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 first week of Eastertide. 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

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

This Friday, April 19 is Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus’ death. But why do we call this day “good,” of all things? When we consider the implications of Jesus’ death for the redemption of mankind, no word may be quite as effective as “good.”

Our Good Friday services will be at 5:30pm and 7pm, including scripture reading, singing, and a short message. Darkness is an important theme of the service both visually and artistically, and the service will end with communion and departure in silence. Why should you come to such a somber service? Thomas Watson writes, “Til sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.” We encourage you to use this service to ponder the implications of sin and the good work of Jesus before we gather together again on Sunday for Easter—the sweet and night-crushing contrast. But first, here’s how you can prepare for Good Friday:

Read, pray, and sing through the service:

READING ONE: Matthew 26:36–56

Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry arr. Page CXVI)
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Stuart Townend, Charlie Hall arr. Chichi Agorom, The Christian Year)

READING TWO: Matthew 26:57–75

Psalm 22 (Joel Limpic arr. The Christian Year)
Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristen Stanfill)

READING THREE: Matthew 27:1–31

Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)

READING FOUR: Matthew 27:32–66

HOMILY
COMMUNION

April 14, 2018

This week is Palm Sunday. We will be in our 12th week in the book of Exodus, discussing God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

Holy week continues after this Sunday with Good Friday services on Friday, April 19 at 5:30 and 7pm, and Easter services on Sunday, April 21 at 6:30, 8, 9:30, and 11am. Here’s how you can prepare for Palm Sunday this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 7:14–11:10.

In the midst of the series of plagues, a major theme begins to take shape—the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. As the first five plagues wreak havoc in Egypt, the text tells us that either “Pharaoh’s heart was hardened” (v.7:13, 14, 22; 8:19; 9:7) or that “Pharaoh hardened his heart” (v.8:15, 32). Pharaoh has chosen to harden his heart in opposition to the explicit warnings of God and the clear displays of His power. Then, throughout the last five plagues, we see that the Lord Himself “hardened the heart of Pharaoh” (v.10:1, 20, 27; 11:10, 14:8). Here we see the sovereign judgment of God, hardening the heart of Pharaoh to accomplish His own redemptive purposes. Taken as a whole, we find one of the mysterious tensions of the Bible: On the one hand, human beings are responsible and accountable for our actions, and at the same time, God is absolutely sovereign and nothing happens outside His sovereign purposes. Above all, God wields His sovereign purposes to judge rebellion and to redeem a people for His Kingdom.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Zechariah 9:9

All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi addl. verse by Sovereign Grace Music)
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

O Lord, who on this day entered the rebellious city that later rejected You,
we confess that our wills are as rebellious as Jerusalem’s,
that our faith is often more show than substance,
that our hearts are in need of cleansing.
Have mercy on us, Son of David, Savior of our lives.
Help us to lay at Your feet all that we have and all that we are,
trusting You to forgive what is sinful, to heal what is broken,
to welcome our praises, and to receive us as Your own. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 4:14–16

Reckless Love (Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, Ran Jackson)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Crown Him (Majesty) (Bridges, Cash, Elvey, Maher, Thring, Tomlin)
Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown)

BENEDICTION

April 7, 2019

This will be our 11th week in the book of Exodus, discussing God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This is also the fifth week of Lent, the ending of the season of 40 days leading up to Easter. Next Sunday, April 14, will be Palm Sunday, followed by Good Friday on April 19 and Easter Sunday on April 21. But here’s how you can prepare for the Sunday ahead of us:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 7:14–11:10.

The drama of the Exodus story increases with God’s decree of the ten plagues. Far from being a cavalier showcase of power, the plagues are each aimed at very specific purposes. First and foremost, each of the plagues are an escalated judgment against Pharaoh’s evil and hard-hearted determination to keep God’s people in slavery. Second, the plagues are also specifically designed to show the people of Egypt the sovereign power of Yahweh, the God of Israel. Each plague makes a disrupting example out of a specific Egyptian deity, explicitly targeted at the three realms of Egypt’s primary sources of life—the Nile, the land, and the sun.

