Sunday Worship: March 29
New to Park or visiting? We’re so grateful you’ve stopped by and we’re so sad we weren’t able to meet you in person and give you a proper greeting. We’re currently working on some ways to connect newcomers during this time of social restrictions, but we’d love to connect with you over email! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
Worshiping with Kids? We know that can be a little crazy. Here are some suggestions for success with that. We also have a page with Sunday Worship resources designed just for them—use the link below!
Worship & Liturgy:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!
For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100 ESV)
Let us go to the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit!
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
All videos were shot before social distancing became heavily encouraged. Future videos will reflect proper social distancing.
Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
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God blesses those who realize their need for Him,
for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.
But we have been proud in spirit,
inflated with pride in our own self-sufficiency.
We have forgotten how needy we are.
Lord, have mercy upon us,
in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Adapted from “The Worship Sourcebook”)
Let’s spend a moment in silence confessing our sin to God.
For those who are in Christ, listen as I read this assurance of pardon:
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.'””
(1 Peter 1:3–5 ESV)
Thanks be to God!
Come Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart arr. Robbie Seay)
PASSING THE PEACE:
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As in some church traditions, we take time now in a time of much chaos and fear to “pass the peace.” We know that true peace is not ours to give, but rather comes from the Prince of Peace Himself, Jesus. Take time to greet each other by saying:
“The peace of Christ be with you!”
Let the other person respond by saying:
“And also with you!”
May we be a people marked by His peace in a time of peril.
This week’s text to be read: Matthew 5:1–12.
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Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Take the next few minutes to engage with God in prayer.
- Is there anything God’s convicting you of or encouraging you with? Talk to God about those things.
- Who are the people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in your life? How can you pray for them right now? Are there any steps you could take to show care for them and exemplify God’s mercy?
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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.
Doxology (A Cappella) (Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Ken)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
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Though we are for the most part contained in our homes and experiencing various degrees of anxiety and fears, in God we are not those without hope. Today’s benediction comes from the apostle Paul in Romans 15:13. As I read this blessing over you, may the Spirit plant this hope deep in our souls so that it overflows to all we come in contact this next week, either virtually or in person.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope…”
And may the God of peace be with you!
And also with you!