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The Lord’s Day Worship Service

February 24, 2013 ~ The Second Sunday of Lent ~ New City Church Calgary
Welcome We are glad you have joined us today. Whether you are a Christian seeking to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, or a skeptic looking for answers, or someone who is struggling to make sense of life and are looking for a caring community, you are warmly welcome here. We’re glad you came. There is a nursery available for kids aged 0-2 years. Kids are always welcome in the service with us too. After the Service Please stay around for some refreshments after the service and meet someone new. If we haven’t met you before, please come say “Hello.” We’d like to make that connection. Pastors John Ferguson & Mike Ivancic

 Reflections & Preparation for Worship  O God, by your power may we, together with all the saints, comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with your fullness. Amen. ~ based on Ephesians 3:18-19
“When I really enjoy God, I feel my desires for him the more insatiable and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable…; Oh, for holiness! Oh, for more of God in my soul! Oh, this pleasing pain! It makes my soul press after God….”
~ David Brainerd (1718-1747), from The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

“When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent’, He mean that the entire life of believers is to be one of [continual] repentance.”
~ Martin Luther (1483-1546), the German Reformer

“Sin so bewitches the soul, that it makes the soul call evil good, and good evil; bitter sweet and sweet bitter, light darkness and darkness light….”
~ Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

“The first great secret of holiness lies in the degree and the decisiveness of our repentance. If besetting sins persistently plague us, it is either because we have never truly repented, or because having repented, we have not maintained our repentance. It is as if, having nailed our old nature to the cross, we keep wistfully returning to the scene of its execution. We begin to fondle it, to caress it, to long for its release, even to try and take it down again from the cross. We need to learn to leave it there. When some jealous, or proud, or malicious, or impure thought invades our mind we must kick it out at once. It is fatal to begin to examine it and consider whether we are going to give in to it or not. We have declared war on it; we are not going to resume negotiation. We have settled the issue for good; we are not going to re-open it. We have crucified the flesh; we are never going to [with]draw the nails.” 1

~ John Stott (1921-2011), Anglican minister, The Message of Galatians

 God Calls Us To Worship  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. ~ Psalm 150:6
The Call to Worship Leader: Unison: ~ based on Psalm 84:1-2, 10-12

Show us Your steadfast love, O God, and grant us Your salvation. How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Our souls long, yes, faint for the courts of the Lord. Our hearts and our flesh will sing for joy to the living God, for a single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! For the Lord God is our Light and our Shield; the Lord bestows favor and honour. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord Almighty, blessed are those who trust in You! “His Name is Jesus”

Leader:

Unison:

Hymns of Praise & Worship All hail the power of Jesus’ name Let angels prostrate fall Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race Ye ransomed from the fall Hail Him who saves us by His grace And crown Him Lord of all Hail Him who saves you by His grace And crown Him Lord of all chorus His name is Jesus Risen Lamb, for sinners slain His name is Jesus “King of Glory” Lift up your gaze, be lifted up Tell everyone how great the love The love come down from heaven’s gate To kiss the earth with hope and grace Sing, Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty!
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All creation sings the praise Of Jesus name Let every kindred, every tribe On this terrestrial ball To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all (repeat chorus) O that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall We’ll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all We’ll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all

Lift up your hands, be lifted up Let the redeemed declare the love And we bow down at heaven’s gate To kiss the feet of hope and grace Sing, Who is this King of glory?

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The Lord, strong and mighty! There is one God, He is holy There is one Lord over everything There is one King, He is Jesus King of glory, strong and mighty!
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You are the King of glory The Lord, strong and mighty!
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 God Graciously Renews Us in Christ  Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love, in your great tenderness wipe away my offenses; wash me thoroughly from my guilt, purify me from my sin. ~ Psalm 51:1-2
Call to Confession Leader: Listen to the testimony of the psalmist, “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Prayer of Confession ~ Silent confession and reflection. The Words of the Gospel Leader: Hear the Good News: The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just To forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Songs of Response “How Deep” You were broken that I might be healed You were cast off that I might draw near You were thirsty that I might come drink Cried out in anguish that I might sing How deep is Your love How high and how wide is Your mercy How deep is Your grace Our hearts overflow with praise to You ~ Psalm 145:14; based on 1 John 1:8-9 ~ based on Psalm 32:3-4, NLT

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You knew darkness that I might know light Wept great tears that mine might be dried Stripped of glory that I might be clothed Crushed by Your Father to call me Your own “How High And How Wide” No eye has seen And no ear has heard And no mind has ever conceived The glorious things That You have prepared for everyone Who has believed You brought us near And You called us Your own And made us joint heirs With Your Son chorus: How high and how wide How deep and how long How sweet and how strong Is Your love How lavish Your grace How faithful Your ways How great is Your love O Lord Objects of mercy Who should have known wrath We're filled with unspeakable joy Riches of wisdom unsearchable wealth And the wonder of knowing Your voice You are our treasure And our great reward Our hope and our glorious King (repeat chorus)

