Thursday, March 21, 2013

Experience 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:

Sunday, March 24
11 am Worship in the Sanctuary. Children’s Choirs will sing and wave palms to celebrate the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.

Monday-Wednesday, March 25-27
Noon 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 from Scripture.

Thursday, March 28 at 7 pm
The 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

Friday, March 29
Noon 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. 

Sunday, March 31
11 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.

Placement 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 story.


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