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Getting Ready for Worship | 1/29/12

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Worship | 1/22/12

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Preparing for Sunday Worship | 1/15/12

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we'reposting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (01.08.2012)

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we'reposting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 01/01/2012

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering. ...

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Getting Ready for Christmas Eve

Preview of our Lessons and Carols Service...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (12/18/11)

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering. This is the fourth week of Advent. We'll mark the season with the lighting of advent candles and special r...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (12/11/11)

This is the second week in our Advent series called Songs for Christmas (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). This week we'll look at Simeon's Song (Luke 2:21-35)...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (12/04/11)

This is the first week in our new series called Songs for Christmas (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). This week we'll look at Zechariah's Song (Luke 1:57-80) It's the second Sunday in Advent, as well. We'll mark the season with some special readings and prayers, the lighting of Advent candles, and the singing of new and old Christmas carols....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (11/27/11)

This is a week of beginnings and endings. It's our last week walking through the book of Joel (click here for previous sermons and study guides). This week we take a look at Joel 3:1-21 - "The Valley of Decision." To prepare for worship, read this passage and note the mixture of judgment and grace Joel describes on the "day of the Lord."...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 11/20/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering. ...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 11/13/11

This Sunday is week 2 in our series When the Locusts Come (click here for past sermons and study guides). This week we look at "Disasters and God's Grace" from Joel 2:18-27. Read through the text as you get ready for worship....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 11/06/11

This week we start a new sermon series based on the book of Joel called When the Locusts Come. Click here to read more about the series. The teaching this week will be based on Joel 1:1 - 2:17 "Don't Waste Your Locusts." Our hope will be to set the stage for the series as a whole, and to consider what Joel says about how disasters now can help us escape bigger ones later. ...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/30/11

This is the last Sunday in our I Am series (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). The teaching will be based on John 15:1-17 - "The Vine." We're excited to have Chad Grindstaff as our guest speaker this week. Chad is a church planter with North Cincinnati Community Church. He and his wife Erin are working towards planting a new church in the Fairfield Township in ...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/23/11

It's week 7 in our I Am series (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). Josh will be teaching from John 13:36-14:12 - "The Way." In addition to hearing from God's Word, we'll affirm our faith using the words of the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism. Dave Dupee will lead us in prayer, and of course we'll great each other and sing. We hope you'll join us on S...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/16/11

It's week 6 in our I Am series (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). Josh will be teaching from John 11:17-44 - "The Resurrection and the Life." To prepare for worship, read this great story about the raising of Lazarus. Reflect on what you learn about Jesus....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/09/11

It's week 5 in our I Am series (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). We're excited to have Marc Champagne with us this week. Marc has been a pastor at North Cincinnati Community Church for over a decade, and next year will be launching out to plant an intentionally multi-racial church in the northern suburbs. Marc will be teaching on "The Good Shepherd" from John...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/02/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/25/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/18/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/11/11

This is Week 1 in our Fall Series - "I Am" (click here to read more about the series). We'll kick the series off by looking at Jesus' claim to be "The Bread of Life" in John 6:26-35, 47-58. To prepare for worship, read this text and reflect upon what you learn about Jesus' identity and mission....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/04/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 08/28/11

This is the last week in our Origins series (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 11:1-9 "The Tower of Babel." To prepare for Sunday, read the text and think about the contrast made between the people of Babel and the God of the universe....

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Getting Ready for Sunday August 14, 2011

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (August 7, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 7:1 - 8:20 - "The God Who Makes Things New." This is the second of 3 weeks we'll spend reflecting on the story of Noah and the flood....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 31, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 6:1-22 - "Horror Story." This is the first of 3 weeks we'll spend reflecting on the story of Noah and the flood. To prepare for Sunday, read chapter 6 and think about what you learn about humanity and what you learn about God from this story....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 24, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 4:17-26 - "Two Cities." Read the text to prepare for worship, and particularly think about the two trajectories for human life and civilization laid out in this passage....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 17, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). Josh will be teaching from Genesis 4:1-16 - "East of Eden." Read the text to prepare for worship, and particularly think about what the Bible says about what life is like outside of the Garden....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 3, 2011)

