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Sunday Recap for October 14, 2018:
The Final Test

Mission Highlight: Thank you Sung Jin and Nancy for sharing about District 9 where they lived for two years. Followers of Jesus are sent out to love, serve, and share the good news, and in order to love our city, we need to know our city. District 9 encompasses the Mission, Bernal Heights, St. Mary’s Park, and Portola. District 9 has some of the most diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. At the same time, District 9 faces extraordinary challenges according to District 9 Supervisor, Hillary Ronen, in housing shortages, street homelessness and high crime.
 
Here are some demographics of District 9:
  • District 9 is estimated to be 44% White, 43% Hispanic, 23% Asian and 4% Black.
  • About 50% of the residents of District 9 were born in another country.
  • Over 40% of the residents of District 9 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
They shared about being surrounded by diverse cultures, languages, music, wonderful restaurants and coffee shops, and all the people hanging out at Dolores Park for various events and movie showings. They experienced firsthand the juxtaposition being in the heart of one of the most innovative and privileged cities, while recognizing the impact of gentrification and the severe poverty that exist.

They shared about some ministries that work in the area, Inner Change who serve the homeless, by living out the good news of Jesus in Word and deed, and specifically focused on building long-term relationships. Another ministry is Cornerstone Church, which partners with City Team to provide tangible needs to those in need, such as serving food, distributing clothes, sharing the gospel, and praying with individuals.

Then Sung Jin led us in prayer for District 9. He gave God all praise and glory, and thanks for showing us love, mercy, and grace each day. He prayed for Inner Change and Cornerstone Church as they serve the neighborhood and build relationships. He asked that God give them opportunities while also providing for their needs. He also prayed that those who do not yet know God. We prayed for the communities to show love and care for one another, as God has shown us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
 
For those of you missed it, the recording is found here
Two Sundays ago (10/7) we prayed for Robert who was with us from Germany as an au pair in San Francisco. We prayed over his returning to Germany and his interest in pursuing counseling in seminary. It was a bittersweet goodbye, but we are so thankful and appreciative of the believers we are connected to all around the world. Let's continue to pray for Robert as he transitions back to Germany and thank God for the time we were able to have with him. 
Question #39: With what attitude should we pray?
 
Answer: With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.
This Week's Sermon: “The Final Test" (Genesis 44)

“You weren't created for boredom or burnout or bondage to sexual lust or greed or ambition but for the incomparable pleasure and matchless joy that knowing Jesus alone can bring. Only then, in Him, will you encounter the life-changing, thirst-quenching, soul-satisfying delight that God, for His glory, created you to experience.” -Sam Storms, One Thing: Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God

Main Idea: God is always working for good. (What change looks like.)

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This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph

-High school youth group volunteers needed! Once a month lead a high school youth group discussion on the sermon after service (questions provided), monthly socials, and building relationships with our high school students in Christ! Email Janice if you're interested!

-United Worship Night: Sunday, October 28th, 6-7:30pm at 2850 19th Ave; you are invited to join 10+ churches in San Francisco for a night of music and prayer! 

-Interested in membership? Member Affirmation Applications are due by November 4th to be considered for the Membership Affirmation on November 18th. Please email us if you are interested!
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Sunday Recap for September 30, 2018:
From Pit to Palace

Mission Highlight: Thank you Jonathan for sharing the Mission Highlight for the Commissioning Prayer in Education/Government, and sharing facts about this sector as well as from his experience as a teacher for 19 years. 

The city of SF employs roughly 30,5000 city workers (i.e. mayor, Board of Supervisors, policemen, firefighters, MUNI drivers, street cleaners, public health, etc.), 10,500 of whom work for the San Francisco Unified School District, which has 136 schools and serves 55,000 students (not counting 119 private schools who serve 27,000 students). 

The opportunities and challenges in public education sector include the opportunity to connect with students and the challenge to gain their trust and respect, setting an example to coworkers who may not know the Lord while being discouraged from sharing the gospel (though there have been opportunities during major life events), and the struggle to promote equity, especially with students that face tough challenges outside of school. Also, the high cost of living has created a teaching shortage, where even with the most recent tax, SFUSD teachers lag behind in salary to surrounding counties close to $20,000. 

