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,
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.
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)
To Him Who Loves Us (Sean Brage)
VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: NON-PROFITS
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. Kings (MHM))