Calvary. We owe Him so much for His unspeakable Gift and sharing about His love with others is the least we can do.
This past week the Music Dept. met with Pastor Lynn to discuss making a few changes in the flow of the worship service. Today we started with a few of those. In recent weeks we have begun putting the words to hymns on the wall to give people the option of not using the hymn book. Yes, many churches have been doing this for years now, but not BBC so this is quite a change for our country church. Today we had ALL the hymns on our program up on the wall, rather than just the contemporary song and doxology!
We also had the Praise Team lead all the hymns instead of just the contemporary. It was very nice hearing harmony on the classic hymns. The old walls of the sanctuary seemed to resonate with the sounds of glory to God! I do believe the congregation sang a little louder (or that may have been due to the large - over 100 - crowd on hand). Whatever the reason it was magnificent!
The order of service had been tweaked a bit too. Announcements were not read to us, although reminders of upcoming events were emphasized by the pastor just before he gave the sermon. It remains to be seen whether the congregation liked the changes. Things went a little smoother, other than when a sound system issue caused delay while they frantically looked for a lost computer file.
Today's sermon, "Yes, You Can!" was the 2nd in Pastor Lynn's "Unbeatable" series based on Joshua. He reminded us to Choose to Live in the Spirit (presented last week). The emphasis today was that living in the Spirit can lead to worshiping, giving, and ministering.
Today was also very special because Miss Mariah Smith. age 22, came to tell us about the Blankets For the Homeless organization that she started five years ago. BBC has been collecting blankets and other items for donation since the beginning of November.
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."
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.
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!
A perfect Fall day that was just perfect to be in church. That's what today was. Sunday School started at 9am. What a delight to be able to study God's word among friends! Next was a brief scurrying around during the interim between Sunday School and worship, when folks greet each other before the service starts, younger children are deposited into the able care of the Nursery, the Sound department makes last minute system checks, the pianist starts playing softly as the last worshipers wander in to find their seat before the 10am hour begins.
The Praise Team began the service with the Contemporary hymn "Counting On God" which later our guest speaker, Lee Barbary, said fit in perfectly with his message. Next was the real Greetings when everyone in the Sanctuary got up and visited briefly with each other, hugging and chatting. A classic hymn was sung, the offering taken and then the Joyful Noise Choir sang "Rock Of Ages," another timeless classic hymn.
The message shared today was entitled "Core Values" and centered around Faith, Hope, and Love. We went through each, defining and challenging ourselves to practice living these three values in our own lives. Three reasons as to why we are told to practice Core Values:
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!