LIVERMORE – At North Livermore Baptist Church’s June 12 service, the congregation was greeted by Pastor Bonnie Higgins at 9.30am to begin the service. The call to worship was read and the invocation/Lord’s prayer was recited. The hymns that were sung were “Since Jesus Came into my Heart”, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, and “A Child of the King”. The service ended with “Go now in peace”. Linda Lyman is the organist each week. Janet Diaz is the pianist each week. Lew Lyman conducts congregational music each week.
The sermon, titled “God’s Love Letter” and scripture reading from Romans 5:8. Pastor Bonnie began by asking the congregation if they had ever written or received a love letter. How a love letter makes a person feel by sending one or receiving one. You feel special. That’s what God does when He gives us a love letter. It makes us feel special, valued, wanted, and greatly loved.
God gave us a love letter, His Word, the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, this is a book about all the love God has for his children. Too often we are so busy trying to serve God that we forget to love Him. Even Martha in the scriptures was trying to serve God by keeping busy making everything perfect for Jesus, that she forgot to stop and show her love for him. Mary did it, she sat at the feet of Jesus, drinking all that he was for her, she understood that he loved her and that she loved him. Even in everything Job was going through, he stopped and took time to praise and pour out his love for God. Job never forgot who God was, the loving creator of everything.
We see God’s love everywhere we look. We see it in our families, our friends, in the joys of our lives, in the air we breathe. Often we get so caught up in our busy lives that we forget to thank God for all we have, to show our appreciation and love for him through our praise and worship of him. There are many scriptures in the Bible that tell us of God’s love for us. A few of them are Romans 8:35, 1 John 4:9-11, Jeremiah 29:11 and the one verse we all know John 3:16. God shows us his love for us through his Son, Jesus who died on a cross to save us. It was God’s love in action. God’s love for us is greater than the universe, nothing compares to it.
What does God’s love look like? He shows his love to his children every day. He wakes us up every day, He brings us blessings, He is with us in times of joy and in times of difficulty. He is never far from us. He brings peace, comfort, joy and his presence to his people. How does God show us this? Through Jesus, his Son. God loved us so much, even though we were sinners, God did not want to be separated from us, He sent Jesus to die on a cross and rose again on the third day to show us that we can live forever with Him if only we accept the free gift of salvation for which Jesus died.
Why would God do all this? He did everything for you and me, he loved us so much. He was willing to be the biggest sacrifice for us, because he knew we couldn’t do it ourselves. It’s pure love. God did not want anyone to perish away from Him, be separated from Him, God wanted us to be reconciled to Him.
God’s love gives us a chance to live with him in a place he has gone to prepare for us. A place where we will live forever with Him. A place where God can show us his love in person. Pastor Bonnie ended it with a love letter she wrote to God. She asked the congregation what their love letter would say.
The announcements listed in the bulletin were that the congregation will be collecting canned fruit for the pantry in the month of June. Pastor Bonnie will be absent from the office June 13-15, she will be absent from the general meeting of the ABC-USA Board of Directors. No Bible study on June 14. We are collecting for a great hour of sharing in June. Vacation Bible School begins July 11-15 from 6-8 p.m. This year’s VBS theme is “The Big Fish Bay” for children ages 4-12. AA meetings are held on Friday evenings at the church.
For more information, see our website at northlivermorebaptistchurch.org. You can email the church at [email protected] Pastor Bonnie’s office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.