Religion is what happens when the Spirit has left the building.
We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all his mighty acts, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare his arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. God’s past acts should move us to seek his powerful and personal presence now.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Welcome, Call to Worship, & Invocation
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Song of Praise
Come, people of the Risen King, who delight to bring Him praise;
Come all and tune your hearts to sing To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach To gather children in.
Rejoice, Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice; O Church of Christ, rejoice!
Come, those whose joy is morning sun, and those weeping through the night;
Come, those who tell of battles won, And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change, And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days With the certain hope of peace.
Come, young and old from every land, men and women of the faith;
Come, those with full or empty hands, find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing, shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age: “Our God is all in all”
Hearing God’s Word:
“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon
Lord Jesus, in your great kindness, you poured out your Holy Spirit upon your church, filling us with new life and empowering us to love and serve you. Yet we confess that we often resist your Spirit. We ignore the truth of your Word that He illumines for us. We avoid occasions of sacrificial love that He opens to us. Again and again, we prefer the way of death over the Spirit’s way of life. In these things we are wrong and humbly repent.
Renew us and lead us by your Holy Spirit, that we may be filled with your love and eager to serve your world. For the sake of your name we pray. Amen.
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Prayers of the People
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Hearing God’s Word
1 Thess 5:19; Eph 5:15–21
Do not quench the Spirit.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
This is the Word of God,
Praise to you Lord Christ
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.
Confession of Faith
Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?
Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that, by our godly behavior, others may be won to Christ.
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Pray Together Today
Join today’s zoom meetings for a time of prayer. (NOTE: only one meeting at 11:30)
Join 11:30am gathering:
Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/334310585
Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 334 310 585
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:
- What was one thing that you really needed to hear today?
- What was the main point of the sermon, and how is that good news for Santa Barbara?
- Was there anything said (sung, read, prayed, etc.) that that spoke to your current fears, hopes, or needs?
- Which idols are you tempted to run to during uncertain times? Why is God better than those idols?
- What would your life look like if you really believed the main point of the sermon?
- 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
or dial in +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 756 426 561