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Sunday Recap for November 4, 2018:
The Hug

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

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.

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 fill out this form if you'd like to register!
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