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Sunday Recap for January 14, 2017:
A Sinful Jesus?

Christ Church has a Mission and Vision Sunday at the beginning of each year. We very much hope to see you there on Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

It will be an important day for everyone to be oriented around our shared vision, direction and plans for the year, as we work together to build unity and grow closer together, having one heart, one mind and the same spirit for the glory of Christ and his kingdom in San Francisco.

Details: Service will begin at 10:30am as usual, but end early at 11:30am. Lunch will be served and we plan to finish the M&V by 12:30pm. Childcare will be provided. More details will come, and please let us know if you have any questions!
Women's Ministry 9th Annual Cookie Exchange
Sunday, January 28th, 3-5pm @ Fulton Clubhouse (855 27th Ave.)
Ladies, please join us for a time of fellowship, reflecting on last year, looking toward the new year, and... cookies! Bring 2 dozen cookies (handmade or store-bought)
(Pictures from top to bottom, left to right: Church in Vilassar de Mar, Matt at seminary, the Leighton family, the seminary)
Mission Highlight: Thank you Matt for sharing about God's work in Spain! For those of you who are unfamiliar, less than 0.5% of Spain is evangelical Christian (lower percentage than Saudi Arabia) and evangelicals are viewed with as much suspicion as cult members. Matt shared about their home church in Vilassar de Mar (where we visited last summer) and how they now thankfully have an indigenous Catalan pastor. Matt still helps with pastoral ministry, but he is also teaching at the seminary in Spain, one of the few that teach that the Word of God is fully inspired by God without contradiction and that Jesus died under God's wrath in our place. Although the seminary building is very old and there are forty seminary students, they are thankful that students can be taught to read God's word thoughtfully and carefully, and to preach faithfully. 

Some prayer requests are: that the church would stay unified in Christ even through political unrest in Spain about Catalonia, so that the church could be an effective witness for Christ. That the seminary would have more than 40 students, that God would raise more professors to fill the need, and that the seminary would become sustainable and not rely on outside churches but on the Spanish church itself. Let's continue to pray together for the Leighton family and for these requests he shared with us from Spain!
Link to this Week's Sermon: "A Sinful Jesus?" (Romans 8:1-4)

Thank you, Matt, for visiting us and preaching for us!
 
Main: Jesus came to be a perfect sacrifice for sins, to identify with us in our suffering, and to show us God’s love.

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Sunday Recap for January 7, 2017:
Jesus is the Plan

Christ Church has a Mission and Vision Sunday at the beginning of each year. We very much hope to see you there on Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

It will be an important day for everyone to be oriented around our shared vision, direction and plans for the year, as we work together to build unity and grow closer together, having one heart, one mind and the same spirit for the glory of Christ and his kingdom in San Francisco.

Details: Service will begin at 10:30am as usual, but end early at 11:30am. Lunch will be served and we plan to finish the M&V by 12:30pm. Childcare will be provided. More details will come, and please let us know if you have any questions!
Women's Ministry 9th Annual Cookie Exchange
Sunday, January 28th, 3-5pm @ Fulton Clubhouse (855 27th Ave.)
Ladies, please join us for a time of fellowship, reflecting on last year, looking toward the new year, and... cookies! Bring 2 dozen cookies (handmade or store-bought)
Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for sharing about Hands at Work, our partnership in Mcheneka, Malawi, and about our upcoming trip on May 18-28. Here is a link to the slides!

In a country of 14 million where there are 1 million orphans, the needs overwhelm the capacity to support. By reaching out to the poorest of the poor in villages where NGO's don't reach, Hands at Work not only shares the saving gospel of Christ, but acts as his hands and feet in loving and serving the most vulnerable through providing food, basic education and healthcare, visiting the homes of the orphans, and supporting their caregivers, who are often just above the poverty line themselves. 

