Last Sunday After the Epiphany
February 19, 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 (www.cityviewchicago.org) or fill out one of our “connection cards” for more information.
(email@example.com) 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 world is going to be plunged into convulsions, Jesus says; and his followers, called like him to live at the place where the purposes of God and the pain of the world cross paths with each other, will find themselves caught up in those convulsions.”
“Even as we slog through the trials, persecutions, irritations, temptations, distractions, apathy, and just plain weariness of this world, the gospel points us to heaven where our King Jesus— the Lamb of God who was crucified in our place and raised gloriously from the dead—now sits interceding for us. Not only so, but it calls us forward to that final day when heaven will be filled with the roaring noise of millions upon millions of forgiven voices hailing him as crucified Savior and risen King.”
God Calls Us Greeting Leader:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Call to Worship - from Revelation 15:3-4 Leader: All: Leader: All:
Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you!
Prayer of Adoration - based on Ephesians 1:3-18 Leader:
All glorious God, we give you thanks: in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. You chose us, before the world was made, to be your holy people, without fault in your sight. You adopted us as your children in Christ. You have set us free by his blood; you have forgiven our sins. You have made known to us your secret purpose, to bring heaven and earth into unity in Christ. You have given us your Holy Spirit, the seal and pledge of our inheritance. All praise and glory be yours, O God, for the richness of your grace, for the splendor of your gifts, for the wonder of your love.
Hymn of Praise
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Words: Joachim Neander Music: Traditional German Melody
Hymn of Praise
Thy Mercy, My God
Words: John Stoker Music: Sandra McCracken
God Cleanses Us Prayer of Confession Leader: All:
Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty and merciful Father, we confess that have not always submitted our lives to your will. There have been times when we have sought our own short-sighted pleasure instead of living for your glory. We have trusted in our own wisdom instead of bending our knees to your commandments. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. Forgive us, we pray.
[Silent prayer of confession] Leader: All:
But we also ask you to do more than forgive us. Renew us and lead us by your Holy Spirit so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name.
[Silent prayer for renewal]
Words and Music: American Spiritual
Hymn of Confession
God, Be Merciful to Me
Words : Richard Redhead Music: Chris Miner
Assurance of Grace - adapted from Ephesians 2:8-10 Leader:
By grace we have been saved through faith. And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of our works, so that no one may boast.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Amen.
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?
Hymn of Assurance
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
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.
Words : George Matheson Music: Chris Miner
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 12:38-44 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be ( let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
The End of Temple-Centered Faith Reverend Dan Adamson
God Strengthens Us Confession of Faith â€“ The Apostlesâ€™ Creed Leader:
Christian, what do you believe?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration Leader:
The Lord be with you.
All: Leader: All: Leader:
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.
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.
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
All Must Be Well
Words: Mary Bowley-Peters Music: Matthew Smith
Benediction- 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Leader:
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
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!
Serving This Week Sound/ Set-Up
Erica Oh Drew and Stacy Gordon Carolyn Koonce
Greeters Bread Snacks
Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School
Evan Devries Paul Leo and Danny Kim Lynda Adamson Christina Jenq Erica Oh
Budgeted Monthly Giving:
Actual YTD Giving:
Budgeted 2011 Giving YTD: Difference:
Baby Bundles for the Women’s Treatment Center- ‘ Each Sunday in February we'll be collecting items for babies at TWTC. Supplies are needed for 0-6 month olds. Please put items in the box in the Merit entryway by next Sunday.
Liturgy Training- Next Sun., Feb. 28th. If you have been or would like to begin serving as a liturgist, plan to stay after the service for about 30 min. for a brief training. Talk to Dan for more information.
Chiditarod- Cityview is participating in the seventh annual Chiditarod on Saturday, March 3rd. We need at 49 lbs of nonperishable foods to donate to the drive (proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository). We will be accepting donations for the next two Sundays (today and 26). We will also need 2-3 volunteers to help with the food on race day. Contact Joel Avila with questions or if you want to volunteer.
Lent and Ash Wednesday- We will join with a few churches in Chicago for a short worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church (2012 W Dickens Ave). Don’t forget to grab a Lent Guide on your way out today for your family to use at home.
December 2011 Congregational Giving*
Actual Monthly Giving:
Lunch in the West Loop- Today after the service, join us at Dodo Chicago (954 West Fulton).
Serving Next Week Sound/ Set-Up
CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG $ 18,411 $ 12,160 Difference: $ 6,251 $ 143,785 $145,920 $ (2,135)
*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 email@example.com Jenny Avila, Administrative Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Herb Bowsher, Financial Administrator email@example.com Hilary Clark, Children’s Ministry Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn Koonce, Social Coordinator email@example.com Paul Leo, Service & Outreach Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Paul-David Young, Music Coordinator email@example.com 16