February 25, 2018

Sermon
The Murder of Abel
Michael Clary
1 John 3:11-24

Service

How Deep the Father’s Love 
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Call to Worship

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
Tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength and seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
Psalm 105:1-7

Psalm 34 – Taste and See
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Confession

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40

Father, we know you are the God of all creation who is worthy of all our love
But we acknowledge this world is broken and hostile toward you.
We know you have called us to love our neighbors with your perfect love
We confess at times we are fearful of our neighbors and fail to love each other.
We know that on our own we fall short of your commands
Holy Spirit, we pray you would encourage our hearts to obey what Jesus taught us.

Pardon

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit
has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.
Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:1-3, 15-16

We Will Feast in the House of Zion
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Unfailing One
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Worthy of Your Name
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Benediction

As you go, may you live in the confidence that God is with you
in both success and failures– victory and disappointments– leading you on to his joy and rest.
Peace be with you all.

 

 

Announcements

Parenting Conference
Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10   |   333 Warner
The weather may have made us reschedule, but it won’t rain, er, snow on our parade! Registration is still open for our parenting conference, now happening on March 9 and 10. Join us as we take on topics like correction and loving discipline, kids and technology, raising sexually healthy children and more. Childcare, snacks and lunch on Saturday will be provided. Cost is $15. Sign up at www.ctkcincy.com/parenting.

Volunteers Needed for Foster Care Training
March 14, 21, 28, and April 4  |   5:30pm – 9:00pm   |   333 Warner
CTK is hosting the last four weeks of foster care training, and we could use your help to make it all happen! We currently need volunteers for dinner and childcare. This is a GREAT opportunity to support current and future foster care families! To sign-up or for more info, please email christina.beck@ctkcincy.com.

Volunteers Needed!
It takes a lot of people to pull off our Sunday Gathering and we are in need of more volunteers! If you’re interested in serving on Sunday Mornings, we would love to get you connected with a team. We’re always looking for more volunteers to serve with Kids, Worship, and our Welcome teams. Drop a connect card in the offering box, talk to someone on the Welcome team, or go to ctkcincy.com/serving.

Engaging Sunday Liturgy
You can preview the gathering before Sunday! Check out this week’s songs, liturgical texts, and announcements (including previous Sundays). Go to www.ctkcincy.com/thisweek.

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