June 16, 2019
This is our second week of Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. Over the last eight years we’ve gone Psalm-by-Psalm, finding ourselves in Psalm 91 this Sunday. But why 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.
As a means to engage further with the Psalms each summer, we have a different artist in our community make a piece each week to be displayed in the foyer. Last week our piece for Psalm 90 was done by Bruce Butler. Read more about that here. You can also see and read about all past Christ in the Psalms artwork pieces right here (they go back as far as Psalm 41).
As for this Sunday at Park Church, here’s how you can prepare:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 91.
Psalm 91 promises that God is a shelter for His people in the midst of the storm. He is like a suit of armor in the face of attack. He is like a protective bird who hides His young under the shelter of His wings. These images are meant to be encouraging, yet we and other Christians around us are still facing suffering and difficulties of all kinds where we feel unsheltered, unarmored, and unprotected. How can God say that He will protect His people from evil?
This Psalm brings us into the complexity and comfort of God’s covenant love—a love that is thoroughly secure for all who call on His name.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 62:5–8, 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,
Rock of Ages (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, arr. Charlie Hall)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 51:1–3, 9–10
Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 2:9–10
Who You Say I Am (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE
Always (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)
Psalm 3:1–4 (John Petterson)
The Lion And The Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)