City Kids Musical Theater Camp 2019

One of my favorite things that happens at City Church is our musical theater camp. For me, the summer camp is a great opportunity to invite people to have a glimpse of the gospel message through art as showcased by kids. Bringing beauty to broken places happens even in the crazy imperfections of a children's musical production.

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Serving at City Church

Serving at City Church

by Claire Berger

One of the most difficult things to achieve is self-forgetfulness. When we strive for a full life, we normally think of our freedoms or our individuality. We do not consider not thinking of ourselves.

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The Strength of Knowing God

This Sunday we begin a new study in the Old Testament book of Daniel, called The Strength of Knowing God.  I’m really excited about this series because it will help us consider relevant questions we regularly face in life. In his book on Daniel, Biblical commentator Iain Duguid put it this way:

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Doubt

This past Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection—we remembered his escape from the tomb and sang about his victory over death. And maybe you are still humming the triumphal songs we sang. Maybe you haven’t gotten the stain out of your shirt from the Steel City Pops. Or maybe you are at a place where you are doubting all of it.

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INVITE SOMEONE TO EASTER AT CITY CHURCH 2019

At City Church we’re not trying to build a church for ourselves but for our friends, neighbors, colleagues and others we know who do not share our faith. People are more open to considering visiting church on Easter than any other day of the year.

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Worship

Worship

by Claire Berger

Bruce Springsteen famously wrote, “We learned more in a three-minute record, baby than we ever learned in school.” That’s how I felt when I heard Josh Moore talk about the song “We Will Feast” by Sandra McCracken. Josh Moore, City Church Worship Arts Specialist, helped Sandra McCracken write “We Will Feast”—a worship song we sing on Sunday mornings that teaches us about more than worship on Sunday mornings. McCracken teaches us about centering ourselves in God during the ins and outs of life—she teaches us about the nature of worship in a four-minute record.

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Does Prayer Work?

Does Prayer Work?

by Claire Berger

Houston knows about work. Many people move to Houston for it. As the fourth biggest city in the United States, only New York City is home to more large public companies. We have the largest concentration of health care and research institutions. The Port of Houston ranks first in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage handled. We don’t just do industrial: Forbes observed how 7 million people each year come through our Museum District. Houston gets results. Houston knows about work. 

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Meditation

Meditation

by Claire Berger

The Year of Magical Thinking chronicles an agnostic’s grief after the death of a husband and ailing of a daughter. Joan Didion, author of The Year of Magical Thinking, upon first hearing that her daughter was in brain surgery told herself: “Read, learn, work it up, go to the literature. Information is control.” 

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What Does Generosity Mean?

What Does Generosity Mean?

by Claire Berger

A food critic recently reported on a tale of two restaurants. One restaurant, two different nights, one week apart. It was a restaurant atop a hotel—a hospitality double feature. After her first evening, she wrote the type of review restaurant owners have framed by the entrance: delightful adjectives about the marble in the lobby, the view with binoculars, the farm-to-table menu. Restaurants want, “it hit the mark,” and that was her reaction after the first visit.  If only she hadn’t gone back the next week and left saying, “give me Shake Shack on solid ground.” 

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