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pentecost, week 8 27 july 2014 - CityChurch Pompano

pentecost, week 8
27 july 2014
“There's no problem so awful, that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse.”
• Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes
“I've got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts - you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn't
do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and selfloathing.”
• D.D. Barant, Dying Bites
Use the time before the service as an opportunity to prepare for worship, quiet your heart, and receive Christ. Feel free
to read the reflections above. As a courtesy, please turn off your cell phone, beeper, iPod, or other noisemaker at this time.
The ancient Celts believed that there were “thin places” on this earth; places where you could experience the
very presence of God. Worship is a “thin place” between heaven and earth where we meet with God. When we gather
for congregational worshipВ we enter into the very presence of the Living God.В No matter who you are or what you have
done, God by his grace, is able to change your life forever. Meet with him at this “thin place”: worship.
All Scripture references taken from the New International Version (NIV), unless otherwise noted.
Call to Worship
Psalm 63:1-4
You, God, are my God,
В В В В earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
В В В В my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
В В В В where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
В В В В and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
В В В В my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
В В В В and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Prayer of Invocation
“10,000 Reasons” *
The Call to Worship is an
invitation into the unique activity of
worship. Our primary activity in
the worship service is to participate
in the gift exchange of worship
itself, by hearing God’s Word, by
offering prayers and praise, and by
receiving spiritual nourishment
offered at the Lord’s table.
The term invocation implies that
the congregation invokes, or “calls
upon,” God. In it, we express our
longing for God as well as deep
dependence and humility.
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
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
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
• Words + Music: Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (2011)
*Indicates congregation standing
“Blessed Assurance” *
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
Why do we sing in church? As
God's people gather for worship, we
focus our attention on God and
away from ourselves by singing
together. We respond with
thanksgiving to God, because we
have hope. And we sing because it is
the best and most complete
response that we can utter.
Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blest
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with his goodness, lost in his love
• Words + Music: Francis J. Crosby and Joseph F. Knapp (1873)
First Reading *
Psalm 110 (ESV)
1 The
7 He will drink from the brook by the way;
LORD says to my lord:
“Sit at my right hand
therefore he will lift up his head.
until I make your enemies a footstool.”
2 The LORD sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3 Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,
in holy garments;
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.
4 The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”
5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs
over the wide earth.
As the Bible is the primary means
by which God speaks to and edifies
his people, we read and listen to
the Scriptures together in worship.
In ancient Israel and the early
church, services of worship were
organized for the public reading of
scripture – a practice vital to
building up the community of faith.
Call to Confession
Based on Psalm 139:23-24 (NRSV)
The psalmist models a transparent faith with these words:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
We express our longing for God’s leading by our own transparent confession.
Corporate Confession
Because sin is so pervasive in both
our corporate and individual lives,
Christians and non-Christians are
called to come before the Father
with honesty and transparency,
confessing our brokenness and
asking for both forgiveness and
healing through Jesus Christ…
…we confess corporately to show
our unity even in our brokenness.
Almighty and merciful God,
we have erred and strayed from your ways.
We have followed too much
the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against your holy laws.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Restore those who repent and believe the gospel,
according to your promises declaredВ in Christ Jesus, our Lord.В Amen.В !
В Private Confession
Assurance of Forgiveness
From the Heidelberg Catechism (Q&A 59-60)В We confess individually in order
to own our failing toward God and
toward humankind in thought,
word and deed.
Christ has given the Church
authority to declare forgiveness
of sins in his name. Because of
this, when the liturgist proclaims
that your sins are forgiven, you can
know that Christ agrees.
By true faith in Jesus Christ, I am right with God and heir to life everlasting. Even
though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s
commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am
still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to
me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had
been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.
All I do is accept this gift of God with a believing heart.