Last, the plagues are also intended to show the Israelites the sovereign power of Yahweh, their Redeemer. When the people experience deliverance from their brutal experience in slavery, and when they are free to live in their own land with their God, they will be forever look back and see that it was not their strength or cunning that saved them—There was was no epic human hero. It was Yahweh, and Yahweh alone.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 91:1–6, 9–10

Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Oh God who is both fearful and merciful,
We confess that we often forget whose people we used to be,
and whose people we are now.
Forgive us when we consider ourselves above judgement
and surely on the “Israel” side of the plagues,
for this is only true so far as Christ, our Passover Lamb, has borne our judgement.
Forgive us also when we consider ourselves targeted by You,
afflicted by You, and surely on the “Egypt” side of the plagues,
for Christ, our Passover Lamb, is the one who was truly smitten by You,
and afflicted by You on our behalf.
Father, as we consider the endless joy You now take in us as a result of Your Son’s work,
we repent both of our ignorance to our sin and our ignorance to our salvation.
We gratefully receive His work,
and we ask You for greater joy in all that it means for us,
through Jesus Christ our Savior, amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10

What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

King Of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)
Stronger (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

BENEDICTION

March 31, 2019

We’re in week ten of Exodus, a book all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

We’re also in week four of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter where we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. A couple good resources for this season include this recent blog by Joel Limpic and the The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for this week at Park:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 7:1–13.

After a season of resistance and hesitation, Moses has finally come to the point of trust and obedience to the call of God on His life. God will speak to Moses, and Aaron will his spokesperson before Pharaoh. The passage reiterates that Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded. They performed God’s sign before Pharaoh, turning Aaron’s staff into a serpent, but the Egyptian magicians matched their sign, turning their own staffs to serpents. The dual of powers had begun, and the story is clear about who will prevail.

Aaron’s staff swallowed up the Egyptian magician’s staffs, displaying the supreme power of Yahweh above all other powers. This first sign sets the trajectory for the rest of the ten plagues that will follow. In the end, the power of Yahweh will prevail against all who oppose Him. This demonstration of the power of the Lord, however, did not move Pharaoh’s hardened heart. He continued in his refusal to let the people go, just like the Lord had foretold to Moses.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 95:1–3, 6–7

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth addl. verse Joel Limpic, JD Raab)
The Lion And The Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

We confess today that though You are a great God, we act as if we are gods without regard for You. Though You are a great king, we act as if we are kings and queens ruling our individual kingdoms. Though You are our good Shepherd, we stray like sheep far from Your pasture and care. Though You are a God who speaks, we harden our hearts and busy ourselves with a million other things.

Today, would You soften our distracted hearts by Your Spirit? Where there are barriers and blockades, would You tear them down? Where there are anxieties and fears, would You still them? Where there is shame, would You lift our eyes to see Your kind loving eyes? We want to hear Your voice and in turn follow You as beloved children of God. Not just today, but also throughout the week! In our homes, in our jobs, in our lives. For this we need Your grace and Your power.

In Jesus’ powerful name, amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Matthew 11:28–30

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

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

March 24, 2019

This is our ninth week in the book of Exodus, a book all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This is also the third week of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter where we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. A couple good resources for this season include this recent blog by Joel Limpic and The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for our service together this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 6:14–7:7.

Here we come across our first genealogy in the book of Exodus. Although genealogies have a reputation for being boring and challenging to read, they actually play a significant role in the narrative.

First, the genealogy connects the story to real, ordinary, Hebrew families. This is not a fictional story about some mythical hero. It’s a story about real people, real families, and what God did to deliver them from evil and to make them into His People. Second, the genealogy serves to connect Moses and Aaron to the broader story of God. This genealogy picks up from the genealogies in Genesis that go all of the way back to Adam and Eve, reminding us of God’s promise that an offspring of the woman will come to crush the head of the serpent and restore God’s blessing to the world (Genesis 3:15). Moses and Aaron stand in continuity with that promise, and the evil reign of Pharaoh stands in continuity with the serpent as the enemy of God and His people.

