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04.05.2020

 

 

 

Call to Worship

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Save us, we pray, O Lord!

O Lord, we pray, give us success!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna*, come Lord Jesus!

—Psalm 118:24-26

*Hosanna is a Greek word of Hebrew origin which means, “save, now,” and may have been both a cry of help and happiness for salvation.

 

Song of Praise

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!
Thou art the King of Israel, thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and Blessed One!

The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems before thee we present.
To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
To thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King.
All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

 

Invocation

Holy Father, our strength in suffering and our hope for salvation,
lift up your Word of life and pour out your Spirit of grace
so that we may follow faithfully on the way to the cross;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Matthew 21:1-10

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Christ

 

Confession of Sin

Lord, this world is not the way it is supposed to be.

We are bruised and broken by the curse.

Lord, we have not lived the way we were supposed to live.

We have cursed you and our neighbors.

Lord, we confess the ways we have sinned and our sinful responses to the ways we’ve been sinned against.

We have looked to other things to heal our pain.

silent confession

Lord have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Make us new.

Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

—2 Corinthians 5:21

In Christ, your sins are forgiven and you have been welcomed into the righteousness of God!

 

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Setting of Psalm 13 by Poor Bishop Hooper

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

This is the Word of God,

Thanks be to God!

 

The Preached Word

 

Confession of Faith

What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

—New City Catechism Question 52

 

Intercessory Prayer
The Biblical Lament

Use David’s words in Psalm 13 to guide your lament. You may pray this now; you can pray it alone or with others. Consider spending some time in reflection and journaling your lament.

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

State the ways that the world is broken and the pain you’ve experienced. This might be personal or global or even the pain of a loved one. Express the emotions you feel in response to that suffering (anger, sadness, fear, confusion, disappointment, etc.). Offer your questions to the Lord (How long? Why? When will you act to save me?). 

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

Make your requests known to God. How would you like to see him act to help, save, heal, or deliver you? Cry out for God’s help.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Put your faith in God’s promises. Anticipate his saving work in this age or the age to come. Remind yourself of God’s promises and his faithfulness to keep them. Ground your hope in the good character of the Lord and Christ’s death and resurrection. He will do what he has promised.

 


Join one of  today’s zoom meetings for a time of prayer together.

To join 11am gathering:
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Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 334 310 585

To join 1pm gathering:
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Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 937 605 002


 

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

    • Take a moment to mourn the fact that our church body is not able to assemble all together this Sunday.
    • Pray that the Lord would work to enable us to return to a fuller communion with one another soon.
    • Give thanks that though we do not celebrate the sacrament of Communion together today – we yet have true communion with Jesus and one another through the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in every believer, giving us union with Christ and all his people.
    • Ask God to grow in you a deeper hunger and desire to commune with him and his people in this time of waiting and separation.

 

Closing Song

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes, in the name, of the Lord.
Blessed is he who comes, in the name, of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

 

Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

—Numbers 6:24–26


Sermon Discussion Questions

Answer these questions based off the service, songs, and sermon you just participated in. If you are with family or roommates, answer them together. If not, consider calling someone from church and discussing these together:

  1. What was one thing that you really needed to hear today?
  2. What was the main point of the sermon, and how is that good news for Santa Barbara?
  3. Was there anything said (sung, read, prayed, etc.) that that spoke to your current fears, hopes, or needs?
  4. Which idols are you tempted to run to during uncertain times? Why is God better than those idols?
  5. What would your life look like if you really believed the main point of the sermon?
  6. What is one thing you wish you could tell your unbelieving neighbor?

 


Call To Fast

Every Monday that we are unable to meet for worship, the Session is calling for a corporate fast (Joel 1:14, 2:15; BCO62).

Please join us as we together humble ourselves and seek the Lord. If you are hindered from fasting on Monday, please consider another day.

Monday Prayer Zoom Gathering at Noon
https://zoom.us/j/756426561
or dial in +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 756 426 561


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