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

January 19, 2020

It’s our third and last week of Engaging the New Year: Steps to a Rule of Life, our mini-series on intentional rhythms of worship and discipline. If you haven’t already seen it, this liturgical audit as a great place to get started on the topic! Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Proverbs 16:1–3.

What we do with our moments and our days shows what we most love. A life built around a love for God will pay conscious attention to our habits and who they’re making us. How we plan our lives (or fail to), how we organize our priorities (or fall into them), and how we use our time (or get used by it) are not distinct from our discipleship—they are a necessary part of it.

As we wrap up our mini-series on steps toward a rule of life, we will consider the call to intentionally plan our lives under the good reign of Jesus. All for the sake of showing forth the beauty of knowing God through the details of our days.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 100

All Creatures Of Our God And King (Lent) (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year; addl. verse Sovereign Grace Music)
Take A Moment (Will Reagan)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Father,
You invite us to dwell with You
and to gaze on Your beauty.
Yet we often look for comfort and security in other places,
gazing distractedly at things that are neither beautiful nor life-giving.
Father, have mercy on us.

Jesus,
You invite us to come to You and learn from You,
taking Your yoke upon us and finding rest.
Yet we often look for rest elsewhere,
working for the success or approval that we already have obtained in You.
Jesus, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit,
You invite us to walk in step with You,
sowing seeds to please You and reaping eternal life.
Yet we often choose the path that seems right in our own eyes,
sowing seeds to please ourselves.
Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 1:3–5

Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

The Spirit And The Bride (Joel Limpic)
Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Cunningham, Keyes, McCracken, Palmer, Vice, Wardell, Zach)

BENEDICTION

January 12, 2020

In between Advent/Christmastide/Epiphany and beginning our series in Matthew, we’re taking a few weeks to engage with the new year by considering what’s called a “Rule of Life.” This will be week two of three in our mini-series, Engaging The New Year: Steps Toward a Rule of Life.

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s last week’s liturgical audit as a great way t get started. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read our text, Psalm 27:4.

King David’s prayer from Psalm 27:4 aids us as we seek to build an intentional foundation and trajectory for the coming year, calling us back to communion with God as the basis for all else we do.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 108:1–4

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:

Our lives are cluttered, Lord Jesus, by too many things
and too much to do.
We are driven by the need to succeed and distracted from our service.
We have often lost our way. Forgive us.
Let us, like Mary,
find the one thing that is needed and sit at your feet. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: John 15:15–16

God I Look To You (Ian McIntosh, Jenn Johnson) / I Love You Lord (Laurie Klien)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

Rock of Ages (Augustus Montague Toplady arr. Page CXVI)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey, Brett Land)

BENEDICTION

January 5, 2020

This Sunday at Park Church we’ll celebrate Epiphany, a day that focuses on the appearance of Christ, the Light of the World.

Learn about Epiphany and explore our artistic accompaniment to the season over at The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:

1. Read through our text, John 4:1–30.

Those who observe Christmas as a standalone event may find it difficult to get past the sentimentality of seeing a mild-natured baby in the manger. But the incarnation involves much more than the drama of Christmas itself; it brings a vision of God’s glory to the nations of the world.

Epiphany is a day to focus on Jesus’ ministry so that, from Christmas onward, worshipers grow in awareness of the significance of Jesus’ entire life.

(Adapted from “The Worship Sourcebook.”)

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 36:7–9

Here For You (Maher, Redman, Reeves, Wanstall)
Walk Among Us (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of grace,
we confess that we have elevated things of this world above You.
We have made idols of possessions and people
and used Your name for causes that are not consistent with You and Your purposes.
We have permitted our schedules to come first
and have not taken the time to worship You.
We have not always honored those who guided us in life.
We have participated in systems that take life instead of give it.
We have been unfaithful in our covenant relationships.
We have yearned for, and sometimes taken, that which is not ours,
and we have misrepresented others’ intentions.
Forgive us, O God,
for the many ways we fall short of Your glory.
Help us to learn to live together according to Your ways
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ezekiel 36:25–26

Who You Say I Am (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
Amazing Grace (John Newton)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies (John Petterson, Charles Wesley)
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. Kings (MHM))

BENEDICTION

December 29, 2019

This Sunday at Park Church we’ll celebrate the season of Christmastide together.

Learn about Christmastide and explore our artistic accompaniment to the season over at The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Isaiah 9:1–7.

What is Christmastide? Here’s what The Worship Sourcebook says:

“Whereas during Advent we anticipate the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, at Christmas we identify with the angels who proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest”; with the shepherds, who were afraid but nevertheless offered worship; and with Mary, who pondered the meaning of these events in her heart (Luke 2:13–20). Celebrating Christmas as a season helps us both to enter into the meaning of the incarnation more fully than celebrating a single day and to focus on additional Scripture texts that explore the meaning of Christmas beyond the familiar words of Luke 2.”

