August 19, 2018
This Sunday at Park Church, we’re beginning a three-week series called Mission, a discussion of who we are and what we do as a church. Around this time last year, a five-week series by the same name introduced our new mission statement: “We exist to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God and the joy of all people.” Because we believe that being unified in our mission is critical, we’ll continue to return to this topic around this time each year!
Here’s how you can prepare for this week’s service:
1. Read through our text, 1 John 3:1–3.
“Can you believe the kind of love that the Father has given to us—that we should be called the children of God? And so we are!” This expression from the Apostle John is an emotional outburst from a man who was enraptured by the love of God. Our prayer is that God would give us this same sort of joy as we consider together His love for His children.
In addition to 1 John 3:1–3, we’ll be looking at Luke 15:11–32 where Jesus shows us a picture of a Father who deeply loves His children and runs after them—even when they (we) run from Him in pride and shame. May God awaken our hearts to His breathtaking love.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 36:7–9, 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.
Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)
Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:
God of love, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done,
we have sinned in ignorance;
we have sinned in weakness;
we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry.
We repent and turn to You.
Forgive us and renew our lives
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Good Good Father (Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:14–16
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
How Majestic (Brian Eichelberger)
Reckless Love (Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, Ran Jackson)