June 11, 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 continue our annual summer series, Christ in the Psalms, with Psalm 67. Here’s how you can prepare:
1. Read through Psalm 67.
This short Psalms calls the whole world to see the works of God towards humankind and respond with praise, gladness, joy, and fear.
Through the 12 weeks of this series, consider asking yourself the following three questions as you prepare:
- How does this Psalm help me pray?
- How does this Psalm help me feel?
- How does this Psalm help me see Jesus?
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 96:1–4; 11–13
CONFESSION OF SIN: From Scotty Smith’s Every Season Prayers
Dear heavenly Father, we come into your presence today
only because your mercies are new every morning.
We stand before you in this place
only because we stand firmly in your grace.
We dare call you Abba Father
only because you have made us your beloved sons and daughters.
We freely confess our sins to you
only because you fully gave Jesus for us.
For the ways we loved poorly this past week—
in our families, at our vocations, and among our neighbors, forgive us.
From the foolish idols to which we cling,
the broken cisterns from which we drink,
and the false lovers to which we turn, free us.
For not believing Jesus is enough and your grace is sufficient,
and for not trusting you to be really sovereign and really good,
have mercy on us.
Our hope rests alone in Jesus’ finished work and your steadfast love.