Our partnership Hands at Work in Mcheneka (with churches Wellspring and Grace Alameda) is not a delusion that a few Westerners will magically fix everything in the short time we are there, but we are going to support and encourage the work that our brothers and sisters in Christ are tirelessly doing, and go in a posture of humility and learning, seeing the amazing work God is doing through his Christ-like children in Mcheneka, and inform the way we love and serve the vulnerable here in San Francisco. 

We are planning to send a team of about 10 people during May 18-28. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Sunday, January 14th, (which includes meeting dates and cost estimates), as we would like the team finalized by the end of January. We will be sending out more information about the trip, and if you have any questions, please email us! Let us continue to be in prayer for this trip, that God work in mighty ways. 
Question #52: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?
 
Answer: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.
Link to this Week's Sermon: "Jesus is the Plan" (Ephesians 1:1-10)

"Consider the remarkable facts. Paul’s letters, in a standard modern translation, occupy fewer than eighty pages. Even taken as a whole, they are shorter than almost any single one of Plato’s dialogues or Aristotle’s treatises. It is a safe bet to say that these letters, page for page, have generated more comment, more sermons and seminars, more monographs and dissertations than any other writings from the ancient world.” (N.T. Wright, Paul: A Biography)
 
“Thus the Lord Jesus Christ dominates Paul’s mind and fills his vision. It seems almost as if he feels compelled to bring Jesus Christ into every sentence he writes, at least at the beginning of this letter. For it is through and in Jesus Christ that God’s new society has come into being.” (John Stott)
 
Main: Jesus is the plan.

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Sunday Recap for December 31, 2017:
Shaping Your Desires

Christ Church has a Mission and Vision Sunday at the beginning of each year. We very much hope to see you there on Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

It will be an important day for everyone to be oriented around our shared vision, direction and plans for the year, as we work together to build unity and grow closer together, having one heart, one mind and the same spirit for the glory of Christ and his kingdom in San Francisco.

Details: Service will begin at 10:30am as usual, but end early at 11:30am. Lunch will be served and we plan to finish the M&V by 12:30pm. Childcare will be provided. More details will come, and please let us know if you have any questions!

Mission Highlight: This week we learned about and prayed for District 11. We want to love like Jesus loves, and to love our city, we must know it!

The neighborhoods in District 11 include Excelsior, Ingleside, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside Heights, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission, Cayuga, and Crocker Amazon.

Interestingly, there are no ethnic majorities in District 11. 47% Asian, 7% black, 33% white, 28% Latino, and 11% other. Since that adds up to more than 100%, some identify with more than one. A full two thirds of households speak a language other than English at home, and half of residents were born outside the US.

District 11 is tied with District 10 in lowest percentage of college or higher education at 28%, but its median income is pretty much right at San Francisco’s median income at $71,504, with 9% living in poverty, less than the city’s 12%. As of 2010, District 11 had the highest rate of home ownership in the city.

Janice shared her memories of living in the Excelsior, including the colorful murals, the trees on Persia Ave., the 14 bus, favorite restaurants, running into church friends on the sidewalk, and a brave student at Balboa High who shared a poem about his father's drug abuse. Then we prayed together for District 11:

"Heavenly Father, thank you for creating and sustaining the people and neighborhoods of District 11. Thank you for the love and strength that goes into that. Father, let it be in District 11 as it is in heaven, as difficult as it is to imagine, where everyone knows that you are holy, where you are trusted and obeyed, where there is no sin and death, where there is always praises, abundant life, joy, and peace. Please provide for the daily needs of the people in District 11, save them from temptations that destroy, and please protect them from evil. Let forgiveness abound in District 11. Father, please help Christians in District 11 love like you love. I also pray for district supervisor Ahsha Safai, for him to govern justly so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness. I pray for that young man who shared his poem and for his father. Thank you for listening to our prayers. God, receive all the honor and glory. We pray in the name of your son Jesus."

Question #51: Of what advantage to us is Christ's ascension?
 
