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Sunday Recap for February 11, 2018:
Identity

Mission Highlight: Thank you Sara for sharing about San Francisco's District 1! We do district highlights because following Jesus means we must love our neighbor and love the city. In order to love the city, we must know it. Sara shared facts about District 1, along with her personal experience living there. Here is a bit of what she shared:

The Richmond is named after a settler who built his home in a place that was then called "Outside Lands" and named his home "Richmond House" after his hometown, Richmond, Australia. Thus the Richmond neighborhood got its name, and is today considered the New Chinatown and Little Russia. 

The primary neighborhoods in District 1 are the Inner Richmond and the Outer Richmond. Golden Gate Park is also a part of District 1. Our church meets in District 1 and our good friends at Outer Circle Inner Change minister to those living in the park. It has more families living in the neighborhood compared to the rest of the city. Over 36% of the residents were not born in the US and English is not the primary language for over 50% of its households. The district is estimated to be 48% white, 43% Asian, 7% Hispanic and 2% African American. About 54% adults have a college degree. 

Sara has lived in the Richmond for two years, and her husband has ben there for six. She shared about he rich cultural food, the field trips with her students to Golden Gate Park, the butcher who gives her extra week, the sound of the MUNI bus, along with the restaurant where she had her first date with her husband and living with roommates she found on Craigslist. She shared about her friendship with her neighbor, and her neighbors who tell her when they leave their garage door open. 

Sara prayed that the people of District 1 would know and cherish God as God knows and cherishes each one of them, and for them to believe Jesus is Christ, who died and rose again so that we might live forever with him. We prayed for God's servants at Outer Circle Inner Change and the people they serve, and for Christians in the district to share the love of God on a daily basis. We prayed for our congregation that we might better love and serve District 1. Let's continue to pray for our city and share the love of Christ with it!
Question #4: How and why did God create us?
 
Answer: God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
Link to this Week's Sermon: Identity” (Ephesians 2:11-22)
 
Ephesians 2:11-22, “But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.” (Eugene Peterson)
 
“Before I was a father I thought God never would forget me, but since I have been a father I know God never can forget me.” (Hudson Taylor, 19th Century)
 
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Sunday Recap for February 4, 2018:
Purpose

Valentine's Day Kids Party / Free Babysitting Night!!

What: dinner, play time, and movie for the children
When: February 14th, from 5:30pm-10pm
Where: County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave. SF) Garden Room

Want to bring your kids/volunteer? Please contact Dani!
Mission Highlight: Praise God for our new members, Jason, Jennifer, Steven, Connie, Yiqian, and Jeremiah. 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.
Question #3: How many persons are there in God?
 
Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Purpose" (Ephesians 2:1-10)
 

“Against the sombre background of our world today Ephesians 2:1-10 stands out in striking relevance. Paul first plumbs the depths of pessimism about man, and then rises to the heights of optimism about God. It is this combination of pessimism and optimism, of despair and faith, which constitutes the refreshing realism of the Bible. For what Paul does in this passage is to paint a vivid contrast between what man is by nature and what he can become by grace.” (John Stott, The Message of Ephesians)
 
Main Idea: We are created in Christ.

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Sunday Recap for January 28, 2017:
The Head and the Spirit

Mission Highlight: Thank you Stephen for giving your update about your family's move to Vilafranca Del Penedés. Stephen Phillips was one of Christ Church's first missionaries that we supported. The Phillips family has moved to Vilafranca Del Penedés, which is southwest of Vilassar de Mar. where they had previously served for decades. They are now at an 85 year old church that is beginning to consider planting other churches, taking the gospel to places where people haven't heard it, including where there are immigrants from Muslim countries. Stephen has been helping with the leadership of the church, helping with the youth, where they have teens that are Senegalese Muslim and secular a regular part of the church's youth group. Naíme and Stephen are helping and doing leadership training, and Stephen is teaching New Testament Greek at the seminary as well. 

Please continue to pray for the church to have a passion to take the gospel to those who have not heard it before. 

Lastly, Stephen gave a huge thank you for sending a team last summer to run the English camp. The parents of the children said, "we don't know what you're doing, but our kids have fallen in love with you." We pray that through these relationships God give them the ears to hear the justice and healing in Christ's name as they continue to preach grace.
Question #2: What is God?
 
Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “The Head and the Spirit" (Ephesians 1:15-23)
 

“The mysteries of prayer remain, but they dissolve in worship and gratitude. It is far easier to accept the mysteries of divine sovereignty when the divine love is as great as the divine sovereignty.” (D.A. Carson, Praying with Paul)
 
“The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.” (Francis Chan, Forgotten God)
 
Main Idea: A decapitated body is a dead body.

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Sunday Recap for January 21, 2017:
God's Possession / Mission and Vision Sunday

We had our annual Mission and Vision Sunday this week on January 21st! For those of you who were not able to make it, please visit our website for a summary and audio recording!
Women's Ministry 9th Annual Cookie Exchange
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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). If you haven't RSVPed yet, please email Michelle if you can come!
Question #1: What is our only hope in life and death?
 
Answer: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
Link to this Week's Sermon: "God's Possession" (Ephesians 1:11-14)
 
“The gospel is a return to reality. It is the end of illusion. It is the tearing away of all these mistaken concepts and ideas and the veils of illusion, and it is a return to stark, naked, unadorned fact. The great thing about the gospel is that it puts you back in touch with reality. You begin once again to see things the way they really exist.” (Ray Stedman, 1972)
 
“Our bodies and souls, our full humanity, are to be his to use to manifest the new creation in the midst of the destruction of the old.” (Ray Stedman, 1972)
 
Main Idea: Life finds its meaning when it is lived in God’s will and for God’s glory.

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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!
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Sunday, January 28th, 3-5pm @ Fulton Clubhouse (855 27th Ave.)
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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!

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!
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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