April 23, 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 we return to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. It’s week 28 of the series. To help prepare for service, here are a couple things to consider doing:
1. Read through our text, Acts 17:1–15.The Gospel flips the world on its head. It reverses the effects of the curse. It creates an upside-down kingdom that confronts the cultural and social norms of everyday life.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 93:1–4Rejoice The Lord Is King (Charles Wesley, Joel Limpic) I Love You Lord (Laurie Klien) Crown Him (Majesty) (Bridges, Cash, Elvey, Maher, Thring and Tomlin)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
Eternal God, you do not change. You have revealed yourself to us in Your Word. You call us to worship You in spirit and in truth. But we confess that we often worship not Your true self but who we wish You to be. We too often ask You to bless what we do rather than seeking to do what You bless. Forgive us for seeking concessions when we should be seeking guidance. Forgive us when our worship shapes You into what we want instead of shaping us into what You want. Help us to meet You here, that we might bow before Your unspeakable majesty and so live for You now and ever, in Christ. Amen.Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills) Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)