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Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 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.

All songs used by permission CCLI License #11041992

Children ages three through 5th grade are given the choice of attending Sunday school classes beginning during the greeting portion of the service. If you have any questions about children’s ministry at Cityivew, please contact Children’s Ministry Coordinator Hilary Clark (


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 He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release. He did not wait for the perfect time. He came when the need was deep and great. He dined with sinners in all their grime, turned water into wine. He did not wait till hearts were pure. In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. To a world like ours, of anguished shame he came, and his Light would not go out. He came to a world which did not mesh, to heal its tangles, shield its scorn. In the mystery of the Word made Flesh the Maker of the stars was born. We cannot wait till the world is sane to raise our songs with joyful voice, for to share our grief, to touch our pain, He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

— Madeleine L’Engle


God Calls Us Advent Reading – Isaiah 11:1-10 1

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Call to Worship Leader:

We light the third candle of Advent to remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


Thanks be to God!

Lighting of the Advent Candle


Hymn of Praise

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words: Isaac Watts Music: William Croft

Prayer of Adoration Leader:


O God, whose will is justice for the poor and peace for the afflicted, let your herald’s urgent voice pierce our hardened hearts and announce the dawn of your kingdom. Before the Advent of the one who baptizes with the fire of the Holy Spirit, let our complacency give way to conversion, oppression to justice, and conflict to acceptance of one another in Christ. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


Hymn of Advent

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley Music: Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken


God Cleanses Us Call to Confession – Isaiah 55:6-7 Leader:

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Confession of Sin Leader: All:

Come and confess your sins to God: Almighty God, we believe that your Son - our Lord Jesus Christ - is coming again in power to judge the earth. We confess that we have not lived as those who daily expect your kingdom. We have ignored your promised return by not loving you with our whole hearts or our neighbors as ourselves. Have mercy upon us and forgive us for all our sin. In your tender kindness, embrace us with your love, and fill our hearts with the joyful expectation of seeing Jesus soon, face to face. We offer our prayers through him. Amen.

Silent Confession Hymn of Confession

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Words: From the Greek Music: French Melody


Words of Assurance - based on Jeremiah 33:14-16 Leader:

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ―The Lord is our righteousness.‖


Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose coming we announce in this season, is our righteousness. In Christ, we are made right with God.


Thanks be to God!

Hymn of Assurance Rejoice, Rejoice Believers


Words: Lorenz Lorenzen, 1700 Music: Paul van der Bijl, 2011

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 – Isaiah 40: 1-4, 8-11 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. 4 They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 8 For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed. 10

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. Leader: All:

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

Sermon The Unexpected Dawn: God’s Restoration for the Broken Reverend Dan Adamson 11

God Strengthens Us Confession of Faith – The Nicene Creed All:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration Leader: All: Leader: All: Leader: All:

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

O Lord of Light


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 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 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 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.

Communion Prayer All:

Eternal God, for whom we wait, you have fed us with the bread of eternal life: keep us ever watchful, that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man, Jesus Christ our Lord; Amen.

Pastoral Prayer 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.

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. 13

God Commissions Us Hymn of Benediction

Hark! ‘Tis the Watchman’s Cry


Music: R.A. Smith, c.1828 Words: Anonymous, in The Revival Magazine, 1859

Benediction Leader:

Isaiah says, ―The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.‖ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Thanks be to God!

Dismissal Leader:

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


Thanks be to God!


Around Cityview

Serving This Week Sound/ Set-Up

Erica Oh Malissa Mackey & Emily Adamson Hilary Clark Christina Jenq Nick Lake Carolyn Koonce

Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School

Prayer for the Church- Join a group to pray for Cityview before the service each Sunday at 9:30 am. Talk to Malissa Mackey or Megan Hohenstein for more info.

Tonight- Midnight Clear, the Chicago-area concert with sister churches, will take place at Covenant Presbyterian Church (2012 West Dickens) at 6 pm. Please bring a dessert to share during a fellowship time afterwards if you are so inclined!

3rd Annual Citvview Christmas Party- Next Sunday, December 18th at the Adamson home (1538 W Jackson Blvd). Come anytime between 6 and 7. Please bring an appetizer or dessert and drinks to share and a white elephant gift. For more information please contact Dan.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service- December 24.

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

Joel Avila Nick and Janelle Lake Carolyn Koonce Jenny Avila Joyce Park Monet Ball


November 2011 Congregational Giving*

Actual Monthly Giving: Budgeted Monthly Giving: $ (3,614) Actual YTD Giving: Budgeted 2011 Giving YTD: Difference:

CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG $ 8,546 $ 12,160 Difference: $125,373 $133,760 $ (8,387)

*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

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