Sunday services were terrific! Following our welcome and opening prayer we sang the classic Thanksgiving song, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." Don't you love that open invitation to everyone? Who doesn't have something they can't be thankful for?
Next the Praise Team led us in "How Great Is Our God," another perfect song for Thanksgiving. Seriously, how great is He, who loves us so very much, who are so unworthy?
Ms Angela presented us with a beautiful rendition of "My Tribute" and the congregation joined her on the chorus, singing 'to God be the glory for the things He has done.'
Pastor Lynn's message reminded us that God is always working for us, in us, and through us, and that what we do as a church in reaching others for Christ is our important mission.
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!
We're so proud of our kids for stepping up to share their talents! Thank you, Christen, Liza, Wyatt, Emma, & John Michael!! Of course, we thank our 'big' kid, Pastor Lynn for creating this new department and sharing his own playing skills too. (Missing this week was Gary, another skilled guitar guru who willingly shares his talents for Jesus).
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.
This great Sunday service everyone singing "How Great Is Our God" which set the mood perfectly, for we have come to worship our King and Savior, Jesus. After the announcements Pastor Lynn presented our special music by playing his guitar and singing "Who Killed Jesus" for us! What a treat and what a great message in song! Thank you Dr. Hardaway!!
Our sermon was on Peacemakers from Matthew 5:9, and about us, as Christians, planting seeds of peace. The line to remember was, "Never underestimate the power of a seed" -- a seed that's been planted, a seed of peace, a seed of a word of love. The message was very inspirational. We're to be Peacemakers, not Power Mongers.
(We had a few techno difficulties this morning so today's audio was recorded via "the best backup plan" we have in place, a little hand-held recorder. It's not as clear as the regular sound system, but will do in a pinch and today was a pinch).
The kids headed out to Ocean Breeze Water Park after church. They have a great day for it. We're sure a cool dip will be exhilarating on this hot day!
Today was the end of our mission project of collecting migrant health kit items and the beginning of our new project - school supplies, which will go through the whole month of August. This is for anybody to do, not just our WMU ladies! We had an awesome response on the previous project and hope to do even more in August!
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!