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THE SEASON OF ADVENT MEANS THERE IS SOMETHING ON THE HORIZON THE SO STAY. SIT. LINGER. TARRY. PONDER. WAIT. BEHOLD. WONDER. THERE WILL BE TIME ENOUGH FOR RUNNING. FOR RUSHING. FOR WORRYING. FOR PUSHING. FOR NOW, STAY. WAIT. SOMETHING IS ON THE HORIZON.

LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE....

— JAN L. RICHARDSON, NIGHT VISIONS

Sunday December 8, 2013 City Church of Honolulu Second Week of Advent


Aloha! Each week at City Church we ask the questions: How do we live truly human lives? Who or what are we living for and giving ourselves to? What resources does the historic Christian faith provide to guide us? We’re delighted you are here this morning to explore these questions with us! If you are new to City Church and would like to be updated about upcoming events and opportunities please provide us your contact information by completing a yellow Aloha Card. Or, you may contact us any time at mail@cchnl.org. Resource Table: There are a number of books available to you at our resource table located on the Lanai. Sunday Mornings 8:30 am: Prayer Circle (Upper Room) 9:00 am: Bible Study and Discussion 10:00 am: Worship Service Keiki Club: Children’s Worship Nursery: Fellowship Hall (opens at 9:50) Preschool & K: Upper Room 1st & 2nd Grade: Fellowship Hall 3rd & 4th Grade: Fellowship Hall 5th & 6th Grade: Upper Room Offering Counters: Today: Resler / G. Pang Next Week: K. Lau / Komo

Weekly Community Groups / Small Groups: Tuesday community group (in Kaimuki), 6:00-8:00PM simps.tsang@gmail.com Wednesday community group (in Manoa), 5:30-7:30PM pschuler@gmail.com Friday men’s group (at church office), 6:00-7:00AM, pschuler@gmail.com

Congregational Meeting today following the worship service to review and discuss the 2014 budget. Sat, 12/14 Youth Group: Dinner and a movie at the Tsangs. All ages welcome! 5:30PM drop-off, 8:30PM pick-up. For more details: Susan, syuen14@hotmail.com, or Lori-Ann, loriann752@gmail.com. Angel Tree Thank you to all those participating in the Angel Tree program. Please bring your unwrapped gift to church by next week, 12/15. Sun, 12/22 Keiki Christmas Play & Potluck 10:00AM Invite your friends and family. PLEASE NOTE that December’s potluck is moved to 12/22. Tue, 12/24 Christmas Eve Service 6:00PM at Millner Chapel. Blessed to be a Blessing Tote Bags are on the Lanai to give to friends and neighbors during this Holiday Season. Caring Connection Doreen Komo has graciously offered to help the City Church Mercy Team coordinate visitation for those who are sick or in need. If you know of anyone in our congregation who is in need of a “caring connection” contact Doreen komod002@hawaii.rr.com 1/24 & 1/25 Weekend. Marriage Conference Come join us at Trinity Windward with guest speaker Scotty Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Tennessee. Questions: pschuler@gmail.com. To Reach Us Staff

Paul Schuler, Pastor — pschuler@cchnl.org (Cell: 808-594-3731) Dan Jensen, Pastoral Intern — djensen13@live.com (Cell: 831-227-9867) Sonia Driscoll, Children’s Director — spasdriscoll@aol.com (Home: 808-732-0879 Cell: 808-232-8344) Elders

Simpson Tsang — simps.tsang@gmail.com Harvey Chun — hchun@cchnl.org Mercy Team

Lori Ann Tsang — loriann752@gmail.com Ann Wills — a.wills@mac.com Andy Hashimoto — aghashimoto@gmail.com Lucinda Pyles — kahalabob@aol.com Bill Won — wonw002@hawaii.rr.com Mark Yuen — markyuen14@hotmail.com International Outreach

John and Eunice Kim, China — jk81906@gmail.com Office

P.O. Box 62251 Honolulu, HI 96839 808-946-4720 mail@cchnl.org www.CityChurch-Honolulu.org


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Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. — Isaiah 11:1-11

Here I Am To Worship Hughes Light of the world You stepped down into darkness Opened my eyes let me see Beauty that made This heart adore You Hope of a life spent with You Chorus: Here I am to worship Here I am to bow down Here I am to say that You’re my God You’re altogether lovely Altogether worthy Altogether wonderful to me

Lighting of the Advent Candle King of all days Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above Humbly You came To the earth You created All for love’s sake became poor (Chorus)

Confession of Sin (In Unison) King of heaven, you know our hearts; help us consider our ways with repentance. You know our emptiness and our selfishness. Your know all the ways we run, hide and blame. In your mercy look on us and remember Christ, born among us as the fullness of all we lack. Forgive us and heal us.

Call to Worship A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Assurance of Pardon May God, our loving and good Father, forgive us our sins, teach us his ways, and lead us in his paths, through his Son Jesus, the word made flesh, who intercedes always for our peace. All Amen.

