Do Not Love the World
1 John 2:15-17
Call to Worship
The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Through Jesus Christ,
the God of heaven has made his home on earth.
Christ dwells among us and is one with us.
Highest of all creation,
he lives among the least.
He journeys with the rejected
and welcomes the weary.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
(Based on Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 100)
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were sinners Christ died for us.
Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God in confidence.
Rom. 5:5, 8; Heb. 4:16
Loving God, we give you thanks for the work that Christ has begun in our hearts.
He has brought us from death to life.
Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God has made us clean.
Forgive us when we forsake our new identity and sin against you.
Holy Spirit, remind us of the new life God has called us to that we might live for what is good.
May the work of our hands and the desires of our hearts reflect who we are in Christ, Amen.
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.
The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God,
who brought us back to himself through Christ.
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself,
no longer counting people’s sins against them.
And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors;
God is making his appeal through us.
We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
For God made Christ, who never sinned,
to be the offering for our sin,
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
As you go, remember that you go in the blessing of the Father,
the love of the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.
Foster Care Training
Wednesday Evenings | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | 333 Warner
CTK is hosting the last four weeks of foster care training, and we could use your help to make it all happen! We currently need volunteers for dinner and childcare. This is a GREAT opportunity to support current and future foster care families! To sign-up or for more info, please email email@example.com.
An Awkward Conversation about Race
Sunday, February 18 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | 333 Warner
As racial tensions continue in our world, Christians can find themselves taking sides. Marq Casey and Eric Tuffendsam have spent the last year of their friendship exploring their racial and cultural differences to better empathize and care for one another. Join us to hear an open and honest conversation between Marq and Eric about racial differences.
Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10 | 333 Warner
The weather may have made us reschedule, but it won’t rain, er, snow on our parade! Registration is still open for our parenting conference, now happening on March 9 and 10. Join us as we take on topics like correction and loving discipline, kids and technology, raising sexually healthy children and more. Childcare, snacks and lunch on Saturday will be provided. Cost is $15. Sign up at www.ctkcincy.com/parenting.
Are you handy? Would you like to serve your church with small projects around the building? We need a list of fifteen people to call on when needs arise. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in being on the list.