CityRise Network
CityRise West U Baptist Blended Service 7/3/2022
Our West U Baptist Blended Livestream for Sunday, July 3, 2022.
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  • CityRise Network
    domingo 11:00 AM
  • West U Baptist Church
    6218 Auden St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    domingo 11:00 AM

Watch Live!

Join us for our livestream at 8:30 am by opening this link on your computer or mobile device, while you follow along with the service below! You can worship with others in real time, connecting with staff and church family members while the premiere is in progress.

https://cityriseorg.online.church/

Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)

Check out one of our favorite versions of our first worship song for today by clicking this link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3BBdPuSkbU

House of the Lord

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8uKldEUrPE

Goodness of God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y81yIo1_3o8

America the Beautiful

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIWA-tjJuNo

I Stand Amazed

Check out one of our favorite versions of our fifth worship song for today by clicking this link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciI0mq9s3Bs
Sermon Notes

Three truths about being a part of the family of God…
1. We are adopted into God’s family.
2. We should each have a family resemblance.
3. There is a lot of love in this family.

1 John 3:1-3
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Ephesians 1:4-6
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Galatians 3:26
…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

2 Samuel 9:1-13
And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.”3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's grandson.10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master's grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master's grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David's[a] table, like one of the king's sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba's house became Mephibosheth's servants. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king's table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

1 John 3:2b-3
…and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Three truths about being a part of the family of God…
1. We are adopted into God’s family.
2. We should each have a family resemblance.
3. There is a lot of love in this family.

1 John 3:4-10
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:9-10
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
· We demonstrate our christ-likeness when we resist sin and we pursue righteousness.

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Three truths about being a part of the family of God…
1. We are adopted into God’s family.
2. We should each have a family resemblance.
3. There is a lot of love in this family.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:23-24
23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and Godin him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

O Praise the Name

Check out one of our favorite versions of our final worship song for today by clicking this link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uwYIbcXPt4

Thanks for Joining Us!

If you're a guest, make sure to click this link to fill out a connect form so someone on our team can reach out to you this week, and check out the links below for more opportunities to get involved in our church family.

https://cityrise.org/forms/connection-card/

Deep and Wide: Extending Our Roots to Broaden Our Reach

Our goal is to develop discipleship through stewardship and generosity as we seek after God, growing both deeper and wider in lifting our city and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is doing big things on our campuses and in our communities, and your involvement is key. See how and what we’re looking forward to by going to the following link for videos, the curriculum, FAQs, and more.

https://cityrise.org/deepandwide/

Online Commitment Card

Committing online is quick and easy! Complete a card at the link below.

https://cityrise.org/deepandwide/commitment/

Community Groups

9:45-10:45 am. In the room and on Zoom! Visit the link for classes and instructions on how to acquire a Zoom link.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/adults/community-groups/

“Find Your Spot” Local Mission Opportunities

Lift our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Opportunities with local ministry partners at the following link.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/community-ministries/
CityRise Apologetics • CCv2 “Science + Faith = BFFs” Capturing Christianity Conference • August 4 - 6 • Crosspoint Church - Bellaire • See description for cost and special church member discount! CityRise Apologetics presents the Capturing Christianity “Science + Faith = BFFs” conference! We’re excited to have Capturing Christianity return to our Crosspoint campus. Featured speakers this year include William Lane Craig, Dr. Jim Tour, Sy Garte, Zachary Ardern, Erica Carlson, Tyler McNabb, Andrew Moon, Josh Swamidass, Michael Jones, and Marcus Ross. Tickets: $185 all-access (Capturing Christianity patrons only), $85 general admission. Church members use code AUGUSTAPOLOGETICS for a free general admission ticket!

“Home for Summer” Community Group

Sundays, June 5 – August 14 • West U Baptist, Room 212. Are you a college student or recent graduate who's in town for the summer? Then plug in to the “Home for Summer” Community Group while you're here! We will study Tim Keller's The Reason for God to help you stand firm in your faith. 

https://cityrise.org/ministries/young-adults/

Food Drive and Blood Drive

Friday, July 8 Saturday, July 9, 9am-1:30pm • Crosspoint Church – Bellaire • Blood donor giveaway: ¼-Zip Pullover. Donate food and donate blood on Friday, July 8 or Saturday, July 9 at Crosspoint Church-Bellaire. Sign up for donating blood is required! Blood donors receive a ¼-zip, long-sleeve pullover. Find out what food items are needed and sign up below.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/community-ministries/

Here’s My Junk, Lord: Journal Workshop

Sunday, July 31, 3-5pm • West U Baptist. Join us for a creative workshop to make a “junk journal” to capture what’s on our hearts. A junk journal is a handmade book made of recycled items such as papers from a scrap pack, books, magazines, music sheets, envelopes, packaging, maps, greeting cards, etc. It’s the perfect place to sort what lies in our hearts. Art supplies will be provided, but please provide one “pack” of paper to share (e.g. an old book you can rip pages out of, a pack of decorative scrapbook paper, a piano music book, an atlas, etc. They don’t need to be blank!) Register on our website.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/adults/women/

MidRise Camp

July 25-28 • Camp Takula, Chester, TX • $325. Out at Camp Takula in Chester, Texas, middle schoolers will have a great week at camp together! For students currently in 5th-8th grade. Register on our website.

https://cityrise.org/students/

Students Summer Activities

All Summer. We have something happening practically every day for our middle and high school students this summer! Movie Mondays. Takeout Tuesday. Wednesday Night Rally. Thursday Hangout. High School Community Group. Dates, registrations, and info can all be found at the link below.

