March 29, 2020

If you’ve been reading Preparing for Sunday for any amount of time, you’ll notice that it’s a little simpler now than it used to be! After moving our Sunday Worship online for families and smaller groups of people to walk through together, what used to be available on Thursdays in Preparing for Sunday has been enhanced and has now become the bulk of what people access to use on Sundays.

The new, temporary focus of Preparing for Sunday is preparing people who are preparing to lead their family or small group of people in their localized, home services. You may not think that’s you at first, but the “Church Scattered” requires many more people to take up the responsibility to lead their families or groups in worship. You may choose to prayerfully consider that role.

In summary, Preparing for Sunday has been simplified to a list of our three-ish songs (now including chords and lyrics downloads) and the main passage we’ll study. For those who would like to prepare in advance for reading Scripture to your group or leading them in this week’s music, here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:

Read through our text, Matthew 5:1–12.

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Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Practice singing or playing through our songs:

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CALL TO WORSHIP

Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart arr. Robbie Seay)

PASSING THE PEACE, SCRIPTURE READING, SERMON VIDEO, PRAYER, & COMMUNION

Doxology (A Cappella) (Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Ken)

BENEDICTION

March 22, 2020

If you’ve been reading Preparing for Sunday for any amount of time, this new version of our weekly post may look a lot different to you. Suspending our weekly gatherings has caused numerous shifts in how we do ministry at Park Church, and amongst the biggest changes has been moving our services online for families and smaller groups of people to walk through together. For this reason, what used to be available on Thursdays in Preparing for Sunday has now become the bulk of what people will access to use on Sundays for worship together (though we’ve improved that as a resource).

The new, temporary focus of Preparing for Sunday is this: preparing people who are preparing to lead their family or small group of people in their localized, home services. If you’re thinking, “That’s not me!”, don’t click unsubscribe just yet! The Church Scattered requires many more people to take up the responsibility to lead their families and/or groups. You may consider dedicating a little time to pray about that if you haven’t already.

Preparing for Sunday has been simplified to a list of three-ish songs and the main passage we’ll study. It’s really simple, but by moving the rest of the service content to Sunday’s larger post that includes the sermon video, we also hope to emphasize the corporate nature of the service and have groups and families enjoy those things together. So, for those who would like to prepare in advance for reading Scripture to your group or leading them in this week’s music, here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:

Read through our text, Isaiah 9:1–7.

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But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time He brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time He has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
You have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of His burden,
and the staff for His shoulder,
the rod of His oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Practice singing or playing through our songs:

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CALL TO WORSHIP

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Matt Boswell, Charles Wesley) / Psalm 32:7 (Mark Wilkins)
Cornerstone (Bradbury, Liljero, Morgan, Mote, Myrin)

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

PASSING THE PEACE, SCRIPTURE READING, SERMON VIDEO, PRAYER, & COMMUNION

Doxology (A Cappella) (Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Ken)

BENEDICTION

March 15, 2020

Instead of our previously-planned service with Isaiah 9:1–7 and Matthew 4, we’ll be in Psalm 46 this week. Here’s the content of our service:

1. Read our text, Psalm 46.

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

In addition to or instead of Spotify, you can also click the title of each song below to see a video (with lyrics if available).

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:8–13, Greeting:

To those who feel the goodness and mercy of God today,
and to those who don’t;
to those who love His Kingship and Kingdom,
and to those who struggle to believe in Him or surrender to Him,
may we all hear and respond to the voice of Jesus the King, calling us today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Rejoice The Lord Is King (Joel Limpic, Charles Wesley)
This Is My Father’s World (Maltbie Davenport Babcock arr. Gungor)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Merciful God,
in Your gracious presence
we confess our sin and the sin of this world.
Although Christ is among us as our peace,
we are a people divided against ourselves
as we cling to the values of a broken world.
The profit and pleasures we pursue
lay waste the land and pollute the seas.
The fears and jealousies that we harbor
set neighbor against neighbor
and nation against nation.
We abuse Your good gifts of imagination and freedom,
of intellect and reason,
and turn them into bonds of oppression.
Lord, have mercy upon us;
heal and forgive us.
Set us free to serve You in the world
as agents of Your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 53:4–5

Way Maker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

All Hail King Jesus (Gretzinger, Jackson, Mattis, Riddle)
King Of Kings (Jason Ingram, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION

March 8, 2020

This is the seventh week of our series in Matthew. In the scope of the whole book (and our greater, three-part series), this week marks the end of the introduction to the story (Matthew 1:1–4:11) and the beginning of the first grand section (Matthew 4:12–7:29), which we’ve titled “The Upside Down Kingdom”. This week we see Jesus begin to invite people into His kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.

