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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.

Sermon Slides /  Sermon Application Questions
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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