Answer: Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.
Link to this Week's Sermon:Shaping Your Desires" (Genesis 1:271 Peter 1:15-16Ephesians 5:1)

“The instinct of imitation is implanted in man from childhood, one difference between him and other animals being that he is the most imitative of living creatures.” (Aristotle)
 
“All humans have been created to be reflecting beings, and they will reflect whatever they are ultimately committed to, whether the true God or some other object in the created order…we resemble what we revere, either for ruin or restoration.” (G.K. Beale, We Become What We Worship)
 
Main Idea: What is shaping your desires?

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Sunday Recap for December 17, 2017:
The Way of Jesus

Please join us on Sunday, December 24th, 10:30 AM at 460 Arguello Blvd. for a family-friendly, Christmas Eve Carol Service! It will be a joyous time to remember and celebrate the Son of God who came to us as a humble baby and will return again as King!

It will be a shorter service with singing and a Christmas message--a perfect opportunity to invite family and friends to hear and partake in the good news! 

Baked goods from Arsicault will also be provided, along with special treats and activity bags for the kiddos, so please come early! We hope to see you there!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Amanda and Andrew for sharing the Advent devotional and Mission Highlight this Sunday. After reading the Magnificat, Amanda read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's devotional about how God is with the lowly, and that celebrating Christmas is about "laying down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism before the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness." And this is not the call of Christians just at Christmas or when it is convenient, but at all times, through Christ. 

In line with this, Andrew led us in prayer for our sister in Christ, Latisha (very right), a care worker they got to know in Mcheneka, Malawi, our sister community, who is the very reflection of God laying down everything to love and serve others. Christ shines through Latisha in her love and service for the orphans she takes care of (pictured). Along with her own child, she cared for the other children, visiting their homes, coming early to the care centers, always singing praises to God with joy. We thanked God for making Latisha and using her to show us all how his love is. We prayed that God continue to be with her, to give her strength and encouragement, to use her to bless those around her, and to use those around her to bless her. We prayed for the children under her care. 
Question #50: What does Christ's resurrection mean for us?
 
Answer: Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come. Just as we will one day be resurrected, so this world will one day be restored. But those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to everlasting death.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “The Way of Jesus" (1 Peter 4:12-5:14)

“C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel-humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person, Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.” (Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness)
 
Main idea: The way of Jesus is humility.

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Sunday Recap for December 10, 2017:
Live With Resolve

Please join us on Sunday, December 24th, 10:30 AM at 460 Arguello Blvd. for a family-friendly, Christmas Eve Carol Service! It will be a joyous time to remember and celebrate the Son of God who came to us as a humble baby and will return again as King!

It will be a shorter service with singing and a Christmas message--a perfect opportunity to invite family and friends to hear and partake in the good news! 

Baked goods from Arsicault will also be provided, along with special treats and activity bags for the kiddos, so please come early! We hope to see you there!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Chang family for sharing with us about your summer trip to visit Hands at Work in South Africa! The hub of Hands at Work is in South Africa. They got to visit two communities, Zwelisha which was near the hub but struggled with violence and Oshoek a rural community where girls were vulnerable to trafficking. Caroline and Henry shared about the food they got to try in South Africa, how the people lived and how they played together with other kids. As a physician, Becky had studied the AIDS and HIV crisis in South Africa where 1/5 are affected, and also thought about the "freedom of self-forgetfulness" and how "gospel humility" is not about thinking less of oneself, but thinking about oneself less. They saw this demonstrated in the care-givers and staff at Hands at Work, who are serving the children, showering each one with love in tireless, selfless humility in Christ's name. We got to pray for the people the Changs met there by name. The Changs also got to partake in the holy home visits, and although it was hard to measure the value of this time, they heard stories about how it stopped one widow from poisoning herself and her children, and how these communities reflected the early church of sharing life together while sharing everything they had. It challenged how they were living here in SF, and they in turn challenged us learn, pray, give and get involved. 
Question #49: Where is Christ now?
 
Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Live With Resolve" (1 Peter 4:1-11)

 “Throughout the NT, as here, teaching about the future is offered as the basis for how Christians are to live now. What one believes about the future shapes how one lives today. A belief that the future is full of hopelessness, despair, and futility becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when people live today as if that future were true. On the other hand, hope in a future that is meaningful and assured produces the confidence to live each day with that future in view.” (Karen Jobes)
 
“The Christian should neither withdraw from the world, nor be lost in the midst of the world. Instead, the Christian should bring the reign of God and the world into collision.” (Jacques Ellul)
 
Main Idea: Live with resolve, the resolve of Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for December 3, 2017:
Ethics and Identity

Please join us on Sunday, December 24th, 10:30 AM at 460 Arguello Blvd. for a family-friendly, Christmas Eve Carol Service! It will be a joyous time to remember and celebrate the Son of God who came to us as a humble baby and will return again as King!

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Week 1: Advent devotional: The brokenness of our world is inescapable. Watching a newscast or quickly scrolling through your social media timeline reveals atrocity upon atrocity. Whether it’s acts of terror or nations warring or genocide or injustice or senseless acts of murder, we remain a people bombarded with this reality: Things are not as they should be. The season of Advent breaks into our broken world and reorients our hearts around a better reality—the present darkness which shrouds creation has been defeated in Jesus Christ and will one day be fully realized. Advent is a turning away from despair and toward hope. The prophet Isaiah heralded this hope to Israel, and like him we can look ahead in hope when the instruments of war, destruction and death of our day are hammered into plowshares and pruning hooks. The Light of the World shines into the darkness. Let us join with the prophet Isaiah in his exhortation, “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.”
Mission Highlight: Thank you Steve for sharing with us about OMF International this Sunday. He shared about the work he has done with OMF, first in Japan with his family, and now in the states, helping churches here have a mission focus and strategize. Rather than having churches serve missions organizations, he is coaching them on how to be involved directly. He then prayed for us as a congregation, reminding us that Jesus was the first missionary to us, and we, like him, are sent out to share the good news of salvation in Christ. If you have questions or are interested in getting more involved please email him at churches@omf.org!
Question #48: What is the church?
 
Answer: God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Ethics and Identity" (1 Peter 3)

“Your real, new self (which is Christ's and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him…Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
 
Main idea: Ethics flow from identity.

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Sunday Recap for November 26, 2017:
Free To Be Like Jesus

Advent starts this Friday, on December 1st! Click on the image above for an advent devotional for you and your family! (From The Village Church)
With the start of Advent, click on the image above for a resource on the church calendar, also called the liturgical year, which "seeks to redeem our time and space through the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Through readings, prayers, songs, fasts and other practices, these seasons help to reorient our hearts and minds away from the false stories of the world and back toward the one true story of the Bible--the Christian story." (Also from the Village Church)

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Craig and Dani, for leading us in our Mission Highlight! In case you missed it: "In first Timothy, Paul urges the church to make prayers, supplications, and thanksgiving for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. We will be praying for the elected leaders of San Francisco, acknowledging that God has put them in a position of authority. These leaders include Mayor Ed Lee, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, District Attorney George Gascón, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Treasurer and Tax Collector Jose Cisneros, police chief Bill Scott; and the eleven district supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Sandra Lee Fewer, Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, Hillary Ronen, Ahsha Safai, Jeff Sheehy, Katy Tang, and Norman Yee. Let us pray.
 
God of power and might, through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed. Assist with your spirit of counsel and wisdom the elected officials of San Francisco. May they always seek the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy. Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection to lead our city with honesty and integrity. We ask that you would guide them across their key initiatives including housing, commute improvement, security, equality in the workforce, water supply, storm and flood protection, energy, education, and health care. Above all, that they glorify you in all they do. May the Kingdom of God become evermore present in the city of San Francisco because of the wisdom and justice of our elected officials. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Let's continue to pray for our leaders as Scripture commands us to!

