Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
This scripture has been on my mind and I felt to write it today as we gather again in person after so many weeks physically apart. I could dwell on how good it is to be together again and indeed it is……but today I want us to read this passage in reference to the passing of Bryan and to honour him.
Bryan was a member of Beckenham Baptist Church long before we came here over 10 years ago. He has been part of the leadership team for a number of years too. We honour him as a loyal, faithful, hardworking, wise, caring and diligent member and friend of our church family who will be sadly missed. On one hand I say “It is with sadness…..” but on the other hand I say “we rejoice Bryan is now with Jesus…”. Isn’t this one of our sayings here at BBC – it’s the both/and. We will miss him at our services, leadership team and of course Cheesy Tuesday – he did love a good cheese scone! But how wonderful the hope as Christians we have that when it is our time to leave this earth we will be reunited again in the presence of our Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance…….
With love & blessings, Sandra