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Gloria Patri 2nd century, Digerness

Joy To The World Handel, Watts

Glory be to the Father Glory be to the Son Glory be to the Spirit, Three in One As it was in the beginning It will be forever, Amen Amen, Amen (Repeat)

Joy to the world the Lord is come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Revelation Song Riddle Worthy is the Lamb who was slain Holy holy is He Sing a new song to Him Who sits on Heaven’s mercy seat Chorus: Holy holy holy Is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing Praise to the King of kings You are my everything And I will adore You Clothed in rainbows of living color Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder Blessing and honor, strength and Glory and power be To You the only wise King (Chorus) Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder At the mention of Your name Jesus Your name is power Breath and living water Such a marvelous mystery (Chorus)

Joy to the earth the Savior reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods Rocks hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy Repeat the sounding joy Repeat repeat the sounding joy No more let sins and sorrows grow Nor thorns infest the ground He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found Far as the curse is found Far as far as the curse is found He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love And wonders of His love And wonders wonders of His love

Praying Together A member of the congregation leads us in prayer. Ohana Announcements Children’s Worship Fellowship of the People

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Series: Singing the Good News @ Christmas Message: Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

2 The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found.

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.

He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love. — Isaac Watts.

He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. — Psalm 98

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Communion Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Communion or the Lord’s Supper, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all followers of Jesus Christ to participate. If you are not a follower of Jesus or are not prepared to share in the meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. Guidance for communion: We practice communion by coming forward and receiving the elements. Whenever you are ready you may come forward receive a piece of bread from the loaf and dip into the white chalice which is wine or the green chalice which is grape juice. If for any reason you are not able to come forward our servers will come back to you. Simply raise your hand and they will be glad to serve you. Members of our mercy team available to pray with you or for you during this time. They are towards the front on the right hand side of the sanctuary.

Prayer for Truth Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen. Prayer of Belief Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful that I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sin and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen. Prayer for those Struggling with Sin Lord Jesus, grant that I may see in you the fulfillment of all my needs, and my turn from every false satisfaction to feed on you, the true and living bread. Enable me to lay aside the sin that clings so closely, and run with perseverance the race set before me, looking to you, the pioneer and perfecter of my faith. Amen.

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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Moultrie

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Born Thy people to deliver Born a child and yet a King Born to reign in us forever Now Thy gracious kingdom bring By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone By Thine all sufficient merit Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Let all mortal flesh keep silence And with fear and trembling stand Ponder nothing earthly minded For with blessing in His hand Christ our God To earth descendeth Our full homage to demand

Joy to the World Handel, Watts

King of kings yet born of Mary As of old on earth He stood Lord of lords in human vesture In the body and the blood He will give to all the faithful His own self for heav’nly food

Joy to the world the Lord is come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way As the Light of light descendeth From the realms of endless day That the pow’rs of hell may vanish As the darkness clears away

He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love And wonders of His love And wonders wonders of His love

At His feet the six winged seraph Cherubim with sleepless eye Veil their faces to the Presence As with ceaseless voice they cry Alleluia alleluia alleluia Lord Most High

Worship Through Our Gifts Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! —2 Corinthians 9:15 Benediction Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Wesley, Prichard Come Thou long-expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free From our fears and sins release us Let us find our rest in Thee Israel’s strength and consolation Hope of all the earth Thou art Dear desire of every nation Joy of every longing heart

Dismissal (In Unison) Let us go forth to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Postlude Six


Our Purpose:

Together, Living Out the Gospel in the Heart of the City.

Seven Core Values Gospel The gospel is the good news that in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, God by grace rescues and draws men and women into fellowship with himself and with one another. Through the gospel all creation is restored so that we will enjoy this fellowship forever. Through the gospel God’s Kingdom has come and is coming. Therefore we are committed to a life together that is permeated with expectant, enduring, joyful hope.

Bible The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are God’s inspired, authoritative revelation. All of the scriptures present Christ and the gospel to draw us to worship and make Him known. We are committed to being a learning community, diligently studying all of the scriptures and allowing God to transform all of life.

Worshipful In response to the good news of the gospel, we worship God as King and Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of our daily activity. This culminates in coming together on Sunday — gathered, renewed and sent out by the Holy Spirit.

Prayerful We regularly and expectantly engage in coversation with God, both personally and as a group. We are committed to complete dependence on God in prayer for all of our life and mission together.

Missional The Bible is about the mission of God – bringing love, peace and justice to a broken world through the work of Christ. Therefore “missions” is way more than a church department but rather what God and life is all about. We are committed to calling individuals to respond to the gospel in repentance, faith and conversion. We are committed to pointing individuals both locally and globally to Christ by acts of justice and mercy. We use all the gifts and talents given to the church and seek to partner with other like-minded congregations and ministries.

International/Inter-Generational The gospel is best expressed and demonstrated through a diverse community who believe, embrace and practice it together. We are committed to ethnic groups, families and generations worshipping and serving together.

Hospitable Hospitality is a response of love and gratitude for God’s love and welcome to us. As individuals and a church family we are committed to the gracious opening of our hearts, homes and lives to others, especially the needy and strangers.

Sunday December 8, 2013 City Church of Honolulu


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