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Sunday Recap for December 2, 2018:
The Pilgrim's Hope

Mission Highlight: Thank you Daniel and Kendra for sharing the Mission Highlight on San Francisco's District 10. District 10 includes Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, and Dogpatch. Bayview/Hunters Point is oftentimes marred by criminal activity. Laymen stats said this neighborhood used to account for a third of murders in the city. Historically, two things have contributed to this: Hunters Point was once a booming commercial shipyard before serving as a naval base in WWll. But when the Navy decommissioned it in 1974, the district began to die down. Bayview had no direct transit lines connecting the district to the city center until 2007. The area's isolation from the center of SF contributed to a slumped economy.

But, in the midst of this, there is a sense of community. Craftsman and Wolves is one of the newest businesses to start there. The owner has said of the community that “Everyone's really passionate, everyone's scrappy, and everyone wants to help each other.” Dan and Kendra have lived in District 10 now for about 6 years and Visitacion Valley, being smaller in size, is one we’ve only been to a handful of times. The area is a largely family-oriented working-class neighborhood. And, it is roughly defined by McLaren Park.
 
The neighborhood is extremely diverse. When visiting (our favorite!) Grocery Outlet there you see a lot of Asian, Hispanic, African American, and White families shopping side by side. Some people say it has some of the safest streets, but there are areas of high crime especially near Sunnydale, the largest project in SF. Dogpatch/Potrero is where they live. Arsicault may have the best croissant in the nation, but Neighborhood Bakehouse boasts the winner of the best croissant in SF. Breweries and coffee HQ’s are here too with the Warriors next door along with some of the best views of downtown. As they say, it’s always sunny in Potrero. Though here we have front row seats to the turmoil caused by displacement and poverty. The projects are two distinct cultures of mostly African Americans and then Burmese immigrants who do not understand much English live alongside each other in uneasy harmony literally next door to million dollar homes.

Then they led us in prayer for District 10: Father, we recognize the wealth interposed with poverty & violence that make up District 10. Thank you that over the years you have appointed leaders and changed the area to decrease the violence. We pray for for Malia Cohen as District 10 supervisor for wisdom and that as she plans, your Spirit would be determining her steps so that we can flourish as a community together. We know that even so, our systems are still broken and we need your love to be shown by the Church in District 10 so we see can see each other as children of God. We confess that we have not loved each other as we should. We pray for courage and faith to see each other as image bearers. We pray for the residents of District 10 that as change comes that both new and old residents would look to Christ. We pray that God would sustain the many rooted and church plants and Christian nonprofits: Huli Huli, Old Skool Cafe, We Are Church, RedeemerSF, BayCity Church, Valley Christian Fellowship just to name a few.

Let's continue to pray for and love and serve our city in the name of Christ!
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.
This Week's Sermon: “The Pilgrim's Hope
(Psalm 120)

 
“The designation of [Psalm 120] as a pilgrims’ song provides a context for its interpretation. It is a poignant expression of pilgrims’ pain over the world from which they come. It puts that world in sharpest contrast to the peace they desire and seek in coming to Zion.” 
-James Mays, Interpretation: Psalms

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” 
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Main Idea: A pilgrim will find peace in Christ.

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This sermon series: Restless
Help spread holiday cheer and support children in your community by donating a brand new toy to The Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Drive! Each year, The Salvation Army serves approximately 3,000 children from low-income families throughout San Francisco by opening a Toy & Joy Shop for the parents to be able to shop for their children and help their kids to have a wonderful and memorable gift: sftoyjoy.com If you have any questions, ask Sonny
-Jon Brackett, our church-planting resident pastor, has family that lived in Paradise, the town that was destroyed by the fire. His grandmother has lost her home and her shop, which was her source of livelihood. The GoFundMe is to help her rebuild her life, and every bit will count!
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Sunday Recap for November 25, 2018:
Power and Forgiveness

From left to right, top to bottom: Amanda and Andrew's first visit to C in 2015, second visit in 2018, Caregiver with the kids, including C

Mission Highlight: Thank you Amanda and Andrew for being the last teammates to share about the our trip to Mcheneka in May. Amanda shared about Kausiwa*, the 13 year old child in the green dress in the first photo, and her family they met in 2015. Her mother had passed away, and the father was not there, so she, her brother, her sister Faye*, and her sister's baby were living with her aunt. Kausiwa has been a part of our ministry partner Hands at Work's program for 9 years, receiving a warm meal, access to healthcare and education, and weekly Holy Home Visits from a volunteer Care Worker, who gets to know the children and their families and their needs and share Jesus with them. The day they visited in 2015, they remembered how energetically and eagerly Kausiwa helped their family set up a water project in their home when their aunt was injured and in pain, scrubbing the barrel with her head inside. Kausiwa was so full of life and joy.

