June 23, 2019

It’s week three of Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus.

As a means to engage further with the Psalms each summer, we have a different artist in our community make a piece each week to be displayed in the foyer. Last week our piece for Psalm 91 was done by Jennie Pitts Tucker. Read more about that here. You can also see and read about all past Christ in the Psalms artwork pieces right here (they go back as far as Psalm 41).

Here’s how you can prepare for this week:

1. Read through our text, Psalm 92.

Psalm 92 celebrates the great, deep works of the Lord, specifically in His distinction between the righteous and the wicked. God’s people are called to respond with joyous worship. Additionally, Psalm 92 is recorded as a “Psalm for the Sabbath.” God intends for our day of rest to be one of worship and contemplation.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

See full blog post here for a playlist of the songs.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 92:1–4, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
Welcome!

It Is Good (Psalm 92) (Joel Limpic)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken, Joshua Moore)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Based on The Worship Sourcebook:

Lord, we are like sheep, and we get lost.
We are like Martha, and we busy ourselves
with technology and various activities,
refusing to rest and sit at your feet.
We forget the needs of our neighbors
and do not love you above all else.
We need a Savior, so we long for Jesus.
Come, fill our lives, Jesus. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 92:12–15

Lord I Need You (Carson, Maher, Nockels, Reeves, Stanfill)
Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Cunningham, Keyes, McCracken, Palmer, Vice, Wardell, Zach)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION:

O Come To The Altar (Brock, Brown, Furtick, Joye)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: ART, MEDIA, & DESIGN

Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)

BENEDICTION

June 16, 2019

This is our second week of Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. Over the last eight years we’ve gone Psalm-by-Psalm, finding ourselves in Psalm 91 this Sunday. But why the Psalms? The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus.

As a means to engage further with the Psalms each summer, we have a different artist in our community make a piece each week to be displayed in the foyer. Last week our piece for Psalm 90 was done by Bruce Butler. Read more about that here. You can also see and read about all past Christ in the Psalms artwork pieces right here (they go back as far as Psalm 41).

As for this Sunday at Park Church, here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Psalm 91.

Psalm 91 promises that God is a shelter for His people in the midst of the storm. He is like a suit of armor in the face of attack. He is like a protective bird who hides His young under the shelter of His wings. These images are meant to be encouraging, yet we and other Christians around us are still facing suffering and difficulties of all kinds where we feel unsheltered, unarmored, and unprotected. How can God say that He will protect His people from evil?

This Psalm brings us into the complexity and comfort of God’s covenant love—a love that is thoroughly secure for all who call on His name.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 62:5–8, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
Welcome!

Rock of Ages (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, arr. Charlie Hall)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 51:1–3, 9–10

Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10

Who You Say I Am (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE

Always (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)

COMMUNION

Psalm 3:1–4 (John Petterson)
The Lion And The Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)

BENEDICTION

June 9, 2019

Every summer at Park Church, we spend 10–12 weeks in the Psalms. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus. This annual series, now in its eighth year, is called Christ in the Psalms. Up to this point we have gone week-by-week through Psalm 89, and you can find each of those sermons here. We are so excited to be back in Christ in the Psalms this weekend with Psalm 90! Here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Psalm 90.

The only Psalm directly attributed to Moses, Psalm 90 gives us a framework for all of life. The psalm begins with grateful worship, reflecting on God’s faithfulness—”Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations… from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” (v.1–2) Moses continues with a startling meditation on the fragility and brevity of life, causing God’s people to say with him, “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (v.12) The psalm closes with an appeal to God for revelations of His power and steadfast love to His people, and for favor on them as they carry out their numbered days working and living.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 90:1–2, 12, 14, 17, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
Welcome!

All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi addl. verse Sovereign Grace Music)
Doxology (Amen) (Bourgeois, Ken, Owens, Wickham addl. verses JD Raab)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Generous God,
You send us the Spirit of courage,
but we have been afraid.
You send us the Spirit of truth,
but we cling to our illusions.
You send us the Spirit of healing,
but we cannot let go of our hurts.
Holy Spirit of forgiveness, come to us again;
shake our hearts,
set our souls on fire with Your love;
send us out into the world
rejoicing in Your power.
We hold out to You
all our particular burdens of guilt and sin,
and we ask for Your help
to live the way of Your justice and love. Amen.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:9–11

Fall Afresh (Jeremy Riddle)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Forever Reign (Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan)
Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Cunningham, Keyes, McCracken, Palmer, Vice, Wardell, Zach)

BENEDICTION

June 2, 2019

It’s week 18 of Exodus at Park Church, ending Part One of the series. As a brief refresher, the book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

Exodus Part Two will begin early this fall, after Christ in the Psalms (our annual summer series, past sermons here) and a three-week series on our mission (also annual, listen here).

This is also the seventh and final Sunday of Eastertide, the season of 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory. These 50 days end next Saturday, June 8, and are followed by Pentecost Sunday on June 9. More on that in next week’s Preparing for Sunday! For now, here’s how to prepare for this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 19:1–25.

At last, the people of Israel arrive in the wilderness around Mount Sinai. This will be the setting of the rest of the book of Exodus, where the Lord will instruct the Israelites about what it means to be the chosen people of His Kingdom. Here, the Lord gives one of the most defining declarations about the identity and purpose of God’s people (19:4-6): He reminds them that the foundation of their identity is His grace in saving them from evil and reconciling them to Himself. Now, they are to trust and obey His voice as His treasured people so that they can mediate and reflect His holiness and glory to all the nations of the earth.

In this defining scene of Israel’s existence, the Lord descended on Mount Sinai with thunder and lightning, smoke and fire, a great trumpet blast, and His holy presence that made the whole mountain tremble. The Lord gave Moses specific instructions to protect the people from His Holy presence as they drew near to the foot of the mountain, and He invited Moses to meet with Him on the mountain where He would give them His Holy Law, teaching them about the way of life in His Kingdom.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Revelation 4:8, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who mourn and long for comfort,
to all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
to all who fail and desire strength;
to all who sin and need a Savior,
to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
and to whoever will come—
this church opens wide her doors
and offers her welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before The Throne of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. The Modern Post)
Come Ye Sinners(Joseph Hart arr. Robbie Seay)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 51:1–2, 10–12

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ezekiel 36:25–26

Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

O Come To The Altar (Brock, Brown, Furtick, and Joye)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)

BENEDICTION

May 26, 2019

This Sunday will be week 17 of Exodus at Park Church. Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

This is also week six in the season of Eastertide, the 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and explore its implications for the redemption of all things. Learn more about Eastertide and see resources for worship and prayer over at The Christian Year, our artistic accompaniment to the church calendar.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday at Park:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 17:8–18:27.

Israel encountered their first battle when Amalek and his people came against them in the wilderness. Here we are introduced to Joshua, whom Moses appointed to lead the army of Israel. Even in battle, the Israelites will learn that the Lord is their strength. When Moses’ raised the staff of God is in the air, the Israelites prevailed, but when his arms grew weary and fell down, Amalek began to prevail. Aaron and Hur, two leaders of Israel, helped hold Moses’ arms in the air so that Joshua and the Israelites could eventually prevail over Amalek in victory.

They built an altar to commemorate the victory and named it, “Yahweh is my Banner.” Then Moses’ father in-law, Jethro, came from Midian bringing Moses’ wife and two sons to join Moses. Jethro advised Moses about how he could delegate aspects of leadership to others among the people who could help him shoulder the burden in a way that would be sustainable throughout their journey through the wilderness.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Zephaniah 3:16–17, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
Welcome!

Mighty to Save (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God(Matt Boswell, Charles Wesley)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Our Father in heaven, we thank You
that You have led us into the light.
We thank You for sending the Savior to call us from death to life. We confess that we were dead in sin before we heard his call,
but when we heard him, like Lazarus, we arose.
But, O Father, the grave clothes bind us still.
Old habits that we cannot throw off,
old customs that are so much a part of our lives
that we are helpless to live the new life that Christ calls us to live.

Give us strength, O Father, to break the bonds;
give us courage to live a new life in You;
give us faith to believe that with your help we cannot fail.
All this we ask in the name of the Savior
who has taught us to come to You. Amen.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:35–39

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

The Lord Is My Banner (Joel Limpic)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)

BENEDICTION

May 19, 2019

It’s our 16th week in the book of Exodus, a book about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

This is also the fifth week of Eastertide, the 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and explore its implications for the redemption of all things. You can learn more and find some resources for Eastertide worship and prayer over at The Christian Year, our artistic accompaniment to the church calendar.

Here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 16:1–17:7.

Several weeks after the miraculous gift of water at Marah, the people resume their faithless grumbling, this time about food. They go as far as to say that it would have been better if they died by the hand of the Lord along with the Egyptians in Egypt than to be killed by hunger in the wilderness.

The Lord again responds to their distrust with miraculous provision, sending quail for meat in the evening, and “bread from heaven” (which they called “manna”) in the morning. He instructs them to gather the food in a way that will teach them about rhythms of work and rest and the nature of His daily provision. This manna would be their daily bread throughout their 40 years in the wilderness. Next they came to a place called Massah and Meribah, where yet again the people begin to fight and complain about a lack of water. Moses, exacerbated by their perpetual distrust and contentious attitude, turned to the Lord to ask Him what he should do. The Lord told Him that He Himself would stand before him and the elders on the rock at Horeb, and that Moses should strike the rock with His staff, and water will flow out of it for the people to drink. Moses trusted the Lord and the Lord provided water for His people.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: John 6:27, 32–35, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
Welcome!

Come Thou Fount (Above All Else) (Shane Barnard, Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From Every Season Prayers by Scotty Smith:

Dear heavenly Father, for calling us to life in Christ,
sealing us with Your Spirit, and making us Your beloved children,
we love and adore You.
Because the Gospel is true, our standing in grace is irreversible;
the riches of our inheritance are incomparable;
the glories of our future are inconceivable.
In gratitude and humility, we confess our sins to You.

We grieve the many expressions of our self-centeredness.
Forgive us for the ease with which we complain and grumble.
Forgive us for overspending on ourselves and under-sharing with others.
Forgive us for being generous with criticism and miserly with forgiveness.
Forgive us for crying “victim” more readily than we cry “Abba.”
Forgive us for preferring control over contrition.
Have mercy on us, Lord; have mercy on me.
In Jesus’ name, we make our prayer.
Amen.

Better (Pat Barrett, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken, Joshua Moore)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 53:4–6

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION

Is He Worthy (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive)
On Christ The Solid Rock (William Batchelder Bradbury and Edward Mote, arr. Austin Stone)

BENEDICTION

May 12, 2019

We’re in our 15th week of Exodus. The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

This is also the fourth week of Eastertide, the 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and explore its implications for the redemption of all things. Learn more and find resources for Eastertide worship and prayer over at The Christian Year.

Lastly, our text this week includes the people of Israel’s celebration in “The Song of Moses.” We’ll share more about that in a second, but first wanted to invite you to Song of Moses, a worship night on Thursday, May 30 where we’ll learn and practice Biblical, physical expressions of worship. Learn more here.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday at Park Church:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 15:1–27.

In response to all they had seen God do, Moses and the people of Israel sang what has been called “The Song of Moses” or “The Song of the Sea.” The song is a beautiful and emotional celebration of the Lord’s victory over their enemies and of the glory of His Kingdom. The Lord is a King who wields His power to judge the evil in His world, to mercifully save His people from evil, and to bring them into a land where He will dwell among them as their Lord and Redeemer.

As beautiful as this song of celebration is, the celebration doesn’t last long. Three days after they crossed the Red Sea, they were in a place called Marah, where the only available water was bitter and undrinkable. Immediately, the people reverted to their faithless grumbling, not believing that the Lord is sufficient to provide for them. Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord provided by making the bitter water sweet. God then calls them to trust in His voice and to obey His words, saying, “I am Yahweh, your Healer.”

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 98:1–3, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
Welcome!

In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Gracious God,
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace
to grow more and more in Your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Your Name Is Good (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 1:3–4

Who You Say I Am (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION

Always (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)
Yes and Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)

BENEDICTION

May 5, 2019

It’s week 14 in the book of Exodus at Park Church. The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

This is also week three of Eastertide, the 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and explore its implications for the redemption of all things. Learn more and find resources for Eastertide worship and prayer over at The Christian Year.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 12:33–14:31.

After the last plague, the Israelites were finally freed from their 430 years of oppression in Egypt: Free from Pharaoh’s tyranny. Free from the pain of their daily burdens. Free from the brutality of their taskmasters. They were finally free.

But there the story takes a surprising turn. The Lord was leading them with a pillar of smoke by day and a pillar of fire by night, but Instead of leading them north around the Red Sea, He led them through the wilderness straight toward the Red Sea. When Pharaoh saw an opportunity to overtake the Israelites who seemed to be pinned between the wilderness and the Red Sea, he took his army out to attempt to defeat them by the sea. When Israel saw the Egyptian army, they assumed the worst and immediately began regretting their trust in Moses and the Lord. But God was preparing them for a powerful display of His power for salvation and judgment. Moses, trusting in the Lord, stretched his hand over the waters of the Red Sea, and the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to pass through on dry land. The Egyptians went in after them, but after the people of Israel came through the Sea, the Lord told Moses to stretch his hand back over the Sea, and the waters swept over the Egyptian Army, drowning them in the sea. The Lord redeemed His people from their slavery through mighty acts, and they feared and trusted in Him.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 77:13–14, 19–20; Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
Welcome!

Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)
Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth addl. verse Joel Limpic, JD Raab)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Lord, bring new life where we are worn and tired,
new love where we have turned hard-hearted,
forgiveness where we feel hurt and where we have wounded,
and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit where we are prisoners of ourselves.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Corinthians 15:54–57

Break Every Chain (Will Reagan arr. Tasha Cobbs Leonard)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

No Condemnation (Anthony Evans, Danielle Munizzi, Martha Munizzi)
No Longer Slaves (Joel Case, Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson)

BENEDICTION

April 28, 2019

We’re back to Exodus for week 13 of the series. As a refresher, the book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

This is also the second week of Eastertide (Easter was week one!). What’s Eastertide? The Worship Sourcebook says it this way: “Because the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration, Easter is only the first of 50 days of Eastertide, the “Great 50 Days” that lead up to Pentecost. This season is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living.” We’re excited to lean into Eastertide a little more heavily this year at Park Church. As a reminder, there are some fun resources for worship and prayer for every church season, including Eastertide, over at The Christian Year.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday at Park:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 12:1–32.

The plagues come to a sobering climax with a tenth plague of severe judgment—the death of all of the firstborn sons in Egypt. The Lord warned Pharaoh that He will come to strike down the firstborn sons in all of the land of Egypt as a judgment against Pharaoh’s evil tyranny, including Pharaoh’s own slaughter of the sons of Israel. Although the justice is severe, God gave a way of deliverance for those who trust in Him: He commanded His people to slaughter a spotless lamb, and to paint the doorposts of their homes with the blood of the lamb, and to prepare to leave Egypt. That night the Lord came to strike down the firstborn sons in Egypt, but when he saw the blood of the passover lamb, he did not allow the destroyer to enter the marked home. The firstborn sons in all of the land of Egypt died that night, but the Israelites were spared.

Finally, in the middle of the night, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and demanded that they and the people of Israel leave Egypt. Right in the midst of this sobering story, the Lord gives the Israelites instructions for the annual Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Passover meal as a commemoration of both the justice of God against human evil and the mercy of God through the substitutionary blood of the passover lamb.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: John 11:25–26, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
Welcome!

Doxology (Amen) (Bourgeois, Ken, Owens, Wickham)
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean Ussher)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of life and new birth,
we confess our own propensity to return to old sinful ways of living
that hurt us and those around us.
This includes ways of living and ways of thinking
that aren’t aligned with You or Your kingdom.
Please forgive us!
We are not our own; we belong to You.

God of glory,
fill Your church with the power
that flows from Christ’s resurrection
so that, in the midst of the sinful world,
it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity,
risen to new life with Christ,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry arr. Charlie Hall, Frontline Music)

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION

Holy Spirit (Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt arr. Jesus Culture)
Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. Citizens & Saints)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: TECHNOLOGY

Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)

BENEDICTION

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

This Sunday is Easter Sunday, where we celebrate the victory of Christ over sin and death at His resurrection. It’s the hopes of the world realized in the completed work of Jesus. Here’s how you can prepare for our exuberant time together!

1. Read through our text, Matthew 28:1–10.

What do we do with the empty tomb? Though the response of the elders of the people was a conspiracy attempt to falsify the resurrection through a lie and a bribe, its historical reality is well-recorded and richly-realized in countless hearts as the Gospel fills the earth through God’s people. We see a clear choice emerge: excuse and reject Jesus’ resurrection or draw near to Him and worship!

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

GREETING, BAPTISMS, & PROCESSIONAL

Roll Away The Stone (Latifah Alattas, David Wilton)
Oh Happy Day (Philip Doddridge, Edwin Hawkins)
Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristen Stanfill)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Matthew 28:1–6, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
To all who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
And to whomever will come:
This church opens wide her doors
wand offers her welcome in the name of Jesus Christ

Doxology (Amen) (Bourgeois, Ken, Owens, Wickham)
Up From The Grave He Arose (Robert Lowry arr. The Christian Year)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Jesus, You said, “I am the resurrection and life,” and yet we constantly live as if life could be found apart from You. The brokenness we find in ourselves and in the world around us reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. Only You have the words of life. Only You can resurrect our dead hearts and lives. Please forgive our sin and waywardness that leads only to death, and guide us in the way everlasting. In Your powerful name, amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 2:4–7

Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

SERMON

Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION