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Sunday Recap for July 14, 2019:
Blessed are the Peacemakers

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Diane, for sharing with us both the challenges and rewards of the medical and scientific research fields! For those of you who missed it, here is what she shared:

"Beautiful morning, Christ Church. My name is Diane, and my husband Nathan, and I have had the joy of being married for six months and members of Christ Church for the past year. We are both fourth-year medical students at UCSF, and Janice asked me to share briefly about the opportunities and challenges as Christians in medicine and scientific research. I thought I would first give a few snapshots as a composite of what the day-to-day can be like. 

On the best days, patients get better and are safely discharged. Fifteen-minute visits happen like a dream. Rounds are efficient, and ideas and research grants flow like milk and honey. My patients and their families are grateful, and I feel gratified to be a healer and moved to witness people’s lives and stories.

On the worst days, patients continue to suffer and the electronic medical system stops working. Clinic visits pile up. Colleagues bicker; papers are rejected; papers pile up. My elderly patient vomits blood and is wheeled to the intensive care unit. My other patient tells me I have failed her; I feel overwhelmed and helpless. That day, none of my notes get done. 
 
At this point, I have to ask God to humble my heart and remind me that I am not in control. I have to ask God to give me eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart that hopes in who He is and what He is doing because sometimes all I can see is the brokenness: that death and suffering were not part of His plan; that power, privilege, and racism shape the hierarchy of academic medicine and research; that people do the right things (serving others) for the wrong reasons (to serve ourselves); and that we are broken-hearted patients and often burnt-out providers in a system where meaningful change can seem impossible. 

So this bleakness, where is there room for grace, redemption, or hope? Thankfully God clears the scales from my eyes and the hardness around my heart. And I think part of the answer is this: is my identity in the work that I do or in the God who loves me and gives me the capacity to love and to serve others? Brothers and sisters in medicine, in health, in research and in science: today, will you re-examine with me the heart motivations for why we do what we do? That our hope would not be in the works of our hands, our productivity, a promotion, not even in our ability to meaningfully impact or change the lives of others, not in the gratitude of patients nor the approval of colleagues, but in God alone whose compassion and mercy know no end and in whom there is the truest healing for our hearts, minds, bodies, families, communities, structures, and systems. And by grace alone, we are challenged each day to lay down our expectations, our education—our sense of worth, our purposes, plans, even our dreams and disappointments—to say that God is more than enough. To follow Jesus then is to follow the best example of loving, healing, forgiving, and reconciling that I know, and for His sake I can endure and hold on to the promise that He is moving and shaping not just my life but of those around me.  

Please join elder George and me in praying for those in medicine including Becky, Gary, Michelle, Clifford, Catherine, Melody, Nathan, and those in research/science including Jacob, Rebecca, and Stephanie."

Let's continue to pray for those in this field and remember and act as if we are called to be wherever we are spending our time and working and serving in!
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.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Blessed are the Peacemakers" (Matthew 5:9)
 

“God made us to be like him—to reflect his character back to him and to refract his character out to the world. Which means that it’s also much more than a theological statement. It’s also a philosophical statement. A political statement. A sociological statement. A missional, pastoral and ecclesiastical statement. This is not just head knowledge. If we’re made in God’s image then every human being—no matter who they are, no matter where they are, no matter what they have done or have had done to them—possesses dignity. This profound truth is meant to capture our hearts and give good work for our hands.”  -Joe Henegan
 

Main Idea: See people as Jesus sees them

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-Welcome Lunch next Sunday (7/21)! New to Christ Church or want to get better connected? We'd love to take you out to lunch, get to know you, and answer any questions you might have. Interested? Email us: info@christchurchsf.org

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Sunday Recap for July 7, 2019:
Offensive Jesus

Mission Highlight: Thank you Jason and Ellen for being the first people to report back on the Spain Trip last month!  Here is what they shared:

A group of 21 people from Christ Church partnered with Iglesia Evangelica Bautista – a local church in Vilafranca del Penedes – to put on a week-long English Camp to serve the neighborhood and surrounding community. The age of the students that attended the camp ranged from ages 3-16, and Ellen and Jason worked with the oldest group – the teenagers. Though there were cultural differences, God orchestrated both teams to grow to trust each other over shared meals, downtime, and several conversations that we had.
 
