February 25, 2018
We’re in our seventh week of Genesis at Park Church, discussing God’s foundational worldview for His people and their purpose in His world.
Additionally, this is week two of Lent, the 40-day season leading up to Easter where we make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. As you pray and worship during Lent, check out The Christian Year for some resources we’ve created and curated for you. As for this Sunday, here are a couple ways you can prepare:
1. Read through our text, Genesis 10–11.
Humans are designed for community and culture-building; it’s part of what God made us to do. But our sinful tendency is to build cities and kingdoms that glorify ourselves instead of our Maker. In short, we seek to make a name for ourselves, finding security and purpose apart from God. In turn, our cities and cultures shape our desires and actions, spiraling us further into rebellion. Seeing our brokenness and confusion, God had mercy. Where we tried to establish our own name, He has made a name for Himself through the Offspring of Abraham—Jesus Christ. Willingly suffering at the hands of our godless desires, Jesus established a Holy City through His broken body and shed blood. He has now invited us to live and flourish as citizens of the City of God.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Matthew 11:28–30, Lenten Welcome:
To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners.
How Great Thou Art (Stuart K. Hine, arr. Page CXVI)
Sanctus (Public Domain)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 51:1–4, 6, 9–11
Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry, arr. Page CXVI)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Revelation 21:3–4
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
A Mighty Refuge (Martin Luther, Aaron Strumpel)
Be Thou My Vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull)