Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church, July 13, 2019

Here is info for Barss Corner church for July 13, 2019.

Announcements:

  • Our sympathy goes to the family of Peggy Chase, who died this week. Her obituary is at https://sweenysfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/3028/Peggy-Chase/obituary.html#tribute-start
  • This summer we are doing a Bible study Wednesday nights from 7:15 to 8:15 at the parsonage (907 Barss Corner Rd.). I am following part of a book by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, that considers aspects of the human body in light of the image in 1 Cor. 12 that the church is the body of Christ. This week we will be studying about bones and rigidity in the body. Everyone please feel welcome to come any or every week, as you are able.

On the web:

Recordings:

  • Recent sermons are available on Crosspreach here, on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church, June 19, 2019

Announcements:

  • The Nova Scotia Heritage Trust is planning a drop-in-style tour of old church buildings in our part of Lunenburg County later this summer (I forget the date). If anyone is interested to sit in the church for a day or two as people drop in, so that you can explain some of our church building’s history, please contact Cathy Robar to sign us up, 644-2854. (And please call her sooner rather than later, Cathy is hoping to pin down the tour schedule this week.)
  • I will be away on vacation from Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 5. In case of an emergency or a death, please contact the deacons (Yvonne or Ralph) and they will arrange pastoral care.
  • Angela Stewart will be leading the service and preaching on June 30.
  • Some of you might have known Dianne Nice, she used to live next door to Myrtle Taylor and she came to church some and was involved in various groups around the communities for a while. I didn’t realize that she died in May. Her memorial service is in Bridgewater this Saturday. See the obituary at https://www.sweenyfuneralhome.ca/book-of-memories/3829991/Nice-Dianne/index.php
  • Please stay tuned for Bible Study details, we will begin the second week of July, after I am done vacation, for those who are available and interested.

On the web: This Sunday I will be preaching about the story of the prodigal son, from Luke 15. There are some excellent sermons on it at https://www.monergism.com/illustrating-gospel-prodigal-god-mp3-series

Recordings:

If you were not present to hear Malcolm Beckett’s excellent sermon two Sundays ago, you can hear it here.

  • This past Sunday’s sermon is on Crosspreach here, on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church, June 8, 2019

DON’T COME TO CHURCH IN BARSS CORNER TOMORROW (June 9)! Instead, come to Parkdale for the combined Rural Life service at 10:30 AM, with special guest speaker Malcolm Beckett. There is a finger-food pot-luck to follow, in the church vestry there.

  • There will be a Management Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 PM.
  • Someone asked me to share photos of the new parsonage kitchen. You can see some photos at https://barsscornerbaptist.wordpress.com/new-parsonage-kitchen-photos/
  • On a related note, the BLA extends a “huge” thank you to everyone who supported the plant/bake/yard sale last weekend.
  • Next Saturday, June 15 there is an event at Weston Christian Fellowship Church, near Berwick, featuring Tom Tripp of Creation Ministries International (https://creation.com/). It begins at 3 PM and concludes after the complementary supper. I think they probably would appreciate people RSVP’ing if they plan to attend, you can email g.bailey@creation.com. Topics include Dinosaurs, the solar system, and evolutionary theory. (I would have liked to attend, but I was already committed to going somewhere else that afternoon by the time I heard about it. I’ve appreciated the articles I’ve read from their website.)
  • Many Christians in both Nova Scotia and Kenya were shocked this week to hear of Randy Legassie’s sudden death. Randy and his wife Elizabeth were our “Partners in Mission” for a few years recently, during their most recent term of service as missionaries in Kenya, and I learned to really appreciate Randy the evening he came and spoke to us here, more than 7 years ago. His obituary is at https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/rev-dr-randolph-frederick-randy-legassie-21311/
  • Stay tuned as I try to figure out what to do for a summer Bible study. Please let me know if you are especially interested in participating, and if there is a particular evening of the week that will not work for you, and if there is any topic or section of the Bible that you are keen to dive into. I have several ideas, but I always appreciate suggestions.

On the web:

  • Last week I listened to an excellent interview with a scholar and critic of Russian literature. He emphasizes the genius of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, who sought to help us see the glory and holiness of living very ordinary lives for God. https://albertmohler.com/2019/04/09/gary-saul-morson
  • An Anglican friend sent us a very helpful prayer from a book called “Every Moment Holy.” You can read some of those prayers for free at https://www.everymomentholy.com/liturgies

 

Recordings:

  • This past Sunday’s sermon is on Crosspreach here, on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church

Here is info for Barss Corner church for this week…

Announcements:

  • Our Baptist Ladies’ Auxiliary’s annual Plant, Bake, Yard Sale and BBQ is Saturday, June 1, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Barss Corner Hall. Donations accepted of like-new or gently used items. Please no clothing. Please think of the sale as you divide your plants. All proceeds are toward the work of the BLA.
  • May 26 at 3:30 PM, Southwind will be in concert at New Cornwall Baptist Church. Free will offering for Long Lake Camp. Pot-luck to follow.
  • May 26 is the last day of Sunday School before the summer break.
  • May 31 is Robin Mark in Concert at Open Bible church in Bridgewater. Phone 543-3383 for tickets.
  • June 3 at 7 PM the Lumber River Men’s trio will be at Bridgewater Baptist
  • June 9 at 10:30 AM, our Rural Life service will be at the Parkdale church. Please bring finger foods for a pot-luck. No service in Barss Corner that day.
  • Vacation Bible School will be August 5-9 in the mornings at Springfield Baptist Church. Some seats are available for drives from here.
  • Swimming Lessons will happen this summer at the picnic grounds on the Haines Rd., July 22 – Aug. 2, from 1-5 PM. Contact the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to register. https://www.modl.ca/59-municipal-services/recreation
  • Long Lake Camp has give a few ways people or churches can give some additional support this summer. You can read them at https://barsscornerbaptist.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/needs-for-2019-llc-pdf.pdf
  • I am considering hosting another Bible Study here at the parsonage this summer. I want to have some gauge of interest before I prepare, so… If you have not attended in the past, and you think you might attend this summer, please let me know. Or if you have attended in the past and you think you might not this summer, please let me know. Or, if there is a particular topic or section of the Bible you would really like for us to study, please let me know.

Some local places to buy things:

  • Briggs and Stratton wool is available from Leona at 302 Haines Rd. Big selection.
  • Lamb is available from John and Darlene in Stanburne, $10 per pound, they sell at various farmers’ markets, seems to me like very good quality. They have small amounts available frozen anytime, or you can order a larger amount a few days ahead. They are on the farm between the Slauenwhites and the old Varner place, I think the civic number is about 1262 Stanburne Rd. Their phone number is 902-981-5644.

On the web:

Recordings:

  • This past Sunday’s sermon is on Crosspreach here, on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church, May 18, 2019

Here is info for Barss Corner church for this week…

Announcements:

  • Our Baptist Ladies’ Auxiliary’s annual Plant, Bake, Yard Sale and BBQ is Saturday, June 1, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Barss Corner Hall. Donations accepted of like-new or gently used items. Please no clothing. Please think of the sale as you divide your plants. All proceeds are toward the work of the BLA.
  • There is a farmer’s market and community cafe happening Thursday mornings at the Anglican Hall in New Germany. A great way to meet new people, and to get some of Soonih’s great asian food. I think the hours are from 9-11 AM.
  • Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda will be singing at Bridgewater Baptist Church at 6:30 PM on May 23. They are definitely worth hearing.
  • May 25 at 7 PM Phil Williams will be in concert at Drumlin Hills.
  • May 26 at 3:30 PM, Southwind will be in concert at New Cornwall Baptist Church. Free will offering for Long Lake Camp. Pot-luck to follow.
  • May 26 is the last day of Sunday School before the summer break.
  • May 31 is Robin Mark in Concert at Open Bible church in Bridgewater. Phone 543-3383 for tickets.
  • June 3 at 7 PM the Lumber River Men’s trio will be at Bridgewater Baptist
  • June 9 at 10:30 AM, our Rural Life service will be at the Parkdale church. Please bring finger foods for a pot-luck. No service in Barss Corner that day.
  • If you could use some help with yard work, simple maintenance work, etc., you can ask me (Pastor Sam) for the list I am putting together of people available to hire for casual work like that. Sometimes a little bit of hired help goes a long way.
  • Vacation Bible School will be August 5-9 in the mornings at Springfield Baptist Church. Some seats are available for drives from here.

