Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 2, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com).
Cover Image: Three Tabernacles/ Tents 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 “God saw Abraham’s sacrifice and said, ‘Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me’ [Gen. 22:12]. But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, ‘Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.’ When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else.” Tim Keller “This great redemption is by price. And oh! what a price! the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. This blood cleanses from all sin; satisfies offended Justice; clears away the obstacles in the sinner’s path to glory, and procures pardon and peace, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. ‘He made peace for us, by the blood of his cross.’ ‘We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.’” Thomas Reade
God Calls Us Call to Worship - Isaiah 12:2-6 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And we will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of God, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Prayer of Adoration Loving God, we come to you in worship and thanksgiving. You are greater than we can understand; Open our eyes that we may see the wonderful truths you have shown to us in Jesus. You are more loving than our hearts can respond to; Help us to give ourselves to you in worship, so that we learn what you want us to be. You are wiser than we can know; Still our minds as we worship you, so that we can understand the things you are saying to us. Loving God, in Jesus you chose to come to the world in humility. You chose the path the world saw as foolish. You used what the world considered weak. We worship and adore you. Amen.
Hymn of Praise
Bless the Lord, O my soul; O my soul Worship His holy name Sing like never before; O my soul I'll worship Your holy name The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning It's time to sing Your song again Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me Let me be singing when the evening comes You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger Your name is great, and Your heart is kind For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find And on that day when my strength is failing The end draws near and my time has come Still my soul will sing Your praise unending Ten thousand years and then forevermore 5 Â
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God Cleanses Us Call to Confession — Matthew 16:24-25 Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”
Confession of Sin 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.
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Assurance of Grace - based on Psalm 118:4-5, 14, 17 Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. In Christ, God answers us and sets us free. In Christ, we are forgiven! 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
1. Father for Thy, promised blessing, Still we plead before Thy throne For the times of, sweet refreshing, Which can come from Thee alone Blessed earnests, Thou hast given, But in these we would not rest Blessings still with, Thee are hidden, Pour them forth and make us blest! 2. Prayer ascendeth to Thee ever, Answer! Father, answer prayer Bless oh bless each, weak endeavor, Blood-bought pardon to declare Wake Thy slumbering, children wake them, Bid them to Thy harvest go Blessings O our, Father make, Round their steps let blessings flow 3. Let no people be forgotten, Let Thy showers on all descend That in one loud blessed anthem, millions may in triumph blend Give reviving, give refreshing, Give the looked-for Jubilee To Thyself may, crowds be pressing, Bringing glory unto Thee
Opportunities and Concerns
Words: Albert Midlane Music: Chelsea Scott and Aaron Sands
Passing of the Peace - from John 13:34 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!
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God Speaks To Us Sermon Text – Genesis 22: 1-14 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
God’s Call Embraced Reverend Dan Adamson
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 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.
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 We thank you, Father, that through Word and Sacrament you have strengthened our faith in Jesus, the Bread of Life. Take us and use all we have for your service. May our lives constantly reveal Jesus’ love so that our friends and neighbors may see your glory. For you are Lord, for ever and ever! Amen.
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.
Pastoral Prayer 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. 12
God Be With You Til We Meet Again Music by Vito and Monique Aiuto Lyrics by Jeremiah Eames Rankin, 1880
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Benediction and Dismissal- Ephesians 3:20-21 (The benediction is not a prayer but a pronouncementa time with open hands to receive the good word spoken over you.)
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Let us go forth to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!
Serving This Week Sound Greeters Bread
Josh Koonce Drew and Stacy Gordon Kylene Young
Pint Night- Our next Pint Night is Tuesday, September 11 at Jak’s Tap at 7pm. Join us for the art of conversation and the joy of a good beer.
Cityview Vision Night- Please mark your calendar to join us for an all-church meeting on Sunday night, September 16 at 5pm at the Adamson home. The evening will include a potluck dinner and childcare will be provided. All regular attenders of Cityview are strongly encouraged to attend. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the church if you are newer to Cityview.
Serving Next Week Sound
Joel Avila Nick and Janelle Lake Hilary Clark
August 2012 Congregational Giving* Actual Monthly Giving: Budgeted Monthly Giving: Difference: Actual YTD Giving: Budgeted 2012 Giving YTD: Difference:
CITYVIEWCHICAGO.ORG $ $ $ $ $ $
11,968 12,250 -282 80,255 98,000 -17,745
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org Jenny Avila, Administrative Coordinator email@example.com Herb Bowsher, Financial Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Hilary Clark, Children’s Ministry Coordinator email@example.com Carolyn Koonce, Social Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Leo, Service & Outreach Coordinator email@example.com Paul-David Young, Music Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 16