October 1, 2017

In between our Mission series and returning to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses, we’re taking one week to discuss the Gospel and race. Here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Revelation 7:9–12.

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God is building a Kingdom where His glory is put on display and enjoyed by those whom He has redeemed from every nation, tribe, people, and language. This is a beautifully diverse Kingdom that God is building even now in and through His church, and it calls for a radical transformation in the way we engage with people who are not like us. Heavenly Father, let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Revelation 5:12–14

Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle)
Jesus We Love You (Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

God of all nations, we praise you that in Christ
the barriers that have separated humanity are torn down.
Yet we confess our slowness to open our hearts and minds
to people of other lands, tongues, and races.
Deliver us from the sins of fear and prejudice,
that we may move toward the day
when all are truly one in Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Rock Of Ages (Augustus Montague Toplady)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 25:5–7

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken, Joshua Moore)

GREETING, SERMON, COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

No Condemnation (Anthony Evans, Danielle Munizzi, Martha Munizzi)
The Lord’s Prayer (James Lepine)

BENEDICTION

September 24, 2017

This is week five of Mission at Park Church. We’re working through our new mission statement and its meaning, focusing this week on the last of our three disciple rhythms: Gospel-Centered Mission. Here’s what’s coming up and how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, 1 Peter 2:9–12.

We have been born of the Spirit, citizens of a heavenly country, presently residing in the kingdom of this earth. God has called, equipped, and sent us to our neighbors and to the nations with this glorious good news, the message of reconciliation. As diciples, this permeates every facet of our lives as we seek to reflect Christ in the world and proclaim Christ to the world.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:1–4

How Great Thou Art (Stuart K Hine.)
Jesus We Love You (Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Awesome and compassionate God,
You have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy,
but we have not loved You.
You constantly call us, but we do not listen.
You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in need,
wrapped in our own concerns.
We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, as You come to us in mercy,
we repent in spirit and in truth,
admit our sin, and gratefully receive Your forgiveness
through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
Amen.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Stuart Townend)

Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10

GREETING, SERMON, COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

Your Great Name (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)

BENEDICTION

Kelley Nikondeha

Our guest is Kelley Nikondeha. She’s the author of Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World.

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1:30 – Who Kelley Nikondeha is

5:00 – What compelled her to write her book

7:30 – How to think about theology and adoption

11:10 – How to help adopted kids understand that they belong in their family

14:00 – What grasshopper pie is

16:30 – How to have the “you are adopted” conversation with your kids

19:30 – How to work through potential bitterness with the birth mom

30:00 – Challenges associated with raising children of a different ethnicity

35:30 – How to think about the financial costs associated with adoption

39:30 – Favorite TV Shows

40:20 – Favorite Recent Meal

41:30 – Nerdiest Thing She’s Into

44:30 – Where She’d Put A Billboard, And What It Would Say

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September 17, 2017

It’s our fourth week of Mission at Park Church. We’re working through our new mission statement and its meaning, focusing this week on the second of our three disciple rhythms: Gospel-Centered Community. Here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Ephesians 2:11–22; 4:1–11.

A disciple is someone who has been called into God’s diverse family to use their spiritual gifts, strengths, and resources to help the family of God grow. Christian community—when it is truly Christian—breeds humility, the ability to be known and loved, relational safety, ongoing support, joint celebration, joint sorrow, and joint participation in the glory of God’s eternal family.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Hebrews 4:14–16

Before The Throne (Charitie Lees Bancroft arr. Modern Post)
How Majestic (Brian Eichelberger)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Almighty God, we confess how hard it is to be your people.
You have called us to be the church,
to continue the mission of Jesus Christ to our lonely and confused world.
Yet we acknowledge we are more apathetic than active,
isolated than involved, callous than compassionate,
obstinate than obedient, legalistic than loving.
Gracious Lord, have mercy upon us and forgive our sins.
Remove the obstacles preventing us
from being your representatives to a broken world.
Awaken our hearts to the promised gift of your indwelling Spirit.
This we pray in Jesus’ powerful name.
Amen.

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10

GREETING, SERMON, COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

No Longer Slaves (Joel Case, Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson)
Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue)

BENEDICTION

September 10, 2017

We’re in week three of Mission, working through our new mission statement and its meaning. This week, we’ll focus on the first of our three disciple rhythms: Gospel-Centered Worship.

1. Read through our texts, Matthew 13:44 and Jeremiah 2:11–13.

A disciple—one who has been made alive by the God of grace—is learning to run to God to receive all that they long for. God provides freely, without price. He beckons us to repent again and again, to enjoy Him above all else, and to enjoy His gifts secondarily, in their proper place. As we pursue true and rightly-ordered worship, we become more fully human.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 27:1–4

Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)
Jesus We Love You (Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Jeremiah 2:11–13

Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart, arr. Robbie Seay)

Be Thou My Vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull arr. by Ascend The Hill)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Colossians 1:13–14

GREETING, SERMON, COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

Extravagant (Cook, Feucht, Gretzinger, Jackson)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey, Brett Land)

BENEDICTION

Psalm 77—Artwork

Learn more about Christ in the Psalms artwork and download artwork guides here.

Person: Jeremy Grant

Jeremy Grant is an emerging artist and award-winning graphic designer. He was born in California in 1985. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration at John Brown University. Grant has exhibited his collage and assemblage work regularly across Colorado since 2008. An active member of local arts communities, Jeremy has been invited to participate in numerous group shows, donated art to charity, and been awarded a PPAC micro-grant. His work explores themes of destruction and creation, death and resurrection, and chaos and familiarity. Jeremy Grant currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Piece

Collage

PROCESS

You will drown. Fall headlong into the tempest. Arms reach, strain. There is nothing to grasp. You will drown. Your last sputtering breaths will be witnessed by no one. Your eyes water against the rush of wind. And pain. Drown.

Hot crackle of lightening snakes around your body.
A cradle of fire that stunts your fall.
Return the embrace of pain. Your salvation.

Feeling abandoned by God, and achingly alone, the writer of the 77th Psalm is lead to consider God’s “miracles of long ago.” Israel was pursued by Pharaoh, and their slaughter was eminent, when God performed a dramatic miracle and parted the sea, unveiling an unlikely escape route.

And yet that provision was immensely terrifying—the sea a symbol of chaos and terror in the ancient world. “Walk through the terror,” it seems God told them. But where was God in the middle, when the sea could, seemingly, crash down at any moment, crushing all beneath? God’s footprints were not seen, yet it was His hand at work.