As a reminder, the Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life. As we continue to engage with this book this Sunday, here’s how you can prepare your heart in advance:

1. Read our text, Matthew 4:12–25.

This story marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and introduces us to the core message of Jesus: “Turn to me, The Kingdom of Heaven is here.” Jesus is announcing to the world that He is God’s chosen King, and He has come to establish God’s reign on Earth as it is in Heaven. The message is profound, and it demands a response. Either people will believe that He is the King and turn to Him, or they will reject Him as King and continue going their own way. In the story, we see the powerful transformation that is experienced by those who believe His message and follow Him. The arrival of Jesus and His Kingdom is good news for the world, and His invitation continues to extend today through His people to all nations and all generations, “Follow me.”

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Joel 2:12–13, Greeting:

To those who feel half-hearted
and to those whose hearts are full;
To those who sin and need a Savior
And to those who wonder if God is really good.
May we together hear the gracious and merciful voice of Jesus
calling out to us today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
You Keep On Getting Better (Dante Bowe, Jonathan Jay, Majesty Rose)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Book of Common Prayer:

Most merciful God
whose Son, Jesus Christ, was tempted in every way, yet was without sin,
we confess before You our own sinfulness;
we have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
we have compromised with evil;
we have doubted Your power to protect us.
Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness.
Restore in us such trust and love that we may walk in Your ways
and delight in doing Your will. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 55:1–3

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

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Jesus, Strong And Kind (Buchanan, Farren, Robinson, Thompson)
Revive Us Again (Hall, Husband, Mackay, Ragland) / Sometimes By Step (Rich Mullens, David (Beaker) Strasser)

BENEDICTION

March 1, 2020

It’s week six for us in the book of Matthew, where we’ll look at Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness.

Why Matthew though? The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read our text, Matthew 4:1–11.

When Jesus came up from the waters of baptism, the Spirit of God came upon Him and God’s Fatherly love and approval was declared over Him. Immediately after this, the very same Spirit of God led Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The Bible affirms in many places the presence of rebellious spiritual beings who, through various schemes, tempt humanity to turn away from God. The first example of this is in the Garden of Eden, when the first humans were tempted by the devil to turn away from God and to follow a different path to abundant life. The consequences for humanity and for the world were devastating. Since that moment, the world has been waiting for someone to defeat the evil one, reconcile humanity to God, and restore the world. This scene in Matthew 4 is the story of Jesus’ showdown with the devil. In the face of temptation, Jesus was victorious where everyone else had failed, and His victory offers hope for all who follow Him.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 63:1–7, Greeting:

To those in plenty and those in need,
To those who know that the love of God that is better than life,
and to those who feel as though you’re in a dry and weary land,
May Jesus satisfy each one of us as we accept His gracious invitation together:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Better (Joseph Pat Barrett, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin)
Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. The Modern Post)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God,
whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan;
come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations;
and, as You know the weaknesses of each of us,
let each one find You mighty to save;
through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:21–25

I Am Loved (Jonathan Smith, Jason Ingram, Mack Brock)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

He Will Hold Me Fast (Ada R. Habershon)
Lord I Need You (Carson, Maher, Nockels, Reeves, Stanfill)

BENEDICTION

February 23, 2020

We’re in week five of Matthew, introducing John the Baptist and covering the baptism of Jesus—His journey “through the waters.”

Why are we in Matthew? The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Matthew 3:1–17.

“Prepare the road, clear out the obstacles, the King is coming back!” This was the cry of John the Baptist. Many in Israel had turned from the heart of God. The people were busy building religious systems and social structures that were distorting God’s instructions, harming God’s people, and tarnishing God’s name in the world. John’s mission was to prepare them for the return of the King. He called them to turn back to God and to experience washing and renewal through baptism in the Jordan River. Through this baptism, John was calling the people to remember the Exodus when God brought them out of slavery, through the waters, and into the promised land.

So when Jesus comes on the scene asking to be baptized by John, He’s not trying to obey some arbitrary law. He is leading a new people into a new Kingdom through a new work of liberation. It’s like a whole new Exodus. In the baptism of Jesus, God declares “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” This declaration of Fatherly love would encompass all who follow Jesus with repentance and faith.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 40:3–5, Greeting:

To those who feel unprepared and scattered,
to those who feel on top of the world,
to those who don’t feel spiritual enough,
and to those who can’t see a way forward—
may you hear and respond to Jesus’ kind invitation today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Prepare The Way ( Louie Giglio, Charlie Hall)
Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith) / Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
longs to gather us in the wide embrace of His love,
we confess that we have been wayward children.
We have disobeyed Your commands;
our ears have been deaf to Your call;
our hearts have been cold to Your love.
In thought, in word, and in deed,
we have hurt others and dishonored Your name.
In Your great mercy receive us yet again
as Your well-beloved children,
not because we are worthy but for the sake of Him
who loved us and gave Himself for us. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 3:18a

Way Maker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

I Am Loved (Jonathan Smith, Jason Ingram, Mack Brock) / Through and Through (Will Reagan)
Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. Citizens & Saints)

BENEDICTION

February 16, 2020

This week is our fourth in the book of Matthew, looking at the flight to Egypt and tragedy in Bethlehem.

The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Matthew 2:13–23.

Any loving parent would want their children to experience some semblance of peace and stability in their early years. For Mary and Joseph and their new baby, this was not a possibility. After the drama caused by an unusual pregnancy and the inconvenience of an untimely move to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were confronted with terrifying news. Herod, the king over Judea, was seeking to find and destroy their newborn baby, and they would need to flee the country as refugees. Matthew tells of their flight to Egypt and of the tragedy to follow in a way that honors the darkness of the event and the devastation it caused while also pointing to the providence of God and the hope that this Child would bring to the broken world.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 46:8–11, Greeting:

To those who are busy and scattered,
To those who sense the weight of the brokenness of our world and long for the peace of God,
To all who are oppressed,
and to those who are not quite at home in this world,
May we all together accept this kind invitation from Jesus:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth arr. Citizens; addl. verse Joel Limpic, JD Raab)
In Tenderness (Garvey, Gordon, Walton arr. Citizens)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Valley of Vision:

Thou blessed Spirit, Author of all grace and comfort,
Come, work repentance in my soul;
Represent sin to me in its odious colors that I may hate it;
Show me my ruined self and the help there is in Thee;
Teach me to behold my Creator,
His ability to save,
His arms outstretched,
His heart big for me.

May I confide in His power and love,
commit my soul to Him without reserve,
bear His image, observe His laws, pursue His service,
and be through time and eternity
a monument to the efficacy of His grace,
a trophy of His victory.

Make me willing to be saved in His way,
perceiving nothing in myself, but all in Jesus.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 103:8, 13

Way Maker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Refugee King (Away From The Manger) (Benedict, Reagan, Ruth, Scheer, Vice)
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean Ussher)

BENEDICTION

February 9, 2020

We’re in week three of Matthew, covering the visit of the Magi.

The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Matthew 2:1–12.

The story of the wise men from the East is familiar to many, but it’s possible that our understanding of the story is based more on nativity scenes and Christmas plays than on the actual story that Matthew tells. For one thing, there is no mention of the number of wise men that have come. Nor is it likely that Jesus and Mary were still in the manger in Bethlehem. In fact it’s likely that Jesus had been born for at least one month when the wise men arrived, and that Mary and Joseph had found some place to make their home in Bethlehem. Nevertheless, the story is remarkable, and its significance is profound. The wise men were likely eastern astrologers who had studied the skies and believed that the unusual things they were noticing above corresponded to something remarkable happening on earth. The foreign Magi show the appropriate response to the newborn King, while the people of Jerusalem are troubled by this potential threat to their own systems of power. The story highlights that the reign of Jesus will spread far beyond Israel and that worshippers of Jesus will not always be who you might expect.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 4:6–8, Greeting:

To those whose days feel bright and cloudless,
to those who feel like darkness is their only friend,
to those who walked in this morning with exceeding joy,
and those who walked in with unbearable grief,
may you all hear the kind voice of Jesus crying out to you today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Joy (Pat Barrett, Tony Brown arr. VaShawn Mitchell) / Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ludwig van Beethoven, Edward Hodges, and Henry Van Dyke)
God With Us (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

O God, our guide,
who once used a star to lead people to Christ,
we confess our poor sense of direction.
We let ourselves become confused, we are easily distracted,
and so we lose our way.
We fail to follow the signs You provide.
Forgive our waywardness, O God.
Lead us to the Christ so that we may follow His way to You. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: John 1:9, 12

King of Kings (Jason Ingram, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Jesus We Love You (Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure)
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa) / Venid Fieles Todos (John Francis Wade, Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars)

BENEDICTION

February 2, 2020

This will be week two of Matthew, where we’ll discuss the birth of Jesus Christ. The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus, presenting Jesus not as a mere historical figure, but as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of life.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Matthew 1:18–24.

The word for “birth” in the first line of this section is the same word used in the opening line of the gospel, “genesis”, which means “beginning” or “origin.” The first few stories that Matthew includes in his gospel are designed to help us understand Jesus’ origin story—who He is, where He came from, and why He is particularly suited for His mission. This origin story in particular is full of miraculous events, dramatic controversy, and astonishing promises.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Matthew 1:21–23, Greeting:

To those in darkness who need a shining light,
To those in fear who need a strong hand,
To those who sin who need a rescuing Savior,
To those in anxiety who need a comforting voice,
May you hear the voice of Jesus crying out to you today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. The Modern Post)
Come Thou Fount (Advent) (Luke Brawner, Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Adapted from Every Season Prayers by Scotty Smith:

Dear heavenly Father, we rejoice in the gift of your Son, Jesus—
Immanuel, God with us and God for us.
Even as we trust in His finished work, we long for the fullness of Jesus’ kingdom.

Until that day, grant us power to grow in the love of Christ.
For we are weak, and foolishly prone to look to people,
places and things to fill us up. Grant us grace to mature in the likeness of Jesus.
For we are broken, and we cannot change our hearts, left to our own resources.
Grant us joy in living to the praise of Your glory.
For we are deceived, and we spend too much energy living for comfort and the approval of people.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on me.
In Jesus’ loving and trustworthy name we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Titus 3:4–6

Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart arr. Robbie Seay)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

God With Us (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)
Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristen Stanfill arr. James Lepine)

BENEDICTION

January 26, 2020

This week we begin a three-part series in the book of Matthew, taking us through much of the next year and a half.

The Gospel According to Matthew is one of the earliest biographies of Jesus. What makes this kind of biography unique is that it isn’t presenting Jesus as a mere historical figure. Matthew’s biography is written as “good news” for the world that should reshape every part of our lives.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Matthew 1:1–17.

Often, writers will take a little time before they get into the deep end of their subject matter. Not so for Matthew. The first line of the story (and of the New Testament!) gets right to the heart of the Gospel. It could be translated, “The book of the genesis of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, the son of Abraham.” He’s saying that this story is about what God is doing to bring about the new creation, to restore the world, and it’s all happening through Jesus.

He says that Jesus is fulfilling the promises made to King David and to Abraham: that one of their descendants would establish God’s reign on earth and bring God’s presence and blessing to all nations. In other words, Jesus is the Promised One for whom Israel and all creation has been longing.

On the surface, the genealogy may feel mundane, but it’s loaded with powerful and surprising themes that will be present throughout the gospel: the brokenness of the nation of Israel, the dignity that Jesus shows to the socially marginalized, and the sovereign wisdom of God in bringing all of His promises to fulfillment through Jesus, the Son of Man and the Son of God.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Hebrews 1:1–2, Greeting:

Father, so many voices are competing for our attention
and so many loves are seeking our allegiance.
Even now, by the power of Your Spirit, quiet our restless hearts.
Help us to hear the voice of Your Son inviting us today:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Here For You (Maher, Redman, Reeves, Wanstall)
Stand In Your Love (Baldwin, Harris, Hulse, Springer)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From Thou, Dear God… by Martin Luther King, Jr.:

O thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being. We humbly confess that we have not loved Thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive, we love our friends and hate our enemies, we go the first mile but dare not travel the second, we forgive but dare not forget. And so as we look within ourselves we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against Thee. But Thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know Thy will. Give us the courage to do Thy will. Give us the devotion to love Thy will. In the name and spirit of Jesus we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 2 Corinthians 1:20–22

What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Way Maker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)
Yes And Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)

BENEDICTION