Three years later, this last May, they visited again, but they could only see Kausiwa briefly because she was in school. They visited with Faye, and some neighborhood kids who came to see the uzungu, or white people (second photo). They learned that Kausiwa had to leave school at 13 to take care of her ailing aunt, who has since passed away. Thankfully Kausiwa was able to return to school, but now Faye, in her early 20s, is responsible for her teenage sister. Though Kausiwa is now two years behind, she still has the energy and big dreams to become a teacher. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of the community-based organization that came around Kausiwa and identified her as one of the most vulnerable children in this community, to provide her basic needs and relational support.

In the third photo, Sarah is on the left, and Kausiwa is, the Care Worker with HAW (third photo) and Kausiwa is in a yellow jacket on the right, along with the other children Sarah is responsible for. When asked for a prayer request, Faye asked that we pray that Kausiwa finish school and get a job to lift their family out of poverty, a huge burden on a 16 year old's shoulders. Amanda asked us to pray for this family and families like them, reminding us that "God is at work, but there is still work to be done."

Then Andrew shared about how we could make a difference for kids like Kausiwa, by praying for these vulnerable children as they don't always have a family structure around them to pray for them. Also to pray for the Care Workers (last photo), who sacrifice every day to care for these children. Andrew shared how a Care Worker, Malia, praised God for the people around the world who knew what they were doing, supported and prayed for them, showing that they do rely on and appreciate our prayers and support. Andrew pointed to the most recent community update, to help inform our prayers. We can also support financially (use the drop down menu to specify Christ Church - Mcheneka). Though as a church we support two staff leaders at HAW, it is our individual donations that go to helping the children. Also, please be on the lookout for get-togethers where we share more about Mcheneka and ways we can pray. 

Then he led us in prayer thanking God for the way he works through his body, churches united in America and Africa who long to see his love shared to the most vulnerable people, children who have no one to watch over them or ways to feed themselves. We thanked God for the Care Workers in Mcheneka who sacrifice and decided to follow Jesus acting as his hands and feet, bringing love to this community. We asked for help in being obedient and diligent in our prayer and support. 

*names changed to protect children's identities
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.
This Week's Sermon: Power and Forgiveness
(Genesis 50)

 
“The wicked advantage themselves by disadvantaging others, but the righteous disadvantage themselves to advantage others.”
Bruce Waltke, Righteousness in Proverbs (2008)
 
“But in the family of the just man who lives by faith and is as yet a pilgrim journeying on to the celestial city, even those who rule serve those whom they seem to command; for they rule not from a love of power, but from a sense of the duty they owe to others — not because they are proud of authority, but because they love mercy.”
St. Augustine, The City of God (426 A.D.)
 
Main Idea: God is always working for good, even through evil and brokenness.


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This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph
Help spread holiday cheer and support children in your community by donating a brand new toy to The Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Drive! Each year, The Salvation Army serves approximately 3,000 children from low-income families throughout San Francisco by opening a Toy & Joy Shop for the parents to be able to shop for their children and help their kids to have a wonderful and memorable gift: sftoyjoy.com If you have any questions, ask Sonny
-Jon Brackett, our church-planting resident pastor, has family that lived in Paradise, the town that was destroyed by the fire. His grandmother has lost her home and her shop, which was her source of livelihood. The GoFundMe is to help her rebuild her life, and every bit will count!
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Sunday Recap for November 18, 2018:
From Rivalry to Restoration

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.
This Week's Sermon: “From Rivalry to Restoration" (Genesis 48-49)

“The blessing is a gift bestowed on those who cannot claim it as a right.”
- John Sailhamer, Genesis
 
“But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us.”
- C.S. Lewis, 
Mere Christianity
 
 Main Idea: God is always working for good through restoration.


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

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-Theresa Garrety, a member at Christ Church, is the chair of ICN philanthropy committee at UCSF, and she is working together with the Red Cross to organize a collection drive. Please bring all donations to church next Sunday November 25th, and Theresa and her husband Chad will deliver all donations to Chico that Sunday. Please bring: diapers (child/adult), first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, water, snack foods and non-perishable foods. 

-Jon Brackett, our church-planting resident pastor, has family that lived in Paradise, the town that was destroyed by the fire. His grandmother has lost her home and her shop, which was her source of livelihood. The GoFundMe is to help her rebuild her life, and every bit will count!
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Sunday Recap for November 11, 2018:
Faith, Testimony, and Worship

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

Thank you Billy, for sharing about the spiritual obstacles and challenges of working in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Billy shared about how he sells shrimp and pork dumplings as a living. Some challenges include the long, odd hours, usually when everyone else is off (Craig, from our church who works in wine, couldn't be reached for input due to his current 16-hour work days). These hours can be isolating and physically and mentally exhausting. Some other challenges include customers who are condescending and verbally abusive, along with the demeaning comments on social media (i.e. "I'd rather eat grass off the sidewalk"). There is a strong temptation to perform and please man, but thankfully, comfort and self-worth is found in Jesus Christ. 

