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This Week At Christ Church Anglican

No Young Adults Capstone CBS, Tonight

Morning Prayer, Wednesday, 7 am

Thanksgiving Eve Worship, Wednesday, 7 pm

No Wonderful Wednesday Eucharist, Family Dinner, Classes

Church offices Closed, Thursday & Friday No Mom Gets A Break or SISters in Stitches.

Young Adult Fellowship Holiday Dinner, Sat Nov 25 Meet at Christ Church at 7 pm to head out for dinner. Bring $5.

Christmas Shopping?

Give the Gift of Financial Peace this Christmas Help yourself, a family member or friend get out of debt, create a budget, save money & build wealth through Dave Ramsey’s popular 9-week course. Registration fee includes dinner, all classes & materials. Classes at Christ Church, Jan 24-Mar 21, 2018. Fr. Jonathan, 683-9292.

Give the Gift of a Strong Marriage this Christmas Whether your marriage is new, strong or needs help, enjoy this weekend marriage conference at Hilton Garden Inn, Feb 2-4, 2018. A great gift for you & your spouse, or someone you love. Sponsored by Christ Church & other churches. Fr. Jonathan, 683-9292.

Next Week

Worship & Sunday School, Sun, Nov 26

Traditional Worship, 8:30 am. Sunday School for All Ages, 9:45. Children: in the HUB. Teenagers: South Youth House. Adults:
Ø Godly Marriage & Parenting: Families of the Bible, Room A
Ø Traditional Bible Study: James, Peter, John & Jude, Room B
Ø Prayer For Living, Parlor

Commissioning of Bolivia Mission Trip Participants, Sun, Nov 26 During 10:45 Worship Service

Pray for Christ Church, Sun, Nov 26 Join us Sundays at 6:30 pm for informal prayer in the Sanctuary.

T3 Meeting, Sun, Nov 26 Students in grades 7-12 and friends join us for faith building and fun at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for video games, foosball and hang time.

Young Adult Fellowship, Mon, Nov 27 Dinner and Proverbs, 7 pm in the South Youth House.

Men’s IHOP Bible Study, Tues, Nov 28 Discussion, Bible study, & prayer, 6:30-7:30 am.

Women’s Bible Study Ministry, Tuesday, November 28 Join us for Adam Hamilton’s popular study, The Journey: The Road to Bethlehem Advent Study. Day or evening session Tuesdays, 10-11 am or 6:30-7:30 pm. Reserve free nursery-age 4 childcare for evening class Wednesday prior at 683-9292.

Join Advent Adult Education, Wednesdays, Nov 29-Dec 13
Walk With Jesus: Ray Vander Laan’s Holy Land, Sanctuary, and Women’s Bible Study, Room A, 6:30 pm

Bolivia Mission Trip, Fri-Mon, Dec 1-11 Christ Church missionaries Carl Englestad, Maria & Rachel Howard, Stan Jacobs, Abby Pendergrass, David Purdy, Jane Swartz and Laurel Utsman will teach English & share Christ with Bolivian youth and families. Three ways to help: 1. Please pray for our missionaries by name, and that they would share Jesus with those they meet. 2. Make a financial gift in any amount to support the mission. Make checks out to Christ Church Anglican, with Bolivia Mission on the memo line. 3. Sponsor a Bolivian child to attend the mission for $50, and correspond if they write after the trip. Make checks out to Christ Church Anglican, with Bolivia Mission Child Sponsor on the memo line.

Parents Night Out, Fri Dec 1 Reserve free childcare from nursery to age 10 by the prior Wednesday. Drop off your child or children at Christ Church from 6-6:15 pm and pick up by 8:30 pm. Reserve childcare at 683-9292. Space is limited.

Looking Ahead

Join Advent Adult Education, Sundays, Dec 3-17

Improve Your Marriage: Love Languages, Room A, and Bible Study: James, Peter, John, Jude, Room B, 9:45 am

LOOPS, Sun, Dec 3 Volunteer to bless children and families of prisoners by baking cookies, helping set up and attending the party. For info, contact Carole Jacobs, 661-9229.

Men’s Breakfast, Sat, Dec 9 Come share or learn about security at church and home at Men’s Breakfast. Informative discussion about handguns, licensing, concealed carry & trusting God, 8-9 am.

Healing Prayer Service, Sun, Dec 10 Avery Pullin will speak about the miracle of her journey, her miracle child AnnLouise at 6:30 pm.

Give the Gift of Financial Peace this Christmas Help yourself, a family member or friend get out of debt, create a budget, save money & build wealth through Dave Ramsey’s popular 9-week course. Registration fee includes dinner, all classes & materials. Classes at Christ Church, Jan 24-Mar 21, 2018. Fr. Jonathan, 683-9292.

Give the Gift of a Strong Marriage this Christmas Whether your marriage is new, strong or needs help enjoy this weekend marriage conference at Hilton Garden Inn, Feb 2-4, 2018. A great gift for you & your spouse or someone you love. Sponsored by Christ Church & other churches. Fr. Jonathan, 683-9292.

Neighborhood Shepherd’s Prayer, November Psalm 139:23-24: Search me, O GOD, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. For I do pray in your Son, Jesus, name. Amen

 

We Need Help With

Kids Volunteer to help with Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, nursery, or with the Children’s Steering Team. Info: Diane Utsman, dutsman64@gmail.com &ltmailto:dutsman64@gmail.com&gt.

Choir & Praise Chorus Join our music ministries. Talk to Music Minister Debbie Butler any Sunday. The 8:30 Choir and the 10:45 Praise Chorus will rehearse together at 10:30 am on Saturday.