We take a little break from our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). Guest Speaker Marc Champagne will be speaking from John 16:5-15, "The Difference a Counselor Makes."...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (June 26, 2011)

We continue our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be based on Genesis 3:1-13 - "The Fall." To prepare for Sunday, read this passage and reflect on what you learn about the nature of sin and temptation....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (June 19, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week. The teaching will be based on Genesis 2:18-25. To prepare for Sunday, read this passage and reflect about what you learn about humanity in general, and the relationship between men and women....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (June 12, 2011)

This week we'll take a short break from our "Origins" series (past messages and study guides can be accessed here). We're excited to have Will Witherington with us as our guest speaker this week. Will and his wife Danielle serve with Campus Outreach in Lexington, KY. Will is the regional director, overseeing campus ministries on four campuses in Kentucky. The teaching thi...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (June 5, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (you can click here to listen to past sermons and for study guides going along with the series). This week Dave Dupee will teach from Genesis 2:4-15 on "Stewardship and Work."...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 29, 2011)

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 22, 2011)

We're camping out again this week in Genesis 1, this week focusing especially on how God has made humanity. We'll consider what it means to be made in the image of God. To prepare, read Genesis 1:26-31. What do think it means to be made in God's image?...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 15, 2011)

We'll begin this week by calling each to worship using the words of Revelation 4:11 and singing Come and Welcome ("love's redeeming work is done / come and welcome, sinner come"). God has made peace with us through Jesus Christ. We'll focus on that as we pass the peace (greet one another) and sing Death to Life and Nothing But the Blood....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 8, 2011)

We're starting a new teaching series this week called "Origins." We'll be walking through the first eleven chapters of Genesis, using this as a framework for understanding who we are, who God is, what's wrong with the world, and how it can be fixed. Josh will be giving a bird's eye look at the series this week, and then honing in on Genesis 1:1-3....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 1, 2011)

We will call ourselves (and each other) to worship by singing In Your Name - a gospel-centered song that reminds us that we worship and do mission because God has sought us in Jesus Christ (listen to the song at the bottom of this post). We'll confess our sins together in prayer and by singing Out of the Depths. We'll go then to the cross to look for pardon as we reflect a...

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Getting Ready for Easter Sunday (04-24-11)

The highlight of the Christian calendar is Easter Sunday, where we fix our eyes on Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. Our worship gathering will be bookended with songs pointing you to Jesus (Come See the Son and In Christ Alone). We'll hone in on Jesus' resurrection in our responsive readings and the song He's Alive. We'll also sing about the effects of the resurrectio...

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Getting Ready for Palm Sunday (04-17-11)

The first Sunday of holy week is commonly called "Palm Sunday" or "Passion Sunday." In our worship gathering this week, we'll focus on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to the shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming king of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mark 11:9-10). To prepare for worship, read Zechariah 9:9-12 a...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 10, 2011)

This is the last Sunday in our "Rooted" series. We take up the phrase in the Apostles' Creed "I believe...in the life everlasting." The teaching will be based on Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22 - 22:5. To prepare, read this passage and meditate on what you learn about the new heavens and the new earth. Also keep in mind that there is no mere academic theology in the Bible. John w...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 3, 2011)

We're almost to the end of our "Rooted" series, concluding with messages this week and next. The teaching this week is based on 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. This is a complex passage about the resurrection of the body. To prepare for worship this week, read the passage and think about the ways this passage differs from pop-culture notions of heaven. Is there anything in this pa...

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Getting ready for Sunday (March 27, 2011)

We take a break this week from our "Rooted" series to welcome a guest speaker, Chad Grindstaff. Chad will be teaching from Colossians 2:8-10. To prepare for Sunday, read this passage, and reflect on what you learn about Jesus from the passage....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 20, 2011) - and a prayer for Lent

We continue this week on our journey through the Apostles' Creed, focusing on the phrase "I believe in the forgiveness of sins." The teaching will be based on Matthew 26:26-29. To prepare, read the text and consider what you learn about the work of Jesus from his words at the Last Supper. Typically we celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the month. However, t...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 13, 2011) & Don't Forget Daylight Savings

We continue this week in our series "Rooted." We've been using the Apostles' Creed as a springboard for talking about the key doctrines of the Christian faith. This week's message is "How to Wreck a Church" based on Ephesians 4:1-6. Read this text to prepare for Sunday, and think about how a text like this informs your view of the importance of the church....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 6, 2011)

This upcoming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten season. Lent is meant to be a wake up call - a call not to despair, but to repent of our sin, and to run to God for mercy. We'll focus on that theme this week in our Sunday gathering, confessing our sins together using the words of the prophet Joel. The good news is that the arc of worship doesn't end by...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (Feb 27, 2011)

We're continuing to use the Apostles' Creed as a springboard for talking through key doctrines in the Christian faith and worldview. This week we'll be focusing on the second coming of Christ, and particularly that he will "come again to judge the living and the dead." Read Psalm 98:1-9 to prepare for the message. We'll be asking the question: Is the notion of God's judgme...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (Feb 20, 2011)

This week we'll be thinking about the Ascension of Jesus Christ, and the teaching will be based on Acts 1:1-11. To prepare, read the passage and think about the significance of Jesus' last words for the life and mission of the church. How does this affect the way you think about your own life's mission?...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (Feb 13, 2011)

The sermon this week will be based on Luke 24:13-35. We'll be thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To prepare, take a look at the passage and pray that God will teach you more about the significance of the resurrection of Jesus, and particularly how this helps us deal with death....

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Preparing for Worship (02/06/11)

The gospel tells us that we are worse than we ever thought we were, and yet more loved than we ever dared imagine - at the same time! That's the dynamic of our worship service this week. We'll take time to take stock of our sins and confess them to the Lord in both song and in prayer. Then we'll here about the work of Christ on the Cross and what it means for us. All this ...

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Preparing for Worship (01/30/11)

We'll begin our worship gathering this week declaring our need for Jesus as we sing "I Need Thee Today." We come to Jesus, not as isolated individuals, but as a body of needy people clinging to our Savior. We are a community of faith, a family of worshippers. And as a family, we get to walk the journey of faith together - building one another other up, challenging each oth...

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Preparing for Worship (01/23/11)

This is week three in our series called "Rooted." In this series we are walking through the Apostles' Creed, examining Biblical texts that relate to the parts of the Creed. On Sunday we'll be talking about what it means to say "I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord." To prepare for worship, take a look at Hebrews 1:1-13. Jot down all the things you learn about ...

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Preparing for Worship (01/16/11)

Typically we begin our worship services with a Call to Worship. Usually Josh will read a short passage from Scripture that invites us to worship God, or a passage that tells us something about the character of God that ought to cause to fall down and worship him. Most weeks we follow that verbal call with a song that also acts as a call to worship. That's the case this wee...

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Preparing for Worship (01/09/11)

This Sunday a new sermon series called "Rooted," where we'll be walking through the clauses of the Apostles' Creed. For each clause in the creed, we're going to look at one Biblical text that illustrates it. This week we'll be talking about what it means to believe "in God the Father Almighty." The teaching will be based on Psalm 19:1-7. To prepare for worship, spend some ...

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Preparing for Worship (01/02/11)

This week we're excited to have Kurt Hannah speaking at New City. Kurt planted Missio Dei church in Asheville. He and his wife are Cincinnati natives and have recently moved back to the city to plant a new church here in Cincinnati. Kurt will be speaking from Colossians 1:1-14. To prepare for worship, read this passage and ask yourself what it is that Paul wants for believ...

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Preparing for Worship: Christmas Eve and 12/26/10

On Sunday, we'll meet as normal at 10:00 am at John P Parker School (5051 Anderson Place). Since there are traditionally twelve days of Christmas (also known as Christmastide - read about it here), we'll still be singing mostly carols in worship - "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Angels From the Realms of Glory," "On Christmas Day," "O Holy Night," and "To Us a Child is Born." ...