Jonathan asked that we pray for the endurance to deal with the challenges of wearing many hats (teacher, counselor, mediator, nurse, sole disciplinary or stable adult relationship), and not to be tempted to think they cannot make a difference. Also that their identities do not get tied up in their work or performance, and to not avoid opportunities to share about Christ. He also asked that we pray to God to provide them with opportunities to build up his kingdom here on earth and in the public school and government sector in San Francisco.

Then Jon-Paul prayed for all educators and public servants in our congregation, sending them out, or commissioning them, thanking them for their hearts of service and that they would have that first love of service which God gave them to be their motivation and joy as they serve. He also prayed that as surrogate parents to their students, they could point them to our eternal Father and our hope in him. He prayed that in moments of not being recognized or frustration and despair, that God remind them of his love and purpose for their calling. 

If you missed it, the audio recording is available here.
This Week's Sermon: “From Pit to Palace" (Genesis 40:1-8)

“The astonishing paradox of Christ's teaching and of Christian experience is this: if we lose ourselves in following Christ, we actually find ourselves. True self-denial is self-discovery. To live for ourselves is insanity and suicide; to live for God and for others is wisdom and life indeed. We do not begin to find ourselves until we have become willing to lose ourselves in the service of Christ and of others.”  John R.W. Stott, Basic Christianity
 
Main idea: God is always working for good.

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Sunday Recap for September 23, 2018:
Yes to God, No to Idols

Mission Highlight: Thank you Becky for sharing our fifth out of six Mission Highlights on our church's Malawi trip in May. She shared some facts about Malawi: it is a nation of 18 million people with 62% below the poverty line, and life expectancy at birth is 55 years (compared to 78 in the US) and an estimated 1 million people are infected with HIV, with only 70% aware of their infection, and of those aware only 60% receive treatment. As a physician, it was hard for Becky to close her eyes to the fact that 75% of the 1.2 million orphans became orphans because of HIV/AIDS. The rate of infections and lack of resources was maddening. At one time it was believed up to 40% of babies were born with HIV. 

Becky carried with her this card which says from the Bible (ESV) "Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy" to remind herself to pray and to remember, despite the geographic and linguistic distance.

Becky also shared about the organizational structure of Hands at Work, the ministry we partner with, who serve in eight countries in Africa. Each country has several communities they support, and we visited the community of Mcheneka. The children are directly helped by Careworkers in the community, who identify children with the greatest need and help them access basic health care, food, and education. The Careworkers live in the communities themselves and are supported by the local church. 

Service Centers support several communities, helping with meals, logistics, and providing prayer and Bible teaching for the Careworkers. Regional Support Teams help oversee Service Centers in different countries, and the Hub is in South Africa. 

Becky shared about how we got to know some of those in the Service Center, have a day to encourage and support Careworkers, and also spend time with the children, both in the Life Center where they would gather for a meal and play, and also making home visits. 

Becky then led us in prayer for the children, to comfort them, heal them, and protect them. She thanked God for the Careworkers and asked God to strengthen them physically and spiritually. She prayed for our brothers and sisters in the Service Center, to give them wisdom and encouragement. She also prayed for a cure and vaccine fro HIV, and for all who are infected to be cured. She also prayed that we would not be distanced from suffering but to care for the poor and speak for those with no voice.

Question #37: How does the Holy Spirit help us?
 
Answer: The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.
This Week's Sermon: “Yes to God, No to Idols" (Judges 10:6-16)

“In the biblical view, anything created--anything at all that is less than God, and most especially the gifts of God--can become idolatrous if it is relied upon inordinately until it becomes a full-blown substitute for God and, thus, an idol. The first duty of believers is to say yes to God; the second is to say no to idols.” -Os Guinness

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-Member Directory photos every Sunday in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-The Porch Vision Nights 9/16 and 9/30: Jon Brackett, our church planting resident, will be sharing about the vision for The Porch and its launch in the northeast part of San Francisco. San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and we are excited to support The Porch for a church planting movement here in SF. Please pray for and go to support our ministry partners! Please email Jon if you're interested in going!