One highlight was interacting and connecting with their host family from the church, Elena, Josep, and their 3 children Ruth, Sophia, and Genis, and celebrating Elena's birthday with them. During the English Camp, they stayed at Pastor Gabi’s home, which was also an animal sanctuary, displaying his diligent stewardship of God’s creation and his love for people and nature.

This was their first mission trip, and they learned to trust in God’s provision. They initially felt called to go but hesitated due to financial reasons. But thanks to the support and counsel from the church and community, they were able to take part, and it was a blessing to see God work in their hearts and in the hearts of believers across the world as well. They are also thankful to have grown closer to the other team members from Christ Church, and it was a great experience that filled their hearts with joy. 

They were so grateful to continue our partnership with our brothers and sisters in Vilafranca. They pray for the church in Vilafranca to be a light in the community as they continue to show Christ’s love in tangible ways to their local community and surrounding areas. They were also excited to find out that Iglesia Evangelica Bautista is a launching a church plant in a neighboring town called El Vendrell. Please pray for their growth as well.

Then they led us in prayer, thanking God for the opportunity to be connected with believers around the world and within our church, and for the church to be fruitful and experience a genuine spiritual season of growth. They prayed that many more people would experience the love of Christ from the work of churches in Vilafranca and Vendrell and that those people might come to know God and place their faith in him.

They prayed for Pastor Gabi, Anna, Dani and the rest of the leadership of the local church in Vilafranca, for wisdom and guidance as they lead their congregation and the church plant in Vendrell to blossom and grow. Tey prayed for our members that are still traveling that God guide them back home safely. Praise God for his goodness!
Top to bottom, left to right: Teens that Jason and Ellen taught (along with Gene, Ronan and Jonah from our team), Ellen and the host family they stayed with, Ellen and Gabi (and Toby) and one of the animals Gabi helps care for
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Offensive Jesus" (Luke 4:14-30)
 

"If you have never been hurt by a word from God, it is probable that you have never heard God speak.” — Amy Carmichael, missionary
 
“Sadly, people who will break their necks to get to Jesus the physician will scarcely move to reach Jesus the Redeemer.” — Kent Hughes
 
Main Idea: We are all offended enough by something Jesus said to kill Him for it.

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Sunday Recap for June 30, 2019:
Wisdom and Life

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Daniel, for leading us in our prayer for our leaders in the spirit of I Timothy 2:1-4.
 
"To our Father, who sits upon the throne, whose robe fills the temple and is the Lord of hosts. To You all will bend the knee, and we acknowledge that you are the true, living God in who all authority has its source. 

We pray for our leaders today starting with those having spiritual authority over us. We lift up our pastors Toby and Seng, that as they lead our church they would be continually filled by Your Spirit, to protect them from the attacks of the Evil one, to grant them wisdom as they shepherd and minister to the needs of sheep, and to give them revelation as they navigate and plan the life of this body. We pray for our elders, deacons, and small group leaders to know how much they are cared for by you so they can model love to us. Help us to encourage them in their tasks, often unacknowledged but seen by You. May their reward be many fold in Heaven.

We pray for those in professional authority over us for most of our waking hours. We know that the workplace can often have intertwining motives, with those in authority over us having their own authorities over them, and the pressures to deliver results cascading throughout or even overriding the humanity of the workplace. Lord, many of us here are even in that position of authority and so we pray for those that know you in the workplace for grace. Grace and patience for us who claim Christ to recognize the imago dei in those above and below, to help them see more to life than the world offers and to sympathize with the cross pressures above and below.

We pray for those in civil authority over us, for mayor London Breed, Governor Newson, and President Trump. We pray they would know you, that would trust in you, lean on you to make decisions that will bring in greater justice, greater equity, and yes, Lord even greater prosperity so that we may all live lives that are peaceful and quiet, dignified and godly. Give them wise counselors, who can offer clarity and expertise when so much nuance can be lost along the way.

And finally Lord, I pray for us as those under these authorities, I pray that we can trust in your Word more, to pray for our leaders more regularly, to live in ways that call people out to the knowledge of truth as Paul writes in Timothy. Help us to submit well, wisely, and as Peter writes, Honor everyone, love the brotherhood. To You belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Let's continue to pray for our leaders!
This Week's Sermon: "Wisdom and Life" (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1)
 

"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things tGod will bring you into judgment. 

Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.”   --Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1

Main Idea: Invest in Life--Remember and Rejoice

This sermon series: Pursuing a Meaningful Life

Hands at Work Gathering at the Baumanns next Sunday, July 7th, from 6-8pm. We will be sharing about what Hands at Work does in Mcheneke and throughout Africa, and also having a time of prayer. If you did not receive an Evite but are interested in going, please email us.

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Sunday Recap for June 16, 2019:
Wisdom and Money

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we prayed for the Spain Team, who are traveling this week to Spain to run the English Camp in Vilafranca del Penedés for Esglèsia Evangèlica Baptista. Let's continue to pray for the team! Here is the prayer:

We pray for our Mission Team as Paul did for the Ephesian church, that they would grow in spiritual wisdom and discernment, and depth of love for those whom they will serve and serve with (Eph. 3:14-19).
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you that You are the One who is working in the world to build your church, and that you grant to us the privilege of participating in Your work.
 
We ask therefore that you would help us to trust in You, turning to You often in prayer to ask for what we need, for provision, wisdom, strength, joy, rest, and peace. We ask these things now, for the team members who are going to Spain to conduct the English Camp, which is the platform and the opportunity for the mission.
 
The mission you have given all of us is to make disciples, and in this context, it is to show others what it means to be disciples who love and serve others in self-giving ways. Because that’s what You Yourself came to show us. You not only preached the kingdom of heaven, but you showed it to us, by using your power and ability to heal, to give life, and to wash the feet of your disciples. We pray that you would invest those standing here with that same desire and sense of purpose, because they love you out of the love that You first loved them with, and they want others to know Your love.  
 
Father, we pray that while meeting the need of those who come to learn at the English Camp, the mission team would make this the true focus of their trip: to show those coming to the English Camp – and one another – the practical love of Christ by serving joyfully, agreeably, and well, and so give to all who come a faithful testimony of Your goodness and mercy. May this be the measure of success they use, and may it be what their English students remember most: their interactions with loving servants of Christ, whose deepest trust, whose highest joy, and whose greatest reward, is in their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Would You provide the opportunities and spur the questions in people’s hearts, that they would desire to know what it is that has led these, Your servants, to serve them in this way. And would You then give Your servants the wisdom to answer and demonstrate in simple and convincing ways that it is because they believe Your living Word and abide in it. Would You open blinded eyes and soften hardened hearts in such moments, Lord, so that people would feel the desire to draw near to You and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Father, we pray that Your Spirit would help the members of this team to prepare themselves spiritually, and help them to also grow spiritually, both during and after this trip. Help them to recognize the spiritual war that Your church is facing, including Your church in Spain. As they begin each day between now and their return, help them to put on the whole armor of God, and at their daily debriefs, help our Lead Pastor, Toby, to tend these members of Your flock. May they encourage, help, and strengthen one another, and wash one another with the water of Your Word. May they especially encourage, help, and strengthen our Spanish brothers and sisters in Christ, and all those leading Your church in Spain.
 
Would you lead this team and its members to be flexible and adaptable in their ongoing plans. Help them to trust the plan that You have for this trip, and to discern and respond to what it is You wish to accomplish through it. May they see that You have gone ahead of them to make provision through Your people who are in Spain, and that You will sustain them and their efforts.
 
We pray that You would protect, preserve, and enhance the health, energy, patience, safety, and travels of the individual team members. May they be salt and light not only to those coming to learn English, but also to those who are of Your church in Spain. Would You help them to encourage, commend, challenge, and pray for Pastor Gabi and the members and leaders of his church to find their strength, growth, and hope in You.
 
And for the rest of us who are not going on the mission team, Lord, would You cause us to remember these servants of Yours often in prayer, and by our continuing material, physical, and spiritual support of them.
This Week's Sermon: Wisdom and Money" (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12)
 
“The only thing we all belong to is the global market, an encompassing entity that contains all political organizations and their citizenry, now redefined as consumers.” — Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed
 
“When used with wisdom, money is a gift from God—a tool for worshiping Jesus and honoring God. How that plays out is the subject of this book. Without wisdom, we’re likely to fear, worship, and live for our money, making it our god.” -- Jamie Munson, Money: God or Gift? 

