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 of infinite mercy, we would make a Broadway production of this Transfiguration event because we would not take the time to understand its significance for our lives.  We are in such a hurry to memorialize everything that the power and meaning of the event become pale or altered in our memories.  Help us look at Jesus with new eyes, those eyes that see him in light of the witness of the ages; that see Jesus as the One who comes to set people free, to heal, to bring hope and peace.  Make us ready to become faithful disciples, rather than remaining dazzled by the mountaintop experience.  Give us strength and courage this day to witness to Jesus’ love by the many deeds of mercy and justice we can offer in his name.  For we offer ourselves, imperfect, but willing, to serve.  AMEN.
  
LITANY

L:	Blessed be you, harsh matter, barren soil, stubborn rock: you who yield only to violence; 		
P:	You who force us to work if we would eat.
L:	Blessed be you, perilous matter, violent sea, untameable passion:
P:	You who unless we fetter you will devour us,
L:	Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever new-born;
P:	You who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.
L:	Blessed be you, universal matter, unmeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations; 	
P:	You who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards of measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God (Teilhard de Chardin/slt)
L:	“Life should be a pattern of experiences to savour, not endure” (P D’Arcy)
P:	The peace of God is here...to stay.  Thanks be to God.

CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:   
	Patient Lord, you know how accustomed we are to “magic” tricks.  Our spirits and our senses get fooled easily.  We would be just like the disciples, at first not believing what we were seeing and then wanting to make a monument to the event.  Thank you for being so patient with us.  Forgive us when we get so wrapped up in the moment that we don’t take time enough to understand its significance.  Help us pause, reflect, think and thank you for the blessings of unexpected revelations.  Give us wisdom and strength, and thank you for the blessings of unexpected revelations.  Give us wisdom and strength to be your disciples, proclaiming your transforming love to all people.  AMEN.
 

Senior Minister

Rev. Byron Corkum

Minister of
Christian Education

Rev. Don Miller