 God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life  Lord Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life! Let your word dwell in us richly, that whatever we do, in word or deed, we may do everything in Your name, giving thanks to the Father through You. ~ based on John 6:68, Colossians 3:16-17
Today’s Scripture Lesson: JAMES 1:13-15 “The Pathology of Temptation”
John Ferguson, Lead Pastor

1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Leader: Unison: This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
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 God Feeds Us His Covenant Meal  From the east and the west, from the north and the south, people will come and take their places at the banquet in the Kingdom of God. ~ based on Luke 13:29
A Word About Participating in The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper The Lord’s Supper is a special family meal that Christ gave to His Bride, the Church. For Christians, this meal is a time to receive these signs and seals of the New Covenant which Christ has established with them. Believers come to this Table to meet with their Lord and Saviour by faith, to be renewed by Him and strengthened in their callings and mission as they eat the bread and drink the wine. Therefore, all baptized Christians who trust in Christ alone as their Lord and Saviour and who are connected to a church that proclaims his Gospel are invited to come to the Table. If you are not yet a Christian, or if for whatever reason you are not prepared to share in this meal, we would encourage you to spend this time in prayer (perhaps using one of the prayers listed below). Consider the invitation of Jesus, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst…for my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:35, 40). We would ask that children who have not yet professed belief in the Lord Jesus also refrain from partaking until doing so. The pastor would be delighted to speak to families about what it means to participate in the Lord’s Supper. The Words of Institution

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper Please come forward by rows to the center aisle and form a semi-circle in front of the Table to receive the bread and the wine. When finished, place your cup at the side tables and proceed to your seat via the outer isles. If you are unable to come forward we would be delighted to serve you at your seat. New City Church uses wine in serving the Lord’s Supper. We would encourage you to take of the wine since it is a symbol of joy and celebration in Scripture. However, juice is also provided if you cannot drink wine due to health reasons or issues of conscience. Prayers for Those Not Communing A Prayer Searching for the Truth: Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except by you. If what you claim is true, please guide me and teach me. Open to me the reality of who you are. Grant that I might be undaunted in following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing,

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and leads to the eternal life that you promise. Amen. A Prayer of Trust in the Lord Jesus: Jesus, I confess that I am more broken, flawed, and sinful than I had ever before dared to admit. Yet you tell me that I am more loved than I ever dared to hope, and that you accept all who turn to you in simple faith. I am doing that right now. I thank you for taking the justice that my sins deserved when you died on the Cross. I eagerly trust you for the forgiveness for my sins, and I receive from you now the eternal life that you promise to all who come to you. Amen. A Prayer for Those Struggling with Sin: Lord Jesus, you know the battle that rages within my heart. Grant that in my battles with sin, I may see in you the fulfillment of all my needs. Give me strength to turn from every false satisfaction to find my ultimate joy in you. Enable me to lay aside the sin that clings so closely to me, and fill me with your Spirit to run with perseverance the race you have set before me, looking to you, the pioneer and champion of my faith. Amen. A Prayer for Children (who have yet to profess faith): Jesus, the Bible tells me that you blessed kids like me. Help me to know who you are and to understand what you have done for me. Amen. Communion Hymns “We Hunger and Thirst” Exalted Son of glory humbly came down Wounded for the broken, bore the sinner’s crown Through the willing death You died You became our Bread of Life chorus Jesus, we hunger and thirst for You, Lord As we remember Your sacrifice We see the wounds from Your hands and pierced side Extravagant love! Oh how great the price Now our lives are Yours The priceless blood of Jesus, this gracious cup A life spring overflowing, poured out for us He has conquered every sin For the ones who trust in Him (repeat chorus) The cup we drink, the bread we eat Reminds us You are all we need And makes us long for Your wedding feast (repeat chorus)

"Amazing Love (You Are My King)" I'm forgiven because you were forsaken I'm accepted, You were condemned I'm alive and well Your spirit is within me Because you died and rose again chorus Amazing love, how can it be? That You, my King, would die for me Amazing love, I know it's true It’s my joy to honor You In all I do I’ll honor you I'm forgiven because you were forsaken I'm accepted, you were condemned I'm alive and well Your spirit is within me Because you died and rose again (repeat chorus) You are my king You are my king Jesus, You are my king Jesus, You are my king

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“Praise the Father, Praise the Son” O sov’reign God, O matchless King The saints adore, the angels sing And fall before the throne of grace To You belongs the highest praise These sufferings, this passing tide Under Your wings I will abide And every enemy shall flee You are my hope and victory chorus: Praise the Father, praise the Son Praise the Spirit, Three in One Clothed in power and in grace The name above all other names To the valley, for my soul Thy great descent has made me whole Your word my heart has welcomed home Now peace like water ever flows (repeat chorus) Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the power, Yours is the glory forever!

 God Receives Our Offerings  “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
~ Jesus, in Matthew 6:20-21

The Prayers of the People Leader: Unison: “Let us pray…”
(The leader prays for specific requests as the assembly prays along with him).

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debt As we also have forgiven our debtors And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

The language of debt/debtor is not to be understood primarily in a financial sense but in the moral/ theological sense of our indebtedness due to our sins against God and others, or the sins others may have committed against us.

