I’m looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday! We are going to be continuing in our study in Luke’s biography and meet a blind man who sees something that profoundly changes his life. I think God wants to give us this same vision and do something powerful in each one of us.
Please do 2 things in advance of our worship service
- Set aside time to pray for our worship service. We need God to meet us, minister to us and encourage us. If the Holy Spirit puts something on your heart as you pray, please reach out to me and let me know.
- Consider who you can invite either through social media, sending a text, or making plans to come in person. A recent Gallup poll showed that every demographic in America is seeing a decline in mental health. Every demographic, except those who attend weekly worship services. https://news.gallup.com/poll/327311/americans-mental-health-ratings-sink-new-low.aspx. Friends, this is a unique moment in history that we must seize for sharing the peace and hope of Christ. An invitation could be as simple as, “Hey I was thinking of you and wondering if you might want to come to church this Sunday. I think the sermon is going to be really encouraging and we all need some encouragement right.” Pray. God will give you the words.
Excited for the best day of the week!
8am Sunday Prayer Meeting at Christ Church Building
Christmas Eve Service: We will be releasing an on demand, 30 minute, Christmas Eve Service that you can enjoy with your family at home on Christmas Eve. There will be member’s reading scripture, a short devotional, and Christmas Carols. This would be a great thing to enjoy with whoever you are spending the Holidays with!
December Gift Collection: Covenant Mercies is an organization that exists to serve orphans in collaboration with indigenous local churches in the developing world. Through Covenant Mercies’ indigenous partnerships and years of ministry experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, they have learned that effectively breaking cycles of poverty means a significant and intentional investment in the education of children. This year we have the opportunity to help Lighthouse Christian School build their library by purchasing books which will be delivered to their school in February. You can participate by purchasing a book from the online wish list found here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/173Q1P7RUYVH2?ref_=wl_share. Or, you can select a title from the display in the church lobby any Sunday between now and December 20, 2020. Collections of purchased items will take place every Sunday at the church building between now and January 3, 2021. If you buy a book on the online wishlist you can also have it shipped directly to their office. For more information on Covenant Mercies and Lighthouse Christian School visit: https://covenantmercies.org/category/lighthouse-christian-school/
Small Groups: Our bi-weekly Small Group meetings are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night at 7:30pm. Sign up at: christchurchsouthphilly.org/church-online.
Women’s Prayer Call: Join other ladies from the church in praying together during lunch on Tuesday at 12pm over the telephone. To participate dial this number 1-646-558-8656 when prompted for meeting id hit: 820 1191 9450 #
Men’s Bible Study: Our men’s Bible studies are studying Colossians. Meetings happen weekly on Tuesdays (7-8am) on Zoom. To join, sign-up online: christchurchsouthphilly.org/church-online.
CC Care FB: Check out our Facebook Group for resources for the community Christ Church South Philly Community Page
Special Advent Kids Church: During the Advent season Christ Church Kids Church will have a special Advent meeting on Saturdays at 10am on Zoom. Join our email list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovery Meetings: The New Life Recovery Meeting meets every Friday from 7-8:30pm via Zoom. The Women’s Family Support Group joins the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.
Online Giving: Give online at christchurchsouthphilly.org/give
Texting Numbers: New to Christ Church?- Text “CONNECT2CC” to 94000 // Want to connect more? Text “CONNECT2CC” to 94000.
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Call to Worship
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psa 16:8-11 ESV)
Celebrating God in Song (Youtube Playlist)
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- All Glory Be to Christ
Sermon: What the Blind Man Saw
- Text: Luke 18:35-43
- Speaker: Pastor Jeff Boetttcher
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
Responding to God’s Word in Song –
- Behold Him
- Build My Life
According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith– that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:16-19 ESV)