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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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