Main Idea: How does money function in your life?

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Sunday Recap for June 9, 2019:
Life From Death

Mission Highlight: Thank you Andrew and Amanda, for updating us on our fundraising efforts and what is happening on the ground in Mcheneke, the community we partner with through Hands at Work. We raised around $2,000 for immediate on the ground relief to be sent to Convoy of Hope, particularly in Mozambique which was the hardest hit. 

We also raised around $22,000 for the Mcheneke community. Half has been released for construction of new housing. The rest will be released to Hands as other needs arise through out the year. 

Royie (Service Centre Coordinator, Hands at Work, Malawi) and his team identified 25 houses as being top priority to be rebuilt. As of this week, 7 of these have been rebuilt with temporary bamboo sticks and poles (first picture). Bricks are currently being made to complete rebuilds for the remaining houses.

14-year old Daniel* (name has been changed, second picture) is one of the children benefitting from this response. Before the cyclone, Daniel lived with his Gogo (grandma) in a house, next door to his 5 other half siblings and mother. Devastatingly, both houses were completely destroyed, along with all of the family’s belongings. Left in an extremely vulnerable situation, the family set to work building a small, temporary shelter that all 8 of them stayed in. The surrounding community joined the family to begin rebuilding a home - family, neighbors and the Hands at Work team - all generously bringing materials to complete the build.

We want to thank everyone for lifting up the people of Mcheneke in prayer and giving so generously. God is definitely moving in the community as you heard from the story of Daniel. 

This cyclone really exposed the vulnerability of communities across Eastern Africa and the community of Mcheneke specifically. The children that we support there have no disaster plans and little support when things like this happen. What has been really beautiful in the midst of the destruction and pain is the response of the care workers and the community as they sacrificially step up to care for those that were most impacted by the cyclone.

One of the goals of our partnership with Hands at Work and Mcheneke is to build resiliency as we support the development of income generating activities for care givers and encourage a sense of ownership for the whole community for the care of the most vulnerable among them. And it’s happening! But they have a long way to go before they no longer need outside aid and we have the privilege and opportunity to support them along the way in numerous ways, not least of which financially. If your heart has been stirred by these events, we invite you to consider making a long term commitment to support the community and the ongoing work through monthly donations and regular prayer. 

If you’ve been at Christ Church for any length of time, you have likely heard us talking about the teams that we also send periodically to Malawi to learn from and encourage the care workers, the children and their families. Our sister church, Grace Alameda, is sending a team next month. We know that God will use this team to speak life into these Malawians who have so much reason to despair but we know they are also going to learn a lot from them as, in our experience, they have a depth of faith and hope in spite of circumstances that is, frankly uncommon in our context.

The Baumanns will be hosting a prayer gathering on Sunday July 7, the weekend the Grace Alameda team arrives in Malawi. We will have stories from past team members about their experiences as we pray for the team and the people of Mcheneke.

Then we prayed for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and those impacted by the cyclone. Let's continue to pray for them:

God over all creation, you have heard the cries of your people in Eastern Africa and you have turned your face toward them. Thank you for organizations like Convoy of Hope and for the individuals who have willingly stepped into someone else’s messiness to bring hope and tangible help to the hurting. Thank you for positioning a Hands at Work to respond to the crisis in the communities they serve. And thank Father for allowing us to participate in their healing from across the world and for stirring the compassion of this body to act on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We know the effects of the cyclone are not over. The world has moved on but the people devastated in Eastern Africa have not. We ask that your spirit would draw near to the hurting. Give wisdom and integrity to those who have been entrusted with the task of distributing donated goods and funds. May the reach the most needy. Sustain the relief and rebuilding efforts. Protect the people from disease and exposure this winter.

Father, be with each individual that you hand selected to be a part of the Grace Alameda team. As they visit one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest nations in the world, some for the first time, 3 months after a natural disaster, we know the suffering will be evident but we ask that you would also help them to see and fuel the small fires of joy and hope and love that you have already lit there. Grant them safe travels and rest and enable the team to fully engage with the community that there would be mutual building up in you. May your great name be glorified in their fellowship and service of one another. "
Question #20: Who is the Redeemer?
 
