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Sunday Recap for October 16, 2016:
The Tax Collector's Gospel

A Night of Musical Worship: Thank you Paul for sharing a special announcement about A Night of Musical Worship: "On Saturday, November 12th, from 7 - 9pm, a bunch of us in the Music Team here at Christ Church will be playing an extended set at Unity San Francisco, in Lower Pac Heights (2222 Bush St.)

This event was formed in response to an express desire from members of our congregation to be gathered, specifically to worship God through music.  As we prepare for it, it's been exciting to see the Music Team developing as a ministry, and to be able to serve you in this way. 

Recently, I read Psalm 103, which starts like this:
"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."

I was surprised by the line, "and all that is within me."  When was the last time you blessed the LORD with all that was within you?  In any case, we hope you'll be there and enjoy this opportunity to freely bless his holy name, remembering all of his benefits.

Some logistical things, namely parking: It's recommended you take public transit or use an app to get there.  if you know you'll be driving, there's meter parking off Fillmore, free parking after about a block, parking garages, and some parking on Geary, but Saturdays are a little crazy and it might involve some walking."

We hope to see all of you there!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for sharing with us a overview of your trip to visit Hands at Work in Africa! Toby's three goals on the trip were: 1. Learn from Levy Mwenda, and listen from him to hear how we can best support him as he leads in Malawi and beyond 2. Learn from pastors in Lilongwe, Malawi in how to best facilitate training for rural pastors in Mcheneka, a community we support, for us to facilitate medical support with the local hospital, and on the ways we can serve the pastors in Lilongwe, the nearby city, as they serve Mcheneka, which is a smaller village, and 3. Learn from a diverse group about racial reconciliation in South Africa, in how they are currently learning and dealing with the challenges of living in a post-apartheid South Africa and how we can learn from these things to serve our own struggles with racism here in the United States. 

Toby will continue to share with us about what he learned on his travels over the next Sundays, and we look forward to hearing more in depth on each of these things!
Question #41: What is the Lord's Prayer?
Answer: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we have also forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
This week's Sermon: "The Tax Collector's Gospel" (Matthew 9:9-13)

The Bible is made up of 66 books that were written by at least 39 authors over a period of about 1,500 years. Authors from different cultures, different times in history, different classes, different experiences, different types of families. God used a diversity of people to bring forward one, beautiful and unified story about Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. So when the Bible makes reference to who people are, to their experiences, to their ethnicities, to their backgrounds, it is important that we pay attention.
The Gospel of Matthew was written by a former tax collector. It is not only a book that tells us how salvation is for all and about how no one is out of God’s reach, it is written by someone whom everyone in that society would have considered to be out of reach. The unreachable are not just reached; they are loved, transformed and renewed.
Main Idea: Jesus came to save the broken and rebellious.

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

From Children's Ministry Grade School: Older kids reviewYounger kids review
Please check out these recordings of Biblical Literacy lectures you may have missed! (Click on pictures for respective links)
Don't Forget!
  • 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 too 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!
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