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CityRise West U Baptist Contemporary Service 3/19/2023
Our contemporary worship service at our West U Baptist campus for Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Locations & Times
  • West U Baptist Church
    6218 Auden St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Domingo 11:00 AM
Sermon Notes

The Top 5 Commercial Jingles of All Time
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Romans 5:6-8
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Why did Jesus Come to Die?
To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners

Let’s Grasp…
1. Our Sinfulness
2. The Wealth of God’s Love and Grace

Romans 5:6-8
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:7
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God’s Love is…
· Expressive in Action
· Extraordinary in its Choice
· Expensive in its Sacrifice
· Extensive in its Offer
· Exclusive in its Bestowment
· Exceptional in its Work
· Eternal in its Blessedness

Why did Jesus Come to Die?
To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners

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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.

Online Commitment Card

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

Easter Baptisms

Easter Sunday, April 9 • All campuses. What better time to make your public profession of faith in Jesus Christ than on Easter? If you or others you know would like to get baptized on Easter, complete our form below.

Easter Sunday Schedule

April 9   On-campus:CityRise Emmanuel Missouri City: 9:30am Community Groups // 11:00am Worship CityRise Missouri City: Worship 9:30am // Community Groups 11am Crosspoint Church-Bellaire: Worship 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am // No Community Groups Iglesia Crosspoint-Bellaire: Worship 1:30pm // No Community Groups West U Baptist: Worship 9:30, 11:00am // No Community Groups West U Chinese Church: Worship 11:00am // No Community Groups   Online at West U Baptist: 9:30am; Crosspoint Church-Bellaire: 11:00am.   Nursery care and KidRally available all morning where offered.

Discipleship Groups

Times vary. Our high school students join a weekly small group at a host home (split by grade and gender). Register below. Boys 9th & 10th grades: Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Boys 11th & 12th grades: Wednesdays 8-9pm; Girls 9th grade: Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Girls 10th grade: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm; Girls 11th grade: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm; Girls 12th grade: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.

CRMC Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 8, 10am • CityRise Missouri City. Bring family and friends to CityRise Missouri City’s Easter Eggstravaganza! Egg hunts, crafts, prizes, candy, the Easter Bunny and more!

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.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Thursday, April 6, 7-8pm • West U Baptist. We are holding a special worship service on Thursday, April 6 to commemorate the night when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and had His last supper. We hope you can come and prepare your heart for Easter weekend through this important night.

Young Adults Spring Picnic

Sunday, April 2, 12:30-4pm • Location TBD. Let’s enjoy the weather with a picnic! Young adults and families are invited for a BBQ picnic on Sunday, April 2 after morning services. We’ll provide BBQ and drinks; feel free to bring snacks, chips, desserts, friends, pets, games, lawn chairs, blankets, anything else! Location coming soon.

Belize: VBS

10th-12th Grade Students • July 2-9 • Orange Walk, Belize • $950. Students will lead Vacation Bible School all week at Ebenezer Church in Chan Pine Ridge as well as host outreach and sports nights and do some light construction work in the community. Apply below.

Belize: Sports Camp

8th-12th Grade Students • July 11-16 • Orange Walk, Belize • $850. Students will lead a sports camp at Ebenezer Church in Chan Pine Ridge in addition to hosting an outreach night and doing some light construction work in the community. Apply below.


First Wednesday of the Month, 6-8pm • Crosspoint Church - Bellaire. Once a month, our middle and high school students gather for a high-energy worship service, teaching, and an after party! For UNITED dates, visit our website.

“Find Your Spot” Local Mission Opportunities

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

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.

Flourishing Disciple Small Group

Wednesdays, March 8 - 29, 6-7:30pm • West U Baptist. Young adults, single or married, are invited to participate in this group focused on connecting into group life.

Blood Drive, “Inner Loop Challenge”

Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25, 9am-1:30pm • West U Baptist. Donate blood on Friday, March 24 or Saturday, March 25 at West U Baptist. Blood donors receive three freebies—a ticket to Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures, a $10 Tango eGift card, and an IHOP Short Stack coupon! Plus, the inner loop campus (i.e. West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church – Bellaire) that donates the most blood receives treats on Sunday, April 2, and the losing campus pastor must wear a college jersey of the winning pastor’s choice! Help your campus win by choosing your time to donate below. Can't make it on the dates above? Donate through any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Neighborhood Center or Drive through March 27 and use code CC18 to have your donation count!

Men’s Retreat

April 14 – 15 • Camp Cho Yeh, Livingston, TX • $75 (scholarships available). Guys, take some time away from the city and busy schedules for a one-night retreat for men of all ages at the scenic Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas. Hear an inspirational, biblical talk from guest speaker Mike VanHoozer and enjoy outdoor activities such as cornhole, disc golf, fishing, and more. Register today!