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For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, Now and forever. Amen. The Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings This collection of our tithes and offerings is for those who consider New City Church their church family and regularly benefit from her ministry and want to invest in her mission. If you are visiting with us, please feel no obligation to give. Hymn of Praise & Worship “The Church’s One Foundation” 1. The church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord She is His new creation By water and the Word From heaven He came and sought her To be His holy bride With His own blood He bought her And for her life He died 2. Elect from every nation Yet one o’er all the earth Her charter of salvation On Lord on faith, one birth One holy Name she blesses Partakes on holy food And to one hope she presses With every grace endued 3. The church shall never perish Her dear Lord to defend To guide, sustain and cherish Is with her to the end Our Confession of Faith Leader: Unison: Though there be those that hate her And false sons in her pale Against a foe or traitor She ever shall prevail 4. Mid toil and tribulation And tumult of her war She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore ‘Til, with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blessed And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest 5. Yet she on earth union With God the Three in One And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won O happy ones and holy Lord, give us grace that we Like them, the meek and lowly On high may dwell with Thee Heidelberg Catechism #1

Christian, what is your only comfort in life and in death? That I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—not to myself but to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil… …that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven, not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him!

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“God has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” ~ from Micah 6:8

God Sends Us Out Into The World With His Blessing 

Leader: People:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13). Amen.

 Community Life 
Thanks for visiting New City Church! We’re delighted to have had you with us today. If you are looking for a place to explore Christianity and its life-changing relevance, we hope that you will find New City Church a safe place to ask questions and to grow in your understanding of the person and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have any questions about New City Church, Christianity, or the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth, please don’t hesitate to ask us. You can contact Pastor John at john@newcitychurch.ca or call 403.991.5555. If you work in the downtown area, touch base with Pastor Mike Ivancic who also works in downtown. You can contact Mike at mike@newcitychurch.ca or call 403.828.2241. Join us Sunday evenings for the life changing video series by well-known author & speaker, RC Sproul As a part of our focus on spiritual growth and renewal during the season of Lent, we are embarking on a 6 week study of he video series, “The Holiness of God,” by Dr. RC Sproul. Pastor John has this to say: “This video series and book by Dr. RC Sproul greatly enlarged my vision of our holy God and revolutionized my spiritual life by giving me a deeper understanding of the Cross of Jesus Christ. I have literally not been the same since I encountered this as a university student. I cannot commend it highly enough.”

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Sunday evenings from 6-7pm @ New City Church Each video is approximately 30 minutes long; discussion to follow Childcare provided from toddler to age 10

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Question #8: What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments? Answer: First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works. • Designed to be used by individuals, families, & churches to learn the basic beliefs of Christianity. • Check it out: http://www.newcitycatechism.com or http://newcitychurch.ca  resources

Kid's Club Easter Celebration: Saturday, March 16, 4-6pm @ New City Church Children ages 4-11 are invited to join us in celebrating what Jesus has done for us. Parent's are asked to bring an Easter snack to share. New friends welcome! For more information or to register your kid(s) with Lori or to sign up to volunteer at 5blakeleys@gmail.com. Be Ready: Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World – March 8 & 9, 2013 As ambassadors for Christ, Christians are called not only to communicate the Gospel to others, but also to be ready to answer questions that others may ask us about the hope that we have. This conference is an excellent opportunity to become better equipped for just such a task. New City Church is teaming up with Faith Beyond Belief, Centre Street Church, and Biola University to sponsor a conference bringing in some of the top Christian thinkers of our era to help equip you to articulate and defend the faith. William Lane Craig, Sean McDowell, JP Moreland, Clay Jones and Craig Hazen will all be speaking at this first of its kind conference in Calgary. Our own Pete de Jong is chairing the Faith Beyond Belief committee organizing this conference, and Pastor John Ferguson will be teaching a break-out session. For more details or to register, go to www.BeReadyCalgary.ca. Western Canada Presbytery Retreat There will be retreat in Canmore from May 2 - 4 this spring. The retreat is being organized by Presbytery but is for church members from all of the Western Canadian churches. The speaker is Jerram Barrs who is a faculty member at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. The retreat theme is "Learning Evangelism from Jesus". More information, be sure to pick up a brochure in the foyer, or speak to Don Kitchener (don@newcitychurch.ca). For those wishing to attend you need to register for the retreat separately from booking your stay in the hotel. The deadline for the reduced early bird rate for the retreat registration is March 1. The hotel booking should be made before April 1. ESL Bible Study At The LeBlanc’s House Every third Sunday of the month at 2:30 at the LeBlanc’s house. All are welcome. For more information, contact Richard or Marie (richard_marie@shaw.ca). New City Church Online. Visit us NCC online at www.NewCityChurch.ca. Here, you can find our sermons & sermon notes posted. You can also subscribe to our sermons via iTunes. Just search for “New City Church Calgary” and you can find us on iTunes. We’re also on Facebook & have a blog for those who are not on Facebook as well. All is accessible via www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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Weekly Servants Schedule

All songs used by permission.
CCLI license # 273300. Parts of the worship service are adapted from or reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, c. 2004, CRC Publications.

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