-9/30: Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.

-Are you a Creative? Interested in joining a Creative Group for fellowship and support? Email Jen to find out the next monthly meeting!
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Sunday Recap for September 16, 2018:
Promise and Response

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we installed our second diaconate cohort. These men and women were recognized by our members of being of good repute and full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. They were (left to right): Andrew, Shane, Vanessa, Amanda, Nancy, Sung Jin, Jeff, Stephanie, and Luke. The Lord Jesus Christ has given gifts to his people who find their purpose in building up the church. Our deacons and deaconesses are our front-line responders who lead by example of a deeper understanding of loving and serving so that we can all continue to build one another up in love.

The deacons and deaconesses affirmed that they believed that the triune God was calling them to this office, of the infallibility of Scripture, that they subscribed to the doctrinal standards of the faith and practice of Christ Church, and that they promised to carry out their office faithfully in submission to the church.

Seng prayed for this diaconate cohort, thanking God for them and for our church, and asked God for his Spirit to help us grow in grace and support and encouragement of the diaconate. He asked for humility and growth to maturity, initiative to show God's love through their service, and for them to model teachability and kindness.

Also, Seng shared that we have called out Carter and George from the diaconal process to be a part of the elder affirmation process which will start in October and hopefully be completed by the spring.

For those of you who missed it, the audio recording is here
We had a special announcement for The Porch's Vision Nights happening on Sunday dinners on September 16th and September 30th. Toby introduced Jon with a little background on Christ Church's partnerships with church planting with Grace Alameda, Citizens, Redemption, and now The Porch, to sacrificially love and serve the city and asked people in our congregation to pray through whether God was calling them to join The Porch and the work they are doing.

Then Jon shared about how they started thinking about church planting in 2011 and have been at Christ Church for a year and a half as a part of his training. Jon was born and raised in SF and plans to live and die here, and dreams of seeing fellow San Franciscans worshipping God in heaven with him. They've been having Sunday dinners during the summer, and now they are getting together their core team. The Vision Nights will talk about why they're church planting, why church planting is important, and what The Porch will look like--not taking believers from other churches but reaching out to the northeast part of the city--and also be a time of prayer and brainstorming. Please contact Jon if you would like to know more about The Porch or if you want to check out a Vision Night! 

Jon also asked for our prayers because church planting will only succeed if the Holy Spirit is jumping out in front of them, and even if The Porch starts out small, if we were all behind him prayer, whether that was in our community groups, prayer groups, or individually, that would be great. 

For those of you who want to hear the audio recording, it's here!
Question #36: What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?
 
Answer: That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
This Week's Sermon: “Promise and Response" (Genesis 39)

"God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances – things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character." 
– Joni Eareckson Tada

Main Idea: God is always working for good.

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This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph

-Member Directory photos every Sunday in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-The Porch Vision Nights 9/16 and 9/30: Jon Brackett, our church planting resident, will be sharing about the vision for The Porch and its launch in the northeast part of San Francisco. San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and we are excited to support The Porch for a church planting movement here in SF. Please pray for and go to support our ministry partners! Please email Jon if you're interested in going!

-9/30: Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.
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Sunday Recap for September 9, 2018:
Rivalry Destroys

Mission Highlight: Thank you Laurie and Lee for sharing about San Francisco's District 7! One of the most suburban districts in San Francisco, Laurie shared about how though they live in an apartment building, they are surrounded by single family homes with two-car garages, people walking their dogs who stop to chat. They love their district, bordered by all three of their daughter Julia's public schools, along with two libraries and two bookstores close by. They shared about their favorite and best tiled steps on Kirkham Street. They love to walk around and they notice the changes and endless construction that makes the district feel like a maze at times. They also feel the stress and frustration of families who are working hard to stay safe, housed, educated and happy, but delighted they can help their neighbors and volunteer in their neighborhood and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and see a glimpse of "Julia's bridge." They wanted to point out the Laguna Honda Hospital, the Juvenile Probation Department and Detention Center, Fort Funston, all the commuters on 19th Ave., MUNI drivers and passengers, and San Francisco State University. 

