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A friendly reminder that we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady this coming Sunday (8/19). Although we will provide printed programs, we encourage you to bring your Bibles!

Sunday Recap for August 12, 2018:
Citizens of Heaven

Mission Highlight: Thank you Hannah for sharing with us the unique challenges and opportunities and the ways God is working in the midst of being a student. 

Hannah shared about entering her freshmen year in high school, and the challenges of increased and more difficult workload to prepare her for her future, and the stress of wanting the best results and worrying about her grades. Her teachers, parents, and discussions during Youth Group on Sundays helped her realize that the process was also important. Using what she has learned at church and carrying it throughout the week helped her have perspective. 

Hannah also shared about the opportunities as a student to make life-long friends, learn what she is passionate about and the excitement that comes with studying her favorite subject--science. This is also an important time in which she is becoming her own individual, learning who she is and who she wants to be, like the example of another student, her cousin Aidan, who has become involved with performing arts at his school. Hannah asked us to pray for God to be with students through their challenges and also a part of their education. 

Then Jon-Paul asked all of the students--from kindergarten to graduate school--in the congregation to stand and led all of us in a Commissioning Prayer and the time of their lives that they are in. He thanked God for our minds, our ability and desire to gain knowledge, and asked God to be apparent as he places them where they are. He also asked God to work in the friendships they get to make, to transform them and those around them. He also prayed that their striving for excellence would not be out of anxiety or pleasing others, but to maximize their gifts and bring glory to God's name. Let's continue to encourage and pray for the students in our congregation!

For those of you who missed it, here is an audio recording!

(Commissioning Prayers is a Mission Highlight series that recognizes that though we gather together on Sundays, much of the work God is doing in our lives happens the other days of the week. God places us where we are during the week with intention and sovereignty. God plans to extend his kingdom and work out our sanctification and salvation in those environments.)
Question #30: What is faith in Jesus Christ?
 
Answer: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.
This Week's Sermon: “Citizens of Heaven" (Philippians 1:1-11)

Seng started his four-part sermon series "Have This Mind" this Sunday, where he talked about our roles as servants, saints, partners in the gospel, and lovers of others.

*Though Seng will be going through different passages in the letter to the Philippians, you are encouraged to read through the epistle on your own as well. Or, if you'd like feel free to watch or listen to this recorded reading by John Piper provided below.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Have This Mind

John Piper reading Paul's letter to the Philippians
-Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 

-Member Affirmation and Diaconate Candidate Presentation dates switched! The Diaconate Candidate Presentation is now on 8/19 and the Member Affirmation is now on 8/26!

-Member Directory photos in every Sunday in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!
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Sunday Recap for August 5, 2018:
Stay Alive pt. 3

Mission Highlight: Thank you Luke and Mike for sharing the Mission Highlight on Sunday about our new ministry for middle school aged kids! 

They started off by sharing how a few months back, Connie noticed a need in our congregation and acted on it by organizing a Ladies' Book Study, with the support and encouragement of church leadership. Likewise, when Luke and Mike met over dinner, they started talking about the middle school kids who graduate from Children's Ministry, but may struggle to understand the sermons in the adult service. They brought it up to church leaders and are now launching a middle school youth group, which would take place during the service, along with social events outside of church. 

They spoke on the important, formative years of adolescence and a desire to help middle schoolers with spiritual development and spiritual maturity. They would like to launch this ministry to serve middle schoolers, their families, and San Francisco, including Roosevelt MS, where we meet. 

We would love to have volunteers! Either for middle school, or for grade school, where Luke and Mike currently serve as they transition over to leading middle school. So if you are interested in helping out with middle school or grade school, please email Luke, Mike, or Janice! Let's continue to pray as a congregation for this middle school ministry, for God to work through it, and that his love and glory would be reflected throughout. 

For an audio recording of the Mission Highlight, please click here!
This Week's Sermon: “Stay Alive pt. 3" (2 Corinthians 7:10-11)

Pastor Curt concluded his four part series, "Stay Alive" on the difference between conviction and condemnation. It focuses on Apostle Paul's words to the Corinthians after he sent a letter of correction that gave them a "godly grief" which led to repentance. 

This sermon series: Stay Alive

1. Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly commit to the local body and to be the church along with others who have done the same. Next affirmation *has been moved to 8/26, and applications to be a part of that affirmation *has been moved to Sunday, August 12th. Email us for more info! 

2. Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 

3. Christ Church Members: we are creating a member directory and will be taking pictures every Sunday in September after service in the parking lot. If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!
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Sunday Recap for July 29, 2018:
Stay Alive pt. 2

Mission Highlight: Jen, Jason, and Vivienne for sharing our Mission Highlight about District 6. They shared about their experience living in District 6 as well as things to pray about and act on. In order to love our city, we must know it. Here are some facts about District 6:
  • District 6 encompasses the Tenderloin, Soma, North Mission, Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Treasure Island and Downtown neighborhoods with a population of over 66,000. 
  • District 6 is estimated to be 42% White, 37% Asian, 16% Hispanic, and 9% Black, 11% Other.
  • 44% of the residents of District 6 were born overseas.
  • About 48% of the residents of District 6 have a bachelors degree or higher. 23% live in poverty
Please pray for our ministry partners that serve in District 6: City Impact and YWAM’s service in the Tenderloin, and Epic Church. Jen led us in prayer for District 6 and her neighbors there. For those of you who missed it, you can listen to it here! Let's continue to pray to look at our city with the eyes of Christ, that we may love and serve as he did, sharing the good news of who he is and what he did for us! 
Question #29: How can we be saved?
 
Answer: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.
This Week's Sermon: “Stay Alive pt. 2" (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Thank you again Pastor Curt for continuing in your four part series, "Stay Alive". This week he taught about how to stay alive in light of knowing the enemy and the means of grace God provides to fight the enemy. Please listen if you haven't, or again if you'd like!

Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Stay Alive

-Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly commit to the local body and to be the church along with others who have done the same. Next affirmation is 8/19, and applications to be a part of that affirmation is Sunday, August 5th. Email us for more info! 

-Christ Church Members: An email about Diaconate Nominations has been sent out. Please respond with nominations by noon on August 5th.

-Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 
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Sunday Recap for July 22, 2018:
Stay Alive pt. 1

Mission Highlight: Thank you Yiqian for sharing with us about the specific challenges and opportunities for those of us in the creative industry. For those of you who missed it, here is what she shared:

"Good morning! My name is Yiqian, and I’ve been attending Christ Church since last fall. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you, and looking forward to meeting more in the coming weeks. Today for our Mission Highlight segment, I’ll be sharing with you the particular challenges and opportunities we face while working in the creative sector in San Francisco.

San Francisco has a history of embracing the creatives. Back in the mid 60s, the Haight-Ashbury district was a haven for writers, artists, and musicians. They were attracted by cheap rent and an inclusive community. Today, we can’t claim cheap rent as one of the things that draws creatives here, but the city is still an inspiring place to be. On a practical level, just like people in other industries, we too face the high cost of living, the saturated market, and question whether what we do is sustainable here. 

In our profession, our work is both public and private. Public because it’s out there for everyone to judge, and private because we often work alone and don’t have a team to collaborate with or colleagues to bounce ideas off. And at times, that can feel really lonely and discouraging.

As a photographer, I know I start to doubt my vision and abilities when I compare my work with others. And that’s when I need to remind myself that as a Christian artist, my gifts, my time, my business, my clients all come from God. He’s the one that put me on this path, so I need to trust his leading. Ultimately, he should be my source of inspiration.

When I’m able to view my work as His calling, then the challenges I face become opportunities for me to exercise my faith. Rather than comparing myself with others, I should build a community by encouraging other likeminded artists. On Instagram, a lot of photographers have started to use a hashtag called #communityovercompetition. I love that, and I think it perfectly captures our job as Christian artists. We should be building each other up. 

For me personally, the best part of my job as a photographer is meeting those clients and finding out their stories. Getting to spend a few hours at a session with strangers means by the end of it, you are no longer strangers! 

The longer I’m in the business, the more I realize how much this business is about people. Whether it’s with other photographers or clients, I’m building relationships. And isn’t that what we are called to do? Impacting people. What an opportunity we have as creatives to use our work to reflect Christ while touching lives. I think our hope is that our work speaks to you: through our writing, seeing our photographs, the art we produce, the music you hear, you see humanity and a wonderfully creative God as the source of our inspiration."
 
Then Jon-Paul asked all the Creatives in our congregation to stand, and prayed a commissioning prayer over us, sending us out in Christ's name to do the work he called us to do, as we reflect God's creativity with his overflowing of joy so that others may be touched and see God's glory, for his kingdom. Let's all continue to pray about what it means to be sent out by God to our respective fields and callings and ask for God to guide us daily in it.
Question #25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?
 
Answer: Response: Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.
Link to video and resources

*We accidentally posted this week's question last week. So this is last week's question this week!
This Week's Sermon: “Stay Alive pt. 1" (John 15:1-8)

Thank you again Pastor Curt for continuing in your four part series, "Stay Alive". This week he taught what it means to "abide" in Christ. The sermon was organized around four "C's": the Command, the Concern, the Consequence, and the Consideration. Please listen if you haven't, or again if you'd like!

Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Stay Alive

-Next Sunday, July 29th: Family Playdate before service (9:30-10:20am) at Rossi Playground. A great opportunity to get to meet other families. Park at Roosevelt and walk five minutes to Rossi!; After service: Church Family Picnic on Sunday, July 29th after service at Off the Grid in the Presidio! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree. Lots of food trucks or bring a lunch! Great time of fellowship. 

-Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly commit to the local body and to be the church along with others who have done the same. Next affirmation is 8/19, and applications to be a part of that affirmation is Sunday, August 5th. Email us for more info! 

-Christ Church Members: An email about Diaconate Nominations has been sent out. Please respond with nominations by noon on August 5th.

-Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 
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Sunday Recap for July 15, 2018:
How To Listen To This Series

Mission Highlight: Thank you Lauren for sharing the second of five Malawi Mission Highlights from our trip in May! For those of you who missed it, here is what she shared:

"Good morning Christ Church! My name is Lauren, and this morning it’s my privilege to share a little bit about our recent trip to Malawi.
 
Two months ago, a team of eight from our church had the opportunity to visit Mcheneka, Malawi, in partnership with Hands at Work. For those of you who are new, Hands at Work is an organization dedicated to providing care to the orphans of the AIDS crisis through the mobilisation of the local church. While Hands at Work has been working to bring daily meals, healthcare, and education to children in eight countries across Africa, we at Christ Church have been specifically partnered with the community of Mcheneka for the past eight years.
 
During our visit, we were able to get to know the Care Workers, who really are the core of Hands at Work (first picture). Monday through Friday, these Care Workers visit the homes of the children they have been paired with, providing a consistent adult-presence in the lives of these kids. When we first arrived, I was in awe of how much the Care Workers were giving of themselves to serve their communities. All of these volunteers had homes and families of their own to take care of, and none of them were coming from the positions of wealth or privilege that we normally associate with volunteerism here in the States. As you can see from the photo, a few of the women even had their own infants to take care of, but they didn’t let that stop them from serving. These brothers and sisters were a true embodiment of Colossians 3:17, doing everything in the name of Jesus, with a heart of thanksgiving all the while. Honestly, I learned more about what it means to love and serve the poor by watching these Care Workers than I have from anyone else in my life (second picture).
 
I think my favorite part of our visit was getting to spend time with the kids. Despite having lost family members, and growing up in poverty, these kids were as happy and playful as any. On our first day, I found it difficult to interact with them due to the language barrier, but by the second day, God provided an easy way for us to “talk” (third picture)!
 
After that second day, I would find myself sitting in the dirt with my notebook, struggling to think of new things to draw as 20 kids huddled around to watch. I would ask them to tell me the words for what I was drawing - it was a lot like playing Pictionary in Chichewa!
 
Playing with the children in Mcheneka actually reminded me a lot of my time spent playing with our own kids in the toddler room on Sunday mornings. It was really difficult to see how little these kids had in comparison to the children in our church, but it helped me understand that we have a God whose love rises above circumstance and material well-being.
 
Overall, our time in Malawi taught me a lot about the work God is doing at a global scale, as well as the enormity of his love for all of his children. Seeing how much the Care Workers and children love our God was incredibly encouraging, and built my faith in ways I’m still reflecting on. Before I go, I’d like to say a quick prayer for our brothers and sisters in Mcheneka.
 
Heavenly Father,
 
We thank you for the relationships you have built between churches in San Francisco and Mcheneka, and that you are a God who is strong enough to unite the church across geographical and cultural barriers. We want to lift up the Care Workers of Mcheneka to you, Lord. We pray that you would continue to strengthen them and sustain them as they serve the poorest of the poor in their communities. We also pray for the children being cared for by Hands at Work. We pray that they would come to know you as their God and loving Father, and that you would protect them as they grow up. Lord, help us as a church to learn from their example, that we might love and serve others in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.
 
In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen."
We also prayed for Lauren, who will be going to medical school in San Diego. After reflecting on the blessing Lauren has been to us at Christ Church, Seng talked about how Lauren has been blessed by her various communities and relationships here. We asked God to go with Lauren and for Lauren to be able to see that God goes with her, and for the new church community to come alongside Lauren as well. Let's continue to pray for Lauren as well!
Question #26: What else does Christ’s death redeem?
 
Answer: Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.
Toby's video introduction of Pastor Curt Allen who will be preaching for us the next four weeks!
This Week's Sermon: “How To Listen To This Series" (Mark 14:12-21)

Thank you Pastor Curt for preaching for us this Sunday! Curt, his wife Betsy, and their three sons Santiago, Giovanni, and Mateo are visiting from Solid Rock Church in Maryland. Please be sure to say hello to them! This is the first of a four part series, "Stay Alive." The first sermon application question asks, "Why did there have to be a betrayer of Jesus?"

Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Stay Alive

1. Welcome Lunch next Sunday, July 22nd. New to Christ Church? We'd love to take you out to lunch, get to know you and be known by you, and answer any questions you might have. Email April if you are interested.

2. Family Playdate Sunday 29th before service (9:30-10:20am) at Rossi Playground. A great opportunity to get to meet other families. Park at Roosevelt and walk five minutes to Rossi!

3. Church Family Picnic on Sunday, July 29th after service at Off the Grid in the Presidio! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree. Lots of food trucks or bring a lunch! Great time of fellowship. 

4. Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly commit to the local body and to be the church along with others who have done the same. Next affirmation is 8/19, and applications to be a part of that affirmation is Sunday, August 5th. Email us for more info! 

5. Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 
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Sunday Recap for July 8, 2018:
Standing in the Noise

Mission Highlight: Thank you Steven for sharing about District 2! Here is what was shared!

"Hello everyone, for those of you I haven’t met, my name is Steven, and I am here to give you this week’s Mission Highlight.  For those who are new or visiting, we take this time to both share and pray for the work God is doing in our city, and one of the ways is to look at the work being done in our own neighborhoods.  We together as a congregation ask the question, what would it look like to love our neighbors who are actually our neighbors.  So today I would like to pray for District 2.  As you can see from this map, it is essentially the northern part of the city.  Going from left to right, it is composed of the neighborhoods Sea Cliff, the Presido, Presido Heights, Laurel Heights, Cow Hollow, the Marina, and finally, my neighborhood Pacific Heights, where I have lived for the past 6 years since moving to San Francisco.
 
District 2 has an estimated population of 67,000, of which 80% are white, 14% are Asian, 6% are Latino, and 2% are Black.   83% of residents were born in the United States, and English is the primary language for 80% of households.  80% of adults living here have a college degree, while 6% live in poverty.  Like most of San Francisco, the cost of living is high, particularly in Pacific Heights, and prices have continued to go up.
 
As I said before, I have lived in the Pacific Heights neighborhood for the past 6 years, since moving to San Francisco.  Among my favorite places to spend time in my neighborhood are Lafayette Park, which is only a couple blocks from where I live, if I ever need to go for a walk.  It has a small playground for children, which is always encouraging to know families are living in the area. Filmore Street is another favorite of mine, where I go to frequently for lunch, dinner, ice cream, and haircuts, and while I haven’t spent as much time there, I also enjoy going to the Presido.  Whenever the church has our food truck lunches I try to go, and I’ve also started doing their walking trails with my girlfriend.
 
One opportunity for me to serve an actual neighbor has come from my next door neighbor who I met when he approached me about sharing internet and splitting the cost.  As many who live in the city know, especially in apartments, knowing your neighbors can be hard, and while I still haven’t gotten super close with Will, I continue to hope and pray God can use this relationship for his purposes, and opportunities to better know Will would still present themselves.
 
In terms of how the church has been praying for District 2, we have been praying for God to plant gospel preaching churches there, as District 2 has the fewest of all districts. Canvas Church has been faithfully serving for a number of years and has started to meet at Marina Middle School. Please pray for their relationship with school and for them to flourish, so that the gospel can be preached in District 2."

Then Steven led us in prayer for District 2. Let's continue to pray for District 2 and our city, and also live out our calling to love and to serve and make Christ known!
This Week's Sermon: “Standing in the Noise" (2 Timothy 2:20-26)

Self-Differentiation: The ability to stand in and experience the anxiety, stress and emotion of others and be unaffected. They have clarity of their identity and, as a result, is unlikely to be lost in the anxious, emotional processes of society.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Stand Alone Sermons

New to Christ Church? Let us take you out to lunch! We'd love to get to know you, be known by you, and answer any questions you might have, like how to get connected.
Next Welcome Lunch Sunday, July 22nd after service. Email April if you're interested!
Family Play Date before Service, July 15th and July 29th! 
A great way for young families to get to know each other a little better this summer, especially since some CGs are on break. Please join us at Rossi Playground (600 Arguello Blvd) on 7/15 and 7/29 from 9:30am-10:20am. The park is only a 5 minute walk from church, so it may be best to park at the church and then walk over. 
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Sunday Recap for July 8, 2018:
Standing in the Noise

Mission Highlight: Thank you Steven for sharing about District 2! Here is what was shared!

