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


	Wise and Patient God, we know what you want us to do, but we are far too often hesitant to follow through for you.  You give us multiple blessings and ask that we develop these gifts and use them to help others.  In times of great crisis we come through, we mobilize.  But in the intermediate times, we hold back.  We develop a “let someone else do it” attitude.  We often think of our gifts, our talents as things that are less than worthy.  In this country in which competition is the ruling code, we don’t want to compete with others, because we feel we just don’t have the right “stuff”.  To each one of us you have given gifts which can be used to help others.  Each gift and talent is precious in your sight.  Rather than compete with others to see who has the greater talent, let us use the gifts we have been given joyfully.  Give each one a sense of your powerful presence.  Help each one of us to be workers for you.  Help us to trust in your in your abiding presence and love for us.  Challenge us to use the gifts and to honor the giver, for we ask these things in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

L:	The Voice of God is speaking to you.  God is calling you today to come and rejoice.  Come to me, dear ones.  Open your hands.
P:	We can’t, Lord.  Our hands are calloused and dirty, rough.
L:	Open your hands.  My healing and cleansing love will protect and soothe you.  Come to me, beloved friends.  Open your hands.
P:	We can’t, Lord.  Our hands have been wounded and they are bleeding.
L:	Open your hands and I will touch your wounds and stop the bleeding.  Come to me, disciples, witnesses.  Open your hands.
P:	We can’t, Lord.  We have nothing to offer to you.  Our hands are empty.
L:	Open your hands and I will give you my peace.  Now you are healed.
P:	Now we can reach out to help.
L:	Now you can go into the world to offer blessing and hope.
P:	Praise be to you, O God, who has taken our excuses and turned them into commitment.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: [Unison][Seated]  
	We are “pack rats”, O Lord.  You continually pour gifts and blessings into our lives and we hide them away for fear that they might disappear or not be worthy of acclaim.  We squander them wastefully on things that are not healthy or helpful to others.  We confess that we have not always recognized the talents we have been given.  We find it easier to belittle the gifts than to honor the giver.  As Jesus reminded his listeners to honor the giver of the gifts by using them to create something better, for healing, for hope in the world; remind us that the message of Jesus is truly pertinent to us today.  Forgive us when we have treated it as a nice story.  Help us to take the gifts you have given us, to develop them, and use them in ways which will offer healing and hope.  In Jesus’ blessed Name, we pray.  Amen.

Senior Minister

Rev. Byron Corkum

Minister of
Christian Education

Rev. Don Miller