March 24, 2019

This is our ninth week in the book of Exodus, a book all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This is also the third week of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter where we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. A couple good resources for this season include this recent blog by Joel Limpic and The Christian Year. Here’s how you can prepare for our service together this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 6:14–7:7.

Here we come across our first genealogy in the book of Exodus. Although genealogies have a reputation for being boring and challenging to read, they actually play a significant role in the narrative.

First, the genealogy connects the story to real, ordinary, Hebrew families. This is not a fictional story about some mythical hero. It’s a story about real people, real families, and what God did to deliver them from evil and to make them into His People. Second, the genealogy serves to connect Moses and Aaron to the broader story of God. This genealogy picks up from the genealogies in Genesis that go all of the way back to Adam and Eve, reminding us of God’s promise that an offspring of the woman will come to crush the head of the serpent and restore God’s blessing to the world (Genesis 3:15). Moses and Aaron stand in continuity with that promise, and the evil reign of Pharaoh stands in continuity with the serpent as the enemy of God and His people.

Though the people of God have suffered greatly, God again promises that He will deliver them and crush His enemies under His feet.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 90:1–2; 12

All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year)
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Most merciful God
whose Son, Jesus Christ, was tempted in every way, yet was without sin,
we confess before You our own sinfulness;
we have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
we have compromised with evil;
we have doubted Your power to protect us.
Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness.
Restore in us such trust and love that we may walk in Your ways and delight in doing Your will.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 1:3–5

Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

O Come To The Altar (Brock, Brown, Furtick, and Joye)

VOCATION COMMISSIONING: FINANCE

Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)

March 17, 2019

We continue this week in Exodus; week 8. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This is also the second week of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter where we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. As a reminder, The Christian Year is a Park Church Music project that provides an artistic accompniament to the historical church calendar with songs, visual art, and prayers for the season. See our resources for Lent here. Here’s how you can prepare for service this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 5:22–6:13.

For Moses, the reality of Pharaoh’s intensified brutality seemed incongruent with God’s plan. But the Lord had already said that this would take place (vv.4:21). Rather than rebuking Moses for his questions, the Lord reiterated His own covenant promise that He had made long ago to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He promised that He would free them from their slavery with great acts of judgment, and He would lead them into their own land where He would dwell with them as their Lord and Redeemer. But the deflated morale of the Israelites and of Moses outweighed their confidence in the Lord’s promise. Nonetheless, the Lord had promised, and He would be faithful.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 46

Take A Moment (Will Reagan)
How Great Thou Art (Stuart K. Hine arr. Citizens)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Our Father, forgive us for thinking small thoughts of You
and for ignoring Your immensity and greatness.
Lord Jesus, forgive us when we forget that You rule
the nations and our small lives.
Holy Spirit, we offend You in minimizing Your power
and squandering Your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to Your glory, O triune God, has resulted in shallow confession,
tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 1:7–10

Rising Sun (Leslie Jordan, Kyle Lee, David Leonard, Paul Mabury)

GREETING, & CHILD DEDICATIONS

SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

Steadfast (Leslie Jordan, Sandra McCracken, Joshua Silverberg)
Yes And Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)

March 10, 2019

We’re in our seventh week in the book of Exodus at Park Church. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world.

This week is also the first Sunday of the season of Lent. Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter wherein we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. Learn more about the season and explore some practical ways to observe it here at our recent blog post. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our text, Exodus5:1–6:1.

Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh in the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, demanding that he let the people of Israel go. So begins the confrontation between the Lord and the oppressive ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh’s response is not entirely unexpected. He basically says, “Who’s Yahweh, and why should I listen to Him?” Additionally, instead of responding favorably to the demands of Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh responded by escalating his brutal treatment of the Hebrew people.

Not surprisingly, the people of Israel grew angry with Moses and Aaron. Their plan had apparently backfired, only causing their suffering at the hands of the Egyptians to increase. Moses responded to this anger with his own outburst toward God, circling back to his initial faithless questioning of God’s power and reliability. The Lord assures Moses that His purposes have not changed (vv.4:21)—the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart has set the stage for a shocking showcase of God’s power.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:13–14

Yes And Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From Prayers for Lent and Holy Week by David N. Mosser:

Gracious God, You know the difficult paths we tread; You know the challenges we face. Forgive us when we wander away from Your guidance. Reclaim us when we seek other gods that lead to our own destruction. Guide us back to You that we may rest in Your shelter. Strengthen our resolve that we may face the demons of our lives and courageously resist the temptations that blind us to Your love. In hope and trust we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 53:4–5

His Mercy Is More (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION

It Is Well With My Soul (Horatio G. Spafford, Philip P. Bliss)

CHURCH PLANT COMMISSIONING

All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue arr. King’s Kaleidoscope)

Ash Wednesday, 2019

Ash Wednesday inagurates the season of Lent through singing, prayer, and the symbolic imposition of ashes with a spoken, Biblical reminder: “From dust you came, to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19). We’re reminded of our mortality and our need for salvation in Christ. Here’s how you can prepare for this service:

Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Joel 2:1, 12–13

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi arr. The Christian Year)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Lord God, it is hard to think that we will die someday.
We dream, make plans, and talk about what we’ll do in the near future.
We don’t always think about what You want.
Instead, we make choices that we think are good for us.
But we are only here because You take care of us.

