May 21, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

We return this Sunday to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses for week 31 in the series. Here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, Acts 18:18–19:20.

The power and nature of God is richly demonstrated in this passage: We see that the Holy Spirit prevails against sickness and the evil practices of men, restoring bodies and helping people confess and forsake their sin. We see that one cannot simply speak of Jesus to wield His power—He must dwell within you as a result of union with Him.

Are you subject to the Holy Spirit, confessing and forsaking sin at His command; being healed? Do you speak the name of Jesus in faint hope, as someone who has heard rumors of Him, or in power, as one to whom He has bound Himself in His death and resurrection?

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 55:1–3

Our Great God (Fernando Ortega)
Your Great Name (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale, arr. Natalie Grant)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Isaiah 55:6–7

Holy Spirit (Bryan and Katie Torwalt, arr. by Kari Jobe)
Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 55:10–13

SERMON

Hallelujah, What A Savior (Philip P. Bliss, arr. Austin Stone)
Yes And Amen (Brown, McClarney, Moore)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

May 14, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

We’re taking a one-week break from The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses to discuss an important update to our church’s identity: a new, clarified mission statement. Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday:

1. Read through our new mission statement a few times:

We exist to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God and the joy of all people.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Psalm 105:1–2; Romans 5:5; Revelation 4:8:

The love of God has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us;
we dwell in Him and He in us.
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His name;
make known His deeds among the peoples.

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him,
and speak of all His marvelous works.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
who was and is and is to come!

Fall Afresh (Jeremy Riddle)
Build My Life (Younker, Martin, Kable, Redman, and Barrett)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:

God of grace,
You have given us Jesus,
the light of the world,
but we choose darkness
and cling to things that hide the brightness of Your love.
Immersed in ourselves, we have not risen to new life.
Baptize us with Your Spirit,
that, forgiven and renewed,
we may preach Your Word to the nations
and tell of Your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and our light forever.
Amen.

Rising Sun (All Sons & Daughters)
Seas Of Crimson (Johnson, Bashta, Taylor, Strand arr. by Daniel Bashta)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 2:4–7

SERMON

Your Great Name (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale, arr. Natalie Grant)
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue, arr. by Kings Kaleidoscope)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

May 7, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

We’re in week 30 of The Book Of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses this weekend at Park Church. As you prepare for service, it may be helpful to (1) read through the text and (2) spend some time with the liturgy:

1. Read through our text, Acts 18:1–17.

What fears creep into your heart as you consider talking to others about Jesus? When Paul is “opposed and reviled” in Corinth, Jesus tells Paul two things: to refrain from fear because God is with Him, and to go on proclaiming the glorious Gospel.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:1–9

How Great Thou Art (Stuart Wesley Keene Hine)
Build My Life (Younker, Martin, Kable, Redman, and Barrett)

CONFESSION OF SIN: Galatians 1:10

How Firm A Foundation (Robert Keene)
It Is Finished (Pt. 2) (Red Mountain Church)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 1:16

SERMON & COMMUNION

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion (Sandra McCracken)
No Longer Slaves (Jonathan Helser, Melissa Helser)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

April 30, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

At Park Church this Sunday, we’re in week 29 of The Book Of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. As you prepare for service, it may be helpful to read through the text and spend some time with the liturgy. We’ve prepared that for you below!

1. Read through our text, Acts 17:16–34.

In Athens, the culture was such that its people “would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.” What they heard from Paul was indeed “new” to them in some ways, but perhaps the most interesting news was something they already knew by their own writers, that “we are indeed His offspring.”

What does this mean? Image-bearing men and women, created by His hands, “ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.” For as many false gods as there were in Athens, the Divine Himself had come as a man, and we know Him because we are made by Him in His image. What else do we know? This Man, Jesus, comes again to judge mankind in righteousness, a truth firmly assured by His defeat of death; His glorious resurrection.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 148:1–6

All Creatures Of Our God And King (William Henry Draper, St. Francis of Assisi)
Beautiful (Phil Wickham)

CONFESSION OF SIN: by Daniel T. Benedict and Taylor Burton-Edwards

Before the heavens, let us confess our sin:
Our hearts are far from You, O God.
The glitter of our culture beguiles us,
the things we can buy fascinate us.
Our cisterns are dry and we are thirsty.

We have forgotten Your mercies,
and failed to rehearse Your mighty deeds.
Our cisterns are dry and we are thirsty.

We have exchanged living in grace
for living in our own strength and wisdom.
We have resisted using the means of grace.

We stumble and grope for what does not satisfy.
Our cisterns are dry and we are thirsty.
Forgive us.

Restore to us the living water
flowing over us, and in us, and through us in our baptism.
Restore to us the joy of Your salvation.
Our cisterns are dry and we are thirsty.
Have mercy on us and renew us, Fountain of Life.

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Corinthians 15:20–22

SERMON & COMMUNION

Forever Reign (Morgan Reuben, Jason Ingram)
King Of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

April 23, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

This Sunday we return to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. It’s week 28 of the series. To help prepare for service, here are a couple things to consider doing:

1. Read through our text, Acts 17:1–15.

The Gospel flips the world on its head. It reverses the effects of the curse. It creates an upside-down kingdom that confronts the cultural and social norms of everyday life.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 93:1–4

Rejoice The Lord Is King (Charles Wesley, Joel Limpic)
I Love You Lord (Laurie Klien)
Crown Him (Majesty) (Bridges, Cash, Elvey, Maher, Thring and Tomlin)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Eternal God, you do not change.
You have revealed yourself to us in Your Word.
You call us to worship You in spirit and in truth.
But we confess that we often worship
not Your true self but who we wish You to be.
We too often ask You to bless what we do
rather than seeking to do what You bless.
Forgive us for seeking concessions
when we should be seeking guidance.
Forgive us when our worship shapes You into what we want
instead of shaping us into what You want.
Help us to meet You here, that we might bow
before Your unspeakable majesty
and so live for You now and ever, in Christ.
Amen.

Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Corinthians 15:54–57

SERMON

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

April 16, 2017—Easter

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

This Sunday is Easter Sunday, and we’re excited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with you. Here are a couple ways to prepare for our service together:

1. Read through our text, 1 Corinthians 15:1–8.

What is of first importance to those of us who are in Christ? “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared…”

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

PROCESSIONAL: Songs played as we proceed inside after baptisms:

Roll Away The Stone (Latifah Alattas, David Wilton)
Oh Happy Day (Tore Wilhelm Aas)
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Charles Wesley)
Because He Lives (Bill Gaither)

CALL TO WORSHIP: From The Worship Sourcebook:

This is the good news—the grave is empty;
Christ is risen. Hallelujah!

This is the good news—the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never put it out. Hallelujah!

This is the good news—once we were no people;
now we are God’s people. Hallelujah!

Christ is our peace, the indestructible peace
we now share with each other. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

This Is Amazing Grace (Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, Phil Wickham)
Forever (Gifford, Jobe, Johnson, Johnson, Taylor, Wilson)
Up From The Grave He Arose (Robert Lowry)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave
and crowned him Lord of all.
We confess that we have not bowed before him
or acknowledged his rule in our lives.
We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory.
Forgive us and raise us from sin,
that we may be your faithful people,
obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who rules the world and is head of the church, his body.
Amen.

Seas Of Crimson (Johnson, Bashta, Taylor)
Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristian Stanfill)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 Peter 1:3–5

SERMON

In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

April 14, 2016—Good Friday

On Friday night, we will gather together with Fellowship Denver for joint Good Friday services, remembering the death of Jesus Christ. We call this Friday “good” becuase of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. As you prepare for this service, consider reading, praying, and even singing through it in advance:

Order of Service

When I Survey (Issac Watts)

READING ONE: John 18:1—12

Rock of Ages (Augustus Toplady)
Nothing But The Blood (Robert Lowry)

READING TWO: John 18:13—19:16a

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker)
Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristian Stanfill)

READING THREE: John 19:16b—30

How Marvelous (I Stand Amazed) (Charles H. Gabriel)
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)

READING FOUR: John 19:31—42

HOMILY & COMMUNION

April 9, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

This Sunday will be Palm Sunday. As we begin Holy Week, we’re dipping into Matthew to learn from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Here are a couple ways to prepare:

1. Read through our text, Matthew 21:1–11.

Jesus is the King we all long for. A King for the People.

  1. A Humble King for needy people.
  2. A Savior King for rebellious people.
  3. A Reigning King for anxious people.
  4. A Returning King for waiting people.

This is why His Kingdom is good news.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Based on John 12:13

King Jesus comes, King Jesus,
Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah.
Hail! King Jesus, King of all!
Recall the words of the Scriptures:
“A great crowd who had come to the feast heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
So they took branches of palm trees
and went out to meet him, crying,
‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
even the King of Israel!’”
In praise we adore you, King Jesus.
Enter our hearts today
as you entered Jerusalem long ago,
and lead us by faith in the way everlasting.
Amen.

Rejoice, The Lord Is King (Joel Limpic, Charles Wesley)
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing (Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against You
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways,
to the glory of Your Name.
Amen.

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Matthew Bridges, George Job Elvey, and Godfrey Thring)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Philippians 2:5–11

SERMON & COMMUNION

Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)
Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) (Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

April 2, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

This week at Park, we’re in week 27 of The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. As you prepare for service this week, here are a couple of things to do:

1. Read through our text, Acts 16:11–40.

In this week’s text, we see three different people with very different stories, each engaging with the Gospel in different ways. In some ways, these three represent people we’d least expect to see believing in Jesus. However, when studied, they may help break down our assumptions about the power of the Gospel.

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 16:5–11

Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue)
Break Every Chain (Brian Reagan)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against You
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways,
to the glory of Your Name.
Amen.

All The Poor & Powerless (All Sons & Daughters)
On Christ The Solid Rock (William Batchelder Bradbury and Edward Mote, arr. Austin Stone)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Galatians 3:23–28

SERMON & COMMUNION

Oh God (Zach Bolen)
Stronger (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)

BENEDICTION & SENDING

March 26, 2017

This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.

We’re back to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses in week 26 this Sunday. Consider doing a couple things as you prepare for this week’s service:

1. Read through our text, Acts 15:36–16:15.

A handful of interesting things happen here in the Acts narrative. Paul and Barnabas disagree and separate over whether or not John Mark should join them, Paul seems to go against his own teachings by circumcising Timothy for the approval of the Jews, the Holy Spirit prevents Paul and Silas from preaching the Gospel in certain areas, and then Paul is given a vision directing him to go to Macedonia. It’s a lot to keep up with, what is Christ doing here in His church?

2. Read, pray and sing through the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 96:1–4

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Joachim Neander, arr. Citizens)
Great Are You Lord (All Sons & Daughters)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against You
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways,
to the glory of Your Name.
Amen.

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

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:13–14, and Romans 5:1

God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

SERMON & COMMUNION

Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker)

BENEDICTION & SENDING