June 17, 2018
We’re in Psalm 81 this week at Park Church for week four of Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. 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.
One of the ways we enjoy and study the psalms each year is by having different artists do a piece each week for the respective psalm we’re in. Our Psalm 81 artwork is an acrylic painting by Whitney Ballinger. Learn more about Whitney’s piece and all the preceding weekly artworks (back through Psalm 41) right here.
Here’s how you can prepare for this week:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 81.
Even though God has rescued His people from slavery and provided for us time and time again, we often forget to celebrate our freedom and fail to trust in God’s power to satisfy our deepest longings. In Psalm 81, God calls His people to rejoice in their salvation and listen to His voice as He guides them to joy.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 81:1–4, 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.
All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi)
Jesus What A Savior (Kirby Kaple)
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)
King Of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 1:5–7
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
O Come To The Altar (Brock, Brown, Furtick, and Joye)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken)