December 8, 2019

We’re in our second week of Advent. Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas where we celebrate the fulfilled promise of the first coming of Jesus and heighten our anticipation for His second coming, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away.

See our resources for Advent prayer and fasting here, and explore our artistic accompaniment to the season over at The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Luke 2:36–38.

As we continue our journey through the Advent season, we’ll be looking at the prophetess Anna and her deep hunger for God.

This week, we’re also considering her practice of fasting. In a culture of instant gratification, short-sighted pleasure, and self-indulgence, fasting is a powerful way to remind ourselves that God is the ultimate source of satisfaction. It is a way to pray with our bodies for a deeper hunger for God.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Jeremiah 23:5–6, The Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic (“universal”) church;
the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Rowland Hugh Prichard, Charles Wesley addl. verse Luke Brawner)
Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive arr. Shane & Shane)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Weight Of Glory by C.S. Lewis

Mighty God,
we confess that we are far too easily pleased.
Truth be told, we are half-hearted creatures,
fooling about with your gifts and forgetting You, the Gift-giver.
Forgive us for our short-sightedness and negligence.
Help us see our desires for You are not too strong, but too weak.

Open our eyes to see Your great worth!
Open our mouths to taste Your goodness!
Open our hearts to experience You afresh this season of Advent.
May we count everything as loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus.
Remind us today of our singular need for You.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 40:9–11

Lord I Need You (Carson, Maher, Nockels, Reeves, Stanfill) / You Keep On Getting Better (Dante Bowe, Jonathan Jay, Majesty Rose)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE

All Who Are Thirsty (Brenton Brown, Glenn Robertson)

COMMUNION

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (William J. Kirkpatrick, Louisa M. R. Stead arr. Page CXVI)
King of Kings (Jason Ingram, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION

December 1, 2019

It’s the first Sunday of Advent! Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas where we celebrate the fulfilled promise of the first coming of Jesus and heighten our anticipation for His second coming, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away.

See our resources for Advent prayer and fasting here, and explore our artistic accompaniment to the season over at The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Luke 2:22–32.

This year, we’ll be looking at the life, practices, and longings of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2. We hope to learn from their affections and longings for all they can teach us in this season.


In Luke 2:22–32, Simeon meets Jesus when Mary and Joseph bring Him to the temple to offer the customary sacrifice for their firstborn son. Simeon had been waiting for this day, and blesses God while holding the long-awaited Christ in his arms.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 25:6–9, The Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic (“universal”) church;
the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

Joy To The World (Joyful, Joyful) (George Frideric Handel, Isaac Watts, Phil Wickham)
Rejoice The Lord Is King (Joel Limpic, Charles Wesley)

CONFESSION OF SIN

Wonderful Counselor, we confess that, like Martha, our hearts are often far too busy and frenetic
to actually slow down and listen in this season. We seek comfort and counsel from things that can’t truly comfort or counsel us into life—greed, lust, distractions, and shiny things come knocking, creeping into our hearts to take up residence. For these things, we say “forgive us!”

Lead us to join Mary at Your feet in this season.
To know that material things can never satisfy us.
To treasure Your presence before we ask for things.
To listen for Your still, small voice before we speak.
To prepare a way in our hearts for a visitation from You.
To be still and know that You are God.
To long for You as the one thing that is needed most in this season,
knowing this one thing will never be taken from us.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 9:6–7

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Rowland Hugh Prichard, Charles Wesley addl. verses Mark E. Hunt) / Not In A Hurry (Michael Ketterer, Will Reagan)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE

All Who Are Thirsty (Brenton Brown, Glenn Robertson)

COMMUNION

All Things New (Horatius Bonar, Clint Wells)
King of Kings (Jason Ingram, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION

November 24, 2019

This is our last week in the book of Exodus, ending the series we first began in January. Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 40:1–38.

