May 27, 2018
Every summer at Park Church, we spend several weeks in the Psalms. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus. This annual series, now in its seventh year, is called Christ in the Psalms. Up to this point we have gone week-by-week through Psalm 77, and you can find each of those sermons here. Additionally, since 2015 (starting with Psalm 41), different artists within our community have done a piece of artwork for each Psalm. You can see and read about each of those here.
As for this year, we begin this weekend with Psalm 78. Here’s how you can prepare:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 78.
Psalm 78 puts forward, in vivid color, the message that courses through the whole of Scripture: In the midst of our constant sin and rebellion, God responds with justice and His great mercy. He alone atones for our sin and forgives our iniquities. Set your hope in this God.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 105:1–3, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):
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.
Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue)
On Christ The Solid Rock (William Batchelder Bradbury and Edward Mote, arr. Austin Stone)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace
to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ,
the light of the world. Amen.
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: John 10:27–30
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean Ussher)
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
Jesus What A Savior (Kirby Kaple)
No Longer Slaves (Joel Case, Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson)