The end of July already? Where has the time gone? BBC is gradually getting ready to transition into a new year starting in September. The Finance Committee and the Missions Committee both recently met to start getting their ducks in a row. The Nominating Committee's Volunteer sheets are on the hall table waiting to be filled out by those who feel led to serve. The Annual Church Picnic is now on the "Things To Do" agenda (although that won't be until the 2nd Sunday in September).
Where will you serve? How can you help BBC to grow in the coming year? Don't attend Sunday School yet? Perhaps this coming year would be a good time to start! Want to work with kids? We've got a great bunch of kids rearing to go! There are so many opportunities to serve God and help others - pray that God will use you according to your called purpose!
Today's sermon was another in the "How To Be Happy According to Jesus" series by Dr. Lynn Hardaway. We learned about kathros, or 'clear without impurity' and heard a very interesting analogy with sour milk. This all led to our focus on a sour heart. Scripture was from Luke 24, Matthew 5 and Mark 7. Dr. Hardaway's point to be remembered was this, that "When you stop believing all of this book [the Bible] your life's going to grow sad and you're going to become angry." The whole message was really good and if you missed it you can find it under our Sermon tab.
Another great day in the country, worshiping and serving God! Our service began with one member sharing about the heartache and sorrow their family had recently experienced through several deaths within the family. They shared that knowing where their loved ones are now brings such comfort for them. This family was also grateful for the support of cards, calls, flowers, and prayers expressed by the church.
Then the whole congregation sang Counting On God, which blended well with the sentiments previously expressed, for how can any of us get through the hard times without being able to count on God?!
Greetings of Peace, announcements, and hymn singing followed before Pastor Lynn Hardaway began his message, "How To Be Happy According To Jesus" with the focus on mercy. He shared the parable from Matthew 18: 23-35 about the king who had mercy for a debtor, who after received his forgiveness (mercy) did not show mercy himself towards another who owed him, but showed evil towards him instead.
Once again, it was good to be in the house of the Lord today. We look forward to what God has in store for us during the coming week, and pray we will be able to show mercy and kindness towards others as God has taught us.
Don't you just love being in a little country church for Independence Day celebrations? It's like the real nitty-gritty down-home America feeling all in one room. All the little towns with all their little churches and stores and everything else are what make our country the greatest place on earth! Haven't we been blessed so incredibly much by God to be privileged to live here? Our prayer is that the good people of our land will remember and turn to God, and not forsake Him.
Sunday morning found folks at BBC saying the Pledge Of Allegiance and singing America The Beautiful. The Shades of Grace opened the service by asking the congregation to help sing the special -- My Country Tis of Thee. Doesn't that say it all? Such a beautiful song.
We also sang our traditional God Bless The U.S.A. which almost became a test of sorts. Oops, we forgot to tell our sound guy it was on the agenda so the singing began without the words on the wall. Luckily enough folks knew enough that there was no problem!
With the busy Friday past in our nation's history Dr. Lynn Hardaway addressed a few key elements and during the "How To Be Happy According To Jesus" message reminded our congregation to "remain calm and to trust in God, that nothing was happening that God didn't already know about. " It was just the right reminder to hear. As nationally, things seem to be changing rapidly, we do need to keep our attention on God, no matter what the circumstances.
We were light in numbers this Lord's Day, but we were filled with spirit. Many were missing from the pews today, vacation, illness, and for other reasons including the heat. It's like that in summer.
Our first two musical selections were coincidentally in the same vein, setting the mood with the contemporary congregational Made To Worship and hymn O Worship The King.
Dr. Lynn Hardaway brought us the third in the "How To Be Happy According To Jesus" series. Today's focus was "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount with passages about Mary, who upon being told she would give birth to our Savior gave up control of her life to do God's will; and about Job who experiences huge changes in his life's chosen path. Both, in all meekness did what we all should - relax our own control and will to letting God take over in His Perfect Way. There was way more than is expressed here. Do take a moment to listen for yourself on our Sermon page.
Today was a happy day. It just seemed like everyone was so upbeat this morning. We actually started the worship service a little late because everyone was just buzzing around greeting each other... it was really cool! The happy vibe kept going as together we sang our contemporary congregational song Sweetly Broken. Then we added a twist to our first hymn Brethren, We Have Met to Worship with all the men singing the 'brethren' verse followed with the women singing the 'sister' verse.
When Pastor Lynn began his message it was a continuation of his "How To Be Happy According to Jesus" sermon of last Sunday. The perfect message for a perfect day.
The message ended, our service went into observation of the Lord's Supper. We usually do that on the first Sundays of each month. Deacons took it on the road afterwards and served Communion to various shut-ins. Our elderly members always appreciate this so much.
As we left to face the week ahead we can only hope, as we grow in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we will be given opportunity to share Him with others in the coming days.
Such a great Sunday! It started with prayer and ended with prayer! In between was jam-packed, beginning with the congregation singing "How Can I Keep From Singing" and general announcements about all the good things to come
He then brought us a great message on "How To Be Happy According to Jesus" (See the 2015 Sermon page to hear it).
After church there was a Vacation Bible School organizational meeting. VBS is so important in children's lives. It's a great community outreach. I have wonderful memories myself from when I attended VBS "back in the day." It takes a lot of planning, dedication, and work to provide a week of fun, creative teaching about Jesus! We're so blessed to have people who care passionately about our local children!
At 6pm the fellowship meal began in the social hall. At 6:30 the business meeting began, running until 8pm. There were progress reports and lots of discussions on a variety of topics, from revamping the By-Laws to having another Blood Drive (yes)! After all was said and done Pastor Lynn closed in prayer and we headed home.
What a great day it was, to be in God's house, surrounded by loving extended Christian family!
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