This week’s text: John 16:33-17:18 Memory verse: John 15:8
Sermon: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so”
16:b In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
[17:1] When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.  For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.  I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.  All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.  And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
World: “Bladerunner” charged with Premeditated Murder
A South African magistrate is expected to decide this morning FEb. 22nd, whether Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend, will be allowed to leave jail while awaiting trial. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2013/02/22/oscar-pistorius-bail-hearing-murder-charge/1938133
USA – Snow bears down on the Upper Great Lakes and Northeast for the weekend.
A major snowstorm rolling slowly through the nation’s midsection has stymied Friday morning commuters and other travelers with knee-deep snow, slick roads, disrupted air traffic and reduced visibility from wind-driven snow. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/22/winter-snow-storm-midwest/1938249/
Christian: Sheffield England Anglican Churches in disagreement with COE ( from where my Systematics prof Gavin McGrath came)
The problem appears to be with Christ Church Central and it’s daughter church Christ Church Walkley. Christ Church Central was planted from Fulwood in the early 2000s, but without permission from the Diocese. It operated from the very beginning as an independent church. Christ Church Walkley was then planted recently, to all intents an independent church plant from an independent church plant. http://www.peter-ould.net/2013/02/20/more-on-the-sheffield-spat/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+peter-ould%2FSwEf+%28An+Exercise+in+the+Fundamentals+of+Orthodoxy%29
Culture: Students Who Refuse to Affirm Transgender Classmates Face Punishment
Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/students-who-refuse-to-affirm-transgender-classmates-face-punishment.html?utm_source=StandFirm&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=link
Sports: Cheerleader Makes Half Court Shot
Song of the Week: Lord, Have Mercy – Michael W. Smith
“What is Community?”
Acts 2:42 – 47
 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
John 13:31 – 35
 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
NASA: Largest meteorin more than 100 years
MOSCOW – People in a freezing industrial region of Russia saw a flash of blinding light before an explosion of flying glass Friday when a meteor streaked across the sky and blew up, injuring 1,100 people in what looked like a disaster out of a movie. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/15/nasa-largest-meteor-in-more-than-100-years/1921991/
Wal-Mart Feb. Sales a Total Disaster
Slammed by the payroll-tax hike, February same-store sales at Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) have reportedly been a “total disaster,” marking the worst start to any month in about seven years.
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2013/02/15/report-wal-mart-february-sales-total-disaster-amid-tax-hike/#ixzz2L5h53UHU
Pope Benedict stepping Down
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.
Spring Training Begins! Go Tribe!
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — With as much speed as there is on the Indians’ roster, second baseman Jason Kipnis is hoping a kind of competition starts to develop this season.
Cleveland entered this spring with a solid basestealing trio in Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs. Now, the Tribe has added fleet-footed ceter fielder Michael Bourn to the mix. Bourn is the elite runner among that group, but Kipnis plans on trying to chase him. http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130215&content_id=41709842¬ebook_id=41709854&vkey=notebook_cle&c_id=cle
Lenten Song of the Week: Lord Dissolve my Frozen Heart
Passages for this Week at Christ Church Westshore:
“Abiding by Praying”
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
Memory Verse: John 15:7
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Massive Manhunt for LA Cop
A massive manhunt was underway in Southern California Friday after a former Los Angeles cop went on a self-confessed revenge killing spree that left a policeman and two others dead and forced the Los Angeles Police Department to dispatch officers to guard their own. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/08/manhunt-los-angeles-cop-killer/1901111/
Business – MacDonald’s dropping sales
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world’s biggest hamburger chain struggled with ongoing weakness in Japan and supply chain issues in China. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/02/08/mcdonalds-sales-january/1901441/
Faith: Justin Welby becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
The new Archbishop of Canterbury says he is standing by the Church of England’s opposition to the proposed introduction of gay marriage. The archbishop spoke after being confirmed into the role in a legal ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral. He replaced Lord Williams, 62, who held the post for 10 years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21315054
Sports: Recruiting rankings for National Signing Day
Where are my Maryland Terrapins? http://insider.espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/classrankings
Best Super Bowl Commercial 2013!
This Week’s passage: 2 Corinthians 5:1 – 3
[3:1] Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?  You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.  And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
US – Unemployment Rate at 7.9%
Employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, the government reported Friday.
The unemployment rate was 7.8% in December, and has now been above 7% for 50 straight months. The number of people unemployed was 12.3 million last month, about the same as December. Read more… http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/02/01/january-jobs-report/1881037/
The World – Bomber attacks US Embassy in Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey — A suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing one Turkish security guard along with the bomber, Ankara Govenor Aladdin Yuksel told Turkish news media. Read more…. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/01/turkey-embassy-bomb/1882475/
Christian / Anglican News: TEC agrees to SC injunction (for now)
Bishop Lawrence’s Diocese has just sent out an announcement that the Episcopal Church (USA) has agreed not to oppose the issuance of a preliminary injunction (South Carolina calls it a “temporary injunction”) which repeats the same language of the earlier TRO. Read more… http://www.standfirminfaith.com/?/sf/page/30019
Sports: Countdown to Super Bowl 47! John or Jim Harbaugh?
Culture: Song of the Week – Live at the Ryman with the Indelible Grace Artists “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand.”