BACC reaches out to
proclaim the Gospel,
Reaches up to worship God
and Reaches in to nurture and
grow in faith and love.
One of the things I enjoy about Bud's bagpipe concert is the wonderful sense of community. People come from all over but there's this feeling of connectedness. The music, the good food and the fellowship draws all the people together and strangers begin to feel like friends.
It's the same with Trunk or Treat. I love seeing all of our neighborhood kids dressed up and enjoying the festive atmosphere provided by our youth group kids and other adults at BACC.
Our building started 135 years ago as a community chapel and in many ways we continue to be a community chapel to Bon Air. We like welcoming groups into our church. We want our building to be an extension of our ministry.
Our world is in great need of community. So many people feel isolated and there is a cynical malaise of depression pervasive in our time. As we listen to the news we hear so much division. How can we build community?
During the CROP walk I enjoyed getting to know some folks from other churches as we walked. Disciples have always been a strong voice for uniting all of God's children.
I encourage you to invite your friends to our Thanksgiving Day Worship Service and brunch. That service started when Bon Air Christian Church first began and members of the church were far away from extended family. They invited their friends to share Thanksgiving festivities with them. Thanksgiving is about groups coming together and giving thanks for God's bountiful blessings.
John Fawcett has expressed well the importance of being bound together:
Blest be the tie that binds; Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds; Is like to that above.
Before our Father's throne; We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one; Our comforts and our cares.
We share each other's woes; Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows; The sympathizing tear.
I am thankful to be part of this wonderful community. I thank you for your kindness to me and I pray for you. I pray that God will continue to show us how we may be the embodiment of his good news through Jesus Christ our Lord.