January 22, 2017
This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.
This Sunday at Park, we’re in week 18 of The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. Here are a couple things you can do to prepare for this week’s service:
1. Read through our text, Acts 9:19b–31.
As we saw with Jesus Himself, Paul the preacher of Jesus’ Gospel speaks boldly to the heart of his hearers, resulting in his persecution. We observe that this model of following Christ—preaching the Gospel and suffering persecution for its sake—is truly what discipleship entails.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service.
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm Psalm 19:1–4
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
God of grace,
you have given us Jesus,
the light of the world,
but we choose darkness
and cling to things that hide the brightness of your love.
Immersed in ourselves, we have not risen to new life.
Baptize us with your Spirit,
that, forgiven and renewed,
we may preach your Word to the nations
and tell of your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and our light forever.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 2 Corinthians 5:14–15; 17–21
SERMON & COMMUNION
BENEDICTION & SENDING