Good News Daily Devotionals

Wednesday, November 22

Psalm 101 I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is base. Perverseness of heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. (vv.2b-3, 4b)
In today’s world, it is not easy to control what is set before our eyes. There is hardly a television show or movie that does not contain explicit content. Even driving down the road, our eyes are assaulted with things that are base. Our temptation is to think that we can handle these things, that they do not influence us. So we watch the show or movie; we listen to the music; we read the book. But these things impact our hearts more than we realize.
A couple of months ago, I decided to quit setting base things before my eyes. I set parental restrictions on my Netflix and Hulu accounts. I chose different books to read. The impact? My heart feels different, almost lighter. Evil and temptation have felt farther away. It is good.
Right now, take a moment and think about what you set before your eyes. What might God be asking you to walk away from? Try it. I dare you.

1 Chronicles 20:1-8; Psalm 109; Revelation 21:9-21; Matthew 17:22-27

Thursday, November 23

Matthew 18:1-9 “If your hand or foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire.” (v.8)
Sometimes the words of Jesus are hard to swallow. This is one of those times. When Jesus confuses me, I have to ask myself, what is he saying and why is he saying it this way? I bet that Jesus is being particularly graphic here on purpose, to make a point. He deliberately exaggerates so that we will grasp the worth of what he is offering us. Even our hands and feet are not as valuable as eternal life in his kingdom. If you have not yet done so, take a moment to read today’s Revelation passage. Soak in that image for a second-the closeness of God, the beauty and wonder of the kingdom, the freedom we are being offered.
Friend, as you give thanks today for all your blessings, will you value God’s kingdom over all those things? Take a moment now to offer God thanksgiving for eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

1 Chronicles 21:1-27; Psalm 105:1-22; Revelation 21:22-22:5

Friday, November 24

1 Chronicles 22:1-19 “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed.” (vv.11, 13b).
God calls people to participate in His work in the world. God called Solomon to build a sanctuary for His name among the people of Israel. God has called me to see a Jesus-centered community on every college campus in Florida. As I have recently reflected on calling and leadership, I am struck by how many times God calls those who are afraid. Moses literally begged God to choose someone else. The Lord has to tell Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. Elijah gets so scared that he hides out in the desert for months. God calls scared people.
Just last week, I heard God calling me to something new. And I sat there, literally trembling in terror. Can I do this? Am I the right person? What if I fail? What if I disappoint people? What if?what if?what if? But as I listened to God, I heard these same words that David spoke to Solomon, “The Lord [is] with you?Be strong and of good courage.”
Friend, how is God calling you to join his work in the world? Even if you do it scared, do it!

Psalm 102; Revelation 22:6-13; Matthew 18:10-20

Saturday, November 25

Revelation 22:14-21 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. (v.17)
We live in a thirsty world. In my work with college students, I see all the ways they try to quench their thirsts. They chase vocational success, romantic relationships, altruistic significance, the approval of others-peers, parents, professors. If we are honest, we who are “grown up” are not that much different. I find myself pursuing the same thirst quenchers-love, acceptance, success. But at the end of the day, none of those things satisfy. When I stop long enough, I realize I am still thirsty. And then God reminds me where I can get the water of life. So I return to Jesus, usually with tears, confessing my thirst and my need for the water of life. And at the end of that day, I am satisfied. My heart is at peace, my soul is at rest, satisfied.
Friend, hear these words, “Let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” Will you stop chasing other thirst quenchers and come to the living water?

Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalms 107:33-43, 108; Matthew 18:21-35

Sunday, November 26

Romans 15:5-13

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. (v.5 NLT)
I must receive before I can give. When I receive the patience and encouragement Jesus Christ has to give me, only then will I have the character to live in harmony with others. I appreciate the word “harmony” because it reminds me of music. Harmony is achieved when voices are on key and blending together to create something that is pleasing to our ear. Living in complete harmony doesn’t require that we all sing alike. Harmony comes when even with our differences we are on key with God’s Spirit so that our melody is pleasing to Him and we achieve His plans and purposes.
“When I’m far away from home and the cold wind starts to blow, when I’m empty and alone, I turn to you. When there’s hardness in my heart and I can’t see the truth, and I’m wandering in the dark, I turn to you. And here in your holy presence it’s all that I can do. I turn to you, Jesus!” (I Turn to You by Selah).

Isaiah 19:19-25; Psalm 118; Luke19:11-27

Monday, November 27

1 Peter 1:1-12 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. (v.2)
Here is another example of receiving that enables me to give. If I receive (accept) that God chose me and, because of His holiness has made me holy, then I can obey and be cleansed from my sinful nature. Being chosen, accepted, finding a home in God’s family is a privileged place above any other that I could ask for. It is better than being accepted into any club, profession, or earthly family. Because of God’s choosing I am the richest, most privileged celebrity in the kingdom.
“My Child, blessed and favored are you. I hold you in my arms, safe and secure, your life hidden in mine. Know how completely this position will satisfy your hungry heart. Be still and stay.”

Joel 3:1-2, 9-17; Psalm 106:1-18; Matthew 9:1-12

Tuesday, November 28

Matthew 19:13-22 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack? (v.20 NKJ)
When I come to Jesus Christ and begin to trust him with my entire life, old ways don’t feel comfortable any longer. Activities, entertainment, books, even some friends just don’t “fit”. I’m convicted by the Spirit that unkind, judgmental thoughts and words have no place in my new life. This new life of putting God’s agenda first requires a new trusting innocence. My new nature must reflect the holiness and righteousness of Christ. Kindness, compassion, and truth need to cover me.
Lord Jesus, thank you that our new life will last forever because it comes from your eternal living word and what you have accomplished on our behalf.

Nahum 1:1-13; Psalms 120, 121, 122, 123; 1 Peter 1:13-25