Then Lee led us in prayer thanking him for District 7 and for the opportunity to know our neighbors and welcome visitors. They prayed for those in Laguna Honda Hospital, the Juvenile Detention Center, SF State, and families in District 7. He asked God to bless the businesses, and those who help the old and the young, those who work in public transportation, bless the educators, our public servants like policemen, fire fighters, and District Supervisor Norman Yee. 

Let's continue to pray for, love, and serve our city. If you missed it, the audio recording is here
Question #35: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
 
Answer: All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
This Week's Sermon: “Rivalry Destroys" (Genesis 37)

“If individuals are naturally inclined to desire what their neighbors possess, or to desire what their neighbors even simply desire, this means that rivalry exists at the very heart of human social relations. This rivalry, if not thwarted, would permanently endanger the harmony and even the survival of all human communities.” -Rene Girard

Main idea: God is always working for good. (Even when it looks like He is not.)

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This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph

-Member Directory photos every Sunday in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-The Porch Vision Nights 9/16 and 9/30: Jon Brackett, our church planting resident, will be sharing about the vision for The Porch and its launch in the northeast part of San Francisco. San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and we are excited to support The Porch for a church planting movement here in SF. Please pray for and go to support our ministry partners! Please email Jon if you're interested in going!

-9/16Young Life, a ministry we are happy to support and partner with, ministers to high school students in San Francisco. They are looking for volunteers and hosting a Park Day on September 16th, 1:30-3:30pm at Lafayette Park, with the info session starting at 2pm. Please check it out if you are looking for a meaningful way to establish God's kingdom in SF!

-9/30: Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.

-10/6: Save the Date: next Members' Gathering on Saturday, October 6th, 6-8pm (dinner provided). 

-Save the Dates: Women's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (11/30-12/1) and Men's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (12/7-12/8). More info coming, but save the dates for now!
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If you want to know more about The Porch (Vision Nights on 9/16 and 9/30 if you're interested!), these four newsletters from The Porch are highly informative, encouraging, meaningful and engaging to read. They can make one excited about church-planting in SF and The Porch! Please check it out if you have the chance!

Sunday Recap for September 2, 2018:
Joyful in the Lord

Mission Highlight: This week, Janice shared the third out of six Malawi trip Mission Highlights since our church's team of eight went in May. Hands at Work is an organization that mobilizes the local and global church to serve the most vulnerable in Africa.

Janice shared about how powerful and effective our church's prayers over the trip, along with the prayers that they prayed in Malawi with our brothers and sisters at Hands throughout the trip, which made the mutual encouragement and team unity unreasonably good. She wanted to encourage our church to continue and grow in prayer. 

Janice compared this trip to her previous secular trips to Africa where she felt uncomfortable about her role in the foreign aid industry. However, this trip was so different.  This time, they asked our team to please refrain from "trying to help" but to give of ourselves and some encouragement in the Lord. And although the villages of Mcheneka and Mphunzi had less material wealth than anywhere she had seen, God was there, and we have brothers and sisters there. They opened up their lives in sharing what God has done and was asking them to do, and our team shared and sang songs about the same Jesus that saved all of us, and the ways we saw Jesus through them. 

She shared about a Chichewa song about surrendering everything to God, and how hard that could be, especially in the midst of suffering. However, all our suffering, our differences, our acts of service (including caring for the widow and the orphan), all find their place at the feet of Jesus. 

Then she led us in prayer, thanking God for not cringing from our brokenness but inviting us to seek him in it, even as he promises to one day fully heal us. God in Heaven, you are so different from us. She prayed for our brothers and sisters in Malawi, that he would build them up. She also prayed for the most vulnerable and exposed, that we might build a wall of protection around them. Let's continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and grow in our encouragement and support of them!

