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Newsletter for the Week of
July 31, 2016

Songs to remind us of God's presence to shape our reality!
Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs

This Week's Sermon: "The Lord Is There"  
(Ezekiel 33:10-11Ezekiel 11:16Ezekiel 11:19-21Ezekiel 48:35b)

At the core of sin and rebellion is a rejection of God’s presence. And a rejection of God’s presence mars and distorts what it means to be human. What it means to be an image bearer of God. God tells us who we are in relationship through his presence. “Human beings cannot stand fully in the image of God by resting in themselves, but only by turning themselves outwards and upwards towards God… Human insistence on going at it alone, to be one’s own help, fractures both human community and our relationship to God. Openness to the help of human other is the social practice and consequence of the humility operative in openness to God.” (Alistair McFadyen)

Main idea: God’s presence should define our reality.

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

Question #30: What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Answer: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel. 

New to Christ Church? Please join us for our next Welcome Lunch on Sunday, August 21, after service. We would love to get to know you and answer questions over a meal. Please email Michelle if you're interested!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Michelle for sharing about your involvement with Hands at Work and updating us on the drought situation. Here is what Michelle shared!

For the past year and a half, I’ve been serving with Hands at Work in Africa as a long term volunteer. Earlier this year, Christ Church shared about the drought crisis in the southern part of Africa, which has caused widespread hunger and many people on the brink of starvation in the communities where Hands serves the hardest hit countries include Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, which is where we along with Grace Alameda and Wellspring Church partner with Hands to support a community called Mcheneka. Although our other countries including Zambia, where I am currently based, have not been as directly affected by the drought, they are suffering from escalated food prices and limited availability of staple foods. This video provides an update on Hands’ drought relief efforts over the past few months. 

As we seek to engage in the drought crisis, we are also learning to align ourselves with the suffering of the most vulnerable people and to speak on their behalf. I personally have been impacted as we go deeper in the communities and walk alongside Care Workers of the orphaned and vulnerable children as well as our African leaders on the ground. This past year has been tough as the brokenness around us continues to be revealed and also as I confront my own brokenness.

However, I am constantly reminded of our Watchword which is a guiding Scripture for Hands during the year. It comes from Romans 15:5 – May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus. It’s not just Hands at Work or those in Africa, but together with the international community and partners like Christ Church as one body, united in the common cause to serve the poor and to reach the most vulnerable.

It is my prayer that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we would continue to wrestle with what it means to love and serve others, in Africa as well as in our own communities. It’s something that I’m challenged by – especially coming back and seeing the brokenness that surrounds us daily. But I hold onto the hope and faith that our Father is doing something in and through his people. It’s been a huge blessing and privilege to be a part of that!
Recurring Announcements
  • Please join us in A Year of Biblical Literacy. This year, we are reading through the Bible together as a congregation. We have a Scripture reading schedule (never 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!
Have any questions, comments, thoughts to share? Please email us!
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