https://cityrise.org/students/

Free Food Boxes and Bibles

Sundays • CityRise Missouri City. CityRise Missouri City prepares a handful of food boxes for families who need them. If you are in need of food or know someone who does, please inquire at CityRise Missouri City. We are also providing free Bible in both English and Spanish for anyone who needs one.

https://cityrise.org/locations/cityrise-missouri-city/

Weekly Food Boxes

Sundays • CityRise Missouri City. CityRise Missouri City prepares a handful of food boxes for families who need them. If you are in need of food or know someone who does, please inquire at CityRise Missouri City.

https://cityrise.org/locations/cityrise-missouri-city/

A Children’s Village Preschool, 2022-2023 Registration

Registration is open for the 2022-2023 school year in A Children’s Village! Registration forms can be picked up in person or downloaded online at the following link. Registration fee payment is required to complete enrollment. Limited availability! Call the ACV desk at 713-667-5180 for availability.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/birth-through-5th-grade/preschool/

CityRise Co-Lab

Tuesdays, 9:30am-3:30pm • West U Student Building. Need a workspace to study or for a group project? Students and young professionals are invited to CityRise Co-Lab! Working spaces available from 9:30a-3:30p, with food and spiritual encouragement provided during lunch. 

https://cityrise.org/ministries/young-adults/

Super Summer Stuff

Four different weeks offered from June 20 – July 22,* Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm • For 18mos through completing 5th Grade • See site for pricing. Looking for a camp packed with fun? You've found it! Led by a team of super friendly and energetic counselors, Super Summer Stuff will definitely be one of your child's favorite experiences this summer with four themed weeks to choose from! Prices and availability vary depending on the age or graduating grade of the child. Lock in the start of your child’s summer and register below. *Closed the week of July 4.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/birth-through-5th-grade/kidstuff/

CityRise Missions

Opportunities throughout the year in many countries. Find your opportunity to lift our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Destinations, dates, and our application form can be found on our website.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/missions-global/
West U Baptist & Crosspoint Church – Bellaire • Prayer Team • Sundays during worship services. Help lift up our West U and Crosspoint services through prayer while each service is happening. If you are interested, please email Mary Ann Bridgwater at ptw@maryannbridgwater.com.

CityRise Recovery Worship Services

Last Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm-7:30pm • Crosspoint Student Building. CityRise Recovery is an exciting new worship service designed for anyone who has struggled with addictions or who has addiction in their family. This monthly service will feature dynamic messages on biblical principles of recovery as well as uplifting worship that brings hope to those in pain. Services will be led by Dr. Mark Denison, a pastor for 31 years, author of ten books on recovery, and founder of There’s Still Hope, a national recovery ministry. Have questions? Complete our form at the following link.

https://cityrise.org/recovery/

Thursday Night Schedule

6-9pm • CityRise Missouri City. Thursday nights at CityRise Missouri City will have something for everybody. Classes and choir for kids, a Spanish class, a fitness class, GED preparation, and open gym for everyone. For more detailed schedule information, visit our website.

https://cityrise.org/locations/cityrise-missouri-city/

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Register for 2022-2023! • Crosspoint Church - Bellaire. MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women, and leaders in relationship with Jesus and in partnership with the local church. Join us to hear from talented speakers and time to fellowship and connect with other mothers. Childcare option available! For more information and to register, visit 

https://cityrise.org/ministries/adults/women/mops/

The CityRise Podcast

Drs. Roger Patterson and Mark Edworthy sit down and interview representatives of our CityRise partners to share what they’re doing in our city. New episodes on the first and third Thursdays each month! Find episodes at the following link.

https://cityrise.org/podcast/the-cityrise-podcast/

Food Distribution with Attack Poverty

Every Thursday, 10-11:30am • CityRise Missouri City. Help our friends and neighbors in Missouri City by distributing food provided by Attack Poverty. Sign up for your spot each week by going to the following link.

https://cityrise.org/ministries/community-ministries/

ESL Classes

Dates, Times, and Locations Vary • Free! Sundays: 11 – Noon, West U Baptist (ESL Bible Study); Sundays: 12:30 – 1:45pm, Crosspoint Church – Bellaire; Wednesdays: 6 – 8pm, West U Baptist (starting July 6); Thursdays: 7-8pm, CityRise Missouri City 

https://cityrise.org/ministries/esl/

The Almost Amazing Dinner Party Podcast

The CityRise Network has begun a new podcast for families who are seeking to raise children who love and follow Jesus entitled The Almost Amazing Dinner Party! Featuring our Children’s Director, Jennifer Dennis, and our Media Arts Pastor, Justin Kellough. You can find The Almost Amazing Dinner Party podcast on your favorite podcast provider or on our CityRise site.

https://cityrise.org/podcast/the-almost-amazing-dinner-party/

STCH Ministries Family Counseling Facebook Group

Struggling with anxiety? Depression? Family issues or more? South Texas Children’s Home is excited to provide this free resource to provide ways to cope during this season as well as encouragement and hope through counseling resources. Click this link to join or forward it on!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/548687509114723/?utm_source=STCH%20Ministries%20Email%20Communication&utm_campaign=e4ad4ce074-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_09_02_39_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bd37b2362-e4ad4ce074-111599635

Empowered Homes

Free Marriage, Parenting, and Personal Growth resource site operated by Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX. Empowered Homes is a site full of incredible, Christian resources to help during this pandemic and after. Visit the following link for free access to countless video, audio, and text-based material designed to guide us as individuals, as spouses, and as parents . . . whatever your stage of life.

https://empoweredhomes.org/

Give Online

If you want to partner with us to give towards the work that God is doing in Houston and around the world with our partners, please take some time to check out our online giving options. Click this link for more!

https://cityrise.org/give/