“Before The Throne Of God Above” *
Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on his hands, my name is written on his heart
I know that while in heaven he stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart
When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see him there, who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied, to look on him and pardon me
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Praise the One
Risen Son of God
Behold him there the Risen Lamb, my perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am, the King of Glory and of Grace
One in himself I cannot die, my soul is purchased with his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God
• Words: Charitie Bancroft (1863); Music: William Bradbury (1861)
• Add’l words: Shane Bernard and Shane Everett (2007) !
Prayers of the People
The Lord's PrayerВ In response to God's having
gathered us in worship, we offer
our petitions to him for the
church, the nation, the world, the
city and those who are suffering.
Based on Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us
today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from the evil one. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
Community Updates
Second Reading
Hebrews 7:18-28 (ESV)
on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19(for the law
made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21but this
one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
�You are a priest forever.’”
makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.
former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24but
he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently, he is able to save to the
uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners,
and exalted above the heavens. 27He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own
sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28For the law
appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a
Son who has been made perfect forever.
Prayer of Illumination
The prayer of illumination
acknowledges the Spirit’s work in
this part of worship by requesting
God’s Spirit to act through the
reading and preaching of Scripture.
The prayer is offered for both the
preacher and the listener, for both
the speaking and the hearing of the
Hebrews, Part 4
“Christ Our Advocate” – Hebrews 7:18-28
Rev. Brad Jones, Lead Pastor
A sermon is not just teaching for
living; it is mainly a time when
Christ encounters his people
through his Word.
Affirmation of Faith *
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy
Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried. He descended to the dead. The third day he rose again from
the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God
the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the
When we affirm our
faith together, it reminds us that
we are part of an ancient and
global faith. This basic creed of
Christian churches, as most
familiarly known, is called the
Apostles' Creed. It has received this
title because of its great antiquity;
it dates from very early times in the
Church, a half century or so from
the last writings of the New
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Invitation to the Table
Words of Institution
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
On the night on which Jesus was betrayed, he sat at supper with his disciples. While they were eating, he took a
piece of bread, said a blessing, broke it, and gave it to them with the words, “This is my body. It is broken for you.
Do this to remember me.” Later he took the cup, saying, “This cup is God’s covenant, sealed with my blood. Drink
from it, all of you, to remember me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
*The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Distribution of the Bread + Cup
CityChurch welcomes all baptized Christians – those who are trusting in Jesus
Christ for salvation and who are members of congregations that proclaim the
gospel – to receive the Holy Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper, or
the Eucharist) with us. We will be coming forward to receive Communion.
When you come forward, tear a piece of the bread, and then dip it into the
Please note that we use wine in Communion. If you cannot receive wine, nonalcoholic white grape juice is also available. If you are not able to receive The
Lord’s Supper, please use this time to meditate on one of the prayers below.
“The Eucharist is the definitive
action practiced in the Christian
community that keeps Jesus Christ
before us as the Savior of the world
and our Savior, and ourselves as
sinners in need of being saved. The
Eucharist is the sacramental act
that pulls us into actual material
participation with Christ (eating
and drinking bread and wine) as he
gives his very life “for us and for
our salvation” (cf., the Nicene
Creed)... The Eucharist puts Jesus
in his place: dying on the cross and
giving us that sacrificed life. And it
puts us in our place: opening our
hands and receiving the remission
of our sins, which is our salvation.”
• Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays
in Ten Thousand Places
Prayers of Meditation for Those Not Communing
Prayer for Those Searching for Truth
Prayer of Belief
Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and
the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost
of following you as I consider the reasons for doing
so. 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.
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 Overcome with Sin
Lord Jesus Christ, 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 run with perseverance the race set before
me, looking to you, the pioneer and perfecter of my
faith. Amen.
Prayer for Renewal
Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in
baptism, to love God and neighbor, and to a life of
committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I
may take the necessary steps to be one with your
people, to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation, and
peace, and to live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.
Communion Song – “Jesus’ Blood” *
There's a secret I must tell, of all the love I’ve found

And it’s hidden in my heart, the day you tore my world apart

Hallelujah, king forever, friend and Saviour
Jesus' blood never fails me
Jesus' blood never fails me
Jesus' blood, Jesus' blood
And this secret, it will run, to the corners of the earth
Where every woman, every son, will carry high their chains undone
Hallelujah, King forever, friend and Saviour
Jesus your love is so much stronger
Than anything I have found, than anything I have found
Jesus your grace is so much deeper
Than anything I have found, than anything I have found!
• Words + Music: Martin Smith (1999)
“Your Love Is All Around” *
Majesty enthroned in beauty, all my life your love pursues me, and I'm found in you
Oh Holy One, the King of glory, you're the author of my story, and I'm found in you
Cause you give me life, and lead me to find
Your grace and your mercy, given so freely
Your word is my light, it leads me to find
Your comfort and healing, the hope that I'm needing
Your love is all around
Your love is all around
Living one, you reign forever, drawing me into your presence, and I'm found in you
Oh Great Redeemer, precious Savior, you are faithful, though I wander, and I'm found in you
And I hear your voice, I hear the words you've spoken
This love is yours, this love restores the broken
And this is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus
And this is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus
And oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus
• Words + Music: Leslie Jordan, David Leornard and Bryan Brown (2011)!
Gifts + Offerings
Christ calls us to give generously as a sign of gratitude for how much he has given us. Our response to his grace
enables us to give sacrificially of ourselves to one another and the work of Christ’s Kingdom. Your gift is an act
of personal worship to God in response to his grace in your life. The allocation of your time and money to God’s
service should be a byproduct of prayer and consultation with other Christians to whom you are accountable.
If you’re new to CityChurch, or are exploring Christianity, you’re under no obligation to give. However, if you call
CityChurch your “home church,” consider allocating a significant portion of your tithe and offering to the
community where you invest most of your time, and where others are investing in you.
The offering box is located on theВ tableВ as you exit.В For your convenience, one-time or recurring gifts can be
made online at: (select account CityChurch Pompano Beach).В You may also give via
text message by simply texting a dollar amount to 954.320.0092 and following the instructions.
Benediction *
Hebrews 13:20-21
Just as we ordain new ministers
and send them into the world to
serve, in the Benediction, Christ
ordains you with a blessing that
equips you for service.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in
us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
THE VISION OF CITYCHURCH is the Spiritual, Social, and Cultural renewal of Pompano Beach.
WE SEEK TO BE the very presence of Christ in Pompano Beach by cultivating a community of Faith, Hope + Love
Because we are a Community
of Faith we value:
Because we are a Community
of Hope we value:
Because we are a Community
of Love we value:
The Gospel. The Gospel is the only
hope for humankind. The message
of the Gospel is that Christ has done
what is necessary to bring us into a
relationship with God. We keep it at
the center of everything.
The City. Christianity has always
thrived in an urban context. We love
Pompano Beach, and want to live,
work, celebrate, raise our families,
enjoy, and serve this great city.
Life in Community. The Trinity is at
the core of Christian truth; namely
that God himself has always been in
community – the Father and Son
and Spirit all loving, giving and
sharing with one another. We
acknowledge that we need each
other, and that the life Jesus offers
works only in connection with a
community of faith.
Mission & Movement. Because God
is the one who initiates relationships,
and sent his Son to seek and save
people, we will pursue relationships
with people in hope that they will be
restored to their Father. CityChurch
does not exist as an end in itself –
we desire to be an incubator for
church planting throughout South
Florida, in that when we grow, we
will be very intentional about
spinning off and beginning new
congregations throughout our city.
Each of these churches will partner
with us in pursuing the goal of
spiritual, social, and cultural renewal.

Arts & Industries. We believe that
the good news of the Gospel is
about God’s redemption of this
fallen world and its cultural
expressions. We are a church that
welcomes, encourages, and equips
artists of every medium... and
therefore we will seek to offer artists
opportunities to show or perform
their work, providing
encouragement for them to grow
and develop as artists. We also
believe that the good news of the
Gospel impacts work and the
marketplace. We will encourage
men and women to use their
positions, talents, and gifts to the
best of their abilities, and to the
betterment of our city.

