February 26, 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.
We’re in week 25 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 13:13–52.
The narrative of the first missionary journey of Paul continues in this week’s text, bringing us to Antioch in Pisidia (modern day Turkey). With Barnabas, Paul teaches that in Jesus, one can be freed from everything that they could not be freed from under the law of Moses. The response of the listeners is predictably polar: they either believe and plead with the apostles to keep teaching them about Jesus, or they conspire against them for their harm. Although the persecution causes Paul and Barnabas to leave the area, they are nonetheless “filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
2. Read, pray and sing through the service.
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 16:1–2; 5–11
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
Eternal God, we confess that often
we have failed to be an obedient church:
we have not done your will;
we have broken your law;
we have rebelled against your love;
we have not loved our neighbors;
we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Acts 13:38–39
SERMON & COMMUNION
BENEDICTION & SENDING