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 in advance:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 55:1–3
CONFESSION OF SIN: Isaiah 55:6–7
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Isaiah 55:10–13
BENEDICTION & SENDING