Question #46: What is the Lord's Supper?
 
Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord's Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father's kingdom.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Free To Be Like Jesus" (1 Peter 2:13-25)

There is a strange and counterintuitive idea at the heart of Christianity: To live free, to live as who you truly are, is to live constrained. That true freedom is only found when you live first and foremost for God and others and not for yourself.
 
Main Idea: Be like Jesus because that is who you are. Or Free to be like Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for November 19, 2017:
500 Years and Still Counting

Advent starts on December 1st! Click on the image above for an advent devotional for you and your family! (From The Village Church)
With the start of Advent, click on the image above for a resource on the church calendar, also called the liturgical year, which "seeks to redeem our time and space through the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Through readings, prayers, songs, fasts and other practices, these seasons help to reorient our hearts and minds away from the false stories of the world and back toward the one true story of the Bible--the Christian story." (Also from the Village Church)
From time to time, Seng and Toby will to use this a series called, "From Your Pastors" to send out articles from them or others that we believe will be helpful to the spiritual formation of our church community. This latest post is called, "Different Ways of Thinking About Church." We encourage you to check it out!

Mission Highlight: The primary purpose of this baby dedication ceremony is to pray for our parents and children and to publicly remind each other of the responsibility and privilege that we have as parents and as a church community to minister the love of Christ to the children in our midst. It is our prayer that every one of our children will understand that they are image bearers of God, created for relationship with God, and that no amount of brokenness and sin can keep them from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ.

We want to teach, remind, and show our children that Christ loves them so much that he laid his life down for them. We want them to understand that there is power in the forgiveness, redemption and renewal we have in Christ. That their identity is not what the surrounding culture tells them it is. That their identity is secure in Christ and that God has a claim on their lives. That the greatest thing they could ever hope for or need in life is the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father. We want them to know that they are dearly loved by their parents, families, and church family. We want them to put their trust in Christ and live for him. That is what this baby dedication ceremony is about. As the Psalmist reminds us, “Children are a gift from God.” What a blessing it is to have so many gifts from God to pray for today.

The parents affirmed their desires that with the aid of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that they would raise their children to know Jesus, to depend on grace, to prioritize God's kingdom and strengthening the faith of the family, and as parents to reflect the love of our Heavenly Father. The congregation affirmed our desire that with the aid of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we would serve, pray for, support and encourage them in this. Praise God for these children, and may God be with us!v

Question #44: What is baptism?
 
Answer: Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “500 Years and Still Counting" (Romans 16:1-10, 17-20)

Thank you George for visiting us from your work at Hands at Work in Africa. Thank you for sharing the Word of God and reflections on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

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Sunday Recap for November 12, 2017:
Growing Up in Christ

Mission Highlight: Thank you Chad for sharing our Mission Highlight on District 10. District 10 includes the neighborhoods of Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Dogpatch. It is 30% Asian, 29% Black, 26% White, and 15% Hispanic.

Chad and his wife Theresa have been living in Dogpatch for about 9 months to live close to work, where Chad is an architect in FiDi and Theresa walks to work to UCSF Mission Bay Hospital. They love the Dogpatch for its sunshine, walkability, and industrial buildings that are being redeveloped into shops, artist collectives and restaurants.

Chad gave a history of the T-Line connecting this district leading to significant economic development, which has both increased employment opportunities but has raised cost of living (median home prices have doubled in ten years), displacing long-term residents. The African American population has decreased in the last 15 years from 50% to 30% today. Of the eleven districts, District 10 is 2nd highest in homelessness and 3rd highest in poverty. The Bayview is often referred to as the "Last Frontier in SF Real Estate". 