We confess that we forget we need You all the time.
We confess that sometimes we make choices that aren’t what You want.
We don’t know what is best for our lives.
Holy God, we are sorry for our sin.
Help us to remember we live because of You.
Help us to do what You want us to do
through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:35–39

His Mercy Is More (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

HOMILY, COMMUNION, & IMPOSITION OF ASHES

Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

March 3, 2019

We’re in week six of Exodus. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 4:1–31.

God had revealed Himself to Moses in power and called Moses to be His messenger to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. But Moses lacked faith that things would unfold the way that God had said. First, he questioned whether or not people would believe him or even listen to him. The Lord responded to this fear by giving Moses three powerful signs that He could use to support the veracity of His claim that he was a messenger of God. Second, Moses questioned his own ability to perform that task due to his weaknesses as a communicator. The Lord responded by declaring His sovereign power as his Creator, and His ability to strengthen Moses for the task that He was calling him to perform. Yet again, Moses resisted in fear, pleading to the Lord to send someone else. This time, the Lord grew angry with Moses’ faithless resistance, yet He still partially acquiesces to Moses request, telling Moses that his brother Aaron can act as Moses’ mouthpiece. Finally, Moses yielded to the Lord and began his journey back to Egypt.

Along the way, the Lord intervened in surprising ways reminding Moses of His covenant commitment to Israel as His “firstborn son” and of the conditions of His covenant with Israel. After Moses met with Aaron, they spoke to the people of Israel, and the people believed and worshipped God.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 90:1–2

The Lion and the Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)
Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Matthew 7:24–27
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 62:5–8

On Christ The Solid Rock (William Batchelder Bradbury and Edward Mote, arr. Austin Stone)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

This Is My Father’s World (Maltbie Davenport Babcock, arr. Gungor)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey, Brett Land)

BENEDICTION

February 24, 2019

This is our fifth week of Exodus at Park Church. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare for our time together this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 3:1–22.

It was 40 years since Moses settled in Midian, and he was an 80-year-old man when God intervened in His life with one of the most powerful stories of the Bible. While shepherding a flock through the wilderness, the LORD appeared to him in the form of a burning bush and called Moses to speak with Him. The passage is bursting with themes that are foundational for our knowledge of God. First, He is holy, which means He is set apart as uniquely powerful and pure. His Holy presence is both captivating and terrifying. Second, He is the God who reveals Himself to His people. He reveals to Moses His covenant name, Yahweh, which indicates His mysterious and eternal existence (“I AM WHO I AM”). He is the God who was, and is, and ever shall be. Third, He is the God who speaks and acts with sovereign power, faithfulness, and compassion to redeem His covenant people and to draw them into His presence. Fourth, He is the God who calls His people to trust in His power and to participate in His mission to redeem the world for His glory.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 6:1–3

Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith)
What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Our Father, forgive us for thinking small thoughts of You
and for ignoring Your immensity and greatness.
Lord Jesus, forgive us when we forget that You rule the nations and our small lives.
Holy Spirit, we offend You in minimizing your power
and squandering Your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to Your glory, O triune God,
has resulted in shallow confession,
tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Hebrews 10:19–23

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE:

O Come To The Altar (Brock, Brown, Furtick, and Joye)

COMMUNION

Heart Of God (Aodhan King, Jonas Myrin)

VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONING

Your Labor Is Not In Vain (Wendell Kimbrough, Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach)

BENEDICTION

February 17, 2019

It’s week four of Exodus at Park Church. In brief, Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare for our time together this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 2:23–25.

The previous ruler of Egypt died, and the people of Israel were suffering and desperately crying out for help and deliverance. The passage gives us unique insight into the heavenly realm where we see God paying attention to the cries of His people. God heard their groaning, indicating His care about their suffering. He remembered His covenant with Abraham, referring to His promise to make this His offspring into a great nation, to give them the land of Canaan, to bless them, and to make them a blessing to all nations. This promise is far from their current experience, and God saw the situation of His people and responded with deep concern and love. This short paragraph sets the stage for the whole story of deliverance that will follow, where God will show His power to redeem a people for His Kingdom.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 96:2–9

Great Is The Lord (Joseph Pat Barrett, Daniel Bashta, Ben Smith)
Rock Of Ages (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, arr. Charlie Hall)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Adapted From The Valley of Vision:

Heavenly Father,
Save me entirely from sin.
I know true righteousness comes only through the righteousness of another.
I pant and pine for likeness to Yourself;
I am Your child and should bear Your image.
Enable me to recognize my death to sin;
when it tempts me, may I be deaf to its voice.
Deliver me from both the invasion and the dominion of sin.
Grant me to walk as Christ walked,
to live in the newness of His life:
the life of love,
the life of faith,
the life of holiness.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:14–17

No Longer Slaves (Joel Case, Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE:

Through And Through (Will Reagan)

COMMUNION

Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. Shane & Shane)
Jesus What A Savior (Kirby Kaple)

BENEDICTION

February 10, 2019

We’re in week three of our study of the book of Exodus. Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 2:1–22.

