Holy Week at Ancient City Baptist Church

Sunday, April 14-Sunday, April 21

 

As the name implies, Holy Week is the most significant season of the year for believers in Jesus as we remember the events of his last Passover Festival on earth. We invite you to join us as we celebrate and commemorate many special events of the week with special worship opportunities...

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Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus came into Jerusalem in what we call "The Triumphal Entry." Riding a donkey into the city in fulfillment of prophecy, the people lined the roadway with palm branches and their own cloaks as they shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" In our worship, we will also wave palm fronds as we take the time in worship to look at an overall summary of the message of Jesus in a message entitled, "What the Gospel Reveals." For those who want to be sure they grasp the essence of the Christian message, the sermon this week will provide that. We will also worship through music, testimony, and prayer.

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Midweek Worship

Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Join us for our regular informal midweek service during Holy Week when our Bible study discussion will center on the Passover Seder—and how Jesus would transform it into what is called by believers in Jesus the "Lord's Supper," or "Communion." What was the original Passover all about, and what did Jesus mean when he said, "Do this in remembrance of me"?

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Good Friday Worship

Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary

This meaningful and meditative worship time will focus on the death of Jesus and the immediate aftermath following the placing of his body in the tomb. Using music, drama, and the Lord's Supper (or Communion), worshipers will be transported back to the time immediately after the death of Jesus and will be led to experience the depth of emotions felt by his closest disciples. Taking part in this Good Friday worship will make Resurrection Sunday so much more meaningful! The theme of this worship is, "In Remembrance of Me."

Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

Sunday, April 21, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Celebrate the Risen Christ with us as we once again relive the joy of Jesus being raised from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion! Through the choir, congregational singing, prayer, and a powerful message, we will rejoice in Jesus' victory over death and what it means for us today. The pastor's message will focus on how the resurrection of Jesus 2000 years ago has the power to transform our lives today in so many ways!

We invite you to join us for as many of these events of Holy Week as you able!

 

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Family Matters

Message Series April 28-May 19 

 

God designed our families as the environment for living life! In our families, we give and receive love. In our families, we learn about acceptance, belonging, and forgiveness. In our families, we learn to take care of each other. And in our families, we learn so much more!

Strong families need strong marriages. How can we strengthen them?

Most families include children as well. It seems harder these days to raise godly children. Does God give us practical instructions?

Family matters to God, and even if we protest otherwise, family matters to us. Join us on Sundays at 11 a.m. as we worship our heavenly Father and learn from his Word to us. In this series, we will look at the following “family matters”: 

 April 28   What Every Child Should Know
 May 5  What Every Parent Should Know
 May 12  Why “If/Then Marriages” Don't Work (Mother’s Day)
 May 19  Maintaining Your Marriage 

 

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The namesake of our wonderful city, Saint Augustine of Hippo, came to faith in Jesus later in his life. In his Confessions, he wrote of God (referring to him as “O beauty”):

“Late have I loved you, O beauty,
ever ancient, ever new,
late have I loved you!
You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.”

Our Leadership Team sensed that Ever Ancient, Ever New would be the perfect theme for the Capital Stewardship Campaign for Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL! It embodies so much of what we believe and who we are…

Our God, as Augustine says, is indeed Ever Ancient, Ever New. He existed before anything else and caused all things to come into being. Yet, in Scripture we often hear God speak of newness: “Behold, I do a new thing,” and “sing to the Lord a new song” are just two examples.

The gospel itself is Ever Ancient, Ever New. Jesus was, according to Scripture, “foreknown before the foundation of the world but revealed in these last times for you.” We see the first prophecy of the gospel of peace and restoration in Genesis 3, just after the fall into sin of Adam and Eve. And when a person trusts Jesus, “… he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”

Our own church is Ever Ancient, Ever New. We are rooted in God and in the gospel. We are the oldest Southern Baptist Church in the city, and we have helped established newer churches over the years. We have a historic building in a historic city. And while our buildings are “ancient” by modern standards, we have ever sought to keep them up to date to minister to new people in new times. The building of our Sanctuary in 1895 was a mighty testament to God’s providence as the impressive structure was built debt free in two years! Just over a century later, many of those here today participated in another God-inspired project, the renovation of the Sanctuary. Sacrificial gifts by the people of God brought about the renovation that so enhances the worship of our God week to week.

In our recent Visioning Process, we noted other areas of our facilities and grounds that need upgrade and repair so that they will remain usable spaces for welcome, worship, study, fellowship, and ongoing discipleship efforts. Our church is over 130 years old—ancient!—but our task is not complete. It is ever new to every generation. We are called to make disciples, and we do that through "head, heart, hands, and feet." That is, disciples learn, love, serve, and share. Our Ever Ancient, Ever New Campaign will enable us to keep doing what God has called us to do, using the wonderful tool of our facilites for many years in the future. We invite all to participate!

 

Ever Ancient, Ever New Schedule  

 Sunday, March 31    Testimony by Pastor Fred O. Pitts; Dr. Clarence Hackett, Preaching 
 Sunday, April 7  Testimony by Hugh and Ann Peters; Pastor Fred, Preaching
 Sunday, April 14  Palm Sunday; Testimony by David and Marsha Sneller; Pastor Fred, Preaching
 Sunday, April 14  Ever Ancient, Ever New Banquet, 6 p.m.
 Sunday, April 21  Ever Ancient, Ever New Celebration Sunday (Easter)
 Sunday, May 5  First Fruits Offering Sunday

To read the latest news about Ever Ancient, Ever New, use the "News/Resources" menu tab above and select "Ever Ancient, Ever New."

 

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To answer the questions of life . . .

Questions like, “Who am I?” “What’s my purpose?” “What is God really like?” and “Why do bad things happen?” Jesus Christ and His church are uniquely qualified to answer life’s most basic questions.

To share life’s happiness...

The precious moments of life are meant to be shared: the beginning of new life together in marriage, the birth of a new child, the baptism of new believers... these milestones, plus the joy of simple pleasures, are enhanced by the community of a loving congregation.

To help face tragedies...

Everyone faces trouble in life: sorrows, disappointments, sickness, death. Needed support and comfort flows freely from those who share a common faith. How much we need one another in times like these!

To teach about God and the purposes He has for us...

Survey after survey reveals an overwhelming belief in God. But what is He like? How do we know Him? God has answered those questions through the Bible, the special book that is the guide for the church.

To share God’s message and help those in need...

We can do more together than we can do alone. God has always called together a community of believers to help one another and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. His message can bring healing to a hurting world. Yes, everyone needs a church, and at Ancient City Church, we would love to be yours!  

 

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