"Hello everyone, for those of you I haven’t met, my name is Steven, and I am here to give you this week’s Mission Highlight.  For those who are new or visiting, we take this time to both share and pray for the work God is doing in our city, and one of the ways is to look at the work being done in our own neighborhoods.  We together as a congregation ask the question, what would it look like to love our neighbors who are actually our neighbors.  So today I would like to pray for District 2.  As you can see from this map, it is essentially the northern part of the city.  Going from left to right, it is composed of the neighborhoods Sea Cliff, the Presido, Presido Heights, Laurel Heights, Cow Hollow, the Marina, and finally, my neighborhood Pacific Heights, where I have lived for the past 6 years since moving to San Francisco.
 
District 2 has an estimated population of 67,000, of which 80% are white, 14% are Asian, 6% are Latino, and 2% are Black.   83% of residents were born in the United States, and English is the primary language for 80% of households.  80% of adults living here have a college degree, while 6% live in poverty.  Like most of San Francisco, the cost of living is high, particularly in Pacific Heights, and prices have continued to go up.
 
As I said before, I have lived in the Pacific Heights neighborhood for the past 6 years, since moving to San Francisco.  Among my favorite places to spend time in my neighborhood are Lafayette Park, which is only a couple blocks from where I live, if I ever need to go for a walk.  It has a small playground for children, which is always encouraging to know families are living in the area. Filmore Street is another favorite of mine, where I go to frequently for lunch, dinner, ice cream, and haircuts, and while I haven’t spent as much time there, I also enjoy going to the Presido.  Whenever the church has our food truck lunches I try to go, and I’ve also started doing their walking trails with my girlfriend.
 
One opportunity for me to serve an actual neighbor has come from my next door neighbor who I met when he approached me about sharing internet and splitting the cost.  As many who live in the city know, especially in apartments, knowing your neighbors can be hard, and while I still haven’t gotten super close with Will, I continue to hope and pray God can use this relationship for his purposes, and opportunities to better know Will would still present themselves.
 
In terms of how the church has been praying for District 2, we have been praying for God to plant gospel preaching churches there, as District 2 has the fewest of all districts. Canvas Church has been faithfully serving for a number of years and has started to meet at Marina Middle School. Please pray for their relationship with school and for them to flourish, so that the gospel can be preached in District 2."

Then Steven led us in prayer for District 2. Let's continue to pray for District 2 and our city, and also live out our calling to love and to serve and make Christ known!
This Week's Sermon: “Standing in the Noise" (2 Timothy 2:20-26)

Self-Differentiation: The ability to stand in and experience the anxiety, stress and emotion of others and be unaffected. They have clarity of their identity and, as a result, is unlikely to be lost in the anxious, emotional processes of society.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Stand Alone Sermons

New to Christ Church? Let us take you out to lunch! We'd love to get to know you, be known by you, and answer any questions you might have, like how to get connected.
Next Welcome Lunch Sunday, July 22nd after service. Email April if you're interested!
Family Play Date before Service, July 15th and July 29th! 
A great way for young families to get to know each other a little better this summer, especially since some CGs are on break. Please join us at Rossi Playground (600 Arguello Blvd) on 7/15 and 7/29 from 9:30am-10:20am. The park is only a 5 minute walk from church, so it may be best to park at the church and then walk over. 
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Sunday Recap for July 1, 2018:
A Cry for Sanctification

Mission Highlight: Thank you Dani and Craig for being the first to share a Mission Highlight about the Malawi Trip that happened this year in May. For those of you who missed it, here is what was shared:

"My name is Dani and this is my husband Craig. We have the privilege to be the first of our group to share about our experience in Malawi, serving alongside Hands at Work. Operating in several south eastern countries in Africa, Hands at Work provides basic healthcare, education, and hot meals to orphaned children through local careworkers. Alongside Hands at Work, Christ Church has visited the village of Mcheneka over the past 8 years, strengthening community through words of encouragement, prayer, activities, and worship. In response to God's individual and corporate calling, 8 of us went to Malawi for 7 days as ambassadors of Christ Church to the believers, churches, and community members of Mcheneka. This is the first of five mission highlights where each of us will share details about our experiences there.

