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Second Sunday After the Epiphany

January 15, 2012

Welcome to Cityview Presbyterian Church

Community Life: After the Service

To Our Guests: Visiting a church can be an intimidating experience. We are glad that you are here, and we hope to remove as much of that awkwardness as we can from your visit to Cityview. Our worship service usually lasts about 75 minutes. This worship guide will help you navigate the service. There are short paragraphs on the next page to explain each part of the service. The service is designed to be accessible to you, whether you‘ve spent years in the church or you‘ve never been to a church service in your life. During the service, we will try to help you understand how the message of Jesus can apply to your life today. If you are new to Cityview or just visiting, we would love to know that you were here. We have clipboards next to each row: we call those our ―Connection Cards‖. Connection Cards are a way for you to let us know whatever information you might want us to know and to request any information from us that you might need. Pastor Dan Adamson

Each week, we linger for fellowship with one another. Please join us for refreshments in the cafeteria.

Community Groups In addition to weekly worship, we offer small groups (community groups, men‘s and women‘s bible studies, book studies) that meet throughout the week. We want all of our members and regular attenders to be intentional about building trusting and meaningful spiritual relationships. For a complete list of our small groups, please visit our website ( or fill out one of our ―connection cards‖ for more information.

( is available to answer questions, as well.

For Children: Children of all ages are welcome in the worship service. Nursery is provided during the service for children 2 years of age and younger.

Cover Image:

Cross and Sun Rays

Children ages three through 5th grade are given the choice of attending Sunday school classes beginning during the greeting portion of the service.

by Elizabeth Steele Halstead. Reprinted by permission from Visuals for Worship, ©2006, Faith Alive Christian Resources

If you have any questions about children‘s ministry at Cityivew, please contact Children‘s Ministry Coordinator Hilary Clark (

All songs used by permission CCLI License #11041992 Scripture reprinted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission.


The Liturgy Preparing for Worship The goal of our time of gathering is to engage with God together, listening to him in his Word and speaking to him in prayer and song. Because we often enter this time tired, overwhelmed and distracted, we take a few moments at the beginning of our meeting to prepare to meet God in worship. Call to Worship We need to be ―called‖ to come and worship God because we default to thinking the world revolves around our needs and agendas, and also because we struggle to believe that God truly wants us to draw near to him. The call to worship focuses our attention on God and prepares us to meet him. Confession of Sin The Scriptures declare that each of us has failed in the way we act toward God and each other. We confess our sin to be honest and transparent about this reality and to admit our ongoing dependence on the mercy of God through Jesus. We confess as a community to show our unity even in our brokenness. Assurance of Grace We confess our sins not just to admit what is true, but also to be reminded again of the truth that Jesus came into this world to save sinners; and all of our sin has been forgiven through him. Every week, following our confession, we hear God speak to us in Scripture of this forgiveness so that our faith might be strengthened. Worship Through Giving Because money is so powerfully tied to our hearts, this is a valuable expression of worship as we acknowledge that everything we have comes from God and belongs to him. If you are visiting with us, we are just glad you are here- please do not feel obligated to give. The Sermon Some view the Sermon as a way to get principles for ―right‖ living. In reality, as we open the Scripture we corporately encounter Christ. Therefore, as you listen, pray to be open to the Spirit‘s leading, exhortation, encouragement, and healing. Communion Communion, also called the Lord‘s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal for Christians. We welcome all Christians - those who look to Christ alone for salvation, who are in good standing with His Church, and who seek strength to live more faithfully to their Savior - to join in this sacrament. The Benediction God always gets the last word in our encounter of worship. For Christians, it is always a word of blessing and sending to live our lives in the light of the reality of the Gospel of Christ.


ORDER OF WORSHIP ―It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities… that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.‖ -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory ―What you do in the present- by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself, will last into God‘s future.‖ -N.T. Wright

God Calls Us Call to Worship Leader: All:

Praise be to God our Father, Creator of heaven and earth. He is Lord over all he has made.


Praise be to Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all.

All: Leader: All:

May the earth be filled with his glory. Praise be to the Holy Spirit. Renew your people with the hope of the gospel. Renew your world with the peace of Christ, that all of your creation might sing of the wonder of your power.

Prayer of Invocation Leader: All:

Lord God, we have come to worship you as sinners in need of your forgiveness. We come tired from our work, in need of refreshment and re-creation.


We come with worries, in need of your guidance.

All: Leader: All: Leader: All:

But first, please lift us out of our preoccupation with our own needs. Allow us to see you with the eyes of faith, and to hear with the ears of understanding what you say to us. Make us thankful for all the good we have received from you. Awaken in us a longing to do what is right. And make us aware of the great company, past, present, and to come, with whom we join to worship you. Amen.


