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» Holy Week and Easter at First Baptist Church of Austin
Easter fully this year and join us at First Baptist Church of Austin at 901
Trinity at East Ninth in downtown Austin as we make the journey of Holy Week
together. You are warmly invited to any or all of the following services:
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amWorship in the Sanctuary. Children’s
Choirs willsing and wave palms to celebrate
the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy
Worship in the Chapel. As we proceed toward our Maundy Thursday Trial of
Jesus, hear lawyers from the community reflect on what they hear in stories
March 28 at 7 pm
Trial of Jesus.
Conceived and designed by Mark Osler, Professor at University of St. Thomas
School of Law and author of the highly acclaimed book Jesus on Death Row:
The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment, this powerful enactment
and modern interpretation of the trial and sentencing phase is conducted under
the Texas death penalty laws. The grueling decision of whether Jesus is to face
life behind bars or receive the death sentence will be given to the audience as
attendees become the jurors. As seating will be limited, please make
reservations at fbcaustin.org/trialofjesus.
Worship in the Sanctuary. Sr. Pastor Dr. Roger Paynter will deliver a
poignant Good Friday message titled “Helpless, Helping Hands” which is a
reminder that only as Jesus became vulnerable and helpless, was he able to
profoundly help us. The choir, accompanied by a snare drum, will sing a moving
anthem titled Even the Heavens are Weeping by Joseph Martin about Jesus'
final hours on earth. At the end of the service, the congregation will exit
single file, dropping nails in a bucket, symbolizing that each of us is
responsible for the nails driven into Jesus on the cross. Everyone is invited
to lunch after the service.
am Worship in the Sanctuary. Sr. Pastor Dr. Roger Paynter will give a
powerful sermon titled “Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?” The
question, posed by the angels at the tomb is a classic biblical irony…We spend
our days in a culture inundated with death, while God is about the business of
bringing life out of death through the power of love. An emotionally elevating experience,
First Austin Sanctuary Choir and the Marksmen Brass Quintet from North Texas
University will herald the Resurrection with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and
traditional Easter hymns of the centuries. Cantamos Women’s Choir and Doxology
Liturgical Dance Team will enrich your worship experience as they sing and
dance to O Sons and Daughters of the King, which tells the story of the
women who find Jesus’ empty tomb.
of Flowers on the Cross. You are invited to bring fresh flowers on Easter
morning to place on the cross on the Plaza. Flowers serve as a symbol of
resurrection and life and a reminder that the cross is not the end of our