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Sunday Recap for July 22, 2018:
Stay Alive pt. 1

Mission Highlight: Thank you Yiqian for sharing with us about the specific challenges and opportunities for those of us in the creative industry. For those of you who missed it, here is what she shared:

"Good morning! My name is Yiqian, and I’ve been attending Christ Church since last fall. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you, and looking forward to meeting more in the coming weeks. Today for our Mission Highlight segment, I’ll be sharing with you the particular challenges and opportunities we face while working in the creative sector in San Francisco.

San Francisco has a history of embracing the creatives. Back in the mid 60s, the Haight-Ashbury district was a haven for writers, artists, and musicians. They were attracted by cheap rent and an inclusive community. Today, we can’t claim cheap rent as one of the things that draws creatives here, but the city is still an inspiring place to be. On a practical level, just like people in other industries, we too face the high cost of living, the saturated market, and question whether what we do is sustainable here. 

In our profession, our work is both public and private. Public because it’s out there for everyone to judge, and private because we often work alone and don’t have a team to collaborate with or colleagues to bounce ideas off. And at times, that can feel really lonely and discouraging.

As a photographer, I know I start to doubt my vision and abilities when I compare my work with others. And that’s when I need to remind myself that as a Christian artist, my gifts, my time, my business, my clients all come from God. He’s the one that put me on this path, so I need to trust his leading. Ultimately, he should be my source of inspiration.

When I’m able to view my work as His calling, then the challenges I face become opportunities for me to exercise my faith. Rather than comparing myself with others, I should build a community by encouraging other likeminded artists. On Instagram, a lot of photographers have started to use a hashtag called #communityovercompetition. I love that, and I think it perfectly captures our job as Christian artists. We should be building each other up. 

For me personally, the best part of my job as a photographer is meeting those clients and finding out their stories. Getting to spend a few hours at a session with strangers means by the end of it, you are no longer strangers! 

The longer I’m in the business, the more I realize how much this business is about people. Whether it’s with other photographers or clients, I’m building relationships. And isn’t that what we are called to do? Impacting people. What an opportunity we have as creatives to use our work to reflect Christ while touching lives. I think our hope is that our work speaks to you: through our writing, seeing our photographs, the art we produce, the music you hear, you see humanity and a wonderfully creative God as the source of our inspiration."
Then Jon-Paul asked all the Creatives in our congregation to stand, and prayed a commissioning prayer over us, sending us out in Christ's name to do the work he called us to do, as we reflect God's creativity with his overflowing of joy so that others may be touched and see God's glory, for his kingdom. Let's all continue to pray about what it means to be sent out by God to our respective fields and callings and ask for God to guide us daily in it.
Question #25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?
Answer: Response: Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.
Link to video and resources

*We accidentally posted this week's question last week. So this is last week's question this week!
This Week's Sermon: “Stay Alive pt. 1" (John 15:1-8)

Thank you again Pastor Curt for continuing in your four part series, "Stay Alive". This week he taught what it means to "abide" in Christ. The sermon was organized around four "C's": the Command, the Concern, the Consequence, and the Consideration. Please listen if you haven't, or again if you'd like!

Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Stay Alive

-Next Sunday, July 29th: Family Playdate before service (9:30-10:20am) at Rossi Playground. A great opportunity to get to meet other families. Park at Roosevelt and walk five minutes to Rossi!; After service: Church Family Picnic on Sunday, July 29th after service at Off the Grid in the Presidio! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree. Lots of food trucks or bring a lunch! Great time of fellowship. 

-Interested in membership? Membership is a way to publicly commit to the local body and to be the church along with others who have done the same. Next affirmation is 8/19, and applications to be a part of that affirmation is Sunday, August 5th. Email us for more info! 

-Christ Church Members: An email about Diaconate Nominations has been sent out. Please respond with nominations by noon on August 5th.

-Sunday, August 19th, we will be meeting at Chapel of Our Lady in the Presidio (instead of Roosevelt), same time 10:30am-12pm. 
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