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Sunday Recap for July 1, 2018:
A Cry for Sanctification

Mission Highlight: Thank you Dani and Craig for being the first to share a Mission Highlight about the Malawi Trip that happened this year in May. For those of you who missed it, here is what was shared:

"My name is Dani and this is my husband Craig. We have the privilege to be the first of our group to share about our experience in Malawi, serving alongside Hands at Work. Operating in several south eastern countries in Africa, Hands at Work provides basic healthcare, education, and hot meals to orphaned children through local careworkers. Alongside Hands at Work, Christ Church has visited the village of Mcheneka over the past 8 years, strengthening community through words of encouragement, prayer, activities, and worship. In response to God's individual and corporate calling, 8 of us went to Malawi for 7 days as ambassadors of Christ Church to the believers, churches, and community members of Mcheneka. This is the first of five mission highlights where each of us will share details about our experiences there.

Craig: "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land." Psalm 95:1-6

Filing into a hut with a cement floor, cinder block walls, and a thatched roof, we found a place to sit. The air was slightly cold, but became warmer as the room began filling with more from our team, the careworkers, and Hands at Work staff. It was dark, but we could see the faces of the careworkers who we knew we would be serving alongside over the next few days. There was a sense of anticipation in the air as we listened to hushed voices of conversation in Chichewa for the first time. Our group had just arrived in the community of Mcheneka and Dani and I observed, not knowing what to expect. Suddenly, a woman's voice broke through the murmurs, filling the entire hut, reverberating against the hard walls. She swayed back and forth to the timing of her voice while looking upwards and clapping her hands in rhythm. After two phrases and without missing a beat, the entire room burst into melody while clapping complex syncopated rhythms which I had never heard. The energy from their voices pulsed into our heads and straight to our hearts as we let the beautiful sound of worship minister to us. I had imagined worship in this context to be a powerful experience, but I could never have known how it would really make me feel until I was with our brothers and sisters in Malawi worshiping by their side. At one point, the song stopped and a translator explained the meaning of the song which goes something like this  "I've searched high, I've searched low, but nothing compares to the love I've found in Jesus." Hearing the church in Mcheneka pronounce that Jesus is Lord with shouts of joy, as in Psalm 95, brought immense gladness to our hearts and built us up in faith. This was to be the first of many times of worship, often lasting an hour and a half, that we had the privilege of participating in. 

Dani: At the end of our stay, we went to a church for Sunday service and were asked to share one or more songs from our church. Luckily, we had practiced a few in advance and sang By the Mark, Amazing Grace, and Be thou my vision acapella. Our voices were not nearly as vibrant, but our hearts proclaimed the truths of Gods kingdom. After so many days of being blessed by their songs, I felt moved to also share a song from my home country. Although we spoke different languages, had different styles of worship and lived in separate continents, we were united in worshiping the same God who created the heavens and the earth. It was a mere preface to the account in Revelations that proclaims "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” God has created us to exist right here right now and not by some accident. By understanding more fully the different ways in which our God is worshiped, we become more unified with our brothers and sisters around the world. In closing, I encourage us all to consider how we can more fully engage our Lord in worship because of the great act of love that he demonstrated by sending His son as our savior. Let us pray:

Dear Father. We exalt your name for the richness of your love as displayed on the cross. We pray that more would come to know you through the Care Workers at Hands at Work. We pray that you would meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the orphans that we met. May our worship always be genuine and pleasing to your ears. Thank you for bringing our team back safely to San Francisco, that we may continue to serve you and share about our experiences in Malawi here. In your name, Amen. 
We also prayed for Dani and Craig, who will be heading to LA for Dani's grad school. We thanked God for the blessing they were to Christ Church, sharing their lives with us and also the many ways they served and loved us. They also thanked Christ Church for the relationships and the strengthening of faith in God. We prayed for their smooth transition and for God to prepare a church body there for them to be connected to. God bless Dani and Craig!
Question #24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.
This Week's Sermon: “A Cry for Sanctification" (Romans 6)

Main Idea: Sanctification is the process in which you transform from the old man to the new man, by putting off the old self and putting on the new self. Sanctification is empowered by God, in cooperation with your efforts. It is once and for all, upon justification, and progressive, in the daily life of the Christian. Sanctification is the means by which we usher in the Kingdom of God in our lives and world and will be completed upon our glorification. In revival, it’s sped up.

Sermon Application Questions
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New to Christ Church? Let us take you out to lunch! We'd love to get to know you, be known by you, and answer any questions you might have, like how to get connected.
Next Welcome Lunch Sunday, July 22nd after service. Email April if you're interested!
Family Play Date before Service, July 15th and July 29th! 
A great way for young families to get to know each other a little better this summer, especially since some CGs are on break. Please join us at Rossi Playground (600 Arguello Blvd) on 7/15 and 7/29 from 9:30am-10:20am. The park is only a 5 minute walk from church, so it may be best to park at the church and then walk over. 
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