Conference on the Reformation

church_steeple_wbkgndMark your cal­en­dar! On Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 1, Christ URC will host a free, one-day con­fer­ence on the Ref­or­ma­tion. Speak­ers include Dr. Michael Hor­ton, Dr. R.S. Clark, and Dr. W. Robert God­frey. Come for an edi­fy­ing day of learn­ing and fel­low­ship as we pause to reflect on the sig­nif­i­cance and bless­ing of the Protes­tant Reformation.

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Service of Lessons & Carols — Christmas Eve

Sandro_Botticelli_080Join us on Christ­mas Eve for CURC’s annual Ser­vice of Lessons & Car­ols on Christ­mas Eve. This wor­ship ser­vice is mod­eled after the Angli­can “Fes­ti­val of Nine Lessons and Carols.” We hear seven lessons from God’s Word from Gen­e­sis to Rev­e­la­tion trac­ing the his­tory of sal­va­tion and its ful­fill­ment in Christ. After each Scrip­ture les­son, we sing a cor­re­spond­ing Christ­mas hymn, prais­ing God for his faith­ful­ness in send­ing the Christ to crush the serpent’s head, res­cue us from sin, and raise our bod­ies from the dead on the last day. Come and wor­ship the King this evening. Veiled in flesh the God­head see, Hail th’incarnate Deity!

Join us on Christ­mas Eve at 6.00pm. The ser­vice runs as follows:

CALL TO WORSHIP

INVOCATION

OPENING CAROL
“God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”

FIRST LESSON
Gen­e­sis 3.1–15

FIRST CAROL
“Hark! the Her­ald Angels Sing”

SECOND LESSON
Gen­e­sis 15.1–6

SECOND CAROL
“Joy to the World”

THIRD LESSON
2 Samuel 7.1–17

THIRD CAROL
“O Lit­tle Town of Bethlehem”

FOURTH LESSON
Isa­iah 7.10–14; 9.2–7; 11.1–9

FOURTH CAROL
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

FIFTH LESSON
Luke 1.26–38; Matt 1.18–25

FIFTH CAROL
“What Child Is This?“

SIXTH LESSON
Luke 2.1–16

SIXTH CAROL
“Angels We Have Heard On High”

SEVENTH LESSON
Rev­e­la­tion 21.1–4, 22–27; 22.1–5

SEVENTH CAROL
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”

PRAYER

OFFERING

CONCLUDING CAROL
“Silent Night”

BENEDICTION

Merry Christ­mas!

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Ten Year Anniversary Celebration: A Family Gathering

Birthday Cupcake With Lit CandleThis Sat­ur­day at 7.00pm, we will cel­e­brate ten years of God’s faith­ful­ness to us as a con­gre­ga­tion. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a whole decade since we began as a mid-week Bible study. The Lord has been good to us over that time, remain­ing faith­ful to his promise to bless us through the power of his Word and sacra­ments. Here is what is on the agenda for the evening:

Christ United Reformed Church Tenth Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion
June 22, 2013 – 7.00pm

OPENING WORDS & PRAYER
Rev. Michael Brown

SONG OF PRAISE
(#408) “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

GUEST SPEAKER
“The Faith­ful­ness of God to His Church”
Rev. Stephen Dono­van, EURC

CONGREGATIONAL SPEAKERS
Jane & Ryan Zatlin
Steve & Dora Ramirez
Junior & Sara Stahlman
Lenore Robinson

GREETINGS FROM AFAR
Rev. Andrea Fer­rari, Milan, Italy

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
“The Impor­tance of Belong­ing to a Local Church”
Dr. Michael Horton

CURC FAMILY PHOTOS
Jason San Agustin

SONG OF THANKSGIVING
(#398) “The Church’s One Foundation”

PRAYER
Rev. Michael Brown

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

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Good Friday Service of Lessons & Psalms

reflections on Christ - crucifixionThis Fri­day at 7.00pm, a spe­cial wor­ship will be called in order for us to hear the events of our Lord’s suf­fer­ing, death, and bur­ial, and to respond with prayer and song. Sim­i­lar to our annual “Ser­vice of Lessons & Car­ols” on Christ­mas Eve, the Good Fri­day Ser­vice of Lessons & Psalms will have seven lessons from Scrip­ture and seven songs (all psalms) cor­re­spond­ing to the lessons. Each les­son will con­tain a read­ing and a short expo­si­tion of the pas­sage. Each psalm we sing proph­e­sies of the events recorded in the Gospels. The ser­vice will also begin and end with pas­sion hymns. So, come to sing and hear of how our Lord loved us and gave him­self for us! “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

The ser­vice is as follows:

CALL TO WORSHIP

INVOCATION

SALUTATION

HYMN OF PRAISE: O Sacred Head Now Wounded

FIRST LESSON: Trial — John 18.28–40
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 41.7–10 [tune: “Dundee”]

SECOND LESSON: Tor­ture — Matthew 27.24–34
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 69.7–11 [tune: “Grafen­berg”]

THIRD LESSON: Cru­ci­fix­ion — John 19.17–24, 28
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 22.12–18 [tune: “Hebron”]

FOURTH LESSON: Revil­ing — Mark 15.25–32
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 109.1–4, 21–27 [tune: “Net­tle­ton”]

FIFTH LESSON: Rejec­tion — Matthew 27.45–49
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 22.1–8 [tune: “Hebron”]

SIXTH LESSON: Death — Luke 23.44–49
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 34.15–20 [tune: “Even­tide”]

SEVENTH LESSON: Bur­ial — John 19.31–42
PSALM OF RESPONSE: Psalm 16.8–11 [tune: “Leomin­ster”]

PRAYER

OFFERING

HYMN OF PRAISE: Stricken, Smit­ten, and Afflicted

BENEDICTION

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THIS GUY

fesko 2will preach at Christ URC this Lord’s Day. Rev. Dr. J.V. Fesko is Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic and His­tor­i­cal The­ol­ogy at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary Cal­i­for­nia and a min­is­ter in the Ortho­dox Pres­by­ter­ian Church. He is also the author of numer­ous good books, such as Jus­ti­fi­ca­tion: Under­stand­ing the Clas­sic Reformed Doc­trine, and Word, Water and Spirit: A Reformed Per­spec­tive on Bap­tism.

Dr. Fesko will preach in the morn­ing Divine Ser­vice and Pas­tor Brown will preach in the evening.

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A Conversation about the Covenants of the Bible

RSC-Library1Pro­fes­sor, author, and radio host R.S. Clark inter­viewed Pas­tor Brown and his col­league Rev. Zach Keele, pas­tor of the Escon­dido OPC, on the pod­cast Office Hours about their book Sacred Bond: Covenant The­ol­ogy Explored. It turned out to be a great con­ver­sa­tion about covenant the­ol­ogy and the mes­sage of the Bible. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram here. Office Hours is also avail­able on iTunes.

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THIS GUY

DJwill preach at Christ URC this Lord’s Day. Dr. Den­nis John­son is Pro­fes­sor of Prac­ti­cal The­ol­ogy at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary Cal­i­for­nia and a min­is­ter in the Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Amer­ica (PCA). He is also the author of numer­ous excel­lent books, such The Tri­umph of the Lamb, which is a help­ful com­men­tary
on the book of Rev­e­la­tion, and Him We Pro­claim, a book on redemptive-historical, Christ-centered
preach­ing. Be sure to greet him after the service.

Pas­tor Brown will preach in the evening ser­vice, con­tin­u­ing his series on the Hei­del­berg Catechism.

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