Mark 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. Register Now!
Join 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
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"
CONCLUDING CAROL "Silent Night"
This 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
This 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
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"]
HYMN OF PRAISE: "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted"
will 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.