First Baptist Church


Holy Week

We have four opportunities for worship during Holy Week, the annual recognition of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. We began with Palm Sunday, remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that includes shouts of “Hosanna!” and the waving of palms, but takes place under the shadow of the cross. We continue with a Maundy Thursday Service (a name derived from the Latinmandatum which means “command” or “mandate” and refers to Jesus’ last teachings at the table, recorded in John 13) on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm in the sanctuary. This service will include the celebration of communion and a creative reading of the Passion Narrative. Then, we will join other downtown churches for an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30am on Sunday, April 21 on the east portico of the Capitol. Finally, we will end this week and begin the Easter season in full force at the regular 11am service in our sanctuary that same day. It is a week that defines our faith, one that points to the central mysteries of crucifixion and resurrection, and each part of this story is significant. Thus, we encourage you to participate in as many of the services as possible and to reflect daily on the meaning of this week for your life and the whole world. To experience Maundy Thursday and Good Friday without experiencing Easter is to miss the ultimate joy that is ours. To experience Easter without experiencing Maundy Thursday or Good Friday is to miss the cost of our salvation and to hide from our responsibility. To experience all of the events of this week is to know authentic joy – the joy that comes because love prevails over fear, hope prevails over despair, life prevails over death. Who would want to miss that?

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