March 22, 2020
If you’ve been reading Preparing for Sunday for any amount of time, this new version of our weekly post may look a lot different to you. Suspending our weekly gatherings has caused numerous shifts in how we do ministry at Park Church, and amongst the biggest changes has been moving our services online for families and smaller groups of people to walk through together. For this reason, what used to be available on Thursdays in Preparing for Sunday has now become the bulk of what people will access to use on Sundays for worship together (though we’ve improved that as a resource).
The new, temporary focus of Preparing for Sunday is this: preparing people who are preparing to lead their family or small group of people in their localized, home services. If you’re thinking, “That’s not me!”, don’t click unsubscribe just yet! The Church Scattered requires many more people to take up the responsibility to lead their families and/or groups. You may consider dedicating a little time to pray about that if you haven’t already.
Preparing for Sunday has been simplified to a list of three-ish songs and the main passage we’ll study. It’s really simple, but by moving the rest of the service content to Sunday’s larger post that includes the sermon video, we also hope to emphasize the corporate nature of the service and have groups and families enjoy those things together. So, for those who would like to prepare in advance for reading Scripture to your group or leading them in this week’s music, here’s how you can prepare for Sunday:
Read through our text, Isaiah 9:1–7.
Practice singing or playing through our songs:
CALL TO WORSHIP
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Matt Boswell, Charles Wesley) / Psalm 32:7 (Mark Wilkins)
Cornerstone (Bradbury, Liljero, Morgan, Mote, Myrin)
CONFESSION OF SIN
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)
PASSING THE PEACE, SCRIPTURE READING, SERMON VIDEO, PRAYER, & COMMUNION
Doxology (A Cappella) (Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Ken)