pentecost, week 18
05 october 2014
“The world isn't fair, Calvin.”
"I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?”
• Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
“The [Jacob story] affirms that we do not live in a world where all possibilities are kept open and we may choose our
posture as we please. This [story] speaks about an inversion. It affirms that we are not fated to the way the world is
• Walter Brueggemann, Genesis
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 worship we enter into the very presence of the Living God. 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
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
Prayer of Invocation
“Come Thou Fount” *
Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above
Praise his name I'm fixed upon it, name of thy redeeming love
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.
Hitherto thy love has blessed me, thou hast brought me to this place
And I know thy hand will bring me, safely home by thy good grace
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger, bought me with his precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above
• Words: Robert Robinson (1758)
• Music: John Wyeth (1813)
*Indicates congregation standing
“10,000 Reasons” *
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
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.
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)
First Reading *
Genesis 25:21-26 (ESV)
And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the
Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children
struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening
to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her,
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.
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”
When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all
his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding
Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob.Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Call to Confession
Based on Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Because we are saved by grace, let us freely admit the ways in which we have
attempted live life apart from God.
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.
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
we are your covenant people and our citizenship is in heaven.
Yet we confess, O Lord, that we sometimes lose sight
of your kingdom and its ways.
We confess that we sometimes live more as citizens of our own land
than as citizens of your kingdom.
By your truth you call all peoples to account.
Forgive us for losing our distinctiveness.
Focus us on the cross and on the salvation
you give through him
who is the Lord and King and Judge of us all,
Jesus, the Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Isaiah 44:21-22 (NRSV) Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant;
I formed you, you are my servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
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.
“From The Inside Out” *
A thousand times I've failed, still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again, I'm caught in your grace
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself, in bringing you praise
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart and my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out
Lord let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love you from the inside out
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart, is to bring to bring you praise
From the inside out, Lord my soul cries out
• Words + Music: Joel Houston (2006)!
Prayers of the People
The Lord's Prayer 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.
At this time children grades K-5th are dismissed for CityKids children's church.
Genesis 27:18-34 (ESV)
So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to
his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may
bless me.” 20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because
the Lord your God granted me success.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son,
to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said,
“The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his
hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him. 24 He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He
answered, “I am.” 25 Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you.” So he
brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.”
smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him and said,
So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac
“See, the smell of my son
is as the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed!
28 May God give you of the dew of heaven
and of the fatness of the earth
and plenty of grain and wine.
29 Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may your mother's sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”
As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his
father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father.
And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son's game, that you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac
said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac trembled very
violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I
have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with
an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”
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
The Gospel According to Jacob and Joseph, Part 1
“Blessing to the Deceiver” – Genesis 27:18-34 (ESV)
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
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
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 – “Come Ye Sinners” *
Come ye sinners poor and needy
Weak and wounded sick and sore
Jesus ready stands to save you
Full of pity, love and power
I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in his arms
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh there are ten thousand charms
Come ye thirsty, come and welcome
God's free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh
Come ye weary, heavy laden
Lost and ruined by the fall
If you wait until you're better
You will never come at all
• Words: Joseph Hart (1759)
• Music: Robbie Seay (2002)
“You Alone Can Rescue” *!
Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still
You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise
You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
• Words + Music: Matt Redman (2010)
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 the table as you exit. For your convenience, one-time or recurring gifts can be
made online at: citychurchpb.com/giving (select account CityChurch Pompano Beach). You may also give via
text message by simply texting a dollar amount to 954.320.0092 and following the instructions.
Based on Psalm 45:7
The Lord Almighty is with you;
the God of Jacob is your refuge. 12.
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.
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
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. !
6p - Hosted by Brad and Mandi Jones (kid-friendly)
Meets in South Pompano Neighborhood
6p - Hosted by John and Vanessa Thompson
Meets in Central (Old) Pompano Neighborhood
8:30p - Hosted by Nathan and Lauren Hable; Fabio and Michelle Dias
Meets in East Pompano Neighborhood
“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’
• Mark D. Roberts
For more information or to join a CityGroup, email: [email protected]
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. 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. 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. For any questions, email us at [email protected]
Upcoming Events (Mark Your Calendar!)
Sundays – CityKids Fundraiser for World Vision
Our CityKids will be selling cold water bottles on Sundays
before and after service to partner with our half marathon race
team to raise money for clean water projects in Africa through
our partnership with World Vision! Stop by their table in the
back and give a donation for an ice cold water on these hot
Florida days! All proceeds will be donated to World Vision!
Mon, Oct 6, 7:30p – CityChurch Writers Group
Brew VicPark (638 N Federal Hwy, FTL)
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-inResidence Laura Creel ([email protected]).
Thu, Oct 9 – Day of Prayer & Fasting
With war and persecution throughout the world, as well as
the individual needs of our congregations, we invite you to
spend a day in fasting and prayer with us at CityChurch
South Florida. At 6:30pm we will gather at Tyler and
Lauren Arrington’s house (1361 NE 46 St, Oakland Park,
33334) for a night of prayer and to break the fast. Please
plan to join us. Weds, Oct 15, 12-12:30p – Faith + Work Lunch
Upper Room Art Gallery at Riverfront (300 SW 1 Ave #123, FTL)
If you work in downtown FTL, join us on your lunch break for a
brief time of teaching, discussion, and community. Lunch
provided. To RSVP, contact Brad Schmidt
Sat, Oct 18, 9a-noon – Fruitful Field Work Day
The Fruitful Field (100 NE 44 St, Pompano Beach)
Join us on the third Saturday of the month to cultivate
and work the Fruitful Field Community Garden. For info
on volunteering, email: [email protected]
Weds, Oct 29, 5-7:30p – 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]hpb.com or call: 954-543-1142.
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group viewing. For more information, as well as, how to get
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back after the service. !
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