Social Healing. The Gospel is the
good news of Christ’s kingdom.
CityChurch seeks to partner with
local social service agencies that
assist the suffering in our own local
community. Furthermore, we will
pray for sensitivity to the mercy
needs of our community and will
seek to serve our neighbors out of
Christ’s love.
CityGroups are mid-sized gatherings of 15-20 people who exist to rehearse
the Gospel together, live it out to one another, and to be an extension of
God's love to our neighbors while serving the community around us. В !
For more information or to join a CityGroup, email: [email protected]
Upcoming Summer Schedule (6pm Tuesdays)
July 29 - John and Vanessa Thompson’s (31 NE 15 Ave, Pompano, 33060)
August 5 - Brad and Mandi Jones’s (224 SW 6th Ct, Pompano, 33060)
DNA Groups
“We who follow Jesus are a sent
people, even as Jesus was sent into
the world by His Heavenly Father.
We are a community sent on a
mission together: to keep on doing
the ministry of Jesus so that all
people and all creation might
experience the reconciliation of
God. God has designed the church
of Jesus Christ to be a �missional’
fellowship. The word �mission’
comes from the Latin word �missio’,
which means �having been sent.’
Since we have been sent to do God's
work, we are a �missional’
community together.”
• Mark D. Roberts
DNA (Discipleship, Nurture, Accountability) groups usually consist of 3-4
people—men with men, women with women—who meet together weekly to be known and to bring the gospel to bear
on each others lives so that they grow in and live out our identity in Christ.В If you are interested in being a part of a DNA
group, email [email protected]
CityKids Check-In System
Parents, please note that we have a new wristband check-in system for our CityKids ministry. Upon signing in your
child to CityKids, the child will receive a green numbered wristband and you will receive a tear off tab with the same
number. The tab is to be presented to the classroom leader during pick up. В If the tab is misplaced, a photo ID from
the person who signed the child in must be presented. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive for a fun and safe
environment for our CityKids. В For any questions, email us at [email protected]
Upcoming Events (Mark Your Calendar!)
Tuesdays, 6p – CityGroups Summer Schedule
During the summer all CityGroups will be gathering together
weekly. Please check page 14 for more details and locations.
Weds, July 30, 4:30-7:30p – Volunteer Opportunity
Parkway United Methodist Church (100 NE 44 St, Pompano Bch)
CityChurch will be serving at the Wednesday dinner for the
homeless and underserved in our community hosted by
Parkway United Methodist Church and the Fruitful Field
Community Garden. If you would like to help with cooking,
serving or clean-up, email: [email protected]В or call:
Sun, August 3, 4-7p – CityChurch Cookout
Pompano Beach (100 N Pompano Beach Blvd, 33062)
CityChurch South Florida will be having a cookout at Pompano
Beach hosted by CityChurch Pompano. Bring a side dish to
Mon, August 11, 7:30p – CityChurch Writers Group
Brew VicPark (638 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale)
Songwriters, poets, playwrights, authors: you are invited to
a monthly meeting of creative minds in our community. For
more information, contact CityChurch Fort Lauderdale’s
Artist-in-Residence, Laura Creel ([email protected]).
Aug 30-Sept 1 – Labor Day Weekend Retreat
Join us Labor Day Weekend at the Jupiter Beach Resort
& Spa on the beach! This is a special time each year to
be refreshed in the Gospel and in community. Save
with �Early Bird’ registration and book a double
occupancy room, two night package for $179. Kids stay
free!. Check online or at the Info table for other rates as
well as three night packages. Registration and
payment can be done online at
retreat or after the service at the Info table. To inquire
about a scholarship or to give to the scholarship
fund, contact [email protected]
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