On the web: I’ve mentioned Asia Bibi before. There is a pretty full dive into her story by the BBC at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Asia_Bibi

Recordings:

  • This past Sunday’s sermon is on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Announcements, Recordings, etc. for Barss Corner church, May 7, 2019

Here is info for Barss Corner church for this week…

Announcements:

  • Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8) folks will be gathering at the church to clean up the cemetery and church yard. Arrive anytime after supper (like 6 PM or later).
  • This Sunday (Mothers’ Day) we will have an after-church social time (pot-luck).
  • Next Tuesday, May 14, we will have our Management Board meeting at the church. Everyone is welcome.
  • Someone in the community asked me for names of people who might be available for yard work, handyman work, etc. I’ve been putting together a short list of names. If you want that list, just ask. Sometimes hiring a little bit of reliable help makes a world of difference.
  • Parsonage kitchen destruction happened Saturday, and now construction is underway. Grateful everyone’s been able to work safely so far.
  • May 26 is the last day of Sunday School lessons before the summer break.
  • May 31 at 7 PM there is a Robin Mark concert at Bridgewater Open Bible Church. For tickets phone 902-543-3383 or email bobcadmin.
  • Saturday, June 1 our Baptist Lady’s Auxiliary is having our annual Plant, Bake and Yard Sale at the BC Community Hall. Gently used yard sale item donations are welcome, they can be stored at the church until the sale.
  • Sunday, June 9 is our annual “Rural Life Church Service.” This year it will be at 10:30 AM in Parkdale (there will be no church in Barss Corner that day). Malcolm Beckett will be the special guest speaker (he pastored here in the 1980’s, for those who don’t know…)
  • There are Long Lake Camp brochures in the church foyer. Or you can check out their website http://www.longlakecamp.ca/life-at-camp.html

On the web:

  • Last Sunday we sang a worship song in English, Spanish and Korean. It was by a group called Proskuneo, who make a lot of worship music in those languages. You can listen to them on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7Fon5qKqDqJFscDdxF5rA
  • As I’ve been working in the garden, I’ve enjoyed listening to high quality lectures on ancient church history. This is through Our Daily Bread Christian University. It is free to sign up. Many of the free courses are taught by world experts, and the only reason they are free is that they are a couple decades old, just a little bit dated but still very nutritious. The particular course I’ve been listening to is https://christianuniversity.org/courses/the-ancient-church/ and the general website is https://christianuniversity.org/
  • Connie keeps telling me about very interesting articles etc. that she found through Tim Challies’ blog. https://www.challies.com/

Recordings:

  • Recent sermons are on Soundcloud here, and on Dropbox here.
  • This first part of the worship service is on Dropbox here.
  • You can read sermon notes here.
  • You can read bulletins here.

Easter letter, 2019

Pastor Sam Jess

Barss Corner Baptist Church

PO Box 4, Barss Corner, NS, B0R 1A0

samuel.w.jess@gmail.com, ph. 644-1013, txt. 644-7067

www.barsscornerbaptist.wordpress.com

Easter 2019

To the members and adherents of our church:

Greetings.

I hope that in the coming week you are able to reflect on the powerful and true story of Easter: that our Lord entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, taught four days in the Temple, was arrested on Thursday, was tortured and killed on Friday, and that he rose from the grave on Sunday morning. Those facts change everything.

I want to encourage you today to reflect on another, less famous part of the story: Saturday. What happened on Saturday? Nothing. That’s what is so shocking about it. The story is action-packed every other day of that week, but not Saturday. Why? Its stillness calls to us.

All day Saturday, Christ’s body lay in the dark tomb. The tomb was carved out of rock, and the body was as cold and as motionless as that rock.

All day Saturday, Christ’s followers rested, observing the Jewish Sabbath. They held themselves back from going to the grave to finish their burial customs. Their hearts were spinning with discouragement, confusion, guilt, etc. But they obeyed the Bible: they remained still. It was a day of obedience, and of patience.

