First Baptist Church
Amherst, NS









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EASTER SCHEDULE,

Noon Time Chapel


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: 
God of Awesome Joy, be with us this day as we celebrate the resurrection of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Let the light of your love flood into our lives and through us to all those who have been captured by darkness, that the light may give them healing, freedom and hope.  As we witness the surprise of the women at the tomb, the appearance of the Saviour to Mary, and her good news brought to the disciples, let us remember that this good news exists for us today.  Darkness does not win.  Death is not victorious.  Christ is Risen, for us, for you and for me.  We are raised with Christ to a new life of hope and service.  Let the joy of this good news swirl around in our hearts.  Let excitement for service and ministry burst forth from us.  Let us truly be the “Easter People” that you have called us to be.  For we ask these things in the name of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

LITANY

L:	Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life in the presentness of God.  Life is a gift for which we are grateful.		
P:	We gather in community to celebrate the glories and mysteries of this great gift.
L:	Today we celebrate: new life, new joy, new possibilities.
P:	We give thanks for the Spirit of Life visible in Jesus, visible in us, visible in people in all walks of life.
L:	Beckoning Christ, you call us out of our comfortable ghetto of ‘us’ and ‘them’ to risk discipleship without walls.
P:	You call us into a world-wide fellowship where God is worshipped above all other.
L:	You call us into a world-wide fellowship where prayer is offered day and night.	
P:	You call us into a world-wide fellowship where we can share what we are with others who love you.
L:	You call us into a world-wide fellowship where each person has something to give to the whole.
P:	You call us into a world-wide fellowship where compassion and respect share missionary endeavour.
ALL:	Keep on beckoning us out of our safe havens into your rich fellowship of challenge and reconciliation, faith and hope. (KCompston/sco)

                                                                        CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
	Gracious God, you have walked patiently with us throughout our Lenten journey.  You have celebrated our successes and our growing understanding of your love; and you have mourned our failures and rejections of your healing mercies.  This day, as we have gathered to celebrate the joy of Easter, let us remember that we are to become “Easter People”, people of the Resurrection; people who know that what was thought to be impossible has been conquered.  Forgive our stubbornness and fears.  Fill us with your healing love and help us to become the disciples that you need to serve in this world.  For we ask this in the name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.
 

Senior Minister

Rev. Byron Corkum

Minister of
Christian Education

Rev. Don Miller