This annual service is a tradition that is so special for so many. This morning we celebrated the hope that we have in Christ as we heard from students that attend our school, CityHope Schools, sang Christmas carols, prayed with one another as we look to a new year, and finished the service by sharing Communion with one another as a church family.
With Pastor Ted still without his voice, he and Linda give a powerful message this morning on the power of gift giving by reminding us of the the gifts we have been given. This service was a party. At the end of the service every person in attendance received a wrapped gift for themselves to take home and a gift to give to someone else this next week as a gift from the church.
Today we were so honored to have The Taylors with us. Jay and Cheryl Taylor were once on staff here at CityHope when they were Youth Pastors many many years ago. God has lead them on an amazing journey that has now taken them to Africa as first time missionaries and they are in their 50’s to teach and deploy church planters for the continent of Africa.
With Pastor Ted sick we are honored to have Marilyn Hume share with us from God’s word about the amazing season of hope that we are entering this month. Hope is powerful and is something that truly lifts the spirit and energizes the soul. Start this Christmas season with a renewed Thrill of Hope in your heart.
Pastor Sue Carpenter joins us this morning and updates us what has been happening in Australia and other events that she has been able to be a part of overseas in sharing the gospel through Carpenters Cross Ministries. God is doing miraculous things in Melbourne and there is a movement that has begun called Australia for Jesus by the young people of that country.
This morning in a follow up message that continues the challenge of living in miracleland he challenges us with the idea that we need to demystify miracles and understand that they are natural and the way that God moves and interacts with people on a regular basis. The amazing part of the whole thing is that he actually asks us to be participants with him. Not weird people but normal people who are living daily in miracleland. Blessing and sharing hope with the people that God brings our way.
Nothing is too big for God. Pastor Ted and Linda share this morning the powerful testimony of Charmy, their daughter who is in Salt Lake City at University of Utah hospital currently. She is recovering from a cardiac arrest and emergency leg amputation in which many did not give her any chance of survival.
When life’s storms come our way, as Christians, the only option before us to to trust God. He is in control and no matter the circumstances he is a good God who loves us.
Pastor Sharon Rose Buck White shares a powerful message of Joy and the power fo Joy in our lives no matter what it is that we face. Seeing the current events in our own church family with the sudden Cardiac Arrest of Charmy Sangsland (Pastor Ted’s Daughter) and the emergency amputation of her leg, she expounds on the fact that no matter what we face in life we have a joy that gives us strength.
Have you ever thought about the fact that our small things (as defined by us) can be God’s big things? We may see ourselves as a warrior with a small dagger but it is how God sees us not man. This morning, Pastor Nate brought a powerful message with powerful testimonies at the end.
Steve shared a powerful message this morning about Trust. Where is out trust placed? especially in times of trial. Where do we look for our strength and our comfort and peace. He encourages us with the truth of a quote from Corrie Ten Boom that we “never need to be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Pastor Ted inspires us this morning to begin living in Miracleland again. He walked us through all the times that God has done the miraculous in his own life and the lives of his family. Recounting events like the time he came around a bend in thr road with his family and there were cows five deep covering the whole road. They didn’t have time to do anything but call out on the name of Jesus and they were on the other side of them with the cows in the rearview mirror.