Answer: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
This Week's Sermon: Life From Death" (Genesis 18)
 
Thank you, Pastor Eric, for visiting us from Virginia and sharing the word of God with us!

"The resurrection empowers us to be brutally real and also fully persuaded...God, through His resurrection, can give you faith to stop avoiding and stop avoidance and stop running to unbelief and run to promise."

This sermon series: Pursuing a Meaningful Life

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Sunday Recap for June 2, 2019:
Wisdom and Power

Mission Highlight: Thank you Phil for sharing about Foster the Bay. Foster the Bay started when Phil's family became a foster family to take in kids who have been abused or neglected. While wanting to get his church involved, social workers reached out and asked if they could get multiple churches involved because the crisis and need are so great--there are far more kids entering the foster care system than there are homes. In San Francisco, 62% of kids entering the foster care system are sent out of county due to the shortage. 

So Foster the Bay became a coalition of 75 churches, committed to supporting foster kids and families. The two main reasons are 1. These kids matter to God, and God has a special love for the orphan, widow, and immigrant--those without protection, those who are vulnerable, and 2. their story is our story; we were lost and hurting, beat up and alone with no hope, but God showed up and rescued us and brought us into his family. Now we have the chance to do that for someone else. 

Another statistic is that 50% of families do not continue after one year, and that number jumps to 80% after the second year. The reality is that foster parenting has its challenges, which is why it is so essential that foster families have support, friends, and allies to help them. We can get involved and help by becoming a foster family or an ally to a foster family.

Then we prayed for the Baumanns, who are in the process of becoming foster parents in our church. Phil challenged us with a vision of foster kids at our church, running around in our Children's Ministry. If you are interested in learning how to support the Baumanns or other foster families, we are having an information session this coming Sunday (June 9th) after church at the Jantz residents. Please email us if you are interested! Let's also continue to pray for the Baumanns and foster kids and families, asking God if he is asking us to get involved.
This Sunday, we also prayed for the Pyons who will be moving to San Diego. We thanked them for all their years of friendship, fellowship and dedicated service, and prayed for their transition in San Diego, knowing God would go with them, asking him to provide for them and lead them there. Thank you Pyons for everything, and we will miss you very much!
This Week's Sermon: Wisdom and Power" (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3, 5:8)
 

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” — Lord John Acton

“Understand that this is a conflict in which God takes sides. He is not for injustice, but stands against it with all His power. We see this again and again in the biblical prophets.” — Phil Ryken, Why Everything Matters

“When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent on recognizing the humanity in others.” — Desmond Tutu, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

Main Idea: What is power for?

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Next Church Family Picnic after service next week on June 9th at Off the Grid in the Presidio (we will meet at Rick's Tree; see map below). Great time to get to know one other better over a meal! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there!
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Sunday Recap for May 26, 2019:
Wisdom and Work

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 Cory for sharing about the tech industry - engineers, software developers, product managers, product architects, and similar roles.

Cory shared about how working in tech here isn't just a job, it's a whole ecosystem and lifestyle - with celebrity CEOs, crazy perks, and a whole host of challenges. He shared about the exciting opportunities right now to create products and services (both physical and virtual) used by millions of people, shape society in real ways, but also the temptation to make those pursuits into idols and put work and success above everything else. 

He shared about the perks, such as unlimited paid time off, flexible hours, free lunch, huge holiday parties, etc. and how ti could grow into a sense of entitlement, staying at the office all day, isolating themselves from the rest of the world. He also shared the challenges of a lack fo diversity in the industry with race and gender, creating echo chambers or unwelcome or oppressive environments for those who are not in the majority group (white, male). 

He shared how conversations about faith are rare, and how it is assumed no one takes religion seriously, further tempting believers to turn inward and work life separate, though Christian groups in various companies are encouraging to see for fellowship and support.

Then Jamin prayed a commissioning prayer for those in the technology industry, sending them out in Christ's name:

"Father, anchor our souls in Christ, who alone is sufficient to fill the longings within our hearts and within our City. Here stand men and women that you have placed, uniquely in moment in history, in companies across this city, companies that wield incredible power of our culture, even the world. 

