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Prelude – “Beautiful Eulogy” by Beautiful Eulogy



Psalm 33:1-9 – “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.


Behold, Our God” by Baird and Altrogge (verses 1 and 2 with chorus)



Behold, Our God” (verse 3 and chorus and tag)



Rejoice” by Dustin Kensrue

Forever” by Chris Tomlin

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostle’s Creed





Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher

SCRIPTURE READING – Hebrews 11:1-7

SERMON – “Primeval Faith”



On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

In Christ Alone” by Keith & Kristyn Getty

Glory Awaits” by Jon Underhill and Bob Kauflin


“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you” (Ps. 33:20-22).


POSTLUDE – “My Hope is in You” by Third Day

We have been developing a relationship with a small, Spanish-speaking church in Pilsen called Amistad Cristiana. The Pastor’s son will be going through GOSPEL for Chicago starting this March.

This Sunday (1/26) we will be having a bilingual joint service with them at 10:45 AM at The Meeting Place. We’re praying that it will be a celebration and display of God’s glory and encourage us in our mission to reach everyone who lives in the UIC Area with the gospel.

Pastor Nathan will be preaching through a translator. Their talented worship team will be leading the music. It’s going to be neat.

Prelude –“Oh God” by Dustin Kensrue

WELCOME (Cassie) –

“Welcome to Immanuel on this Lord’s Day! Please take your seats and let’s spend a few moments quieting our hearts and preparing to worship the Lord.”


Have people stand

Psalm 90:1-2 – A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.


O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Have people be seated


Psalm 90:3-12 – You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning – though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

“Let us silently confess our state and our sin before the Everlasting God…”


Psalm 90:13-17 – Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.

“In Christ the favor of the Lord our God rests completely upon us. Let us draw near to God with pure hearts full of faith and confidence cleansed from a guilty conscience.”

Have people stand


“Let Us Draw Near”

Revelation Song

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Cassie & Congregation) – The Apostle’s Creed

“Christian: What do you believe?”

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 into hell and on the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

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. Amen.

Have people be seated


The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done oOn earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.



Have people stand


How High and How Wide” by Mark Altrogge

Have people remain standing

SCRIPTURE READING (Woo) – Hebrews 10:32-39

SERMON (Nathan) – “Don’t Throw It All Away!”



“Halelujah, What a Savior”

“It Is Well With My Soul”

Glory Awaits” by Jon Underhill and Bob Kauflin

BENEDICTION (Nathan) – 1 Peter 1:3-5


POSTLUDE – “I Threw It All Way” by Bob Dylan

Yesterday’s Table Talk was a great kick-off to a year of reading!

Tony Reinke’s description of The Inklings explains what Table Talks will be like the rest of 2014:

The Inklings model is pretty simple: bring what occupies your mind and read it aloud. Stimulating the minds of others and generating conversation makes it possible to learn from one another. (Lit!, p. 160).

So start reading with a mind towards sharing.

If you want some help in finding good (non-fiction, Christian) books to read, below are some recommendations from the elders. This list is not exhaustive, it’s not an endorsement of everything that’s in each book, and it’s not a list of the best books overall – it’s restricted to books about each of our church’s Core Values.

Recommended Reading List


The Gospel – The Cross of Christ by John Stott, Prodigal God by Tim Keller, The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton, A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent, The Transforming Power of the Gospel by Jerry Bridges

The Scriptures – Fundamentalism and the Word of God by J.I. Packer, Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman, The Priority of Preaching by Christopher Ash

Reformed Theology – The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves, The Baptist Confession of Faith & The Baptist Catechism ed. James M. Renihan, A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer


Diversity – The Gift of Church by Jim Samra

Unity – Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Simplicity – Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, Simple Church by Thom Rainer, Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee


Joy – Desiring God by John Piper, Pleasures Evermore by Sam Storms

Worship – Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell, Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin, Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper

Prayer – The Valley of Vision, A Praying Life by Paul Miller, A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson


Transparency – Inside Out by Larry Crabb

Repentance – Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch

Gospel Counseling – You Can Change by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Counsel from the Cross by Dennis Johnson and Elyse Fitzpatrick


A City-Center Neighborhood Focus – Sidewalks in the Kingdom by Eric Jacobsen, The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee, Why Cities Matter by Steven Um and Justin Buzzard

Church Planting – Redeemer Church Planting Manual

Global Partnerships – Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper, Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott, Operation World by Jason Mandryk and Patrick Johnstone

Tomorrow (Saturday) will be our last regular Outreach to our neighbors behind The Meeting Place. Come help us serve food and share the gospel and find out what this ministry will be morphing into. Questions? Email Woo at outreach

Table Talk happens on the third Sunday of every month. The name comes from the casual theological conversations that happened around the dinner table in the Luther household at the dawn of the Reformation. At Immanuel we stick around after a worship service for food and discussion of some theological topic. We’ve covered all kinds of topics from the Trinity to Social Justice to the effects of Social Media and many more.

This year we’ve thrown out a New Year’s Challenge to read more and we’re going to use Table Talks as a time for people to share snippets of the poetry, novels, or non-fiction that they have been reading. A sort of literary club that we hope will lead to shared theological discovery.

To get things started we’re going to be talking about the topic of ‘Reading’ itself. Some people have read Tony Reinke’s fine book Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books. We’ll be discussing the ideas introduced there. Even if you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to come and join the conversation!

There will be a bagel lunch after the service this Sunday (1/19) to say goodbye to the Smiths. Stick around after that for Table Talk.

With February quickly approaching, it’s time for us to send the Smiths on to their next adventure – which sadly means it’s time to say goodbye.

They are headed for Cincinnati where he will be working for the same company he currently does.

Come help send them off on Sunday, January 19th. We will have a bagel sandwich buffet at The Meeting Place between the service and Table Talk.

Please bring your favorite sandwich toppings to share with all. The Koinonia team will provide bagels – you bring the makings!

If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi at koinonia.

We are still having worship today for all who can make it. If you have to drive, come at your own discernment. Many roads are unplowed and there is no parking along Roosevelt.

If you can’t make it, use this time to catch up on a sermon from Hebrews that you may have missed at