Craig: "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land." Psalm 95:1-6

Filing into a hut with a cement floor, cinder block walls, and a thatched roof, we found a place to sit. The air was slightly cold, but became warmer as the room began filling with more from our team, the careworkers, and Hands at Work staff. It was dark, but we could see the faces of the careworkers who we knew we would be serving alongside over the next few days. There was a sense of anticipation in the air as we listened to hushed voices of conversation in Chichewa for the first time. Our group had just arrived in the community of Mcheneka and Dani and I observed, not knowing what to expect. Suddenly, a woman's voice broke through the murmurs, filling the entire hut, reverberating against the hard walls. She swayed back and forth to the timing of her voice while looking upwards and clapping her hands in rhythm. After two phrases and without missing a beat, the entire room burst into melody while clapping complex syncopated rhythms which I had never heard. The energy from their voices pulsed into our heads and straight to our hearts as we let the beautiful sound of worship minister to us. I had imagined worship in this context to be a powerful experience, but I could never have known how it would really make me feel until I was with our brothers and sisters in Malawi worshiping by their side. At one point, the song stopped and a translator explained the meaning of the song which goes something like this  "I've searched high, I've searched low, but nothing compares to the love I've found in Jesus." Hearing the church in Mcheneka pronounce that Jesus is Lord with shouts of joy, as in Psalm 95, brought immense gladness to our hearts and built us up in faith. This was to be the first of many times of worship, often lasting an hour and a half, that we had the privilege of participating in. 

Dani: At the end of our stay, we went to a church for Sunday service and were asked to share one or more songs from our church. Luckily, we had practiced a few in advance and sang By the Mark, Amazing Grace, and Be thou my vision acapella. Our voices were not nearly as vibrant, but our hearts proclaimed the truths of Gods kingdom. After so many days of being blessed by their songs, I felt moved to also share a song from my home country. Although we spoke different languages, had different styles of worship and lived in separate continents, we were united in worshiping the same God who created the heavens and the earth. It was a mere preface to the account in Revelations that proclaims "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” God has created us to exist right here right now and not by some accident. By understanding more fully the different ways in which our God is worshiped, we become more unified with our brothers and sisters around the world. In closing, I encourage us all to consider how we can more fully engage our Lord in worship because of the great act of love that he demonstrated by sending His son as our savior. Let us pray:

Dear Father. We exalt your name for the richness of your love as displayed on the cross. We pray that more would come to know you through the Care Workers at Hands at Work. We pray that you would meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the orphans that we met. May our worship always be genuine and pleasing to your ears. Thank you for bringing our team back safely to San Francisco, that we may continue to serve you and share about our experiences in Malawi here. In your name, Amen. 
We also prayed for Dani and Craig, who will be heading to LA for Dani's grad school. We thanked God for the blessing they were to Christ Church, sharing their lives with us and also the many ways they served and loved us. They also thanked Christ Church for the relationships and the strengthening of faith in God. We prayed for their smooth transition and for God to prepare a church body there for them to be connected to. God bless Dani and Craig!
Question #24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
 
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.
This Week's Sermon: “A Cry for Sanctification" (Romans 6)

Main Idea: Sanctification is the process in which you transform from the old man to the new man, by putting off the old self and putting on the new self. Sanctification is empowered by God, in cooperation with your efforts. It is once and for all, upon justification, and progressive, in the daily life of the Christian. Sanctification is the means by which we usher in the Kingdom of God in our lives and world and will be completed upon our glorification. In revival, it’s sped up.

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This sermon series:
Revive

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Sunday Recap for June 24, 2018:
A Cry for Conviction

Family Play Date before Service, July 15th and July 29th! 
A great way for young families to get to know each other a little better this summer, especially since some CGs are on break. Please join us at Rossi Playground (600 Arguello Blvd) on 7/15 and 7/29 from 9:30am-10:20am. The park is only a 5 minute walk from church, so it may be best to park at the church and then walk over. 
On Sunday, August 19th, we will be gathering at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (45 Moraga Ave.), at our usual time, 10:30 AM - 12 PM. There is ample paid parking, and some free curbside parking if you come early! Off the Grid is happening afterwards as well, so feel free to have lunch afterwards! Hope to see you there!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Joanna for sharing with us about Young Life in San Francisco! 1 Thessalonians 2:8 states "...Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." (NIV). This shows in the way Young Life does ministry to non-believing middle school and high school students, sharing the gospel and their lives with them, by volunteering, building relationships, and then hosting youth groups for non-Christian kids in middle school and high school. 

Joanna shared that one great thing about kids in San Francisco is that they know they are vulnerable--many of them live in crowded apartments with many family members, have single parents, or parents with language barriers. 60% of kids in San Francisco public schools receive government paid lunch because their families are unable to afford to. 

Many kids Young Life volunteers meet are shocked to learn they are Christians, because many of the times, Young Life volunteers are the first Christians they've met. These kids could be 17 years old and have never heard the gospel of Jesus before. 

There are 50 public middle and high schools in San Francisco, and Young Life is currently at seven of them. Their vision is in 50 years, Young Life would be at every one of those schools. This requires more volunteers and resources, and prayer! Everyone can be a Young Life leader, since different teens connect to different types of people. 

Joanna led us in prayer for the teens in San Francisco, for Young Life. If you are interested in how you can get involved, please email her!
Question #23: Why must the Redeemer be truly God?
 
