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Newsletter for the Week of
April 3, 2016

Songs to our God, the King we need, every single day!

Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs
This week's Sermon: "The Power of Circumstances" (1 Samuel 8:1-9)

At the end of the book of Judges, Israel was facing so many challenges that there could only be one way forward. They were being lead by corrupt leaders that were only out for their own gain. Nations that wanted to invade them and were a constant military threat. In their minds, they needed a king. They did not just want any kind of king; they want to be “like the other nations” and demanded that Samuel follow their orders. They wanted a powerful warrior king that could win all of their battles. What they failed to recognize what that their only true hope was in God Himself. That more than managing their circumstances, their most desperate need was relationship with God and His leading. They needed someone to lead them into covenantal faithfulness.
 
Main Idea: Faithfulness is the only way forward.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Year of Biblical Literacy


This week's New City Catechism Question #13:
Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Answer: Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.
Announcements:

Church Family Picnic: Next Sunday, April 10th after church: Off the Grid at the Presidio Please join us! It will be a great chance for all of us to enjoy each other's company over a meal after service. Invite your friends as well!

Biblical Literacy Lecture Next Monday, April 11th, 7 PM. "Does God Endorse Violence and Genocide in the Old Testament?" At Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores St.), parking at Everett Middle School (450 Church St.) Be early or on time as space fills up quickly!

Men's Outing: Pacifica Hike and Gorilla BBQ Lunch, Saturday, May 7th, 9AM - 2PM. Leave from Roosevelt M.S. Email Mark if you're interested!
Mission Highlight: Through Hands at Work, we have been partnering with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Malawi over the years to love and serve the most vulnerable and poor. Recently, we have learned about severe drought and flooding in the region that critically limits the supply of food as well as the security in the region over lack of resources. 

In the context of our family relationship, we are currently supporting 26 children in Mcheneka with food, healthcare and education. These children as well as their caretakers are our brothers and sisters in Christ whom our church community has received so much grace and encouragement in Jesus. With the current and severe food crisis, we would like to respond in love by supporting 50 more children by July 1st. Whether it be as individuals or in groups, would you please pray for and consider sponsoring a child's basic needs for $20 a month per child for one year? If God is moving you to serve in this way, please contact Julie!

Also, Pastor Jeff at our sister church, Grace Alameda, is leading a trip to visit our brothers and sisters in Malawi in July. Would you also pray to see if God is leading you to go visit as well? Please contact Janice if you are interested! Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!
Recurring Announcements
  • Please join us in A Year of Biblical Literacy. This year, we are reading through the Bible together as a congregation. We have a Scripture reading schedule (never to late to hop on!), videos, and other resources to help us along. 
  • Sign up for the online newsletter! You can go to christchurchsf.org/#newsletter!
  • Youth Group Discussions every Sunday after service, 12:00 - 12:30pm Older youth welcome and encouraged to join us in the "Chill out" section of the Cafeteria!
Have any questions, comments, thoughts to share? Please email us!
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