April 16, 2017—Easter
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 is Easter Sunday, and we’re excited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with you. Here are a couple ways to prepare for our service together:
1. Read through our text, 1 Corinthians 15:1–8.
What is of first importance to those of us who are in Christ? “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared…”
2. Read, pray and sing through the service.
PROCESSIONAL: Songs played as we proceed inside after baptisms:
CALL TO WORSHIP: From The Worship Sourcebook:
This is the good news—the grave is empty;
Christ is risen. Hallelujah!
This is the good news—the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never put it out. Hallelujah!
This is the good news—once we were no people;
now we are God’s people. Hallelujah!
Christ is our peace, the indestructible peace
we now share with each other. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave
and crowned him Lord of all.
We confess that we have not bowed before him
or acknowledged his rule in our lives.
We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory.
Forgive us and raise us from sin,
that we may be your faithful people,
obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who rules the world and is head of the church, his body.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 1:3–5
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)
BENEDICTION & SENDING