Help these men and women to seek to be excellent in their responsibilities.

Help them to model the countercultural truth that their worth is not defined by the sum of their output.

Grant them the wisdom to live in the tension that while the technology they help to create can bring great benefits to your creation, it cannot save us.

Grant them the wisdom to navigate the cultural and political highways with grace and humbleness as our City wrestles with the growth of the technology sector.

Give them boldness to speak out against oppression and abuse wherever they may find it.

Give them love for those you have placed around them — coworkers, bosses, those that report to them — this is their mission field. 

Help them to rise each day anchored by the truth that you love them. Individually. Fully. Eternally. Because of your son. That their worth is incalculable. Because of Jesus. And may that truth empower them to carry out bold acts of love here in the City to build your kingdom. Amen."
This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Work" (Ecclesiastes 4:4, 6:7)
 

“If work is your identity, success goes to your head and failure goes to your heart.”—Tim Keller
 
“A serious perversion of the truth takes place when a whole society claims to provide satisfaction for the soul through work! Such talk can produce nothing but a huge vacuum, which all the other passions will rush to fill up.” —Jacques Ellul, Reason for Being 
 
Main Idea: Why do we work? (It is a gift from the hand of God.)

 

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Sunday Recap for May 19, 2019:
Wisdom and Happiness

Mission Highlight: Thank you Leon for sharing the Mission Highlight on District 4. In order to love our cities as Jesus has taught us to do, we must know our city. Leon has lived in the Sunset for more than 45 years. District 4 is from Ocean Beach/Great Highway to 19th avenue going from West to East and Sloat Blvd to Lincoln Way going South to North, and it is known as the “suburban part of San Francisco” to some. Some facts are:
  • The Sunset is mostly made of resident homes, schools and small businesses.
  • Total population approximately 75,120
  • Predominately Asian - households at 57%
  • White/Caucasian is second largest group at 35%
Then Leon led us in prayer for District 4, praying that the gospel can people in district 4, for strong gospel centered churches, for road repairs, safety, cleanliness, friendly community. Let's continue to pray for, love, and act in the interests of the best welfare of the city!
This Sunday, our Creed came from "Labors of Community" from Every Moment Holy
(due to copyright reasons, we cannot post it here)
This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Happiness" (Ecclesiastes 2:22-25)
 

“When finally we discover that all the pleasures we pursue under the sun cannot satisfy our souls, then maybe we will look beyond this world. Our unsatisfied longings are a spiritual clue that we were made to enjoy the pleasures of God. This world leaves us with … an ‘unslaked craving for transcendence’. This is by design. If we were able to find lasting satisfaction in earthly pleasure, then we would never see our need for God. … Our dissatisfaction should point us back to God – not away from Him, but toward Him. … The world is not enough. Ecclesiastes does not show us this to make us discouraged or depressed, but to drive us back to God. This is not all there is. We were made for another world. There is a God in heaven, who sent His Son to save us and then to satisfy us.”
– Philip  G. Ryken, Why Everything Matters
  
Main Idea (Question): Why are we not happy?

 

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Sunday Recap for May 12, 2019:
Wisdom and Time

Mission Highlight: Praise God for our new members, Sachi, Jeff, and Stephanie! They affirmed their intention, with God’s help, to live loving and holy lives that reflect Christ; to maintain unity with and mutually encourage others in the body as they serve together; to commit themselves to growing in the truth of God’s Word, and to pray for our church and all in it, as well as those who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pastor Toby, on behalf of existing members, affirmed the commitment of all to love, encourage, teach, admonish, comfort and exhort them to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Word.
Question #17: What is idolatry?
 
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Time" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
 

"The Christian life is not a quiet escape to the garden where we can walk and talk uninterruptedly with our Lord; nor a fantasy trip to a heavenly city where we can compare blue ribbons and gold medals with others who have made it to the winners' circle… 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 when accidents we experience, the Lord will preserve us from evil, he will keep our life."
       — Eugene Peterson
 
Main Idea: Can we ever be in control of our lives?

