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  • Please silence your phone and watch.
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  • If you’d like to give an offering, there are two baskets in the back or you can use the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app.

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8

The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
John 7:35

18 Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! 19 Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? 20 He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
Isaiah 42:18–20

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:3


“ ‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
Acts 28:26–27

“Man’s first faculty is forgetting.” – Albert Camus

“We have heard the fact, let us seek the mystery.” – Augustine

“I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my guide.” – Martin Luther

“How much larger your life would be, if your self could become smaller in it.” – G.K. Chesterton

“True spirituality is not simply the execution of disciplines; it is the cultivation of intimacy… Our target is not discipline, it is devotion… Our pursuit is a Person, not a set of practices.” – Ben Stuart

“He does not promise us unlonely lives. His own life speaks loud of how, in a world where there is little love, love is always lonely. Instead of all these, the answer that he gives, I think, is himself. If we go to him for anything else, he may send us away empty or he may not. But if we go to him for himself, I believe that we go away always with this deepest of all of our hungers filled.” – Frederick Buechner

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18–19

 

SONG

Give Me Faith

I need You to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need You to open my eyes
To see that You’re shaping my life

All I am
I surrender

Give me faith to trust what You say
That You’re good and Your love is great
I’m broken inside I give You my life

I need You to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need You to pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me

‘Cause I may be weak
But Your Spirit’s strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God You never will

 

 

SONG

Great Are You Lord

[Verse]
You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

[Chorus]
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

[Verse]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
All the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You, Lord

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 115:1–11

 

SONG

Another in the Fire

[Verse 1]
There’s a grace when the heart is under fire
Another way when the walls are closing in
And when I look at the space between
Where I used to be and this reckoning
I know I will never be alone

[Chorus 1]
There was another in the fire
Standing next to me
There was another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
Of how I’ve been set free
There is a cross that bears the burden
Where another died for me

There is another in the fire

[Verse 2]
All my debt left for dead beneath the waters
I’m no longer a slave to my sin anymore
And should I fall in the space between
What remains of me and this reckoning
Either way I won’t bow to the things of this world
And I know I will never be alone

[Chorus 2]
There is another in the fire
Standing next to me
There is another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
What power has set me free
There is a grave that holds no body
Now that power lives in me

[Bridge]
I can see the light in the darkness
As the darkness bows to Him
I can hear the roar in the heavens
As the space between wears thin
I can feel the ground shake beneath us
As the prison walls cave in
Nothing stands between us
Nothing stands between us

[Verse 3]
There is no other name
But the Name of Jesus
He who was and still is
And will be through it all
So come what may in the space between
All the things unseen and this reckoning
I know I will never be alone

[Chorus 3]
There’ll be another in the fire
Standing next to me
There’ll be another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
How good You’ve been to me
I’ll count the joy come every battle
‘Cause I know that’s where You’ll be

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fall Groups – Please look over our growing list of Fall Community Groups. Pick one out, and let’s grow in Christ together.

Membership & Baptism – There are membership classes happening. Some of our youth have been learning about communion and our faith, while adults are considering the biblical notion of being “members” of his body. In the coming weeks, several of those folks will be coming to join our body officially during the service, including a baptism. If you (or a family member) have any interest, email Pastor Russ so we can include you in our next class.

Christmas: Outward-Facing – As the Christmas decorations go up in stores and homes (and they already are!), let’s prepare our heart to celebrate the Incarnation. A core value of our church is “outward-facing” because that is precisely who God has revealed himself to be. Advent – the coming of Christ – is an annual reminder that he came to us, and he will come again. That is the joy of Christmas. And it is also a great chance for us to embody that same outward-facing hope through inviting friends and neighbors to worship with us. With that in mind, here is a brief sketch of December, including several great opportunities to invite others:

  • Dec.10: Children’s MinIstry singing in worship
  • Dec.17: Lessons & Carols service 
  • Dec.24: Christmas Eve service 

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GIVING UPDATE
Total 2023 Budget: $850,242
Actual Giving YTD: $593,181
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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
“Do You Not Understand?”

Mark 8:11-21

11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side. 14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

 

SONG

All Who Are Thirsty

All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As deep cries out to deep

Come Lord Jesus come

Holy Spirit come

As deep cries out to deep
As deep cries out to deep
As deep cries out to deep

 

 

BENEDICTION

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Philippians 2:14–15