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Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

October 16, 2011

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 “The fact is that marriages do lose their inner core of meaning. People do feel trapped. Deteriorating relationships do destroy the participants. Society‟s pressures, increasing mobility, non-Christian standards and life styles all militate against stable marriage. In such a situations the Christian church must find a way to hold up, teach, prepare people for, and sustain couples in, the original divine purpose of one man, one woman for life. Yet at the same time it has to find ways of showing the deep compassionate sympathy and understanding of Jesus towards those for whom life has not turned out according to the highest ideas.”

Donald English

God Calls Us

Call to Worship - based on Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 6:10 Leader: All: Leader: All:

God invites us into his healing presence with these words: “I am the Lord, who heals you.” Diseased, depressed, dysfunctional, defeated, we come hungering for health that only God can provide. God calls us to bring open eyes, hearing ears, and tender hearts turned toward him, the Great Physician. We bow before him in faith and expectancy!

Prayer of Invocation Leader:

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




Hymn of Praise

Holy, Holy, Holy

Words: Reginald Heber Music: John Dykes


Hymn of Praise

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Words: James Montgomery Music: Vito Aiuto


God Cleanses Us Confession of Sin All:

God of everlasting love, we confess that we have been unfaithful in our relationship with you and with one another. We have worshiped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience. We have served our own self-interest instead of serving you and your people. We have not loved our neighbor as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves. Forgive us, gracious God, and bring us back into the fullness of our relationship with you and one another. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Silent Confession

Hymn of Confession


“Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy!� Words: from the Christian liturgy Music: Isaac Wardell


Words of Assurance - from Acts 13:38; Ephesians 1:7 Leader:

All: Leader:


Through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. This is the good news! Thanks be to God! Brothers and Sisters, you have heard Godʼs 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.

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.


Hymn of Assurance

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Words: Samuel Trevor Francis Music: Traditional Welsh Melody 9

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 10: 1-12 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them. 2

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, „God made them male and female.‟ 7 „Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.‟ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10

And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Sermon The Gospel of Mark: Discipleship and Marriage Reverend Dan Adamson


God Strengthens Us Confession of Faith – from the Book of Common Prayer Leader: All:

Leader: All:

Leader: All:

What is thy duty towards God? My duty towards God is to believe in him, to fear him and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks; to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him; to honor his holy name and his word; and to serve him truly all the days of my life. What is thy duty towards thy neighbor? My duty towards my neighbor is to love him as myself, and to do to all people as I would have them do to me; to hurt no one by word or deed; to be true and just in all my dealings; to bear no malice nor hatred in my heart, nor to covet or desire the possessions of others and to do my duty in whatever state of life to which it pleases God to call me. How are you able to accomplish these duties? I am able to love God and walk in his commands only through his grace, which is given to me in Christ and which I am to seek through prayer at all times.

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.


Communion 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

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Words: Henry Lyte Music: Chris Miner 13

Benediction - based on 2 Corinthians 13:14 Leader:

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.



Dismissal Leader:

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


Thanks be to God!



Around Cityview 

Community Group - We will be starting a new "series" at community group, starting next Wednesday, October 19th, 7pm @ the Adamson home. The discussions will focus primarily on the Gospel and how it relates to you as an individual. This is a great chance to commit for 5 weeks of community group or to come check it out if you've never been. Please feel free to email Erica Oh ( if you have any questions.

St. John's Bible Calligraphy and Illustration Exhibit- Tuesday, October 18th. We will meet at 820 N. Michigan Avenue at 5:30. For information on other dates and times, contact Alice Chin or Carolyn Koonce.

Cityview Vision Night, Sunday Oct. 23 at 7 pm, meeting at the Adamson home. We will be looking at the vision of Cityview and our future as a church. For more info, talk to Dan.

All-Church Potluck- Sunday, October 30, bring a dish to share and plan to stay after the service for a time of fellowship and feasting together.

Painting Project at The Women's Treatment Center, Saturday Nov 12 at 9 am. If you can give approximately 3 hours of your time please RSVP to Paul Leo. No painting experience needed, just a heart for helping others!

Serving This Week Sound/ Set-Up

Joel Avila Drew and Stacy Gordon Carolyn Koonce Charlynne Bowsher Josh Koonce

Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School

Lynda Adamson

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

Joel Avila Malissa Mackey and Emily Adamson Lynda Adamson Erica Oh Marci Chin Susan Young

September 2011 Congregational Giving*

Actual Monthly Giving: Budgeted Monthly Giving:

Actual YTD Giving: Budgeted 2011 Giving YTD: Difference:

$ 8,352 $ 12,160 Difference: $ (3,808) $104,159 $109,440 ($5,281)

*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.

Contacts CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG 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

October 16, 2011  

Cityview Worship Guide

October 16, 2011  

Cityview Worship Guide