February 17, 2019

It’s week four of Exodus at Park Church. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare for our time together this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 2:23–25.

The previous ruler of Egypt died, and the people of Israel were suffering and desperately crying out for help and deliverance. The passage gives us unique insight into the heavenly realm where we see God paying attention to the cries of His people. God heard their groaning, indicating His care about their suffering. He remembered His covenant with Abraham, referring to His promise to make this His offspring into a great nation, to give them the land of Canaan, to bless them, and to make them a blessing to all nations. This promise is far from their current experience, and God saw the situation of His people and responded with deep concern and love. This short paragraph sets the stage for the whole story of deliverance that will follow, where God will show His power to redeem a people for His Kingdom.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 96:2–9

Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith)
Rock Of Ages (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, arr. Charlie Hall)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Adapted From The Valley of Vision:

Heavenly Father,
Save me entirely from sin.
I know true righteousness comes only through the righteousness of another.
I pant and pine for likeness to Yourself;
I am Your child and should bear Your image.
Enable me to recognize my death to sin;
when it tempts me, may I be deaf to its voice.
Deliver me from both the invasion and the dominion of sin.
Grant me to walk as Christ walked,
to live in the newness of His life:
the life of love,
the life of faith,
the life of holiness.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:14–17

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

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE:

Through And Through (Will Reagan)

COMMUNION

Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. Shane & Shane)
Jesus What A Savior (Kirby Kaple)

BENEDICTION

February 10, 2019

We’re in week three of our study of the book of Exodus. Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 2:1–22.

Into this this dark scene of death comes a beautiful ray of hope—a Hebrew woman who risked her life to preserve her newborn baby boy. She made a basket and put him in the river hoping against all hopes that he could somehow be spared from the death that surrounded her people. The baby was found by none other than Pharaoh’s own daughter who had compassion on him and decided to raise him as her own son. She named him Moses, which means “to draw out.” This would be the one that God would use to draw His people out of slavery and into His presence.

Years later, when Moses was grown, he saw the oppression of his own people, and he took vengeance into his own hands, killing an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew man. When this became known, Pharaoh sought to kill Moses, so Moses fled to the land of Midian. While sitting at a well in Midian, he protected seven daughters of a Midianite priest from a group of threatening shepherds. The scene closes with Moses settling with this Midianite family, marrying one of the sisters, Zipporah, and starting a family with her in Midian.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 86:8–10

The Lion and the Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)
Great Are You Lord (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Merciful God,
for the things we have done that we regret, forgive us;
for the things we have failed to do that we regret, forgive us;
for all the times we have acted without love, forgive us;
for all the times we have reacted without thought, forgive us;
for all the times we have withdrawn care, forgive us;
for all the times we have failed to forgive, forgive us.
For hurtful words said and helpful words unsaid,
for unfinished tasks
and unfulfilled hopes,
God of all time,
forgive us and help us to lay down our burden of regret. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Romans 8:1, Colossians 1:13–14:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Cornerstone (Bradbury, Liljero, Morgan, Mote, Myrin)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE:

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

COMMUNION

Blessed Assurance (Fanny Crosby, Phoebe Palmer Knapp)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

February 3, 2019

It’s week two of Exodus. The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 1:7–22.

A new Pharaoh rises to power in Egypt who didn’t know the story of Joseph’s deliverance of Egypt. He saw the people of Israel as a growing threat to His own Kingdom. Because of this fear, the new Pharaoh enslaved the people of Israel and subjected them to oppressive burdens. But the the more the Hebrews were oppressed, the more they multiplied. Pharaoh then escalated his oppressive treatment of the Hebrews, commanding their midwives to kill Hebrew sons as soon as they were born. When this plan was foiled by the faithful midwives, he commanded all of the Egyptians to take every son that was born to the Hebrews and throw them in the Nile. Far from a thriving Kingdom, the people of God are enslaved to overwhelming burdens and surrounded by death—they are desperate for deliverance.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 41:10

Oh God (Zach Bolen)
How Firm A Foundation (Author Unknown)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of refuge and help,
hear us now as we make our confession to You.
In times of temptation
we forget what You have done for us.
You give us everything we need,
yet we often remain unsatisfied;
You trust us to care for creation,
yet we often abuse that trust
and spoil what we have been given.
You show us the way we are to follow,
yet we often continue on the path
of self-indulgence and self-centeredness.
Forgive us, we pray.

