36 East Victoria St.
Santa Barbara




SERVICE SUMMARY: We just celebrated the triumph of life over death accomplished by Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Yet we don’t have to look very far to see that death still operates in the world. How do we reconcile this contradiction and what do we do? Join us this Sunday as we look to a story Jesus told about justice.

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SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:1–8

And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”




You have told us, O God, what is good;
And what do you require of us but to
do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with our God?

We have not listened to you, O God.
We have neglected justice,
and spurned kindness,
and proudly walked alone.

silent confession

In your mercy, hear our cry. Forgive our sins and give us ears to hear and believe in the name of Jesus, Amen.