This year, we commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Park Cities Presbyterian Church and begin a year filled with celebration. From our first worship service at Highland Park High School on May 26, 1991, until today, we have witnessed our God, who is “all in all,” work mightily and faithfully. Today is also a commencement into a new season of ministry as the Extend vision begins to root, grow, and bloom.
In our services on Sunday, May 23, we will sing two great hymns, long loved and embraced by this congregation: “Lift High the Cross” and “O God, beyond All Praising.” The Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer Number 1 has been a bedrock of our shared and confessed faith. We recite it and hear a new musical setting of this text, sung by the Chancel Choir.
We will hunt risk down
and we will engage it with joy…
And we will risk everything for the Gospel’s sake
because we have found the treasure in the buried field.
We found the pearl of great price.
And only in the risk of costly obedience to the Apostles’ teaching;
only in worshipping in a way that makes Jesus
sweeter than all our idols;
only in the risk of pursuing the Gospel’s transforming presence
as the only power that can deeply change us;
and only in the risk of being on the front lines of Kingdom battle
where we desperately need prayer as the [connection]
to the supply lines of God’s glorious grace;
only in that way will everyone continue to be filled with awe
at the God who is,
quite simply and forever,
beyond all praising.
— Skip Ryan, former Senior Pastor
PCPC’s 10th Anniversary
May 20, 2001