Some spiritual opportunities include treating staff as image-bearers of God. Some of them don't speak English and may never speak English, and have no other work options. They are one paycheck, one accident, or one diagnosis away from disaster. It is a challenge to pay employees equitably, keep food costs low for low income communities, and make it a viable business. Employees work hard to give their kids, not themselves, a chance at the American dream, each one of them supporting so many who depend on them. It is far from the glamor that Food Network presents; the work is always cleaning or fixing something. But there is still the opportunity to treat all employees, vendors, neighbors, and customers as image bearers of God. Also, working in restaurants gives a glimpse into the epidemic of loneliness, when one can see people coming in regularly on Friday night to eat alone, just to be around other people. A kind word or building conversation can go a long way, to be the light of Christ, who is our savior in a broken world.

Then Toby prayed for all who work in this industry. Just as Jesus sends disciples into the world just as Jesus himself was sent into the world, he prayed that all who work in food, beverage and hospitality to be extensions of Jesus, to use the gifts he gives to serve others with love and humility. This industry itself can be a great expression of care. He prayed that the stress and pressures from the job become opportunities to depend on Christ and point others to a hope in Christ. We asked God to pour out his grace upon them and to ensure them of his empowering presence. We asked God to bless the work of their hands by his power. Let's continue to encourage and pray for our sisters and brothers in the food, beverage and hospitality industry!

Question #43: What are the sacraments or ordinances?
 
Answer: The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.
This Week's Sermon: “Faith, Testimony, and Worship" (Psalm 105:7-24; Genesis 47)


"The Christian life is going to God. In going to God Christians travel the same ground that everyone else walks on, breathe the same air, drink the same water, shop in the same stores, read the same newspapers, are citizens under the same governments, pay the same prices for groceries and gasoline, fear the same dangers, are subject to the same pressures, get the same distresses, are buried in the same ground. The difference is that each step we walk, each breath we breathe, we know we are preserved by God, we know we are accompanied by God, we know we are ruled by God; and therefore no matter what doubts we endure or what accidents we experience, the Lord will guard us from every evil, he guards our very life." -Eugene Peterson, Life at its best: A guidebook for the pilgrim life

Main idea: Testimony and worship result when we see God working for good through his promises.


Sermon Slides / This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph

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Sunday Recap for November 4, 2018:
The Hug

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Mission Highlight: Thank you Jamin for leading us in prayer for today's election: "Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, hear our prayer. You have given our nation an abundance of good things. And we thank you that we can meet freely and openly today to seek your face regarding the upcoming election.

Father... Forgive us for being quick to speak and slow to listen. Forgive us making you into the image of our own political party. Forgive us for using fear and partisanship as an excuse to fail to love all of your children rather than only those who think, speak, and vote like us. Thank you Father that you do not treat us as we are so often guilty of treating our neighbor, vilifying and dehumanizing them in an effort to pacify our conscience.

ABBA FATHER, You have placed us here in this unique time and place. You have placed us, each a unique and priceless creation of yours, here together. The events of our days cause us to fear each other, to fracture from one another, and to fret that the challenges of our day are somehow unique or unknown to you.

Give us HOPE, O LORD, because these days of fear and doubt and worry are not unknown to you; because our hope is not in the men and women you will set in places of power on Tuesday (because you do raise them up and pull them down). Give us hope because our freedom, our identity, our very life is secured by your son, Jesus.

Give us LOVE, O LORD, to love as Jesus loved. To love the powerful, as Jesus loved Zacchaeus and Nicodemus. To love the weak, as Jesus loved the children. To love the marginalized and the foreigners, as Jesus loved the Samaritan woman at the well. Even to love those who hate us, even as Jesus loved those who crucified him. Help us recall our own sin and prejudice that we carry into the polling places and open our hearts to love the leaders you will place over us, regardless of whether we voted for them or not.

Give us COURAGE, O LORD, to act boldly in light of your truth no matter the outcome on Tuesday. Guide us as we strive to separate in or words and deeds truth from lie, love from hate, and beauty from rubbish.

Help us to rise again tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow with an urgency to love our neighbor, to feed the hungry, to give shelter to the traveler, to comfort the sick, and to set the captive free. Finally, Father, we ask you to hear the prayers of all those who call boldly on your name this election. But especially, bend your ear to hear those who tremble in silence. Hear the cries that their heart cannot utter. See in us, Holy Father, what you love in your Son as we offer thanks that our citizenship in Heaven will never rest upon our political allegiances, but on the sacrifice
of the Cross.

We give you this election. Amen.

Question #42: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?
 
