Upcoming Easter celebrations at First Baptist
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
First Baptist Church will begin celebrating Easter with two special presentations on Sunday, March 18, and continue with additional worship services through Easter Sunday on April 1.
During this Sunday’s worship service, Diane Hill Perry and her mother, Mary Louise Hill, will provide special music with a piano duet.
Joye Brown, wife of FBC’s transitional pastor Dr. Wayne Brown, will present, “Christ in the Passover,” during the morning service and “The Bride of Christ” for the evening service.
“Come experience two very special and unique opportunities to hear and learn of the beautiful foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, correlating the Old and the New Testaments,” said Dr. Brown.
For the 11 a.m. morning service, a passover table will be set up and Mrs. Brown will explain the significance of items and how it correlates between the old and new testaments – all pointing to Jesus. She will also talk about what it was like in Jesus’s day, explaining why and what he did during what Christian’s call “The Lord’s Supper.”
“Studying the passover meal changed me and left me with such a sweet picture of God’s love,” she said.
For the evening service, beginning at 6 p.m., Mrs. Brown will talk about the wedding customs of Biblical times, relating how they correlate to the believers’ understanding of “The Bride of Christ.”
“This is one of my favorite teachings,” Mrs. Brown commented. “It opened my eyes so much. It is truly amazing.”
First Baptist will continue with services leading up to Easter with Palm Sunday worship services on March 25, followed by Maundy Thursday on March 29. A “Service of Silence with Open Communion” will be conducted by Dr. Brown from 5-8 p.m.
“You may come into the sanctuary at any time and stay as long as you wish and then leave the sanctuary in silence whenever God leads you,” said Dr. Brown. “A devotional sheet will be provided as you reflect on the beauty and the meaning of this somber evening in remembrance of Jesus and His disciples at their Last Supper together in the Upper Room long ago.”
On Good Friday, March 30, “Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows,” will begin at 7 p.m. This service will remember the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross through scripture reading, music, extinguishing of candles and darkness reflecting on the crucifixion and death of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 1.
Everyone is invited to join the congregation at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby St., for all of these Easter celebration services.