Chad led us in prayer for District 10, for district supervisor Malia Cohen, for policies that balance neighborhood revitalization with the rights and wellbeing of underserved and long-term residents of the community. We prayed for the schools and students. For Old Skool Cafe, which Christ Church has supported, to continue to provide employment skills to at-risk youth in an effort to reduce cycles of violence, incarceration, and recidivism.  We prayed for local gospel-centered churches such as The Bay City Church, led by Pastor Eddie Williams who has visited our congregation once before. We prayed to bless the Williams family as they prepare to launch this church in Fall 2018 with wisdom and discernment of God's will, encouragement and stamina for the marathon ahead, and the presence of God's Holy Spirit as they share Jesus with your people.  Let's continue to pray for District 10 this week!
Question #43: What are the sacraments or ordinances?
 
Answer: The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Growing Up in Christ" (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Thank you Seng for preaching on what it means to taste the goodness of God, to crave the goodness of God, and to convey the goodness God, from Peter's letter to the church. 

Main Idea: Growing up spiritually is not an option. 

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Sunday Recap for November 5, 2017:
Holy

Membership Affirmation: Praise God for our new members, Wendy, Evelyn, Parker, Janese, Tim, Jason, Ellen and Christina (last three in absentia)! They affirmed their intention, with God’s help, to live loving and holy lives that reflect Christ; to maintain unity with and mutually encourage others in the body as they serve together; to commit themselves to growing in the truth of God’s Word, and to pray for our church and all in it, as well as those who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pastor Seng, on behalf of existing members, affirmed the commitment of all to love, encourage, teach, admonish, comfort and exhort them to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Word.
We'll miss you Aparicios!

We prayed for the Aparacios who are moving back to Spain. We were thankful for the way God blessed Christ Church through the Aparicios during their stay here, and blessed and sent them with God going before them to Spain, that to continue to be his light where they go!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Amanda and Andrew, for updating us with what has been happening with our partner in ministry--Hands at Work! After sharing a brief background on Hands at Work, and an update on Mcheneka, a community we partner with, they led us in prayer. Let's continue to pray for our brothers, sisters, and the ones who need God's love to break through into their lives. 

God, thank you for these stories, that make these people real to us. Our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, experiencing daily struggles that most of us can only imagine. Stir our hearts to compassion when we hear of their suffering.. Let us rejoice with them in their victories. We lift up the careworkers and ask that you strengthen them. May they know your presence and your joy in the midst of hardship, your peace in strife, and your love unconditional. Fill them up as they pour themselves out for the destitute in their community. Raise up other local believers to partner with the CBO in caring for vulnerable children and families. Make your name known within the community. Meet also their physical needs with a plentiful harvest this year. Bring our brothers and sisters to mind so that we can continually lift them to you. Amen. 
Question #42: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?
 
Answer: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Holy" (1 Peter 1:13-25)
 

“They [the church] must above all, be a people of virtue— not simply any virtue, but the virtues necessary for remembering and telling the story of a crucified savior. They must be capable of being peaceable among themselves and with the world, so that the world sees what it means to hope for God’s kingdom…The church must learn time and time again that its task is not to make the world the kingdom, but to be faithful to the kingdom by showing to the world what it means to be a community of peace.” (Stanley Hauerwas)

Main Idea: If God is your Father, live as His children.

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Sunday Recap for October 29, 2017:
Elect Exiles and Born Again

