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PRELUDE – “Seek Your Kingdom” by King’s Kaleidoscope

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 145:1-7

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Song –

You Are Good” by Israel Houghton

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isaiah 29:13

These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 145:8

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

Songs –

Mighty to Save” by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostles’ Creed

We 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.

We 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.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q 29

Song –

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

SCRIPTURE READING – Numbers 26:1-65

SERMON – “The Next Generation”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” by Edward Mote

OFFERING

Song –

Soon and Very Soon” by Andrae Crouch

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “The Rock Won’t Move” by Vertical Church Band

The next Mission Class will be after service on Sunday, February 8th.

Lunch will be provided.

Try to have completed the Joining the Mission packet before the Mission Class. We will answer questions from that and then talk more about the mission, vision, values, and distinctives of our church. We’ll be done by 3:00 PM.

RSVP if you plan to be there.

PRELUDE –“The Glory of God” by Shai Linne

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Ps. 96:1-9

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.  Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.  Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.

Song –

Our Great God” by Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Psalm 103:8-12) –

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Songs –

Your Name” by Glenn Packiam and Paul Baloche

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” Carl Gotthelf Glaser and Charles Wesley

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q29

Song –

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

SCRIPTURE READING – Numbers 25:1-18

SERMON – “A Heart for God”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Be Unto Your Name” by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo

I Will Glory in My Redeemer” by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook

OFFERING

Song –

Not to Us” by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves

BENEDICTION – Romans 12:9-11

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker

PRELUDE – “Soon and Very Soon” by Andrae Crouch

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

CONFESSION OF SIN –

God, our fears and prejudices run deep. Sometimes we can only see our own point of view. We stick with those who are like us, rarely venturing outside our comfort zones. We do not hear those crying for justice and true peace. We blame those who are suffering and in need, instead of standing by them. We deny the power of your gospel to unite us with those who are different from us. Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Open us to new possibilities of life for your church.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Ephesians 2:12-16

Remember that at one time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. And he has destroyed the barriers, the dividing wall of hostility between people, his purpose being to create in himself one new man out of the different races, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile all of us to God through the cross.

Songs –

Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” by Edward Perronet, John Rippon, and Oliver Holden

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q 27 & 28

Song –

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown

SCRIPTURE READING – Numbers 22:41 – 24:25

SERMON – “Balaam’s Oracles”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Jesus Messiah” by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

Worthy is the Lamb” by Darlene Zschech

OFFERING

Song –

Sing to the King” by Billy Foote

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Te Amo” by Israel Houghton

If you weren’t able to make it to last night’s event, you missed out on some great catered food from Pompeii and lots of wisdom from Steve and Sherry Laughlin about living in the city long-term with kids. At the end of the evening we handed out a sheet of paper with just a few follow-up resources on the topic:

AUDIO:

It Take a City to Raise a Child” by Tim Keller – This talk by Tim Keller is a must listen to for parents weighing the pros and cons of living in the city! Listen to it sometime soon with your spouse for a date night in.

BLOG:

Schools” – Connecting4Communities is a neighborhood organization working for the betterment of the UIC Area (minus Pilsen). They have a helpful assessment of some of the educational options in the area.

BOOKS:

The Urban Christian and A Theology as Big as the City by Ray Bakke – These are two books recommended by Pastor Steve Laughlin that bring up questions of intentionality, presence, and mission as applied to the urban context.

Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee – This is a book that has been influential for Pastor Nathan in thinking through community life and it addresses how to raise kids without going crazy. It’s not explicitly written for an urban context but could be applied very well to it.

FREE MUSEUM DAYS IN JANUARY:

Adler Planetarium – January 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28.

Field Museum – January 14-15.

Art Institute of Chicago – Weekdays through February 10.

Shedd Aquarium – January 12-13, 18-20, and 23-27.

Museum of Science and Industry – January 12-16, 19-23, and 26-30.

Chicago History Museum – January 12-15, 19-23, and 26-30.

The Women’s Bible Study will meet this Saturday (1/10) at Vivian’s place. Let her know if you can make it. They’ll be discussing Genesis 25:19 – 35:21.

PRELUDE – “You Reign” by William Murphy

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 103:1-7 (ESV)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

Song –

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 103:8-12

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Songs –

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q 27

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Getty and Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – Numbers 22:1-40

SERMON – “Balaam and Blessings”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

The Power of Cross” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

OFFERING

Songs –

Be Thou My Vision” by Ascend the Hill

Doxology

BENEDICTION – “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Num. 6:24-26).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Grace Alone” by Dustin Kensrue

This Friday evening (1/9) from 6:00 to 8:30 PM we will be hosting a “Families in the City Night” at The Meeting Place.

Dinner will be catered in. On site babysitting will be provided. And it’s all FREE!

Everyone is invited. We just need you to RSVP by Wednesday if you plan to come.

We will be discussing the joys and challenges of city life for families. Joining us will be a couple that has raised 4 kids here in Chicago and is on staff at Armitage Baptist Church on the north side.

Also, we could use some more volunteers for babysitting, so if you’d like to serve that way please contact info at immanuel dash baptist dot net ASAP.

All-Church Prayer Meeting is this Wednesday at The Meeting Place from 6:45 to 8:00 PM. It’s forecasted to be cold outside, but inside we will warm ourselves at the fire of God’s love together through prayer.

PRELUDE – “My One Comfort” by Dustin Kensrue

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Song –

“All Praise to Thee” by Thomas Ken & Joseph Mainzer

CONFESSION OF SIN –

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against You

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in Your will,

and walk in Your ways,

to the glory of Your Name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – “Since therefore the children share in flesh in blood, Jesus likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery…Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. And because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb. 2:14ff). Take rest in the work of Christ on your behalf.

Song –

“Now Why This Fear” by Augustus Montague Toplady and Doug Plank

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Song –

“Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 69:1-36

SERMON

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

“The Power of the Cross” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

“Hallelujah What a Savior” by Glenn Dodson and Phillip Paul Bliss

OFFERING

Song –

“All Glory Be to Christ” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Suffering Servant” by Dustin Kensrue

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