After the people of Israel had faithfully constructed all of the furnishings of the tabernacle, the Lord spoke to Moses again instructing him on how they were to set up and consecrate the tabernacle in preparation for His coming. After everything was prepared and the priests were consecrated, the people of Israel were finally ready to experience the arrival of God’s holy presence. As they watched, the cloud that had represented the presence of God covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. The Lord, who had rescued His people from bondage, had now made His home among them, and He would be with them throughout their wilderness journey until they finally reached their promised home.

In the same way, after Jesus had cleansed His people from their sin through His death and resurrection, He made a promise to His people—that He would send His Spirit to dwell in them, and that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age.


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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Exodus 34:34–38, 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!

Doxology (Amen) (Bourgeois, Ken, Owens, Wickham addl. verses JD Raab)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken, Joshua Moore)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Almighty God,
who sent the promised power of the Holy Spirit
to fill disciples with willing faith:
We confess that we resist the force of your Spirit among us,
that we are slow to serve you
and reluctant to spread the good news of your love.
God, have mercy on us.
Forgive our divisions
and by your Spirit draw us together.
Inflame us with a desire to do your will
and be your faithful people
for the sake of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Acts 4:11–12

What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood) / Break Every Chain (Will Reagan arr. Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
Refugee King (Away From The Manger) (Benedict, Reagan, Ruth, Scheer, Vice)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

What A Friend (Josh Garrels, Jay Kirkpatrick)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: Government & Politics

We Labor Unto Glory (Craig Harris, Isaac Wardell)

BENEDICTION

November 17, 2019

It’s our eleventh week in the book of Exodus—next week will be our last! The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. We’re in Part Two of this series. You can always go back and listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here!

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 35:1–39:43.

After the Lord showed incredible mercy and renewed His covenant with Israel, the people begin to carry out His instructions to build the tabernacle. First Moses gathered the people, calling them to make generous contributions to supply the materials for the tabernacle, and commissioning them to use their God-given skills and energy to construct the various elements of the tabernacle. The Spirit of God moved in their hearts in remarkable ways. The whole community was stewarding their material resources, their God-given skills, and Spirit-empowered abilities to accomplish this work together. The generosity was so great that Moses eventually had to stop them from giving more. The people responded to God’s mercy with faithful obedience, generosity, and worship, and they built the tabernacle according to God’s design.

The tabernacle, like the temple, was not merely a place for priests to make sacrifices. It was the place where people could come to engage with the presence of God and where God would radiate His presence to the world. When the Messiah would come, He would embody the tabernacle as the personal presence of God on earth and the radiance of His glory. Then, after His death and resurrection, He would fill His people with His Holy Spirit, calling on us to generously contribute our resources, skills, and spiritual gifts in order to spread the glory of His presence across the face of the earth.


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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 62:5–7, 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!

On Christ The Solid Rock (William Batchelder Bradbury and Edward Mote, arr. Austin Stone)
Better (Pat Barrett, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin)

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

Our Holy Father, we confess the weakness and sinfulness of our lives. We have often turned away from thee to seek our own desires. And often when we have done no evil, we have undertaken nothing of good, and so have been guilty of uselessness and neglect. From this sin of idleness and indifference set us free. Lead us into fruitful effort, and deliver us from profitless lives. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 5:6–8

Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristen Stanfill) / Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Fall Afresh (Jeremy Riddle)
Great Are You Lord (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard)

BENEDICTION

November 10, 2019

We’re in week 10 of Exodus at Park Church. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. We’re in Part Two of this series. You can always go back and listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here!

Including this Sunday, there are only three weeks left of Exodus before the series ends and we move into Advent. But here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 33:1–34:35.

After the devastating incident with the golden calf, the Lord tells Moses that He will not continue to dwell among the people of Israel due to their perpetual sin. This was a disastrous word for the people of Israel, and yet again Moses interceded for the people, and pleaded to God for mercy. The passage says that Moses prayed to God in the tent of meeting and the Lord spoke to Moses “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” At this point in Moses’ life, he had become desperate for God’s continued presence. He begged the Lord to continue with them on their journey to the promised land, and the Lord graciously promised that He would do exactly what Moses had asked.

Encouraged by God’s willingness to grant his requests, Moses takes this desire to be with God to another level, praying, “Please show me Your glory.” Yet again, the Lord was willing to accommodate this request, at least in part. The Lord passed by Moses, allowing Moses to have a partial glimpse of His glory, and revealing His character as a God who is marked by unfathomable mercy, grace, patience, love, faithfulness, and forgiveness, and yet, mysteriously, is committed to absolute justice and righteous judgment. He immediately demonstrates this character to Israel by renewing His covenant with them, promising to bless them with His presence and to fulfill His purposes to spread the knowledge of His glory through them.

This section leaves the reader wondering how the mercy and grace of God can be reconciled with His holy justice. This mystery would ultimately be resolved through the arrival of One who was better than Moses, whose life would radiate God’s glory perfectly, and whose sacrificial death would bring a reconciliation of God’s love and justice.


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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Exodus 33:18–21, 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!

Our Great God (Fernando Ortega, Mac Powell)
I Will Exalt (Amanda Cook)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

There are many times we think we love You well, O God.
But upon hearing Your call to love You with all our heart,
and all our mind, and all our strength,
we confess that our love for You is a diluted love,
made insipid and flat by lesser loyalties and a divided heart.
Our love seems pure only for brief moments;
soon our affections are drawn away.
How easily our devotion dies.
Forgive us;
in deep mercy spare us, despite our lost love for You;
in grace rekindle our love for You
in seeing anew Jesus’ love for us. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Galatians 4:4–7

No Longer Slaves (Joel Case, Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, BAPTISMS & COMMUNION

Here Is Love (William Edwards, Robert S. Lowry, William Rees arr. Matt Redman)
Be Thou My Vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Reuben Kendall, arr. Ascend The Hill)

BENEDICTION

November 3, 2019

We’re in week nine of Exodus at Park Church. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. We’re in Part Two of this series. You can always go back and listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here!

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 32.

While Moses was with the Lord on Mount Sinai for 40 days, the people of Israel were growing impatient at the base of the mountain. The people had seen the Lord’s power to redeem; they had heard His voice from the mountain; they had committed to obeying His instructions. But when their journey didn’t proceed according to their desires, they immediately turned from Him. They demanded that Aaron make them a god that they could worship in place of the Lord, and he readily accommodated. He made them a golden calf, and they declared to one another “these are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” And they worshipped and made sacrifices to the golden calf, breaking the covenant by disobeying the first two commandments.

The Lord’s wrath burned against the people for their blatant disregard for His redeeming mercy and rejection of His good reign over them. He told Moses that he intended to consume them because of their sin and that He would accomplish His plan to build a great nation through Moses instead. Although God’s intention to wipe Israel out would have been entirely just, Moses interceded for the people, pleading for God to show mercy. His powerful plea for mercy was not merely for the sake of the people, but for the sake of God’s own reputation among the nations and for the sake of His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of, but the people would experience judgment through Moses and through another devastating plague. Here we see that the ability to follow God’s instructions will require a transformation of the heart and that mercy for the unfaithful comes through the intercession of a Faithful One.


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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 105:1–4, 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!

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth addl. verse Joel Limpic, JD Raab)
Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From Every Season Prayers by Scotty Smith

Dear heavenly Father, we come into your presence this morning only because your mercies are new every morning. We stand before you in this place only because we stand firmly in your grace. We dare call you Abba Father only because you have made us your beloved sons and daughters. We freely confess our sins to you only because you fully gave Jesus for us.

For the ways we loved poorly this past week—in our families, at our vocations, and among our neighbors, forgive us. From the foolish idols to which we cling, the broken cisterns from which we drink, and the false lovers to which we turn, free us. For not believing Jesus is enough and your grace is sufficient, and for not trusting you to be really sovereign and really good, have mercy on us. Our hope rests alone in Jesus’ finished work and your steadfast love. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: John 10:10

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

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE

Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)

COMMUNION

Better (Pat Barrett, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

October 27, 2019

This is our eighth week in the book of Exodus this fall. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. As a reminder, we’re in Part Two of this series. You can always go back and listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here!

