Sunday Worship: March 15In light of local developments with COVID-19, and after recommendations from the CDC and local governments, Park Church will not meet corporately today, March 15, or next Sunday, March 22. However, there is no reason not to worship at home. On this page, we’ve provided our order of service, a playlist of the planned worship songs, a video of the sermon, and other resources to use at home.
Before You Start:
Set aside 1 hour of uninterrupted time. We know that disruptions may come up, but do your best to preserve this time. It is powerful when we slow down, take time to worship, and pay attention to the way God is moving.
Designate a leader to transition through the elements of the liturgy. Portions that say “together” will be read or prayed by everyone. This practice will help you stay focused and help the service flow more naturally.
We put everything in order on our blog so you can simply scroll down through the order of the liturgy. We know that this might feel a little weird, but as you interact with our content this morning, know that you are not alone. God is with us and many others around the world are worshiping in the same way today.
WORSHIP & LITURGY
If you use Spotify, you can use this playlist to sing through the songs. In addition to or instead of Spotify, you can also click the title of each song below to see a video (some of which include lyrics).
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:8–13, Greeting:
Call to Worship passage (above) is read aloud Together. Greeting is read aloud by Leader.
To those who feel the goodness and mercy of God today, and to those who don’t; to those who love His Kingship and Kingdom, and to those who struggle to believe in Him or surrender to Him, may we all hear and respond to the voice of Jesus the King, calling us today: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook:
Merciful God, in Your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. We abuse Your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and turn them into bonds of oppression. Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve You in the world as agents of Your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 53:4–5
Assurance passage (above) is read aloud by Leader.Way Maker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)
Homily: Psalm 46
Taking communion together is a major reason we love to gather on Sundays. It’s a powerful physical and tangible reminder of the work of Jesus and continued reliance on Him until He returns. As you consider taking communion at home, here are some items you’ll need:
- Bread or crackers
- Juice or wine
- A glass for the juice or wine
Here is a simple communion liturgy to walk through on Sunday:
- Read through 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
- Have someone designated to hold the bread and say, “This is the body of Christ broken for you.” Tear the bread off.
- Have someone designated to hold the glass with juice or wine in it and say, “This is the blood of Christ shed for you.” Dip the bread in the wine.
- Have someone pray.
- Take the bread & wine together.
For those with kids, we encourage parents to handle this the same way they do when they are at church taking communion. If your children haven’t been taking communion, consider taking communion in front of them and use this as an opportunity to explain and share the Gospel. If kids show an interest or new profession of faith as a result, reach out to a pastor or elder and we’d love to celebrate with you and help you think through next steps of faith and communion, etc. If they have been taking communion, guide them through the liturgy.