Hi BVC’ers!

Last time I wrote, I selected WORSHIP as my theme.  Today I want to add PRAISE to that.  Perhaps you’ve never thought of those two words together but they indeed pair up very nicely.

So, what is PRAISE?  Praise in the original Greek meant to “sing, tell, give, confess.”  In simpler terms, it means to be thankful for God’s blessings.  Here are some Scripture verses I’d like for each of you to look up:  Psalm 9:1-3; Psalm 18:2-3; Psalm 79:13; Hebrews 13:15; and 1 Peter 1:7.  Not only are we praising God but we’re also telling others.

What is WORSHIP?  Worship, in both the original Greek and Hebrew, convey the idea of: “to prostrate oneself, to bow down, to fall face down, to pay homage and to pay respect.”  In other words, worship is the highest form of honor and respect that we can show towards God. While worship can be done in public, its main directive is very different from praise. Worship is a direct conversation between you and God. It is highly intimate and personal.

Our worship service is designed through song and spoken Word to bring you into a closer, more intimate relationship with God.  When you miss portions of a service, you miss out on connecting and communing with God.  That’s why arriving earlier than 10:30 a.m. is so important because it gives you the proper amount of time to prepare your heart. 

What’s ahead at BVC?

FIRST:  We had a very good Special Business Meeting on August 25.  We are taking the next steps by praying

for a specific date in September for the Planning Commission to pass our plans!  Keep praying.

SECOND:  12 ORDINARY MEN.  This Bible study focuses on the men Jesus chose (who would go on to revolutionize the world).  It will meet on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.  Do keep in mind that materials need to be ordered so sign-up this Sunday!!

THIRD:  COMMUNITY FAMILY FESTIVAL is coming on Thursday, October 31, from 5:30-8:00 P.M. 

Have a great rest of the week — see you all on Sunday morning!!


Pastor Chuck