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 9:2–3

Go Tell It On The Mountain (John W. Work Jr. arr. The Christian Year)
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

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

Dear heavenly Father, with the angels, we shout loud praises over the birth of Jesus;
with the shepherds, we respond with joy for the gift of a Savior;
with Mary, we treasure and ponder this good news in our hearts.
You have been faithful to fulfill ancient prophecies and Your covenant promises.
Because of Jesus’ finished work, we now live in Your perpetual favor;
and because of the Spirit’s ongoing work, we now humble ourselves before You.
We confess our sins to You: Forgive us for attitudes and actions that misrepresent You,
contradict Your grace, and sabotage love.
Forgive us for speaking words that brought harm and shame,
and for withholding words that bring healing and hope.
Forgive us for spending so much time and energy on ourselves and our trifles,
and so little time with You and on the things that matter the most.
We offer our prayer, humbly, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 1:5–9

Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue) / You Keep On Getting Better (Dante Bowe, Jonathan Jay, Majesty Rose)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) (Joel Houston, Jonas Myrin)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken, Joshua Moore)

BENEDICTION

December 22, 2019

This will be the fourth and final Sunday of the season of Advent, with our Christmas Eve services following on this Tuesday, December 24 at 4 and 6pm. Not to overwhelm you, but we have both a “Preparing for Christmas Eve” blog and a “Christmas Morning Worship” resource coming this weekend. You can look out for those in your email, but let’s start by focusing on this Sunday!

Advent is the season 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.

We’ve been focusing on daily rhythms of fasting and prayer during this season. See our resources for that here, and explore our artistic accompaniment to the season over at The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for our worship gathering:

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

Throughout Advent, we’ve been considering the life of Simeon and Anna to see how they expressed their hunger for the coming of Christ and His Kingdom through fasting and prayer. In this last week of Advent, we’ll be considering an aspect of prayer that is often misunderstood or ignored among many Christians, the practice of “listening prayer.” At its core, listening prayer is about approaching our times of prayer as relational, two-way communication with God.

Certainly He want us to speak to Him, but what might He choose to speak to us?

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 7:14; 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.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (John Neale, Henry Coffin, arr. Chichi Agorom, The Christian Year)
All People Of Our Newborn King (Luke Brawner, William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Prince of Peace,
we confess we talk far more than we listen.
We walk through our days busy and hurried,
quick to pay attention to the urgent demands around us
but slow to recognize Your nearness.
Our hearts are often characterized more by chaos than by stillness.
Forgive us for taking Your presence and voice for granted!
Forgive us for not taking the time to listen.

Help us slow our hearts and our minds before You.
Give us faith to believe You actually love us and want to speak to us.
Teach us to be still and know that You are God,
that You are our Good Shepherd who delights in speaking to us,
that we are Your sheep who hear Your voice,
and that we are your beloved children.
May we walk in the communion You created us for!
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit,
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: John 1:9–13

Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive arr. Shane & Shane)
Joy To The World (Isaac Watts arr. The Christian Year)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE

Not In A Hurry (Michael Ketterer, Will Reagan)

COMMUNION

Open Space (Kirby Kaple, Rob Kaple)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield)

BENEDICTION

December 15, 2019

It’s week three in the season 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 more at the prophetess Anna and her deep hunger for God. This week, we’re considering her practice of daily prayer. Much more than something to check off your daily list, prayer is God’s method of communication for and with His people, accessing the spiritual realm to bring heaven to earth; to experience His presence now as we wait for Christ’s second coming.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Micah 5:2, 4–5a, 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) (Beethoven, Handel, van Dyke, Watts, Wickham)
O Come All Ye Faithful (C. Frederick Oakeley, John Francis Wade)

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Everlasting Father,
You created us to walk in the Garden with You.
We were fashioned for union and communion with the God of the universe.
Our hearts were intended to be wholly Yours throughout each of our days, in step with Your Spirit.
Sadly we have long departed from this calling!

We confess we often live our days unaware of You—self-sufficient, busy, and numb.
We seek worldly experiences, pleasures, and things instead of abiding in and with You.
Forgive us for abandoning our first call!
Help us repent and return to You, our true home.
Would you teach us in this Advent season of longing to long after closer communion with You?
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit,
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 3:1–2

No Longer Slaves (Carson, Maher, Nockels, Reeves, Stanfill) / You Keep On Getting Better (Dante Bowe, Jonathan Jay, Majesty Rose)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION

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

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: Retail

We Labor Unto Glory (Craig Harris, Isaac Wardell)

BENEDICTION

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