Sunday Worship Bulletin

For Sunday, February 23, 2020

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Chapel Time
Based on Psalm 36:7

Artistic image of grassy field with sun rising in background. Text from Psalm 36:7 reads, "How precious is Your lovingkindness, oh God."

How precious is
Your lovingkindness, oh God

 

The Jesus Creed  

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.
Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession 

God of all saints,
God of all sinners,
hear our prayer.

Forgive us when we follow paths
that do not lead to life,
but lead instead
to violence, hate, or fear.

We struggle to love You
with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
We do not love our neighbor as ourselves.

We ask today for Your grace
to change our hearts and minds,
to lead us in the way of love,

Make us whole and make us holy.
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

Prayers of the People
As a church, we want to develop a regular rhythm
in our prayers of the people.
For this, the fourth Sunday of the month,
we will take time to pray & intercede
for the world. 

Remember, O Lord,
the peoples of Your world.
Deliver us from every evil
that stands in the way
of Your saving purpose,
and fulfill the promise
of Your Shalom on earth.

From the curse of war
and the human sin that causes war,
O Lord, deliver us.

From pride that turns its back on You,
and from stubborn unbelief,
O Lord, deliver us.

For world leaders
and for all work for peace and goodwill,
Give us Your peace, O Lord.

For Your church in every land,
especially those who suffer,
Give us Your peace, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Amen. 

 

Worship Songs 

I’ll Always Love You
Jesus I Need You  

 

Family Praise 

He Is God  

 

Announcements 

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Announcement - Image of cross with mountains in the background.

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. Pick up one of our 2020 Lenten Family Calendars. Here are some links to Lenten devotionals:

The Lent Generosity Challenge
What if Lent was about giving out instead of giving up? This Bible plan is an adaptation of the full 40acts challenge. Our hope is that as you explore and practice biblical generosity in all areas of your life, you would experience its transformational impact. Each day contains a prompt for one act of generosity on that day’s topic, with Sunday reflections summarising the theme of the acts that week.

Journeying With Jesus
‘Journeying With Jesus’ is a Bible plan to help us walk with Jesus through the last two chapters of Matthew. We stop to focus on Jesus’ last days on this earth and what that means to us. How does that change who I am and Whose I am today? We will take time to dwell on Scripture and “bring it home” with questions that make us consider where we are on the journey of knowing Jesus.

 

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Announcement - Images of soapmakers from Preemptive Love, along with logos of Preemptive Love and Anchor City Church.

For our #12MonthsOfBlessing in February, we will be supporting the good work of Preemptive Love. Find out how soap connects stories from around the world with stories here in San Diego as we engage the hard work of love.

 

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Announcement - Image of person holding sticker that says hello with a smiley face.

We believe in multigenerational ministry — and that we’re called to do it together! As part of our ongoing discernment and growth in our NextGen Ministries, we have two important updates:

1. We will have our youth group students (from 6th grade up) stay for our entire worship gathering, rather than heading downstairs for Sunday School.

2. We will ask parents to volunteer for two weeks at a time (instead of four weeks) to teach Sunday School. Super Grace and Ann have been developing a plan for teachers and assistants to help out. We want to help everyone have a wonderful experience, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

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Announcement - Image of a comfortable couch with a blanket draped over the side.

Home Groups are starting up again soon! Special thanks to all who will serve as hosts and leaders. Home Group leaders will be reaching out to you soon with locations and times.

 

Scripture Reading 

1 John 3:1, 11-18

 

Sermon Reflections  

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Image of person holding out loaf of bread. Text is a quote from theologian Stanley Hauerwas, "I have no doubt that Jesus is present by His Spirit at work in the world outside the church, yet the church, the gathering around the Eucharist, is the one place where we know He is present. And so it is here where we learn to recognize Jesus and His work from whence we can move in the world and see Him clearly there as well."

 

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Image is young woman holding an umbrella for a child. Text from 1 John 3:18 reads, "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."

 

 

Closing Song

Build My Life