I am sure that some of you have already heard the news that at 8:40PM this past Sunday a man drove his vehicle through the Lane Agri-Park facility. There was extensive damage to the building and as it stands Blackman Community Church does not have a place to meet for corporate worship.
The church board will be meeting this week to discuss the various options available for places to meet and I will update everyone when the discussion has concluded.
I do want to encourage everyone. In all honesty, I was a little beside myself yesterday, but was quickly reminded that unexpected incidents should be expected (rarely does anything go exactly the way we plan it), but as Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminded us this past Sunday, “God…raised (Christ) from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things (all circumstances, all situations, all challenges) under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:20-23).
We proclaimed this past Sunday that the church is not a building, but the community of believers who gather in Christ’s name, surrendering to his complete authority, power, and will over our lives and the life of the community of faith. We now have a unique opportunity to live out the convictions we vocalize through our actions.
As your pastor I ask that you pray for the church; pray for the church board; pray for those leading the various ministries within BCC; pray for our community and that we prayerfully discern how we might embody the calling to engage and love as Christ has called us to do. But it is not a trivial request that we pray for this individual who chose to try and take his own life this past Sunday night. The world is full of broken, hurting, people. We have opportunities to share that there is hope, salvation, redemption, and reconciliation in Christ to those who need to hear it most.
Whatever we do, in word or deed, may we do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father.