Though the people of God have suffered greatly, God again promises that He will deliver them and crush His enemies under His feet.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 90:1–2; 12

All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year)
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

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: 1 Peter 1:3–5

Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

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

VOCATION COMMISSIONING: FINANCE

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

March 17, 2019

We continue this week in Exodus; week 8. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This is also the second week of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter where we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. As a reminder, The Christian Year is a Park Church Music project that provides an artistic accompniament to the historical church calendar with songs, visual art, and prayers for the season. See our resources for Lent here. Here’s how you can prepare for service this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 5:22–6:13.

For Moses, the reality of Pharaoh’s intensified brutality seemed incongruent with God’s plan. But the Lord had already said that this would take place (vv.4:21). Rather than rebuking Moses for his questions, the Lord reiterated His own covenant promise that He had made long ago to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He promised that He would free them from their slavery with great acts of judgment, and He would lead them into their own land where He would dwell with them as their Lord and Redeemer. But the deflated morale of the Israelites and of Moses outweighed their confidence in the Lord’s promise. Nonetheless, the Lord had promised, and He would be faithful.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 46

Take A Moment (Will Reagan)
How Great Thou Art (Stuart K. Hine arr. Citizens)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Our Father, forgive us for thinking small thoughts of You
and for ignoring Your immensity and greatness.
Lord Jesus, forgive us when we forget that You rule
the nations and our small lives.
Holy Spirit, we offend You in minimizing Your power
and squandering Your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to Your glory, O triune God, has resulted in shallow confession,
tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 1:7–10

Rising Sun (Leslie Jordan, Kyle Lee, David Leonard, Paul Mabury)

GREETING, & CHILD DEDICATIONS

SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Steadfast (Leslie Jordan, Sandra McCracken, Joshua Silverberg)
Yes And Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)

March 10, 2019

We’re in our seventh week in the book of Exodus at Park Church. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This week is also the first Sunday of the season of Lent. Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter wherein we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. Learn more about the season and explore some practical ways to observe it here at our recent blog post. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus5:1–6:1.

Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh in the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, demanding that he let the people of Israel go. So begins the confrontation between the Lord and the oppressive ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh’s response is not entirely unexpected. He basically says, “Who’s Yahweh, and why should I listen to Him?” Additionally, instead of responding favorably to the demands of Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh responded by escalating his brutal treatment of the Hebrew people.

Not surprisingly, the people of Israel grew angry with Moses and Aaron. Their plan had apparently backfired, only causing their suffering at the hands of the Egyptians to increase. Moses responded to this anger with his own outburst toward God, circling back to his initial faithless questioning of God’s power and reliability. The Lord assures Moses that His purposes have not changed (vv.4:21)—the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart has set the stage for a shocking showcase of God’s power.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:13–14

Yes And Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From Prayers for Lent and Holy Week by David N. Mosser:

Gracious God, You know the difficult paths we tread; You know the challenges we face. Forgive us when we wander away from Your guidance. Reclaim us when we seek other gods that lead to our own destruction. Guide us back to You that we may rest in Your shelter. Strengthen our resolve that we may face the demons of our lives and courageously resist the temptations that blind us to Your love. In hope and trust we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 53:4–5

His Mercy Is More (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION

It Is Well With My Soul (Horatio G. Spafford, Philip P. Bliss)

CHURCH PLANT COMMISSIONING

All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. King’s Kaleidoscope)

Ash Wednesday, 2019

Ash Wednesday inagurates the season of Lent through singing, prayer, and the symbolic imposition of ashes with a spoken, Biblical reminder: “From dust you came, to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19). We’re reminded of our mortality and our need for salvation in Christ. Here’s how you can prepare for this service:

Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Joel 2:1, 12–13

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Lord God, it is hard to think that we will die someday.
We dream, make plans, and talk about what we’ll do in the near future.
We don’t always think about what You want.
Instead, we make choices that we think are good for us.
But we are only here because You take care of us.

We confess that we forget we need You all the time.
We confess that sometimes we make choices that aren’t what You want.
We don’t know what is best for our lives.
Holy God, we are sorry for our sin.
Help us to remember we live because of You.
Help us to do what You want us to do
through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:35–39

His Mercy Is More (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

HOMILY, COMMUNION, & IMPOSITION OF ASHES

Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)