Hymn of Praise

All Creatures of Our God and King

Words: St. Francis of Assisi Music: Traditional German Melody


Hymn of Praise

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

God Cle ans es Us

Words: Samuel Medley Music: American Folk Hymn, 19 th century


God Cleanses Us Call to Confession — Matthew 11:28-29 Leader:

Jesus said, ―Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.‖

Prayer of Confession All:

Heavenly Father, your love brings life to dead souls, light to darkened minds, and strength to weak wills. Help us to believe and trust that no wrong we have done, and no good we have failed to do, is too great for you to pardon through the merits of Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Silent Confession Hymn of Confession

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

Out of the depths I cry to Thee, oh Lord please hear my call! O Lord be merciful to me, at Thy throne of grace I fall. Out of the woeful depths I cry, from the depths of sinOf evil done in days gone by, of evil now within. If Thou oh Lord should mark iniquities - Lord who could then draw near? But here I find forgiveness with Thee that Thou may be feared. Lord, from the depths I wait for Thee, my hope is in Thy Word. All through the night 'till day is nigh, my soul waits upon the Lord. Lord, here I find Thy mercy now, as ever was with Thee. Before Thy throne of grace I bow; Lord, be merciful to me. O Israel, cast your hope upon the Lord, and in His Word do trust; He will redeem you from your sin and raise you from the dust. Words: from Psalm 130 Music: Karl Digerness


Assurance of Grace – from Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 5:1 Leader:

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All: Leader:

Thanks be to God! Brothers and Sisters, you have heard God‘s holy demands and have confessed your sins to him. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by his perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God for you?


We do.

Hymn of Assurance

Thy Mercy, My God

Words: John Stoker Music: Sandra McCracken


Opportunities and Concerns

Passing of the Peace - from John 13:34 Leader:

Hear the teaching of Christ: ―A new command I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.‖ The peace of Christ be with you all.


And also with you!

Worship Through Giving

God Speaks To Us Sermon Text – Mark 12:18-27 18

And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 ―Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man[a] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.‖ 24

Jesus said to them, ―Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‗I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob‘? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.‖ Leader: All:

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

Sermon Jesus and the Resurrection Reverend Dan Adamson


God Strengthens Us Confession of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism, Question 1 Leader:

What is your only comfort in life and death?


That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration Leader: All: Leader:

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts.

All: Leader:

We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.


It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Prayers for Reflection Prayer for those searching for truth Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. As I consider the reasons for doing so, grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you. 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 for those struggling with sin Lord Jesus, grant that I may see in you the fulfillment of all my need, and may 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 faithfully follow you in life. Amen.

Prayer of belief Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than 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 sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer of commitment Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.


Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow Praise Him, all creatures here below Praise Him above, ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

God Commissions Us Hymn of Benediction

Feast or Fallow

When the fields are dry, and the winter is long Blessed are the meek, the hungry, the poor When my soul is downcast, and my voice has no song For mercy, for comfort, I wait on the Lord In the harvest feast or the fallow ground, My certain hope is in Jesus found My lot, my cup, my portion sure Whatever comes, we shall endure Whatever comes, we shall endure On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured He rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky Bringing peace to our violence, and crushing death‘s door Our Maker incarnate, our God who provides. When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death

Words and Music: Sandra McCracken


Benediction Leader:

May Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.



Dismissal Leader: All:

Let us go now to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!





Around Cityview  Service in the West Loop- Saturday, Jan 21 the Women‘s Treatment Center is looking for volunteers to sort clothes from 8am to 11am. Contact Paul Leo for more details.

Serving This Week Sound/ Set-Up

Erica Oh Malissa Mackey and Emily Adamson Carolyn Koonce Susan Young Karen Lee Carolyn Koonce

Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School

Serving Next Week Sound/ Set-Up Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School

Erica Oh Nick and Janelle Lake Lynda Adamson Peggy Adamson Sindhu Joseph

Budgeted Monthly Giving:

Actual YTD Giving:

Budgeted 2011 Giving YTD: Difference:

 Congregational Meeting/Potluck Lunch –Following the service on Sunday January 29. Please bring a dish to share.  Lunch in the Loop- Tues., January 31 at 12pm. Join fellow Cityview folks for lunch at the Chase Tower (10 S. Dearborn St.- Ground Floor in the table area). Feel free to invite coworkers or classmates. Contact Danny at; 773.875.0139.  Super Bowl Party- Sunday, Feb 5 th at 5pm at the Adamsons‘. Bring a snack to share and drinks.  Cityview Membership Seminar- February 18 Considering making Cityview your church home? Come learn more about the vision, values and community of our church. The seminar consists of ONE session. Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. RSVP to Dan.

Monet Ball


December 2011 Congregational Giving*

Actual Monthly Giving:

 Cityview Men’s Poker Night- Newcomers and pros alike are invited to Texas Hold ‗Em at Dan Hoard‘s place on Saturday, January 28 at 7pm. Seven spots are available; email to RSVP. Bring drinks to share.

CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG $ 17,491 $ 12,160 Difference: $ 5,331 $ 142,864 $145,920 $ (3,056)

*In addition to congregational giving, 20% of our overall operating budget is currently comprised of financial support from other churches and individuals. Our

budgeted congregational giving represents 80% of the overall operating budget.

Dan Adamson, Pastor Jenny Avila, Administrative Coordinator Herb Bowsher, Financial Administrator Hilary Clark, Children‘s Ministry Coordinator Carolyn Koonce, Social Coordinator Paul Leo, Service & Outreach Coordinator Paul-David Young, Music Coordinator 16

January 15,2012  

Cityview Worship Guide

January 15,2012  

Cityview Worship Guide