March 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 back to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses in week 26 this Sunday. Consider doing a couple things as you prepare for this week’s service:

1. Read through our text, Acts 15:36–16:15.

A handful of interesting things happen here in the Acts narrative. Paul and Barnabas disagree and separate over whether or not John Mark should join them, Paul seems to go against his own teachings by circumcising Timothy for the approval of the Jews, the Holy Spirit prevents Paul and Silas from preaching the Gospel in certain areas, and then Paul is given a vision directing him to go to Macedonia. It’s a lot to keep up with, what is Christ doing here in His church?

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 96:1–4

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, arr. Citizens)
Great Are You Lord (All Sons & Daughters)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against You
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways,
to the glory of Your Name.

Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
The Stand (Joel Houston)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:13–14, and Romans 5:1

God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker)



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