FBC Macon

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We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

This Too Must Be Part of the Story

 

Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not

keep that vigil, how they must have wept,

so utterly human, knowing this too

must be a part of the story.

-Mary Oliver, Gethsemane

 

On Sunday we entered the final leg of our lenten journey, beginning our annual reenactment of the final week of Jesus’ life. We began worship with the waving of palms, heard Mark’s telling of Jesus’ march into Jerusalem, and meditated on the “script” of scripture. Jesus knew his Bible and his “triumphal entry” was in large part a reenactment of scenes from scripture announcing the One Who Comes In the Name of the Lord. The invitation, then, falls to us to find our role in God’s great drama of redemption.

We will continue this drama in the days ahead. On Thursday evening at 6pm we will gather in the sanctuary for our Maundy Thursday service (childcare is available). We will remember together the final night Jesus shared with his friends and betrayers. We will read scripture, recreate that final meal, and have an opportunity to wash each others feet as Jesus did for his disciples.

We will then continue our retelling of the story with a dramatic reading of Mark’s version of the Passion. You will hold the scripture in your hand, and the congregation will have a part to play.

The following two evenings, on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, we will engage in a new Holy Week offering. Beginning at 5:30 pm and continuing through 7pm, the sanctuary will be open for you to drop in for silent reflection. Marie Roberts and Ruth Rowell have arranged for musical meditations to be offered every twenty minutes or so. A guide will be available with the words to the music, passages from scripture, as well as a few notes on possible ways to engage them prayerfully.

Feel free to come and go as you need, as well as move about the sanctuary. Candles will be available to light. I hope you’ll come and participate in what I know will be moving opportunities to involve ourselves in the fullness of the Holy Week story.

For me, perhaps the most moving scene of this drama that we don't often linger over enough in the sweep of this week is Gethsemane. The gospels report that sensing his time is drawing near, Jesus takes a handful of disciples into the garden to keep vigil for him while he prays. His prayers are fierce and raw. Luke reports that his tears fell to the grown like blood.

But the agony of this scene comes to a head when he returns to the disciples only to find them sleeping.

Could you not keep awake one hour? he asks them. And the pit in our stomach grows.

I began this post with a haunting stanza from Mary Oliver’s poem, Gethsemane, which remembers this night. Here’s the poem in full:

The grass never sleeps.

Or the roses.

Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.

 

Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.

 

The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,

and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,

and heaven knows if it ever sleeps.

 

Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe 

the wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn’t move, 

    maybe

the lake far away, where once he walked as on a

    blue pavement,

lay still and waited, wild awake.

 

Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not

keep that vigil, how they must have wept,

so utterly human, knowing this too

must be a part of the story.

 

This too must be part of the story. Indeed it must. And for us to receive the fullness of Easter morning, so must we.

 

SHD

WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

CONTACT US

511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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