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday, titled Instructions for Sacrifice:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 29:1–46.

The priests were not allowed to approach the holy presence of God casually. As humans who had themselves rebelled against God, they were marked by impurity and would require cleansing and atonement. Exodus 29 gives instructions for a consecration ceremony through which the priests could be made ritually pure. The rituals of the consecration ceremony may seem bizarre or even barbaric to modern readers, but they carried profound meaning in their historical context.

The rituals prescribed here for the priests would also preview the rituals that the priests would eventually be instructed to perform for all the people. The ceremony would include rituals of preparation where the priests would be washed with water to represent their need for cleansing and anointed with oil to represent their need for God’s power and presence. Then a bull and two rams would be sacrificed, each having its own purpose. The bull was a “sin offering,” and its blood would be poured on the altar to purify it for its use in the temple. The first ram was a “burnt offering” that would atone for the sins of the priests. The second ram was “a ram of ordination,” and its blood was used to purify the priests and to set them apart for their service in the temple. In all their details, the rituals demonstrate the fact that for sinful people to be in a covenant relationship with a Holy God, the people will need a means of atonement and that atonement would come through the sacrifice of an Innocent Other.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 99:1–3, 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,
Welcome!

Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith)
The Stand (Joel Houston)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Heavenly Father,
Jesus taught us that He came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it.
We confess that we would often prefer
A world without the Law,
Yet You have given us the Law and its perfect keeper, Jesus.
We confess that it’s easy to see You
Either as cold, demanding, and hard to please,
Or as merely annoyed by our sin against You,
When truly You are both utterly holy and utterly merciful.
Turn our eyes not away from Your demands,
Your holiness, or the weight of our sin,
But to Jesus and to His righteousness
in light of these things.
Give us eyes to see Your love, Father,
And the love of Jesus who is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 5:8–10

Jesus What A Savior (Kirby Kaple) / Psalm 32:6–7 (Mark Wilkins)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE &COMMUNION

It Is Finished—Part II (Hark, The Voice Of Love And Mercy) (Jonathan Evans, William Owen)
Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry)

BENEDICTION

October 20, 2019

We’re in our seventh week of Exodus this fall at Park Church. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. As a reminder, we’re in Part Two of this series. You can always go back and listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday, titled Instructions for the Priesthood:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 28:1–30:38.

Right in the midst of the instructions about the design of the tabernacle and its furnishings, the Lord gives specific instructions about the priesthood. The book of Leviticus will elaborate on the priestly responsibilities and rituals, but here in Exodus, the instructions focus on the creation of the priestly garments and the ceremony where the priests would be consecrated to serve the Lord and represent the people in the tabernacle.

The Lord chose Aaron, the brother of Moses, and his sons to serve as Israel’s first priests. The elaborate design and the holy appearance of the priestly garments serve to highlight the holiness, the glory, and the beauty of Aaron’s responsibility to enter into the presence of the Lord on behalf of the 12 tribes of Israel.

The consecration ceremony was designed to ordain Aaron and his sons for their priestly office. They were washed with water to represent their need for cleansing and anointed with oil to represent their need for God’s power for the priestly duties in the tabernacle.


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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 16:8–11, 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!

Walk Among Us (Joel Limpic)
King of Kings (Jason Ingram, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Holy and merciful God,
in Your presence we confess
our sinfulness, our shortcomings,
and our offenses against You.
You alone know how often we have sinned
in wandering from Your ways,
in wasting Your gifts,
in forgetting Your love.
Have mercy on us, O Lord,
for we are ashamed and sorry
for all we have done to displease You.
Forgive our sins,
and help us to live in Your light
and walk in Your ways,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Hebrews 9:11–14

Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. Shane & Shane) / Break Every Chain (Will Reagan)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE

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

COMMUNION

To Him Who Loves Us (Sean Brage)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: NON-PROFITS

All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. Kings (MHM))

BENEDICTION

October 13, 2019

It’s week six of Exodus at Park Church. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. We’re in Part Two of this series, and you can listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here.

Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday, Instructions for the Tabernacle:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 25:1–27:21; Exodus 30:1–31:11.