Answer: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.
This Week's Sermon: “The Hug" (Genesis 46)

“The picture of God that emerges from these pages is not merely of a God who works with his own chosen people for their good alone, but who works with the nations to bring about the plan of salvation and blessing to all.”

– John Sailhamer, Genesis: Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Main Idea: God is always working for good. Through His presence.

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Sunday Recap for October 28, 2018:
Light of the World

(Pictures from top to bottom, left to right: Eco-village interfaith community Jared and Sarah were a part of, their vision; InnerChange, Citizens Church Sunday gathering)

Mission Highlight: We were very blessed this Sunday to have not just one or two, but three special guests (more if you count the band)! Jared used to attend our church and a leader for serving the houseless in San Francisco, and also helped lead Citizens Church in serving the poor. Since then, Jared has gotten married to Sarah, and we continue to be church family, supporting and encouraging them in their ministry though they have been called to other parts of the country. They visited us and updated us on their time at an eco-village interfaith community, where they spent six months as a part of their growing season. They prayed that God would use them to share his light, and he did that--through sharing life they got to see their love and hope, and how Jesus is different. Sarah is now expecting and they are heading to serve at Nomad's Land in Alabama, a creative Christian community and hostel, that seeks to minister to those at Rainbow Gatherings in critical situations, to bolster and disciple them spiritually. Eventually, they want to be out west, where they have a vision of healing the earth and people through sustainable living in Christ (see chart). They appreciate the support of Christ Church its testament to non-believers that churches are engaged in this mission. 

Next, CJ not only led musical worship with folks from Citizens Church, but he shared updates about our sister church as well. Currently they have 46 members and about 50 adults on Sundays (they meet at New Traditions Elementary three Sundays a month). They also have three Missional Families that need to multiply, as well as two elders, four deacons, and two deaconesses. They have had 85% growth over the last year, are 46% self-sustained, have a 86% participation rate in giving. All followers of Christ are missionaries, but they have seen a few be called to vocational missionary from their congregation. Renee, CJ's wife, started a ministry to strippers in North Beach where they hope to continue partnering with churches and organizations to love and care for strippers, all of whom Jesus loves. They have also been asked and agreed to take over InnerChange, a ministry partner that serves the houseless, and have undergone training by 3e restoration on how churches can help serve the impoverished. Their prayer requests are for their Missional Communities as they multiply, that God provide financial sustainability (they need 300k in the next three years), and for conversions--that people come to Christ. They are currently walking with hundreds of people who don't know Jesus and wish to see God work. They thanked us for our support, and we were so glad to hear from our dear brothers and sister on what God was doing through them. 
This Week's Sermon: “Light of the World" (1 John 1:5-10)

“It is after you have realized that there is a Moral Law and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power—it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.” -CS Lewis in Mere Christianity

Sermon Slides
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Members Gathering has been re-scheduled to 11/17. Please email us if you didn't get the invite!

-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 October 21, 2018:
The Reveal

Mission Highlight: Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21John 17:18), including the workplace.”
 
One of our physician members shared about the intersection of science and faith – how often people can perceive conflict between the two, yet one’s spiritual beliefs can often inform how they make assumptions or decisions, particularly when it comes to their medical treatments. Many in our congregation who work in a medical field can feel both an incredible sense of purpose and commitment to their work and patients, but also the pressure of that responsibility, and the knowledge that a single human error can have devastating consequences. Health care workers are particularly vulnerable to compassion fatigue and burnout, and rates of suicide for physicians are twice the rate of the average population. Like many who work in caregiving fields, health care workers may find it easier to care for others than for themselves, and struggle to ask for help. She asked that we pray for courage to show vulnerability: to ourselves, our teams, our families, to God, so that we can be restored and renewed, and be able to serve in the way He intends. She asked that we pray for self-compassion, to allow each and every person to remember that we too need rest.
Question #40: What should we pray?
 
Answer: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.
This Week's Sermon: “The Reveal" (Genesis 45)

“I do not believe the gospel because I believe in God; rather, I believe in God because of the gospel. There are great arguments for the existence of a supreme being, but unless the gospel is true, the claim that a god exists is either personally meaningless or a horrible threat”
 
Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology
 
“The wicked advantage themselves by disadvantaging others, but the righteous disadvantage themselves to advantage others.”
Bruce Waltke, Righteousness in Proverbs

Main Idea: God is always working for good.

 

Sermon Slides / Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Rivalry and Restoration: The Story of Joseph

-Men's Retreat (11/30-12/1) and Women's Retreat (12/7-12/8). A registration email has gone out with a deadline to register on 11/7! It would be a wonderful opportunity to get away, grow spiritually, and be refreshed, with Friday optional. Please email us if you are interested!

Members Gathering has been re-scheduled to 11/17. Please email us if you didn't get the invite!

-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 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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