May 26, 2019
This Sunday will be week 17 of Exodus at Park Church. Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in the world.
This is also week six in the season 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 about Eastertide and see resources for worship and prayer over at The Christian Year, our artistic accompaniment to the church calendar.
Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday at Park:
1. Read through our text, Exodus 17:8–18:27.
Israel encountered their first battle when Amalek and his people came against them in the wilderness. Here we are introduced to Joshua, whom Moses appointed to lead the army of Israel. Even in battle, the Israelites will learn that the Lord is their strength. When Moses’ raised the staff of God is in the air, the Israelites prevailed, but when his arms grew weary and fell down, Amalek began to prevail. Aaron and Hur, two leaders of Israel, helped hold Moses’ arms in the air so that Joshua and the Israelites could eventually prevail over Amalek in victory.
They built an altar to commemorate the victory and named it, “Yahweh is my Banner.” Then Moses’ father in-law, Jethro, came from Midian bringing Moses’ wife and two sons to join Moses. Jethro advised Moses about how he could delegate aspects of leadership to others among the people who could help him shoulder the burden in a way that would be sustainable throughout their journey through the wilderness.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Zephaniah 3:16–17, 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.
Mighty to Save (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God(Matt Boswell, Charles Wesley)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:
Our Father in heaven, we thank You
that You have led us into the light.
We thank You for sending the Savior to call us from death to life. We confess that we were dead in sin before we heard his call,
but when we heard him, like Lazarus, we arose.
But, O Father, the grave clothes bind us still.
Old habits that we cannot throw off,
old customs that are so much a part of our lives
that we are helpless to live the new life that Christ calls us to live.
Give us strength, O Father, to break the bonds;
give us courage to live a new life in You;
give us faith to believe that with your help we cannot fail.
All this we ask in the name of the Savior
who has taught us to come to You. Amen.
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:35–39
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION
The Lord Is My Banner (Joel Limpic)
VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING: BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)