Read the whole thing here.

This Week's Sermon: “Joyful in the Lord" (Philippians 3:1-4:9)

“The key to a Christian’s joy is its source, which is the Lord. If Christ is in me and I am in him, that relationship is not a ‘sometimes’ experience. The Christian is always in the Lord and the Lord is always in the Christian, and that is always a reason for joy. Even if a Christian cannot rejoice in his circumstances, if he finds himself passing through pain, sorrow, or grief, he can still rejoice in Christ. We rejoice in the Lord, and since He never leaves us or forsakes us, we can rejoice always.” 

– R.C. Sproul, Can I Have Joy in My Life?

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This sermon series: Have This Mind

-Member Directory photos starting next Sunday, every September in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-Next Singles' Lunch on Sunday, September 9th after service for fellowship and community building! Meet in the lobby to head over to Koja together, or meet us there!

-The Porch Vision Nights 9/16 and 9/30: Jon Brackett, our church planting resident, will be sharing about the vision for The Porch and its launch in the northeast part of San Francisco. San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and we are excited to support The Porch for a church planting movement here in SF. Please pray for and go to support our ministry partners! Please email Jon if you're interested in going!

-Young Life, a ministry we are happy to support and partner with, ministers to high school students in San Francisco. They are looking for volunteers and hosting a Park Day on September 16th, 1:30-3:30pm at Lafayette Park, with the info session starting at 2pm. Please check it out if you are looking for a meaningful way to establish God's kingdom in SF!

-Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.

-Save the Date: next Members' Gathering on Saturday, October 6th, 6-8pm (dinner provided). 

-Save the Dates: Women's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (11/30-12/1) and Men's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (12/7-12/8). More info coming, but save the dates for now!
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Sunday Recap for August 26, 2018:
Faithful in the Ordinary

We are happy to share that Christ Church's church-planting resident Jon Brackett and his wife Mel have updates on The Porch, a church plant we are very excited to be partnered with. Please mark your calendars for September 16th and September 30th, when they will be hosting their "Vision Nights" to share about their vision to launch The Porch. 

Some background: San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and along with Christ Church, The Porch hopes to be a part of the church-planting movement that our city needs. Jon and Mel live in the northeast corner of San Francisco, where The Porch is hoping to plant. They have been hosting Sunday dinners to build relationships, and have a vision for The Porch to have Missional Families that grow in faith together in order to love, serve, and reach out to their neighbors with the gospel. Please pray with them for the people in the neighborhood--that they may know Christ, for fundraising, for 25-30 more people for their Core Team, and for the Brackett family as they say goodbye to their foster daughter who will go to live with her grandmother. 

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in going to Vision Night, praying for The Porch, getting involved, or simply learning more, please contact Jon!

Otherwise, these links are great for that as well: 
WebsiteNewsletterInstagramDonate 

Mission Highlight: Praise God for our new members that were publicly affirmed, David, Katie, Shireen, Rebecca, Stacy, Joseph, and Hamilton! 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. Members were then asked to stand and pray with Jon-Paul, an elder at Christ Church, as we 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.

For those of you who missed it, the audio recording can be found here.

Question #34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?
 
Answer: Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.
This Week's Sermon: “Faithful in the Ordinary" (Philippians 2:19-30)

We live out our Christian life one day at a time in the ordinary and mundane. The ordinary and mundane is where we meet both temptations, like grumbling, and opportunities to faithfully follow Christ in the way of simple service, kindness, and forgiveness.

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

-Member Directory photos starting next Sunday, every September in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-Next Singles' Lunch on Sunday, September 9th after service for fellowship and community building! Meet in the lobby to head over to Koja together, or meet us there!

-Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.
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Sunday Recap for August 19, 2018:
Unity Through Humility

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we presented our candidates for deacons and deaconesses. Here is what was said:

Hello! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Janice and I am a deaconess at Christ Church. Nine of us were affirmed as a part of Christ Church's first diaconate two years ago. And today, I present to you the candidates for the second diaconate cohort. Could the diaconate candidates who are here today please come up? They are Amanda Baumann, Andrew Baumann, Luke Breuer, Stephanie Breuer, George Chang, Jeff Jakosalem, Carter Kennedy, Nancy Lee, Sung Jin Lee, Vanessa McGraw, Shane McGraw.

As the Bible describes, deacons and deaconesses are chosen, not by elders, but by members "amongst themselves." Fellow brothers and sisters nominated these candidates based on the qualifications found in Scripture, which are: "must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Deaconesses, likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things." For those of us that are married, it should be to one spouse, and for those of us who are parents, we are to manage our children and households well.

Though we were nominated by our fellow members and endorsed by the elders, each of us also went to God in prayer. These candidates have been called by God, both through fellow members and in prayer. Deacons and deaconesses are called to be servant leaders who make sure no one is left out or overlooked in our church and to work towards strengthening our unity in Christ.

Today, we will begin a three week period of prayer and affirmation. Every member will be emailed a form which asks if each of these candidates meet the spiritual qualifications, and also for comments on their experiences and knowledge of each candidate. Like the nomination process, all members will be asked to pray over this process. But unlike the nomination process, every single member will be asked to respond.

After this period of prayer and affirmation, we plan to install our new deaconesses and deacons on September 16th. Each new deacon and deaconess will receive from the elders a personalized charge incorporating feedback from the members.

And now, could the current deacons and deaconesses present please come up to lay hands on these candidates? Let's pray:

God, you are holy, good, and loving and we exist to give you glory, enjoy who you are, and to share the love of Christ you have first extended to us. We thank you for showing your church the need for deacons and deaconesses, the qualifications we should look for, and for calling these brothers and sisters here today to step forward as diaconate candidates.

Lord, please pour out your Spirit onto each one of these diaconate candidates. They do not step out alone, but with the support of their brothers and sisters, and in your presence. Prepare their hearts, minds, and coming days for the work you have set aside for them to do. Help them remember that while deacons care for the physical needs and steward the resources of the church, the goal for their gifting is to build up and encourage one another for the common good and unity of the church, to serve others administering God’s grace, and to support the ministry of the word. Help them express this ministry in ways that are spiritually and relationally up-building. Guide the work of their hands, show them how to gently lead the rest of the church as you call all your people to serve, and help them to always remember all good things are done, not by our strength, but through your grace.

God, please pour out your Spirit on our elders: Toby, Seng, and Jon-Paul. I do not envy the weight on their shoulders of shepherding your church, but I do find immense comfort and assurance that you are with them, guiding them and calling them. Please give them your wisdom, your peace, your love and your power to guide us and pray for us in this process.

Father, please pour out your Spirit on the members of Christ Church. Please help us to see that this is not an opportunity to outsource our servant identity to the deacons and deaconesses, but that with your help, each of us is actively engaged and growing in loving and serving and being the church. Please protect us from division and strife; help us be of one Spirit. Grow our faith, our understanding, and our love for you and your kingdom as we affirm the diaconate.

Lord, please don't let this be the last prayer all of us pray before the diaconate is affirmed in September. God, I confess we don't pray or even like to pray unless your Spirit helps us. Please move our hearts to pray for the diaconate and for our church, that you would send us a revival. We want your presence to cover this earth, and as your children, we want to participate in that.

Thank you God for listening to this prayer, to every prayer we pray. Thank you in advance for providing your church with a diaconate and empowering them to serve. We bless your name forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

Question #32: What do justification and sanctification mean?
 
Answer: Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.
This Week's Sermon: “Unity Through Humility" (Philippians 1:27-2:14)


“Each of the divine persons centers upon the others. None demands that the others revolve around him. Each voluntarily circles the other two, pouring love, delight, and adoration into them. Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to, and rejoices in the others … Each divine person harbors the others at the center of his being. In constant movement of overture and acceptance each person envelops and encircles the others.”

– Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

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This sermon series: Have This Mind

-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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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