May 12, 2019
We’re in our 15th week of Exodus. The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.
This is also the fourth week of Eastertide, the 50 days after Easter where we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and explore its implications for the redemption of all things. Learn more and find resources for Eastertide worship and prayer over at The Christian Year.
Lastly, our text this week includes the people of Israel’s celebration in “The Song of Moses.” We’ll share more about that in a second, but first wanted to invite you to Song of Moses, a worship night on Thursday, May 30 where we’ll learn and practice Biblical, physical expressions of worship. Learn more here.
Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday at Park Church:
1. Read through our text, Exodus 15:1–27.
In response to all they had seen God do, Moses and the people of Israel sang what has been called “The Song of Moses” or “The Song of the Sea.” The song is a beautiful and emotional celebration of the Lord’s victory over their enemies and of the glory of His Kingdom. The Lord is a King who wields His power to judge the evil in His world, to mercifully save His people from evil, and to bring them into a land where He will dwell among them as their Lord and Redeemer.
As beautiful as this song of celebration is, the celebration doesn’t last long. Three days after they crossed the Red Sea, they were in a place called Marah, where the only available water was bitter and undrinkable. Immediately, the people reverted to their faithless grumbling, not believing that the Lord is sufficient to provide for them. Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord provided by making the bitter water sweet. God then calls them to trust in His voice and to obey His words, saying, “I am Yahweh, your Healer.”
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 98:1–3, 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,
the Conqueror of the grave, the resurrection and the life.
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)
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.
Your Name Is Good (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 1:3–4
Who You Say I Am (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
Always (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)
Yes and Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)