After the covenant ceremony in chapter 24, The Lord gives Israel seven chapters of detailed instructions for building the tabernacle. The tabernacle is essentially a portable temple, and a temple represents the sacred space where God’s presence dwells among His people—it is a place where heaven and earth meet. For Israel’s journey through the wilderness, the mobility of this sacred space is significant because it shows that God will be with them throughout their complicated journey.

Detailed instructions are given for the measurements and materials of the tabernacle. The instructions designate three different areas. First there was an outer courtyard around the tabernacle. Then the tabernacle itself would be divided into two rooms by a pair of large curtains. The first room was called the Holy Place which housed the table of showbread, the golden lampstand, and the altar of incense. Through the curtains was the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary where the Ark of the Covenant sat as the footstool of God’s heavenly throne.

The dimensions, materials, furnishings, and decor of the temple symbolically point to the Garden of Eden, the prototypical paradise where God dwelt among His people (see Genesis 2:9; 3:8). This tabernacle represents a new—though incomplete—place of God’s presence with His people. Even in its incompleteness, the tabernacle points forward to the time when the God Himself would come and make His home among us in order to redeem humanity, and lead His people to the joy of the new creation. In the new creation, heaven and earth will be one, God will dwell with His people in paradise, and the glory of the Lord will fill the earth like the waters cover the sea.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 27:1, 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!

Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson, John Wyeth arr. Charlie Hall)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Book Of Common Prayer:

Almighty God,
to You all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from You no secrets are hid.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love You
and worthily magnify Your holy name,
through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Based on Revelation 5:5; 9–10:

Do not weep!
See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
With His blood He has purchased people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
He has made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.

Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive arr. Shane & Shane) / O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Sampson, Hastings, Ussher, Equipo de Traducción de Hillsong)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE

Walk Among Us (Joel Limpic)

COMMUNION

Holy Spirit (Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt arr. Jesus Culture) / Not In A Hurry (Michael Ketterer, Will Reagan)
Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Cunningham, Keyes, McCracken, Palmer, Vice, Wardell, Zach)

BENEDICTION

October 6, 2019

It’s week five of Exodus at Park Church. The book of Exodus is about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world. We’re in Part Two of this series, and you can listen to sermons from Exodus Part One starting here.

Last week in Preparing for Sunday, we published a couple of things in error. First, we gave you the Scripture from the previous week, Exodus 21:1–23:9, in the email. By now you’ve probably realized that was supposed to be Exodus 23:10–17; 31:12–18. Second, last week we also gave you the title and intro for this week’s message, Instructions for Holiness. That was supposed to be Instructions for Freedom, Rest, & Celebration. We made that as confusing as possible. But now that we’re up to speed—here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday, which is actually called Instructions for Holiness:

1. Read through our text, 23:20-24:18.

One of the key themes of the Mosaic Law is holiness. In the Law, the Holy God of Israel calls His people to conform their lives to His holiness. The word “holiness” has varying connotations for different people, but in the Bible it primarily refers to something’s “uniqueness” or “distinctiveness.” As the people live according the Lord’s instructions, they will be set apart from the other nations and set apart to the Lord. If they obey His instruction, they will be a holy nation, His treasured people who represent and spread His glory and righteousness to the world. However, three things will threaten their holiness: 1. Their own internal disposition to turn away from God; 2. Their own fear of the surrounding nations; and 3. Temptations from spiritual powers of darkness. The people of God are called to resist these threats, to draw near to God, and to trust in His word so that they will enjoy the blessings of life in His presence.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 99:1–5, 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!

Holy, Holy, Holy (Reginald Heber, John Bacchus Dykes)
In Tenderness (Garvey, Gordon, Walton)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Almighty and merciful God,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much
the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against your holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent,
according to your promises declared to the world
in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
And grant, O merciful God, for his sake,
that we may live a holy, just, and humble life
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10

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

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Like Incense / Sometimes By Step (Brooke Ligertwood, David (Beaker) Strasser, Rich Mullins)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)

BENEDICTION