We studied Psalm 51 this past Sunday and the thing that keeps coming to my mind is this idea of transparency. David had sinned against God and was called out by the prophet Nathan. He didn’t point the finger or run the other way. He came directly to God. In verses 10-12 he says this:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
The thing I love about David is his willingness to be transparent with the God he knew to be the most precious aspect and reality of his life. The question I have been asking myself this week is, “how transparent am I with God? He knows everything, so why not come to Him in every season of life?”
Another great thing about this Psalm is the simple fact that you and I have it to read. David’s transparency with God also extends to our lives thousands of years later. This could be the most powerful lesson for me this past week: as we are transparent with God it translates over into transparency with each other.
It’s shaping up to be a busy summer around our community! Check out the latest:
Bible Study for Women: Jana Galt (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the San Antonio class administrator for Community Bible Study. This is a bible study for women that has more than 600 classes worldwide. There is a program through this bible study for all kids from infants through high school. This would be a great opportunity for women at the Park to connect with other women and grow in their study of God’s word. If you would like to find out more about this ministry you can email Jana or go to the national website at www.communitybiblestudy.org
If you would like to get into a class, you can register at: http://sanantonio.cbsclass.org
Volunteering on Sundays: As our community continues to grow, there are always needs with regard to volunteering on Sundays. We ask people for a once-a-month commitment to reinforce the fact that your primary ministry exists outside of Sunday mornings. If we all take one Sunday per month, we can keep that focus alive. Interested to jump in on Sundays in Family Ministries or Set-Up/Take-down? Email Scott at email@example.com.
Psalms Teaching Series: This Sunday we are continuing our study of a few Psalms. The focus for this week will be Psalm 3. A great way to get more out of Sunday is to read before coming. So, take a 5 minute break today and give it a read. We will see you Sunday.
Serving the Servants – Nurses @ Baptist ER: Mark it on your calendar: Saturday, July 28th. If you’ve never joined in on this project I highly encourage you to this month as the focus will be on a local hospital. Brandon Griffin has a great ministry in which our local police, fire/rescue, and hospitals are shown the love of God through simply bringing them some tasty treats and smiles to help push them through the day. Meet at 10:30am at La Taza Coffee House (15060 San Pedro) or at the hospital at 11am (16088 San Pedro, 78232). Email Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org for other details.
Summer Psalms Community Groups: We are excited to study a few psalms this summer like we did last year. One new thing we will be doing is launching some community groups that will track along with the sermons each week. Currently existing groups can also participate in this study. To view our current list of community groups go to: http://theparksa.org/community-groups/
Each week we will post a discussion guide on our website at www.theparksa.org. Go there to retrieve it and use during your group meeting.
Have a great weekend and we will see you at 10am at Huebner Elementary this Sunday!