Into this this dark scene of death comes a beautiful ray of hope—a Hebrew woman who risked her life to preserve her newborn baby boy. She made a basket and put him in the river hoping against all hopes that he could somehow be spared from the death that surrounded her people. The baby was found by none other than Pharaoh’s own daughter who had compassion on him and decided to raise him as her own son. She named him Moses, which means “to draw out.” This would be the one that God would use to draw His people out of slavery and into His presence.

Years later, when Moses was grown, he saw the oppression of his own people, and he took vengeance into his own hands, killing an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew man. When this became known, Pharaoh sought to kill Moses, so Moses fled to the land of Midian. While sitting at a well in Midian, he protected seven daughters of a Midianite priest from a group of threatening shepherds. The scene closes with Moses settling with this Midianite family, marrying one of the sisters, Zipporah, and starting a family with her in Midian.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 86:8–10

The Lion and the Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)
Great Are You Lord (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

Merciful God,
for the things we have done that we regret, forgive us;
for the things we have failed to do that we regret, forgive us;
for all the times we have acted without love, forgive us;
for all the times we have reacted without thought, forgive us;
for all the times we have withdrawn care, forgive us;
for all the times we have failed to forgive, forgive us.
For hurtful words said and helpful words unsaid,
for unfinished tasks
and unfulfilled hopes,
God of all time,
forgive us and help us to lay down our burden of regret. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Romans 8:1, Colossians 1:13–14:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Cornerstone (Bradbury, Liljero, Morgan, Mote, Myrin)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE:

Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)

COMMUNION

Blessed Assurance (Fanny Crosby, Phoebe Palmer Knapp)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

February 3, 2019

It’s week two of Exodus. The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world. Here’s how you can prepare this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 1:7–22.

A new Pharaoh rises to power in Egypt who didn’t know the story of Joseph’s deliverance of Egypt. He saw the people of Israel as a growing threat to His own Kingdom. Because of this fear, the new Pharaoh enslaved the people of Israel and subjected them to oppressive burdens. But the the more the Hebrews were oppressed, the more they multiplied. Pharaoh then escalated his oppressive treatment of the Hebrews, commanding their midwives to kill Hebrew sons as soon as they were born. When this plan was foiled by the faithful midwives, he commanded all of the Egyptians to take every son that was born to the Hebrews and throw them in the Nile. Far from a thriving Kingdom, the people of God are enslaved to overwhelming burdens and surrounded by death—they are desperate for deliverance.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 41:10

Oh God (Zach Bolen)
How Firm A Foundation (Author Unknown)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of refuge and help,
hear us now as we make our confession to You.
In times of temptation
we forget what You have done for us.
You give us everything we need,
yet we often remain unsatisfied;
You trust us to care for creation,
yet we often abuse that trust
and spoil what we have been given.
You show us the way we are to follow,
yet we often continue on the path
of self-indulgence and self-centeredness.
Forgive us, we pray.

We ask for Your direction, Your patience, Your love, in the name of Jesus Christ,
who, in spite of His temptations,
was faithful to Your saving Word. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Isaiah 43:1–3

Blessed Be Your Name (Beth Redman, Matt Redman)

GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION

In Tenderness (Garvey, Gordon, Walton arr. Brian Eichelberger)
Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham)

BENEDICTION

January 27, 2019

We thrilled to begin a new series this Sunday in the book of Exodus. Exodus will take us through the spring and early summer, breaking for three months for Christ in the Psalms and a brief topical series before picking back up in September to take us to Advent. Get comfortable! The book of Exodus is all about God’s mission to redeem a people for His Kingdom in this world and we’re excited to get started learning together. Here’s how you can prepare for this week:

1. Read through our text, Exodus 1:1–7.

The story begins where Genesis ended: Jacob (Israel), his sons, and their families (70 people in all), have come to Egypt under the care of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Israel. By God’s sovereign grace, and through much suffering, Joseph had come into a position of power in Egypt and was able to create a space for his family to grow and thrive under his protection. Even after Joseph and his generation had died, the people of Israel continued to be “fruitful,” to “multiply,”and to “fill the land.” This is a direct reference to the mission of God’s people repeated throughout Genesis. But as much as they were able to grow in Egypt, they were still in a foreign place, with a foreign ruler, and foreign gods—a far cry from the life that God had promised to their forefather Abraham.

2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Exodus 15:11, 13

The Lion And The Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring)
Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth arr. Citizens)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 32:1–4

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 32:5–7

What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)

GREETING, SERMON, & RESPONSE

Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)

COMMUNION

Heart Of God (Aodhan King, Jonas Myrin)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

BENEDICTION