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This Week

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Sermon
God is Love, but Love is Not God
Eric Tuffendsam
1 John 4:7-21

Service

God is Good   
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Call to Worship
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
to him who made the sun and stars

for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him brings his people out of exile
for his steadfast love endures forever;
It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

for his steadfast love endures forever;
and rescued us from our enemies,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Adapted from Psalm 136

King of My Heart
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Confession
God of perfect love,
we confess our willingness to be loved
but also our reluctance to love.
We confess our readiness to accept your forgiveness
but also our refusal to forgive.
We confess our eagerness to grasp your redeeming love
but also our resistance to follow you completely

Forgive our shallow and selfish love
You call us to love our enemies
But we struggle to love others in the faith
Your love lead you to the cross
Yet we often cling to comfort and convenience
Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

How Great the Love
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Assurance of Pardon
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?
It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn?
It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:31-35, 37-39)

Abide with Me
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Praise the Name (Anástasis)
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Benediction
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all,
as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless
in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

 

 

Announcements

Member Meeting
Sunday April 22   |   333 Warner
Don’t miss the next member meeting! We’ll be celebrating what’s been going on in our church family and sharing the latest updates. Members and members-in-process welcome.  

Volunteers Needed!
It takes a lot of people to pull off our Sunday Gathering and we are in need of more volunteers! If you’re interested in serving on Sunday Mornings, we would love to get you connected with a team. We’re always looking for more volunteers to serve with Kids, Worship, and our Welcome teams. Drop a connect card in the offering box, talk to someone on the Welcome team, or go to ctkcincy.com/serving.

Engaging Sunday Liturgy
You can preview the gathering before Sunday! Check out this week’s songs, liturgical texts, and announcements (including previous Sundays). Go to www.ctkcincy.com/thisweek.

Sermon
Spiritual Discernment
Michael Clary
1 John 3:19-4:6

Service

Grace Alone  
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Call to Worship
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
-Psalm 96:1-4

Shine Into Our Night
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Confession
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
-Psalm 1:1-2

Pardon
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
-Psalm 1:3

In Christ Alone
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Good Good Father
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Psalm 126
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Benediction
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
-Romans 15:13

 

 

Announcements

Parenting Conference
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.

Volunteers Needed!
It takes a lot of people to pull off our Sunday Gathering and we are in need of more volunteers! If you’re interested in serving on Sunday Mornings, we would love to get you connected with a team. We’re always looking for more volunteers to serve with Kids, Worship, and our Welcome teams. Drop a connect card in the offering box, talk to someone on the Welcome team, or go to ctkcincy.com/serving.

Engaging Sunday Liturgy
You can preview the gathering before Sunday! Check out this week’s songs, liturgical texts, and announcements (including previous Sundays). Go to www.ctkcincy.com/thisweek.

Sermon
The Murder of Abel
Michael Clary
1 John 3:11-24

Service

How Deep the Father’s Love 
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Call to Worship

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
Tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength and seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
Psalm 105:1-7

Psalm 34 – Taste and See
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Confession

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40

Father, we know you are the God of all creation who is worthy of all our love
But we acknowledge this world is broken and hostile toward you.
We know you have called us to love our neighbors with your perfect love
We confess at times we are fearful of our neighbors and fail to love each other.
We know that on our own we fall short of your commands
Holy Spirit, we pray you would encourage our hearts to obey what Jesus taught us.

Pardon

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit
has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.
Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:1-3, 15-16

We Will Feast in the House of Zion
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Unfailing One
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Worthy of Your Name
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Benediction

As you go, may you live in the confidence that God is with you
in both success and failures– victory and disappointments– leading you on to his joy and rest.
Peace be with you all.

 

 

Announcements

Parenting Conference
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.

Volunteers Needed for Foster Care Training
March 14, 21, 28, and April 4  |   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 christina.beck@ctkcincy.com.

Volunteers Needed!
It takes a lot of people to pull off our Sunday Gathering and we are in need of more volunteers! If you’re interested in serving on Sunday Mornings, we would love to get you connected with a team. We’re always looking for more volunteers to serve with Kids, Worship, and our Welcome teams. Drop a connect card in the offering box, talk to someone on the Welcome team, or go to ctkcincy.com/serving.

Engaging Sunday Liturgy
You can preview the gathering before Sunday! Check out this week’s songs, liturgical texts, and announcements (including previous Sundays). Go to www.ctkcincy.com/thisweek.