Answer: That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
This Week's Sermon: “A Cry for Conviction" (John 16:7-11)

Main Idea: We’ll never be out of danger until we turn from sin. We’ll never turn from sin until we’re confronted with the severity of it. Due to the deceptive nature of sin, we’ll never confront this reality on our own without the illuminating work of God’s Holy Spirit. For this reason, we must cry out to the Spirit for conviction of sin.

Sermon Application Questions
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Revive

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Sunday Recap for June 17, 2018:
A Cry for Revival

Mission Highlight: Thank you Seng for reminding us once more what the Commissioning Prayers are, and Andrew for sharing about some of the opportunities and challenges that come with working in the built environment industry--architecture, construction, engineering, etc. 

Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21, John 17:18), including the workplace. 

Andrew, as an architect, shared about how with architecture and construction, it is a busy time in San Francisco due to the economic development and huge opportunities. It can be exciting to work with budgets and projects that would not be possible in other cities, but there are challenges as well. With the boom in work, the fast-paced, career-forward approach to work can cause work to be the greatest goal and primary focus, where earning honor, respect and success is paramount. It can be a challenge for non-believers to not let it be an idol. Also, great-budgets and projects are linked to materialistic pursuit, leading to the challenge to maintain perspective on what is important. 

There are also the tradespeople who work in construction. San Francisco used to be largely blue-collar, now it is not. Highlighting the burden and economic divide is how tradespeople often need to commute into San Francisco for hours every day. Undocumented workers are a subset of tradespeople that are vulnerable day workers working behind the scenes that are an integral part of how the system works. They exist in a legal gray zone and are taken advantage of by opportunistic business people who are otherwise scrupulous. 

Prayer requests for those working in this industry was to not let work become an idol, to fight against materialism, to faithfully do what they do while maintaining perspective on what God says is valuable, and protecting those who are vulnerable. Then those working in the built environment industry stood up, our congregation reached out our hands in prayer, and Seng, an elder, prayed a commissioning prayer, sending them out in Jesus name. 

Let us continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the building industry, and also reflect and pray how we are sent wherever we go.
Question #22: Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
 
Answer: That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
Toby's introduction to our guest preacher Kris Brossett from Refuge LA!
This Week's Sermon: “A Cry for Revival" (1 Corinthians 3:1-91 Peter 2:1-2Mark 10:23-27)

Thank you Pastor Kris for coming to Christ Church to share with us part 1 of 3 of the sermon series "Revive"!

Definition: Revival is an accentuated supernatural work of God to produce the fruit of the Gospel where it is otherwise desolate or diminished.

Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series:
Revive

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Sunday Recap for June 10, 2018:
The Bold Church

Mission Highlight: Thank you Katelyn for sharing about the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship you are a part of at University of San Francisco (USF). InterVarsity is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty in every corner of campus.
 
Katelyn herself was a part of InterVarsity as a college student at UC Davis, which is where she fell in love with Jesus and His mission. She reflected on all her staff workers that worked with her during the four years and how each of them discipled her and cared for her in different ways.  
 
Now, Katelyn serves with InterVarsity at USF. She just finished her second of her four years of commitment. While she just finished one of the toughest seasons of ministry, she wanted to share about Zac who gave her so much hope.
 
Zac is a senior who joined InterVarsity in the middle of his last semester of college. He had a falling out with his friend group and a difficult break up. He converted to Catholicism during college and struggled to find Christian Community. He said that InterVarsity was the best community at USF, and that being with other Christians inspired him to seek spiritual guidance in his everyday life. His friends encouraged him through hardships and towards prayer, and through community, found a deeper connection with God than before. Katelyn encouraged us to envision many other students and faculty at USF finding authentic community as a part of the loving body of Christ.
 
InterVarsity’s vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and the world changers developed. They minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large group gatherings, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, and life-changing mission trips.
 
Katelyn is gathering a team of people who can come alongside her and college students. She invited us to prayerfully consider what it would look like to partner with how God is moving in the lives of college students in San Francisco and to chat with her after service on ways to get involved. If you weren’t able to chat with her please email her!
 
Then Katelyn prayed for the college students, the ministry, and for God to be glorified. Let’s continue to pray for InterVarsity and Katelyn!
This Week's Sermon: “The Bold Church" (Acts 4)

“We have become strangers because we have become strange! Our values, lifestyle, and priorities are radically different from the surrounding culture. Our faith makes us strangers in our own land. We do not fit in. We are on the margins.” -Steve Timmis and Tim Chester in Total Church

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Sunday Recap for June 3, 2018:
Lean Back

Mission Highlight: Thank you Maggie, Justin and Cora for sharing the Mission Highlight about San Francisco's supervisorial District 4! They have lived as a family in the Sunset for a year although they have been actively engaged with the Sunset for seven years since they moved to SF.
 
From Maggie's first Young Life club at a Halloween Event at Stern Grove, and throughout her five years working with Young Life Capernaum, a branch of ministry that serves people with special needs. Capernaum connected with Maggie with two large churches in the Sunset, Lutheran Church of the Holy Sprit and Sunset Church. These two churches have thriving ministries to people with disabilities that supported and partnered with us in a way that was very meaningful to Maggie and the students she worked with.  One of their most special ministries is Respite, a day when parents of children with a disability are invited to drop their child off and take time for themselves.  As someone who is passionate about disability ministry this was an encouraging thing for her to be a part of.
 
Now as a stay at home mom, the people Maggie sees and interacts with are families at the playground, staff at the library, the employees of twisted donuts, home café and Andytown, as well as zookeepers and beachgoers.  This group of people represent to me the makeup of the sunset.  Longtime residents, newcomers, beach lovers, old family businesses, and young families like them. Here are some stats to better know District 4!
  • The population is over 80,000 people.
  • District 4 is estimated to be 53% Asian, 40% White, 4% Hispanic, and 2% Black.
  • About half of the residents of District 4 were born overseas.
  • About half of the residents have a bachelors degree or higher.
For many, it is their first or last stop in the city, either finding it as the most affordable place to life upon arrival or moving to it having left a neighborhood closer to downtown for more space.

Prayer requests for District 4:
  • For Sunset Church, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit and other churches that serve the neighborhood. 
  • For families in the neighborhood as they raise children and consider what life looks like for them in the city.  
  • That all people, and especially Christians, would be welcoming and hospitable to the newcomers that land in district 4. 
  • For the playgrounds, libraries, cafes and communities they create- That they would be places where people form meaningful relationships and that Christ would be present.
Let's continue to pray for District 4 and our city!
Question #21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
 
Answer: One who is truly human and also truly God.
Here is Toby introducing Dave, who preached on Sunday for the first Sunday of Toby's sabbatical.
This Week's Sermon: “Lean Back" (John 13:23)

The practice of silence is the radical reversal of our cultural tendencies. Silence is bringing ourselves to a point of relinquishing to God our control of our relationship with God. Silence is a reversal of the whole possessing, controlling, grasping dynamic of trying to maintain control of our own existence. Silence is the inner act of letting it go. 
-Robert Mulholland, Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation

Without the regular experience of being received and loved by God in solitude and silence, we are vulnerable to a kind of leadership that is driven by profound emptiness that we are seeking to fill through performance and achievement. 
-Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Main idea: A disciple is someone who is leaning back on Jesus, hearing his heartbeat, and from that perspective, looking out into the world. 

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Sunday Recap for May 27, 2018:
The Heart of Ephesians

Mission Highlight: Thank you Natalie and Cory for sharing with us about Real Intern SF! Natalie and Cory go to First Presbyterian and have lived in San Francisco for five years. They both came to the city as interns at tech companies. 

Thousands of interns come to San Francisco every summer (no official count exists), including college students who are paid to work for a company during summer break (3 months). For them, and for many interns in the Bay Area, internships usually turn into a return job offer and an opportunity to move to San Francisco. Many interns are lonely and not in community. They are taken out of their contexts and moved to somewhere new, for only three months. Most of them are not Christians. 

The Real Intern SF was started by Cory and Natalie after taking Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. They felt God calling them to love on interns while they were here in San Francisco--and after many of them come back for full time jobs. They asked, What if every intern who came to SF this summer met a Christian? What if these friendships lasted for longer than the summer? 

This is a simple ministry of welcome and hospitality to these college students, not a step in a program. The goal is for interns to witness a reflection of God's Kingdom through these community dinners. They encouraged us to be ourselves and let God do the rest! The interns connect with us via a Facebook page, and then they are offered events to meet other interns and to meet us, San Francisco locals. 

To get involved, please pray for God to draw SF interns to himself! This is God's work, not ours. God allows us to participate in his redemptive plan. One concrete way to help if we feel God calling us to this ministry is to host a dinner in our homes for some summer interns. If we connect with The Real Intern SF, they will connect us with some hungry interns. Please use this link if you'd like to sign up to host a dinner or email if there are any questions about The Real Intern SF.  Some notes are that we can host with a friend, and we don't have to be in tech. We can also stay connected with the interns after hosting them for dinner. Let's continue to be in prayer for interns that come to SF and that this ministry of hospitality be fruitful to the glory of God!
Question #20: Who is the Redeemer?
 
Answer: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.