First Baptist Church
Amherst, NS










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EASTER SCHEDULE,

Noon Time Chapel


March 30th to Thursday, April 2nd

Maundy Thursday Service

First Baptist Church, Thursday, April 2nd, 6:30 pm

Good Friday Service

Trinity-St. Stephen’s Church, Friday, April 3rd, 10:30 am

Easter Sunday Service - Baptism

First Baptist Church, Sunday, April 5th, 10:30 am









“All are welcome”
If you are new to this church, welcome and take some time to find out what we have to offer. If you are a long time member, thanks for the continued support and input in the daily life of this congregation.
Together we have a vision to make First Baptist Church a people friendly, theologically open and active church. In the midst of a changing world, it is good to know that this church continues to be active and alive in our work for the Lord and the community. 
God bless and enjoy being a part of the family of God here at First Baptist.   
               The Rev. Byron Corkum, Senior Minister


THANKSGIVING

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING: 
Through the shouts and branches, the Saviour rides again into our hearts, our Jerusalems, the places that we have fortified, sometimes against even God`s truth and love.  Patient God, be with us today as we witness again the entry of Jesus into the holy city.  Remind us that our “holy cities”, our souls, need to welcome Jesus, truly in celebration and in commitment to his witness to us.  We can so easily get caught up in the noise and forget the Saviour.  We can get so focussed on the celebration and colors that we look past the solitary figure on the small donkey.  We stand at the gates this day to welcome Jesus.  May our welcome of Jesus also be reflected in our welcome of others who come into our midst.  Free us from judgment and prejudice, that we may be open to hearing your word through the ministry of Jesus and the disciples.   As we have spoken the names of ones who are near and dear to us who need your healing love, O God, help us also to remember that we need a good measure of your grace and mercy.  Bring us through this parade into the comfort of your love.  Hosanna! Blessed is Jesus!  Blessed is He who has come and who continues to come in our lives forever.  AMEN.

LITANY

L:	Here in the busy city now let the church be seen where lesser gods are worshipped in money and machine;
P:	where news is but sensation, the Good News hardly heard now let the church take action in living out the word!
L:	In policies and planning the church be there to speak to moderate the powerful, to argue for the weak:
P:	where law must sit in judgement and love is little known, there at the crisis centre the Christ concern be shown.
L:	Where litter chokes the gutter and people go to waste,
P:	where joblessness is bitter and living lost its taste to under leavened people be proof of rising yeast, in lives devoid of flavour be saltiness released!
L:	Here in the busy city God walks on every street in generous or greedy,	
P:	the honest or the cheat, and daily we must offer the good that goes unpriced with vigour and with vision the lifestyle of the Christ.

                                                                        CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
	We love parades!  We love the excitement, the colours, the noise!  Today we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  His followers have stripped branches from the trees and wave them in the air.  They have thrown their cloaks in the path of the donkey that his steps might be cushioned.  And the scene is wonderful.  But there is a reality here.  The reality is that although we wave our branches and shout “Hosanna!”, we have not always behaved as disciples.  Too often we have wandered from the path of Christ and stumbled along on our own, believing our way to be superior.  We have turned from those who have needed help, because it wasn’t convenient for us to be of help of service.  We have done and said things that are not worthy of disciples.  Yet, here we stand, in the parade route, waving our branches.  Forgive us, Lord.  Help us to turn our lives around and truly serve your.  Help us to really mean “Hosanna!  Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!”  Let Jesus enter our hearts and transform our lives today, for we ask this in his holy name.  AMEN.
 

Senior Minister

Rev. Byron Corkum

Minister of
Christian Education

Rev. Don Miller