Next Baby Dedication: Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Baby dedications are time for us to thank God for the new children, and pray for the parents and new children of the congregation and publicly commit to raising the child up in the ways of the Lord together. If you are a new parent at Christ Church and would like your family to be a part of this, please email us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Andy, for sharing about Hiinga this Sunday. Andy opened up with Scripture from Jeremiah 2 as a challenge and encouragement from God. Last time he visited Christ Church, it was during a season of discouragement, and now he is some great news. Hiinga, which means "cultivate" in his language, was launched in 2012, and since then they have helped rural farmers in Uganda, making over 15,000 loans and directly impacting 80,000 lives. Through their work, the gospel, or good news of Jesus, is being shared and leaders are being mentored. If you would like to join in the work God is doing through Hiinga, there are a number of ways to get involved:
  • Technology volunteers are needed!
  • PRAYER "Prayer is not a cliche; prayer has sustained us" as many divine appointments were made through prayer, despite their small size
  • Come and mobilize others to Uganda Summer 2018. Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa! They would love a visit!
  • Sponsor a micro entrepreneur for $30/month
  • Give ideas and insight!
If you are interested in partnering in any of these ways, please email Andy and/or check out their website! Let's all continue to pray for the work that the Lord is doing in Uganda through Hiinga!
Some marketing for Uganda! Come visit Hiinga and also see one of God's amazing creatures!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Elect Exiles and Born Again" (1 Peter 1:1-12)
 

“The people who keep asking if they can't lead a decent life without Christ, don't know what life is about; if they did they would know that 'a decent life' is mere machinery compared with the thing we men are really made for.” (C.S. Lewis)
 
“They were different from their non-Christian neighbors— some perhaps because of immigrant status, but all because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ as opposed to anything or anyone else, up to and including the emperor. People on the margins have little power and influence in society. Yet they may still make a profound impact on the world when they are able to persevere and live according to the ways of the Lord Jesus.”  (Dennis Edwards)
 
Main Idea: Life is fellowship with Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for October 22, 2017:
From Grief to Glory

New to Christ Church? Welcome Lunch on November 5th after service! We would love to take you out for lunch to get to know you and be known by you, and answer any questions you might have! Please email April if you're interested in joining us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Paul, for leading us in prayer for San Francisco's District 9 this Sunday. 
  • District 9 encompasses some of the most diverse, vibrant and culturally rich neighborhoods in San Francisco—the Mission, Bernal Heights, St. Mary’s Park, and Portola.
  • District 9 is estimated to be 44% white, 43% Hispanic, 23% Asian, and 4% black.
  • About 50% of residents of District 9 are from another country.
  • Over 40% of residents in District 9 have a bachelors degree or higher.
 
We praised God for loving all the people and neighborhoods of District 9. We prayed that whether we believers live, work, or visit District 9, that we think not just of what we can take, but how we can give, serve, and love so that knowledge of God will cover the earth, as the waters covers the sea. We thanked God for the diversity of District 9 while asking us to be peacemakers and leaders in listening and loving sacrificially when there is tension or misunderstanding. We prayed for those hurting in District 9, whether that be from sickness, loneliness, shame, guilt, poverty or oppression, that God comfort and strengthen them and send us to be sources of comfort and strength, as Jesus is constantly for us. We prayed for Hillary Ronen, District 9 supervisor to justly serve the needs of everyone in District 9. We prayed that Jesus, our best and only hope, the riches of his salvation, family and friendship, be seen and known in District 9. We asked God to wake up his saints to share the good news of Jesus with this community.  
Question #40: What should we pray?
 
Answer: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.
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Ephesians 3:14-21: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  
Link to this Week's Sermon: “From Grief to Glory" (Mark 16:1-8)
 

“First, to quote Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:17: ‘If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.’ Second, there is then no hope of our rising either; we must expect to stay dead too. Third, if Jesus Christ is not risen, then he is not reigning and will not return, and every single item in the Creed after ‘suffered... and [was] buried’ would have to be struck out. Fourth, Christianity cannot be what the first Christians thought it was—fellowship with a living Lord who is identical with the Jesus of the Gospels. The Jesus of the Gospels can still be your hero, but he cannot be your Savior if he did not rise.” - J.I. Packer

Main Idea: If we believe that Jesus was resurrected, that changes everything. We are moved from sorrow to hope, from grief to Glory.

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Sunday Recap for October 15, 2017:
Fools for Christ