Wednesday Nights: Choir, Slugs and Bugs, BLAST!

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm • West U Baptist. Wednesday nights are a ton of fun for our kids in Pre-K through 5th grade! Children can join one of our choirs from 5:30-6:30pm then attend their weekly class: Slugs & Bugs (Pre-K – 2nd grade) or BLAST! (3rd – 5th grades). Register below.

Open Door, Spring 2023 Session

Tuesdays, January 10 – April 25, 9am-12pm • NEW LOCATION: West U Baptist Gym. Open Door, our arts and crafts ministry, has been around since 1971! If you want to learn a new hobby or hone your craft while fellowshipping with others, this is the perfect place to do so! Register on our website.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 9am-12pm • Evelyn’s Park, Bellaire. One of our biggest kids events of the year! The Easter Egg Hunt returns to Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire and will include the popular egg hunt, face painting, bounce houses, raffle prizes, and food trucks!

Summer Internship

May 30 – August 6, 2023 • Paid! The CityRise Student Ministry is looking for summer interns! We’re looking for young adults who graduated high school at least by 2021 and are willing to both assist and lead during the summer in our Student Ministry activities. For more requirements and to apply, visit the following link.

VBS, “Twists and Turns”

June 5 – 9 • West U Baptist • For kids entering K-5thGrade fall 2023 • 9-12pm Free. Spin the spinner, beat the clock, skip ahead, level up, and play to win! You’ll need to bring you’re A-game for this VBS. “Twists & Turns” is a fantastical celebration of games of all kinds. From classic tabletop games to video games and more, kids will play their way through VBS while learning that Jesus guides them through all the twists and turns of their lives and that, even when they mess up, it’s never “game over.” Registrations, including to volunteer, can be found at the following link.

Kids Camp

June 13 – 16 • Trinity Pines • For kids entering 3rd – 6th grade fall 2023 • $380. We have an exciting camp planned for our older elementary-aged children after the school year ends! Kids Camp at Trinity Pines! Lock in the start of your child’s summer and register below.

Super Summer Stuff

Four different weeks offered from June 19 – July 21,* 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 on our website. *Closed the week of July 4.

Missions Spotlight

We have many mission trips planned for 2023 including Guatemala, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Ecuador, Krakow, Honduras, and more. Visit our website for a calendar of opportunities and the chance to apply!

Spring Retreat

April 21 – 23 • Camp Cho-Yeh, Livingston, TX • $175. Get away for a fun and powerful weekend outdoors with your friends and peers at Camp Cho-Yeh. Register below.


June 12-26 • Panama City Beach, FL • $575. BigStuf is a high-energy, Christian camp geared for high school students. This camp can be a life-changing experience, so sign up today.

CityRise Men’s Bible Study

Tuesdays, 6:00a • West U Baptist and Zoom. Biblical deep dives for men. Come to West U Baptist by 6:00a each Tuesday.

Illustrate Your Faith

Every other Sunday, January 29 – April 23, 3-5pm • West U Baptist. Learn new artistic techniques through this Bible journaling experience that combines God’s Word with visual arts! You’ll be led through a different mixed-media art lesson each class to visually process a chapter in Psalms. No prior art experience required, and all art supplies will be provided! Register below.

Student Life Middle School Camp

July 22-26 • Mt. Lebanon Conference Center, Cedar Hill, TX • $375. Student Life Camp will provide middle school students with a week of quality time together, learning more about Jesus, discipleship, and fellowship. Guest pastor: Jared Darby. Register below.
Sanctuary Choir • Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm • West U Baptist. Love to sing in worship? Why not join the choir? Our West U Baptist Classic service (Sundays, 8:30am) sings both traditional hymns and contemporary songs with an incredible choir to lead the way. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm at West U Baptist. No audition required!


Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. MidRise is our weekly Wednesday night hang out for middle school students! Dinner, games, fellowship, and small group lessons. Register at the following link.

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.

Prime Time Singers

Thursdays, 10-11:30am • West U Baptist. If you are a senior adult and love to sing, then Prime Time Singers is for you! PTS meets every Thursday from 10-11:30am in Fowler Chapel.

“Dive In,” new Community Group

Sundays, 9:45am • West U Baptist. A new community group designed for those who are new to the church or new to the faith. This class is designed to provide the who, what, when, where, and how we function as a church, what we believe and how to connect in community and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

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.
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

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.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Register for 2022-2023! • Every other Monday, September 12 – May 15Crosspoint 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 our website.

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.

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.

ESL Classes

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

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.

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!

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.

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!