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“Jesus is the one who was set apart Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of Holiness by his resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 29, 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 (dadamson@cityviewchicago.org) is available to answer questions, as well.

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.

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

If you have any questions about children’s ministry at Cityivew, please contact Children’s Ministry Coordinator Hilary Clark (hilary.r.clark@gmail.com).

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Cover Image: Cross and Sun Rays by Elizabeth Steele Halstead. Reprinted by permission from Visuals for Worship, ©2006, Faith Alive Christian Resources 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. 3


ORDER OF WORSHIP "Unguarded strength is actually a double weakness, because that is where the least likely temptations will be effective in sapping strength. The Bible characters stumbled over their strong points, never their weak ones." -Oswald Chambers "Now, what happens if you eliminate anything from the Bible that offends your sensibility and crosses your will? If you pick and choose what you want to believe and reject the rest, how will you ever have a God who can contradict you? You won’t! You’ll have a Stepford God! A God, essentially, of your own making, and not a God with whom you can have a relationship and genuine interaction. Only if your God can say things that outrage you and make you struggle (as in a real friendship or marriage!) will you know that you have gotten hold of a real God and not a figment of your imagination. So an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it." -Tim Keller

God Calls Us Call to Worship - Psalm 24:7-10 Leader:

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

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Who is this King of glory?

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The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

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Lift up your heads, O you gates; Lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

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Who is he, this King of glory?

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The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory. 4


Prayer of Adoration Leader:

Christ, in this hour of worship Lift us out of the routine of our daily lives and set us up on your holy mountain. Let our worship come from our hearts, that it may be genuine. Let our praises for you leap from our mouths, that we may be alive with faith and joy. Make us fresh again!

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God Cleanses Us Call to Confession Leader:

When we come into the holy presence of God, our own humanity is laid bare. When we stand in the living presence of truth, our own falsehood is revealed. People of God, let us acknowledge who we are and ask our ever-present God to forgive us.

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Lord, you said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

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Forgive us our lukewarm love and our disobedience.

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Lord, you said, “You may ask for anything in my name.”

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Forgive us when we think we need to solve our own problems.

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Lord, you said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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We confess that our lives are often consumed by worry and anxiety.

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Lord, you said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”

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Forgive us our barren lives, Lord.

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Lord, you said, “You must testify, for you have been with me.”

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We confess, Lord, that we have been too often silent.

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Lord, you said, “Love each other as I have loved you.”

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In this and in so many other ways, we confess our failures and shortcomings. Amen.

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Hymn of Confession

Be Merciful to Me

Out of the deep I call To Thee, O Lord, to Thee Before thy throne of grace I fall Be merciful to me. Be merciful to me Be merciful to me Through shadow dark and valley deep Be merciful to me From the garden to the cross Thy mercy did endure My soul purged of all dross In blood made pure Thy mercy, Lord, is true As ever truth shall be And still I cry for you Be merciful to me

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Assurance of Grace - from Psalm 103:8-13 Leader:

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

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Thanks be to God!

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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.

All:

And also with you!

Worship Through Giving

God Speaks To Us Sermon Text – Judges 11:29-40 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. 2 And Gilead's wife also bore him sons. And when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, “You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman.” 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, andworthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him. 4

After a time the Ammonites made war against Israel. 5 And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 And they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our leader, that we may fight against the Ammonites.” 7 But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?” 8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That is why we have turned to you now, that you may go with us and fight against the Ammonites and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.” 9 Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “If you bring me home again to fight against the Ammonites, and the Lord gives them over to me, I will be your head.” 10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah,“The Lord will be witness between us, if we do not do as you say.”11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them. And Jephthah spoke all his wordsbefore the Lord at Mizpah. Leader: All:

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

Sermon

A Tragedy of Biblical Proportions Reverend Ross Haverhals

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God Strengthens Us Confession of Faith- The Apostles’ Creed Leader:

Christian, what do you believe?

All:

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:

And also with you.

Leader:

Lift up your hearts.

All:

We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader:

Let us give thanks to our God.

All:

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 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.

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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

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 Dismissal Leader:

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

All:

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Around Cityview  Wednesday Night Community Group- A community

group meets in the West Loop on Wednesday nights at 7 pm for dinner and prayer/ discussion. This group is always open to new participants. Talk to Dan Adamson for more information. Serving This Week Sound/ Set-Up

 Women’s Community Group- Meets this Tuesday Jennifer Connell

Bread

Mike and Shannen Chin Charlynne Bowsher

Snacks

Charlynne Bowsher

Nursery

Kylene Young

Greeters

Sunday School

Greeters Bread Snacks Nursery Sunday School

at Paul Leo’s place (737 West Washington, Unit 2002). Talk to Dan Hoard for more information. 20th, plan to stay after church for a meal and hear more about what is happening at Cityview. Bring a dish to share.

Josh Koonce Kylene Young Emily Adamson Malissa Mackey Kylene Young Christina Jenq Alice Chin Charlynne Bowsher

Contacts

March 2012 Congregational Giving* Actual Monthly Giving: Budgeted Monthly Giving: Difference: Actual YTD Giving: Budgeted 2012 Giving YTD: Difference:

CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG $ $ $ $ $ $

10,794 12,250 (1,456) 27,307 37,750 (9,443)

*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.

 

 Men’s Group- Meets at 6:30 am on Friday mornings

 Potluck and Congregational Meeting- Sunday, May

Not Meeting

Serving Next Week Sound/ Set-Up

night at 6:30 pm at Erica Oh’s place (111 South Morgan, Unit 601).

Dan Adamson, Pastor dadamson@cityviewchicago.org Jenny Avila, Administrative Coordinator jenny.n.avila@gmail.com Herb Bowsher, Financial Administrator bowsher@comcast.net Hilary Clark, Children’s Ministry Coordinator hilary.r.clark@gmail.com Carolyn Koonce, Social Coordinator carolyn.groenewold@gmail.com Paul Leo, Service & Outreach Coordinator contactpaulleo@gmail.com Paul-David Young, Music Coordinator music@cityviewchicago.org 16

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