First Baptist Church
Amherst, NS




























“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:
	“Lord, you have come to the lakeshore, looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones.  You only ask me to follow humbly.  The words from this lovely hymn paint pictures of hard-working people, going about their daily tasks when they are confronted by Jesus. This same Jesus, who long ago called to those first disciples, calls to us each today.  Our "lakeshores" are different. They are the places where we work and where we live.  Yet in this song, Jesus is coming for each one of us, just as we are and inviting us to follow him humbly.  We will lift the names of loved ones today in prayerful petition for God’s healing love.  In our hearts we think of names and situations that it would break our hearts to speak of.  And God hears all our cries and responds in love.  This is one of the faithful works of the church; the work of prayer, asking for God’s healing mercy and blessings.  As we have offered our prayers, let us also offer our lives, trusting in God’s love and call to us, responding with confidence.  For it is in Jesus’ Name we pray.  AMEN.
		
LITANY

L:	Jesus is calling you to follow him.
P:	We’d really like to but we have too much to do right now.  Check back later, OK?
L:	Jesus sees your labours and knows your gifts
P:	Flattery will not work on us.  We have bills to pay and work to do.
L:	Jesus is ready for you to come.
P:	Look, the stories are nice and all, but they really don’t work for us.
L:	Have faith, place your trust in Jesus.
P:	Well, everyone else seems to let us down.  How can we be sure he won’t do the same?
L:	He will prove his love to you with his life.
P:	We didn’t ask for that.
L:	What will it take for you to trust in him?
P:	We don’t know.  Trust is risky.
L:	Then take the risk.  Place your lives in his hands.  He can handle all your problems.
P:	Will he really guide us?
L:	Absolutely, through bright days and dark nights, everywhere, all the time.

P:	Can we rely on him?
L:	Yes.  He will not abandon you.
P:	Perhaps we can try.
L:	Don’t just try.  Go ahead.  Follow Jesus.  You won’t regret it.
P:	Jesus, help our unbelief.  Where we are weak, give us strength; where we falter and hold back, gently bring us forward; where we fail, please forgive us.  AMEN.

CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: 
	We listen to the stories of the call of the disciples and find them interesting but unrealistic.  When we look at our own lives, we believe that we could not leave everything to follow someone we didn’t know.  We have many responsibilities and ties which keep us from following.  But God is persistent.  God understands our confusion and doubts.  And God continues to call us to be in ministry and mission in this world.  It may not mean leaving everything behind, but it does mean being willing to serve wherever God calls us.  That’s hard.  We want to place conditions on service, and usually those conditions are "if we have time", "if we have energy"; " if we can just try serving God for a little while to see how it all works out".  Still God calls to each of us. Discipleship is difficult.  Forgive us, patient and persistent Lord, for the very many times we turn our backs on serving you and focus on our own comforts.  Forgive us when we look the other way when people are in need.  Forgive us our angry attitudes and actions which hurt rather than heal.  Wrap your arms around us, healing our wounds, binding us to you.  Gently move us into service in your name.  AMEN.
 

Senior Minister

Rev. Byron Corkum


Christmas Letter

Minister of
Christian Education

Rev. Don Miller


Christmas Letter