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Lent: Sunday April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday

Sermon: Words Can’t Describe It


Scripture: Matthew 28:50-54
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Song: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

Lectionary Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Isaiah 25:6-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8

Prayer of the Day
O God, you are the creator of the world, the liberator of your people, and the wisdom of the earth. By the resurrection of your Son free us from our fears, restore us in your image, and ignite us with your light, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Celebrating God’s Name: Exodus 15:1-2
Alleluia. Let us sing to the LORD, who has triumphed gloriously; our strength and our might, who has become our salvation. Alleluia.

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Lent: Saturday April 3, 2021 Holy Saturday

Song: “Create in Me a Clean Heart”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Job 14:1-14, Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16, 1 Peter 4:1-8, John 19:38-42

Lectionary Scripture: Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Prayer of the Day
Inscribed upon our heart, the maker’s mark, indelible, the Word of God, ‘Love’ beautifully written, heartfelt, that
all God’s people might know that we are precious, children of a heavenly Father becoming family together, and may eyes lift upward as we listen together to hear angels worship.
Lord Jesus, Jesus, we await you. Be risen anew in our hearts as the light of Easter dawns tomorrow. Amen.

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Lent: Friday April 2, 2021 Good Friday

Song: “Man of Sorrows”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Isaiah 52:13—53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1—19:42

Lectionary Scripture: Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

Prayer of the Day
Stretching out Thy divine hands upon the Cross, Thou hast joined together that which before was divided, and by Thy mediation Thou hast offered as a gift to the Father the nature of mortal man, that was under condemnation. Therefore we sing the praises of Thy sinless Crucifixion.

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Lent: Thursday April 1, 2021 Maundy Thursday

Song: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Lectionary Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31-35

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Prayer of the Day
Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then, because I long for your companionship.

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Lent: Wednesday March 31, 2021

Song: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 70, Hebrews 12:1-3, John 13:21-32

Lectionary Scripture: Psalm 70

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me! Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me. Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame. Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

Prayer of the Day
O Lord, the house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it that you may enter in. It is ruinous, O repair it! It displeases Your sight. I confess it, I know. But who shall cleanse it, to whom shall I cry but to you? Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare Your servant from strange sins…Lord Jesus, don’t let me lie when I say that I love you…and protect me today, for I could betray you.” Amen.

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Lent: Tuesday March 30, 2021

Song: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 71:1-14 (6), 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, John 12:20-36

Lectionary Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Prayer of the Day
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith and a generosity of service that gives without counting cost. A life overflowing with Grace poured out from the One ho gave everything, that we might show the power of love to a broken world, and share the truth from a living Word. Lord, grant us simplicity of faith, and
a yearning to share it.

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Lent: Monday March 29, 2021

Song: “Be Thou My Vision”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 36:5-11, Hebrews 9:11-15, John 12:1-11

Lectionary Scripture: Psalm 36:5-11

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart! Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Prayer of the Day
Lord, you’ve guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way. We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you’ll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour’s ultimate gift and promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. Amen.

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Lent: Sunday March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday

Sermon: The False Accusation of Blasphemy


Sermon Scripture: Matthew 26:63-65
Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, ‘From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.


Song: “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Lectionary Scripture: Mark 11:1-7
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Mark 11:1–11, John 12:12–16, Isaiah 50:4–9a, Psalm 31:9–16, Philippians 2:5–11, Mark 14:1–15:47

Prayer of the Day
Sovereign God, you have established your rule in the human heart through the servanthood of Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, keep us in the joyful procession of those who with their tongues confess Jesus as Lord and with their lives praise him as Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Celebrating God’s Name
“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” (John 12:13)

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Lent: Saturday March 27, 2021

Song: “Amazing Love”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Jeremiah 33:10-16, Mark 10:32-34, 46-52, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Lectionary Scripture: Jeremiah 33:10-16

Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, “It is a waste without human beings or animals,” in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without inhabitants, human or animal, there shall once more be heard  the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: “Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.

Prayer of the Day
Wherever I go today, O God, let me go with you. I desire to dwell in your shelter, to rest in your shadow, to know you as refuge and fortress. In you I trust, today and always. Amen.

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Lent: Friday March 26, 2021

Song: “Were You There”

Lectionary Readings: (Read online)
Jeremiah 33:1-9, Philippians 2:12-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Lectionary Scripture: Philippians 2:12-18

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.

Prayer of the Day
Remind us often Lord, when we are feeling proud, arrogant, beyond reproach, pleased with ourselves, self sufficient in our ways, that for such as us and better and worse you walked a road that took you to a cruel cross, and rose again to show us where we might look for rescue as from this lofty perch we fall.

