BACC reaches out to
proclaim the Gospel,
Reaches up to worship God
and Reaches in to nurture and
grow in faith and love.
Thanks. I needed that! Sitting in my office, feeling a bit stressed, the bells begin to play – “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine…. This is my story, this is my song, praising my savior, all the day long.” I am truly blessed to have such reminders throughout my day, reminders of what we are all about, reminders of our mission.
Most of us are eagerly awaiting the advent of summer. There’s a lot of groaning about the cold damp weather, which will be replaced very soon with groaning about “how hot it is”. As we make our plans for summer I hope we’ll all plan for worship as well. On the summer schedule we relax and take a vacation from Sunday School, choir and other regular church activities, unfortunately the temptation is to take a break from worship.
The day of Sabbath has become the day for sports, family time and household chores. God gives us our lives. God has blessed us with every day, every good and perfect gift. God gives us the Sabbath that we may find our rest in him. Certainly we can and do worship God on the mountaintop or by the ocean but let us not forget what it means to be the community of faith. God has given us this church and it is a blessing. Our souls are nourished when we come together to share our faith and praise God together.
Children learn what they live. When children see that it is important to us to worship God, they learn that this is a priority. We all pray that as we teach our children by example and direction that this will take root deep in their lives. There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to rest upon the faith that has been sown deeply into the fabric of our lives.
Our church needs each one of us. We are the church. As Saint Teresa of Avila once said: “You are Christ’s hands. Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ’s compassion to the world; Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless….
May peace abide as we celebrate Sabbath and rest in the Lord.