We ask for Your direction, Your patience, Your love, in the name of Jesus Christ,
who, in spite of His temptations,
was faithful to Your saving Word. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Isaiah 43:1–3

Blessed Be Your Name (Beth Redman, Matt Redman)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

In Tenderness (Garvey, Gordon, Walton arr. Brian Eichelberger)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

January 27, 2019

We thrilled to begin a new series this Sunday in the book of Exodus. Exodus will take us through the spring and early summer, breaking for three months for Christ in the Psalms and a brief topical series before picking back up in September to take us to Advent. Get comfortable! The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world and we’re excited to get started learning together. Here’s how you can prepare for this week:

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

The story begins where Genesis ended: Jacob (Israel), his sons, and their families (70 people in all), have come to Egypt under the care of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Israel. By God’s sovereign grace, and through much suffering, Joseph had come into a position of power in Egypt and was able to create a space for his family to grow and thrive under his protection. Even after Joseph and his generation had died, the people of Israel continued to be “fruitful,” to “multiply,”and to “fill the land.” This is a direct reference to the mission of God’s people repeated throughout Genesis. But as much as they were able to grow in Egypt, they were still in a foreign place, with a foreign ruler, and foreign gods—a far cry from the life that God had promised to their forefather Abraham.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Exodus 15:11, 13

The Lion And The Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)
Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth arr. Citizens)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 32:1–4

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 32:5–7

What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE

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

COMMUNION

Heart Of God (Aodhan King, Jonas Myrin)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION

January 20, 2019

This is our fourth and final week of Teach Us to Pray, our mini-series on the Lord’s Prayer. Here’s how you can prepare for service:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 6:9–13.

Last week, we focused on the first three petitions of the prayer—the “Your” petitions: Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done… This week, we’ll end our time with the three “us” petitions: Give us our daily bread, forgive us, lead us not into temptation.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 36:7–9

Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson, John Wyeth arr. Page CXVI)
New (Bryan Brown, Tofer Brown, Kate York)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Lord, You come to us, but we do not recognize You;
You call, but we do not follow; You command, but we do not obey,
You bless us, but we do not thank You.
Please forgive and help us.
Lord, You accept us, but we do not accept others;
You forgive us, but we do not forgive those who wrong us;
You love us, but we do not love our neighbors.
Please forgive and help us.
Lord, You showed us how to carry out Your mission,
but we still insist on our own;
You identified Yourself with outcasts, the needy, and the poor,
but we do not bother to find out what is happening to them;
You suffered and died for the sake of all,
but we do not give up our comfortable lives.
Please forgive and help us,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 1:7–9

Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry arr. Page CXVI)
Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Isaac Wardell)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken)

VOCATIONAL SENDING & PRAYER

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

BENEDICTION

January 13, 2019

It’s week three of four in Teach Us to Pray, our mini-series on the Lord’s Prayer. Here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 6:9–13.

Last week, we focused on the first four words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father in heaven.” This week, we turn to the first three petitions of the prayer—the “Your” petitions: Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done…

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 6:9–13

Holy, Holy, Holy (Reginald Heber, John Bacchus Dykes)
Forever Reign (Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Father, while you call us to treasure Your name, we often treasure other names more than Yours. You teach us to pray, “Your kingdom come,” but we seek our own little kingdoms more than Your glorious kingdom. You call us to pray, “Your will be done,” and yet we obsess with getting our way every time. Forgive us for our selfishness and near-sighted tendencies. Help us love Your name, Your kingdom, and Your will more than our own.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:14–17

King Of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)
The Lord’s Prayer (James Lepine)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE

Here As In Heaven (Brown, Brock, Ntlele, Furtick, Joye)

COMMUNION

New (Bryan Brown, Tofer Brown, Kate York)
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. King’s Kaleidoscope)

BENEDICTION

January 6, 2019

It’s week two of four in Teach Us to Pray, our mini-series on the Lord’s Prayer. Here’s how you can prepare for our first week:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 6:9–13.

Last week was an overview on the whole prayer and some of the “why” behind Jesus’ charge to us: “pray then like this…” This week, we’ll focus on the phrase “Our Father in Heaven” before spending next week on the three “Your” statements (“hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”) and the following, final week on the three “Us” statements (“give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts…, and lead us not into temptation”).