 

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Sunday Recap for May 12, 2019:
Wisdom and Futility

Link to this Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Futility" (Ecclesiastes 1)
 

“What book speaks more eloquently of this fragility, challenges everything, requires we examine our conscience, sweeps away all of our rock-solid certainties? It leaves us alone with our precarious destiny, stripped bare to experience the only genuine security: the security offered by the sovereign Master of history.”
  — Jacques Ellul, Reason for Being         
 
“We can’t overcome workaholism if we love money and status too much. We can’t overcome bitterness or slander if we love our reputation too much. It is not just willpower but a reordering of our desires that will bring wisdom.” 
  — Timothy J. Keller, God's Wisdom for Navigating Life
 
Main Idea: What makes life worth living?


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Sunday Recap for April 28, 2019:
A Praying Life

Mission Highlight: After three weeks of feedback and prayers from the members of Christ Church, we installed Carter Kennedy, Jamin Jantz, and George Chang as elders at Christ Church this Sunday, who are joining Jon-Paul Momsen, Seng Chin, and Toby Kurth on the elder board.

They affirmed their faith in Jesus Christ as their savior, their belief in Scriptures as inerrant and only infallible rule of faith and practice. They committed to submitting to their fellow elders, being zealous and faithful to the gospel, the purity, peace, and unity of the church, to be faithful and diligent in their duties as a Christian and minister of the gospel in private and public and manner of life, and to take personal responsibility in the life of the congregation to oversee the ministry and resources of the church, devoting themselves to prayer, the ministry of the Word, and relying on the grace of God so that the whole church would be blessed.

Then the congregation acknowledged and publicly received these elders, together with the diaconate, as gifts of Christ to the church, and promised to love them, pray for them, work together humbly and cheerfully by the grace of God to accomplish the mission of the church, giving them honor and support, to the glory and honor of God. 
Link to this Week's Sermon: “A Praying Life" (James 5:13-20)
 

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…” - Teddy Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic” 

A community is healed as ekklēsia when, in trust and vulnerability, it is able to pray and confess sins together. Such speech establishes the community as based in ‘the word of truth’ and restores it from whatever alienation has affected it from the sickness and sin.” - Luke Timothy Johnson, The Letter of James 

Main Idea: Live the Way of Jesus.


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-Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly and mutually commit to loving one another and carrying out the mission of this church, which the mission of Jesus Christ, together. Member applications are due next Sunday (5/5) for the Member Affirmation on 5/12. Interested? Email us!

-New to Christ Church? We'd love to get to know you and take you out to lunch. Next Welcome Lunch next Sunday, 5/5 after service. If you haven't connected with April already, please email us if you're interested! 

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Sunday Recap for April 21, 2019:
Easter Sunday

Good Friday Service and Reception at Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake Boathouse (pc: Yiqian Barba)
This Week's Sermon: “Truth Is Transformative” (James 5:12)
 
“But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’"—Jesus, Matthew 5:37
 
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” — Blaise Pascal, 17th Century
 
“The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.” — Søren Kierkegaard, 19th Century
 
“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.” — Desmond Tutu, 21st Century
 
Main Idea: Truth is transformative. 


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Easter Sunday Baptisms and Reception (pc: Jeff Jakosalem)
Hello Church! We are still collecting funds for the rebuilding efforts in Mcheneke, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Please refer to our previous Mission Highlight for more information!
GoFundMe for Mcheneke Food Shortage and Rebuilding Fund
Christ Church Collection to Convoy of Hope (please specify in "Message" section)
-Spain sandwich fundraiser next Sunday (4/28) after service here at Roosevelt! There will be a sandwich bar where you can build your own sandwich and hang around for extra fellowship while supporting our Spain Team. We will have parking until 3pm so please stick around!

-Theology Uncorked also next Sunday (4/28) at 5pm. Come and grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a beer and be ready for some lively conversation. We will be working through Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology over the course of the year. The goal of this time will be to learn how to think theologically about our lives and our world. Email will go out with location. If you didn't get the email, email us!

-Volunteers needed for Roosevelt MS "Spruce Up Day" on Saturday, May 11th from 9am-1pm. Roosevelt has asked for help and it's a great way to serve. There will be activities for adults and kids! If you can, please RSVP to the email that went out. If you didn't get the email, email us, or ask anyone with a green lanyard for help with that. 
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