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Preparing for Worship (12/19/10)

This Sunday is the fourth in the Advent season. We'll begin our worship by singing "We Three Kings" - a great carol which talks about journeying to see the Christ child. We'll then have an Advent reading and meditation on the notion of Hope (Romans 15:13)....

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Preparing for Worship (12/12/10)

This Sunday is the third in the Advent season. To prepare for worship, take some time and reflect on the poem below by Madeleine L'Engle. We'll start our worship with the lighting of Advent candles and reading 1 John 4:9-12 which affirms the love of God as the motive for sending Christ into the world. ...

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Preparing for Worship (12/05/10)

This Sunday marks the beginning of the second week of Advent. We'll begin worship with the lighting of Advent candles and readings from Isaiah 9:2 and Luke 2:8-15, where we are reminded that, with Jesus, light has broken into a dark world. ...

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Preparing for Worship (11/28/10)

The season of Advent begins this Sunday. Advent is a time that focuses our attention on Christ’s first coming as well as his Second coming when he will return to redeem all of creation and rule with all power and authority....

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Preparing for Worship (11/21/10)

When Israel was preparing for a new life in the promised land, God gave them the instruction, "You shall keep the Feast of the Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field" (Exodus 23:16). Thanksgiving celebrations were an important part of the people's worship before God. Throughout history, Christians have set aside certain times and days as ...

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Preparing for Worship (11/14/10)

This Sunday we conclude our series in the Gospel of Mark. We'll be focusing on the resurrection of Jesus from Mark 16:1-8. To prepare for worship, read this passage and ask: What difference does the resurrection make? How is my life different because Jesus rose from the dead?...

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Preparing for Worship (11/07/10)

Early on in our worship service we'll confess our sins. We'll do this individually and silently before God, then in a corporate prayer together, and lastly in song as we sing Kyrie Eleison (which means "Lord have mercy"). Just like in any relationship, confessing sins then clears the way for joyful fellowship. And so it is with God. We move forward in worship with joy ...

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Preparing for Worship (10/31/10)

Sunday is Halloween. And even more importantly, it's Reformation Day. Historically, Protestant churches have used this day to reflect on the events of October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Cathedral. ...

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Preparing for Worship (10/24/10)

This week in worship we get to hear a brief report from Barry Schutter, a missionary working with World Harvest Mission in London. Barry, and his wife Amy, work with a church plant (New Life Masih Ghar) which ministers mainly to South Asians living in London....

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Preparing for Worship (10/10/10)

Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course, we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of t...

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Preparing for Worship (10/03/10)

We continue this week in our series "The King and His Kingdom" from the Gospel of Mark. The text on which the teaching is based comes from Mark 10:13-31. In preparation for worship, you might ask the following questions: ...

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Preparing for Worship (10/03/10)

We continue this week in our series "The King and His Kingdom" from the Gospel of Mark. The text on which the teaching is based comes from Mark 10:13-31. In preparation for worship, you might ask the following questions: ...

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Preparing for Worship (09/26/10)

Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course,we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of th...

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Preparing for Worship (09/19/10)

The sermon this week comes from Mark 12:28-34 - "The Great Commandment." It's easy to pass over this passage because it's so familiar to those who grew up in the church. And even for those who don't know the Bible well have probably heard these verses before. In preparation for worship, ask yourself what is so revolutionary about Jesus' statement that causes his origina...

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Preparing for Worship (09/12/10)

Corporate worship is a great thing. We, of course, can worship God on our own and with our families. And we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of ...

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Preparing for Worship (09/05/10)

Since all our sound and A/V equipment is packed away for the move to Parker, we'll have a scaled back, unplugged worship service. We're privileged to have Brian Ferry come and lead us in worship. Brian and his wife Cheryl have been in ministry in Cincinnati for the last decade, and Brian has led worship at churches, conferences, mission trips for children, youth, colleg...

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