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- Please silence your phone and watch.
- Name tags are a great start to a meaningful connection. Thanks for wearing one.
- 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
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…
1 Peter 3:14-18
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
- Jim Elliot
“Eighty-six years I have served Jesus, and he has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who has saved me?”
– Polycarp (being given the chance to recant before his martyrdom)
WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble.
Let the Peoples Praise You
You have called us out of darkest night
Into Your glorious light
That we may sing the wonders of
The risen Christ
May our every breath retell the grace
That broke into our strife
With boundless love and deepest joy
With endless life
May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus
All the earth is Yours and all within
Each harvest is Your own
And from Your hand we give to You
To make Christ known
May the seeds of mercy grow in us
For those who have not heard
May songs of praise build lives of grace
To spread Your Word
This our holy privilege to declare
Your praises and Your name
To every nation, tribe and tongue
Your church proclaims
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
All creation praise Your glorious Name
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb
He’s coming on the clouds
kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break
as broken hearts declare His praise
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the Lamb
the Lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow
before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before Him
So open up the gates
make way before the King of kings
The God who comes to save
is here to set the captives free
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is Thee
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You
Clothed in rainbows of living color
Flashes of lighting rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor strength and glory and power be
To You the only wise King
Filled with wonder awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name
Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water
Such a marvelous mystery
You are holy, holy
Are You Lord God, Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb, worthy is the Lamb
MISSIONS Moment – Missions Month
Rebecca Wu, Missions Team Member
Meet King’s Cross Church! Today! October 8, 2023. Hosted at Pastor Russ’s home not far from the school. For newer people to get to know our church and some leaders. Lunch will be included! Register HERE.
Fall Groups – Please look over our growing list of Fall Community Groups. Pick one out, and let’s grow in Christ together.
Prayer Focus (A.C.T.S.) – This group starts on Tuesday (10/10), and it’s led by Sarah and Johnny Park. Join them for a time of prayer, praise, and devotion, through the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). Please register for which days to attend, as the space only allows for 10 people per meeting. Click HERE for details and to let us know you’re coming.
Men’s Social MeetUP – Thursday, October 12 (7:30-9pm) at HopSaint, 5160 W 190th St., Torrance, CA 90503. The 2nd Thursday of the Month the Men’s CG meets socially at a local establishment to just hang out and get to know each other. Men can join these social nights without feeling obligated to join the sermon studies on the other nights (1st & 3rd Thursdays). We would be happy just to meet and get to know you! The location will change each month, so please pay attention to the location for the particular date and please “sign up” HERE so we have a better idea of the table size we will need.
Friday Night Bible Book Study in Hermosa in Hosea (10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1): Led by Chris Lau. At each session, we come prepared to share an observation, a question, the meaning of the passage, and an application. We hope you can join us! For more details and to register click HERE.
WOMEN | Thursday Night Bible Book Study: Women’s Accountability. Women committed to attending Chris Lau’s Friday Bible Book Studies are invited to gather together on the alternating weeks for accountability and prayer. Discussion is based on reflections from the prior week’s study. Meets every other Thursday evening at 7 pm. Hosting locations rotate among group members. For more details and to register click HERE.
Women’s Fellowship Breakfast (10/21, 9AM) – Ladies, join us for breakfast in a few weeks at Urth Caffe South Bay in Hawthorne (4940 W 147th St). This is an opportunity to gather together casually and get to know one another over coffee/breakfast. Please register HERE.
Kids and Dads Playtime (10/21, 9AM) Chris Lau and Nick Young will be hosting a gathering for dads and kids at Holly Glen Park. For those that wish to attend the Women’s Fellowship Breakfast and need someone to watch their little ones, register HERE so we can coordinate.
Two-Week Missions Seminar: “You and the Global Church” – Tragically, it is common in America today for followers of Jesus to neglect praying for, actively supporting, or giving much thought to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). What is the gift we are missing? What could it look like instead for us and families here in the South Bay? Join us for a two-part conversation about God’s heart for all people groups, His calling for some to leave the comforts of home, and His invitation to all believers – including you – to partner in this work. We’ll meet on Sundays, 10/22 & 10/29 at 8:30am. Register HERE.
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.
“Head on a Platter”
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?