Call to Worship
Worthy are you, Jesus,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!
—Revelation 5:9-10; 13
Song of Praise
Lyrics in video.
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it,
the coastlands and their inhabitants.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Confession of Sin
Almighty God, you have commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
But today, as we contemplate our lack of love, we are humbled to the dust.
To often we avoid others when they bother us;
We ignore others when they don’t interest us;
We use others when they benefit us;
We reject others when they sin against us.
Our love is shallow and self-centered.
Forgive us, Oh God.
Thank you that in Christ you have loved us with a love incomprehensible.
May your love fill us and transform us for the glory of your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
—2 Corinthians. 5:17
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SONG AND CONFESSION OF FAITH
HEARING GOD’S WORD AND PRAYER
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
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.
lyrics in video
Benediction and closing
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Pray Together Today
Join today’s zoom meetings for a time of prayer at 11:30am
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