All day Saturday, Christ’s enemies must have boasted to themselves that they had won. We ask, where was God? Why would he allow such evil people to feel so proud of themselves? But even the “Judge of the whole earth” rested from his judgments and his vengeance on that day. Even for God, it was a day of patience.

 

This past year, God has been challenging me with the theme of “patience.” I don’t mean being patient with annoying things or people. That’s different. I mean the patience of the Saturday before Easter. I mean trying to enter into what God is doing when he seems to be doing nothing. I mean trusting his heart and his plan.

God’s patience moves us to change. God commands us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. When we fail to do that, it is sin. It’s like a lady who told me this year that she surprised herself when she realized that it is sin not to try to be in church Sunday mornings (she is right). But reflecting on your guilt will only take you so far: it might make you want to change, but it won’t help you actually make the kinds of changes that matter. Instead, the Bible says that it is God’s patience and kindness that lead us toward repentance (Romans 2:4).

I spoke with another lady, who started coming to church every week after years of not. I asked what she had learned about God. She said she finds he is incredibly patient, waiting for us to come to him, not wanting to hold our sins against us. That is the patience that God displayed on the Saturday before Easter: he had placed our sins on his Son the day before, and he waited with us for the big change that would happen the next day.

God’s patience teaches us how to help each other., People are going through times of deep troubles, both in our church and in our broader community. Many people are dealing with mental illness in themselves or loved ones. Others are going through heartbreaks and family troubles of various kinds. And so many people are incredibly lonely, which makes everything else worse.

How can we help and serve each other in a time like this? God may lead us to do a variety of things, but they will all take patience. People are very slow to open up with each other about their problems. Why? Perhaps because they fear others won’t be patient with them. If we really commit ourselves to being with each other for the long haul, then we are more likely to get some insight into how to help, and, ironically, improvements are likely to come a little bit more quickly.

God’s patience calls us to withdraw. Everything was so still on that Saturday. Even in their confusion, the disciples must have remembered how often Jesus took them away to solitary places: to be still, to pray, and to learn about God together.

God has been challenging me: I get too caught up in news and entertainment, in busyness, and in idle talk. If I want to accomplish more for God, then I need to withdraw more and, sometimes, do less. I sense that many people in our congregations need to learn the same. We need to recommit ourselves to prayer, to learning our Bibles, and to being quiet in our hearts. All of that requires big chunks of stillness.

God was preparing his disciples to change the world forever. That’s why he gave them that Saturday of stillness: for them to work through some of their confusion and fears, and for them to prepare their hearts to embrace his surprise on Easter morning. May God work mightily through us as we enter into patient stillness with him.

 

Some announcements:

  • Easter morning, some of the men of our church are serving breakfast here at 9 AM. Followed by Sunday School as usual at 9:45 and church at 11:00.
  • Our Easter envelope offering is going toward Dan and Melody Grove’s Bible translation work in the Ndop Valley in Cameroon. We received stories recently about the big impact it is making for people to read the Bible in their own languages there.
  • We are pleased as a church to continue to impact the world. We continue to be able to give over 12% of our revenue to ministries outside our church: it goes to various causes that are local, regional, and global. Also, a number of Mexican migrant workers continue to be touched and blessed by our church here each year (and us by them). Please pray for God’s hand of leading and strength for us to serve them well as they arrive back here at the end of this month.
  • Our Baptist denomination has been working hard at its goal to plant 60 new churches by 2025. Last I heard, there have been about 40 new church plants or re-plants. Not all of these efforts take root, some of them flop. But that is how it was when old churches like ours were first planted. Please pray for the folks involved in these efforts to experience the renewal of Easter morning, and also the patience of Saturday.
  • Do you find yourself doubting the truth of the Bible or of the Christian faith? I read a very good book called The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. He is very thoughtful and patient in how he engages many of the big objections people make to the gospel. If you would like me to get you a copy, I would be very pleased for you to read it, and even more pleased to discuss it with you.
  • Please find a response card attached. It is to help you communicate with me as your pastor and with us as your church. Please use it if it is helpful. But please also do not hesitate to get in touch with me throughout the year.

May God richly bless you this Easter,

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Pastor Sam Jess