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Events

Maundy Thursday

Worship with us at FBC JXN at 7pm on April 14 for our special Maundy Thursday worship. We will worship with music, reflection, and Scripture readings telling of Jesus’ faithfulness in the face of temptation. Through the music and reading of Scripture, you’re invited to reflect on your own faithfulness in following Jesus in the world today.
Join us for worship in person or online.

Good Friday Worship – April 2, 2021

Worship with us at FBC JXN at 6:30pm on April 2 for our special Good Friday service. We will worship with music, reflection, and Scripture readings telling of Jesus’ faithfulness in the face of violence. Through the music and reading of Scripture, you’re invited to reflect on your own faithfulness in following Jesus in the world today.
In-person worship requires masks and social distancing. The service will also be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube live.

Drive Up Ashes

Come by downtown Jackson to receive ashes for Ash Wednesday. Anytime from 4:30pm-6pm, you can pull up into the parking lot next to the church to receive ashes and/or a prayer for blessing from the comfort of your car.

We are located on 201 S. Jackson St. between Washington Ave. and Cortland St., across from the old Citizen Patriot building.

THANK YOU to our neighbors at County National Bank for allowing us to use their parking lot. They are wonderful neighbors; thank them for us if you get a chance. Please don’t hinder any vehicles from getting through the bank’s drive thru lanes and ATM.

If you’re interested in worshiping with us for our Ash Wednesday service beyond receiving the ashes, watch online on YouTube or Facebook.

Maundy Thursday

Join us for a night of community worship.

Dinner is available in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:15pm.

Maundy Thursday service will begin at 6pm and will include music, reflection, and communion.

Maundy Thursday’s service continues our Lenten Series, “There’s Another Way,” with the invitation, “There’s Another Way to Serve.”

Lenten Dinner: Prayer Session

Join us during Lent for our Lenten Dinners and Discussions. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is available at 5:15pm, but all are welcome to eat as they are able to arrive.

The main entree will be provided. If able, please bring a side dish or dessert to be passed around.

At 6pm, we will offer a program featuring FBCJXN members and ministries as well as community partners.

This week’s discussion is a session on prayer. Marilynn Fryer will help lead the group in our prayer time as we pray about our lives, our church, and our world.

Lenten Dinner: Love INC and Jackson’s Opportunities and Challenges

Join us during Lent for our Lenten Dinners and Discussions. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is available at 5:15pm, but all are welcome to eat as they are able to arrive.

The main entree will be provided. If able, please bring a side dish or dessert to be passed around.

At 6pm, we will offer a program featuring FBCJXN members and ministries as well as community partners.

This week’s Lenten discussion is: “Love INC and Jackson’s Opportunities and Challenges.” Love INC director, Shaunta Patton, will share with the group about Love INC’s current work, and the opportunities and challenges facing our city.

Lenten Dinner: A Trip to the Holy Land

Join us during Lent for our Lenten Dinners and Discussions. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is available at 5:15pm, but all are welcome to eat as they are able to arrive.

The main entree will be provided. If able, please bring a side dish or dessert to be passed around.

At 6pm, we will offer a program featuring FBCJXN members and ministries as well as community partners.

This week’s Lenten discussion is: “A Trip to the Holy Land.” The program will feature a photo tour of the Holy Land by Don Freese, Isolte Beal, and Max Beal. We’ll hear about their trip, what it was like, and what it meant to be able to go.

Ash Wednesday

UPDATE: Due to an impending snow storm, the Ash Wednesday service will be meeting online via a Facebook Live Premiere video at 6pm.


Join us for a night of community worship.

Dinner is available in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:15pm.

Ash Wednesday service will begin at 6pm and will include music, reflection, communion, and the option of receiving the imposition of ashes.

Ash Wednesday’s service is the beginning of our Lenten Series, “There’s Another Way,” with the invitation, “There’s Another Way to be Religious.”

Lenten Dinner: What brought me to FBCJXN?

Join us during Lent for our Lenten Dinners and Discussions. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is available at 5:15pm, but all are welcome to eat as they are able to arrive.

The main entree will be provided. If able, please bring a side dish or dessert to be passed around.

At 6pm, we will offer a program featuring FBCJXN members and ministries as well as community partners.

This week’s Lenten discussion is: “What brought me to FBCJXN?” We’ll talk about what originally brought our panel to the church, but we’ll also be asking what continues to bring them to church. It will be a time to hear about meaningful moments in our church’s past, present, and future.