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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” — 
Galatians 3:13

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Luke 13:6-9

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:43-45

It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there.
– John Bunyan

Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” 
– Charles Spurgeon

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:1-2

 

SONG

 

This is Amazing Grace

[Verse 1]
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all Kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
and leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

[Chorus]
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That you would take my place
That You would bear my cross

You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

[Verse 2]
Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory
The King above all Kings

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave

[Chorus]

 

SONG

 

Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

[Verse 1]
What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

[Chorus 1]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: All is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 2]
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Savior He will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

[Chorus 2]
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley, He will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 3]
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

[Chorus 3]
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh, the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 4]
With every breath, I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

[Chorus 4]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

 

SCRIPTURE READING
John 15:1-11

“I am the true vine,
    and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that does not bear fruit
    he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
    he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Already you are clean because of the word
    that I have spoken to you.
Abide in me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,
    unless it abides in the vine,
    neither can you, unless you abide in me.

I am the vine; you are the branches.
    Whoever abides in me and I in him,
    he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in me
    he is thrown away like a branch and withers;
and the branches are gathered,
    thrown into the fire, and burned.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
    ask whatever you wish,
    and it will be done for you.
By this my Father is glorified,
    that you bear much fruit
    and so prove to be my disciples.

As the Father has loved me,
    so have I loved you.
    Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments,
    you will abide in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
    and abide in his love.

These things I have spoken to you,
    that my joy may be in you,
    and that your joy may be full.

SONG

 

Lead Me to the Cross

[Verse 1]
Savior I come quiet my soul
Remember, redemption’s hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom

[Pre-Chorus]
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

[Chorus]
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh lead me, lead me to the cross

[Verse 2]
You were as I tempted and tried, human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now You’re risen

[Pre-Chorus]
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
To Your heart
To Your heart
Lead me to Your heart
Lead me to Your heart

[Chorus]

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Men’s Social Coming Up – Hey Guys, mark your calendar for Thursday night, March 14th (7:30-9pm) at HopSaint on 190th and Anza. You can register here and get the exact location. This is a casual time for us to get to know each other better, either through laughter, deep conversation, or just catching little details about someone that leads to stronger bonds in the future. Join us!

Prayerfully Invite Friends and Family – Easter is coming at the end of the month (3/31). Historically, people are more open to being asked and more often willing to attend church on that day. Your leaders are making extra plans to host our guests well, and we encourage you to be praying about whom you might invite, and when you might want to make that offer. The Resurrection of Jesus changes everything, including us! Let us all look for an opportunity to share that joy with our friends and co-workers by inviting them to worship with us.

SPAM ALERT! So many of you/us are not getting e-mails that leaders send out (i.e., Friday e-mail). We recommend you follow these instructions so that you don’t miss our efforts to keep you informed.

Allowlisting an email tells your email provider to place emails from specific senders into your inbox rather than marking those emails as spam. Doing this will help you and your congregation avoid going through your spam or junk folder to find emails from Planning Center.

Allowlisting may look a little different in each email provider, but the basic process involves adding these four domains to your address book:

Select your email provider to learn how to allowlist email addresses in your email account:

After allowlisting those email addresses, Planning Center emails will always appear in your inbox, and these important emails won’t slip through the cracks!

 

MONTHLY FINANCIAL UPDATE
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Jan 2024 Budget: $44,755
Jan 2024 Giving: $40,383
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OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.

 


SERMON
“Cursing, Praying, Debating”
Mark 11:12-14; 20-33

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it…

20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

 

COMMUNION

 

SONG

 

Our God

Water You turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You

Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other

Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God
Our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against

 

 

BENEDICTION

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer’s;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19