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 68:4–6

Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. The Modern Post)
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Stuart Townend, Charlie Hall arr. Chichi Agorom, The Christian Year)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Matthew 6:25–27

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Galatians 4:4–5

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

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

This Is My Father’s World (Maltbie Davenport Babcock, arr. Gungor)
Good Good Father (Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett)

BENEDICTION

December 30, 2018

In between the season of Advent and our upcoming series in Exodus (starting Sunday, January 27), we’ll spend four weeks with the Lord’s Prayer in Teach Us to Pray. Here’s how you can prepare for our first week:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 6:9–13.

In Luke 11, the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Jesus responds with the prayer we now know as “The Lord’s Prayer.” This week, we’ll survey the entirety of the prayer. Next week we’ll focus on “Our Father in Heaven,” followed by the three “Your” statements the next week and the three “Us” statements the final week.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:8–13

Go Tell It On The Mountain (John W. Work, arr. David Crowder Band)
God With Us (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)

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

Great and gracious Father,
we declare that Your love for us is beyond measure
and Your goodness to us is beyond question.
Jesus’ empty tomb fuels our humility and intensifies our joy today.
We turn once again to You for the manna of grace,
the renewing of our hearts, and the regaining of perspective.
Forgive us for not loving You as you deserve to be loved;
for not trusting You as your faithfulness commends;
and for not obeying You as the Gospel commands.
Forgive us for living lives marked more by busyness than kindness.
Forgive us for fueling resentment rather than forgiving offenses.
Forgive us for pampering ourselves into mediocrity while ignoring the poor.
We offer our confession, trusting in Jesus’ finished work
and Your promise of grace. Amen.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Obediah Chisholm, William Marion Runyan)

Seas of Crimson (Johnson, Bashta, Taylor, Strand arr. Daniel Bashta)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 103:8–13

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

Your Love Is Strong (Jon Foreman)
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue, arr. by Kings Kaleidoscope)

BENEDICTION

December 23, 2018

This is week four of Advent, and Christmas is around the corner. In Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) we celebrate the fulfilled promise of the first coming of Jesus and heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament promises at His second coming, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away.

Read more about Advent here and visit The Christian Year for our creative accompaniment to the season! Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 1:18–25.

Jesus’ earthly parents are softly swept up into the God-narrative of so many generations. With a role to play that was by no means easy (yet marked with God’s direct communication), the two find themselves at the long-awaited dawn—the “sunrise from on high” (Luke 1:78). Jesus was here to save His people from their sins.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Psalm 130; The Apostles’ Creed
ADVENT CANDLE FOUR

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 church;
the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Robert J. Hughes, Charles Wesley, arr. Red Mountain Church)
Doxology (Amen) (Christmas) (Bourgeois, Ken, Owens, Wickham)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

O God, in the beginning You spoke,
and creation was born, the object of Your loving care.
In the fullness of time You spoke,
and the Word became flesh, Jesus, gift of Your love.
We wonder at the miracle of creation;
we stand in awe before the mystery of the incarnation.
Forgive us earthbound creatures, feeble in faith,
empty of hope, lacking in love.
This year let the miracle and mystery of Christmas happen for us again.
We wait upon You with ready hearts, O God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

God With Us (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Matthew 1:20–21

Hallelujah, What A Savior (Advent) (Bliss, Carter, Ivey, Suh arr. Austin Stone)

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

Baby Son (John Mark McMillan)
Oh Holy Night (John Sullivan Dwight, Placide Cappeau)

BENEDICTION

Advent Hymn Sing, 2018

Each year we have an Advent Hymn Sing at Park Church. Why do we do this? First, Advent is a time for both anticipating and adoring. We want to take time to recognize that we long for Jesus (usually because things are not the way they should be) and take time to adore Jesus (recognizing that He has come)! Second, hymns take truths we know about God and make them singable, shared expressions of worship, igniting thoughts and affections both individually and corporately.

So, while singing Christmas songs together is a common, lovely sentimentalism of the season, gathering to sing hymns about Christ’s incarnation and return is not just for nostalgia’s sake!

Pray and sing through the service:

Advent is for Anticipating

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (John Neale, Henry Coffin, arr. Chichi Agorom, The Christian Year)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Robert J. Hughes, Charles Wesley, arr. Red Mountain Church)
Come Thou Fount (Advent) (Luke Brawner, Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)
Joy To The World (Isaac Watts)

Story for Kids

Advent is for Adoring

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield)
Hallelujah, What A Savior (Advent) (Bliss, Carter, Ivey, Suh arr. Austin Stone)
Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Robert Lau, John Francis Wade)
Oh Holy Night (John Sullivan Dwight, Placide Cappeau)