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03.29.2020

 

 

 

Call to Worship

Cry out to the Lord! He will deliver us from our distress.

Alleluia, come Lord Jesus.

Give thanks to the Lord! He will bring us out of darkness.

Alleluia, come Lord Jesus

Sing to the Lord! He will satisfy us with his steadfast love.

Alleluia, come Lord Jesus

 

Song of Praise

I will build my house
Whether storm or drought
On the rock that does not move
I will set my hope
In your love, O Lord
And your faithfulness will prove

You are steadfast, steadfast

By the word you spoke
All the starry host
Are called out by name each night
In your watchful care
I will rest secure
As you lead us with your light

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast. 

I will not trust in the strength of kings
On your promise I will stand
I will shout for joy, I will raise my voice
Hallelujah to the Lamb!

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

In the moment of emptiness
All was fulfilled
In the hour of darkness
Your light was revealed
In the presence of death
Your life was affirmed
In the absence of holiness,
You are still God.

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

 

Invocation

Heavenly Father, we come to worship you today.

We come to sing, pray, and listen.

You always hear us.

Help us to hear you.

Amen.

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Psalm 16:1–2,5,11

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Confession of Sin

Coming God, when we cry “how long?” you hear and promise to deliver us.

Yet when you seem to give no answer, we lose hope and succumb to anxiety.
Forgive us: we have grown impatient with waiting on you.  

Promised Messiah, evil will not prevail over us because you are coming.

Yet when life looks desperate and dangerous, we seek comfort and safety apart from you.
Forgive us: we have grown impatient with waiting on you.  

Merciful Lord, in your steadfast love you will heal all our hurts.

Yet when our aches seem endless, we run to everything but you in order to numb the pain.
Forgive us: we have grown impatient with waiting on you.  

silent confession

Gracious God, make us able and willing to wait patiently on you—to answer, to come, to heal.

Alleluia! Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Assurance of Pardon

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

—Romans 5:8

 

Intercessory Prayer

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

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Click on this link https://zoom.us/j/937605002
Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 937 605 002

 

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Light after darkness, gain after loss,
Strength after weakness, crown after cross;
Sweet after bitter, hope after fears,
Home after wandering, praise after tears.

Sheaves after sowing, sun after rain,
Sight after mystery, peace after pain;
Joy after sorrow, calm after blast,
Rest after weariness, sweet rest at last.

Weeping may remain for a night
But joy arrives in morning’s new light
I’ll praise the God of merciful plight
Still I will praise him, still I will praise him, my God.

Near after distant, gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness, life after tomb;
After long agony, rapture of bliss,
Right was the pathway, leading to this.

You give and you take away
In darkness still I will say:
“A good God I serve this day.”
Still I will praise you, still I will praise you.

 

Confession of Faith

As followers of Jesus Christ,
Living in this world—
which some seek to control,
but which others view with despair—
we declare with joy and trust:

Our world belongs to God!

God remembered his promise
to reconcile the world to himself;
He has come among us in Jesus Christ,
the eternal word made flesh.

He is the long-awaited Savior,
fully human and fully divine,
conceived by the spirit of God
and born of the virgin Mary.

We long for that day
when Jesus will return as triumphant King,
When the dead will be raised
and all the people will stand before his judgment.
We face that day without fear,
for the Judge is our Savior.
Our daily lives of service aim for the moment
when the Son will present his people to the Father.

With the whole creation,
we wait and long to be restored.
The Lord will heal our hurts and end our wars.
God will be all in all,
and righteousness and justice will flourish.
Alleluia! Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-7

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Christ

 

The Preached Word

 

Song of Response

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
and cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie

O’er all those wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day
There God the Son forever reins
And scatters nigh away

I am bound
I am bound
I am bound for promised land

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore
Sickness sorrow pain and death
Are felt and feared no more

When shall I see the happy place
And be forever blessed
When shall I se my father’s face
And in his bosom rest

 

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.

 

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


Children’s Ministry

 

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Songs

 

03.22.2020

 

 

 

Call to Worship

Come, let us bow down in worship!
We will kneel before the Lord!

Come, let us bow down in worship!
We will kneel before our Maker!
Praise him, for he is our God and we are his people!

—Psalm 95:6–7

 

 

Song of Praise

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
the battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
and earth and heav’n be one.

 

Invocation

Heavenly Father, we come to worship you today.

We come to sing, pray, and listen.

You always hear us.

Help us to hear you.

Amen.

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Romans 8:32–39

32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Confession of Sin

Lord, we are like sheep, and we get lost.

We forget the needs of our neighbors

and do not love you above all else.

We need a Savior, so we long for Jesus.

Come, fill our lives, Jesus. Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

—Romans 5:8

 

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Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over lifes tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Savior, pilot me.

Though the sea be smooth and bright,
Sparkling with the stars of night,
And my ships path be ablaze
With the light of halcyon days,
Still I know my need of Thee;
Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will,
When Thou sayest to them, Be still!
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“I will pilot thee.”

 

Hearing God’s Word:
Ruth 1:3–5; 14b–17; 19–21

3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, 5 and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

 

The Preached Word

 

Song of Response

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory (x2)

 

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.

 

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?

 


Children’s Ministry

 

Click Here for the Elementary Activities Folder

 

 

Click here for the Preschool Activities Folder

 

 

Songs

 

03.15.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Our culture tells us that with enough money, the right resources, and the latest technology, we can guard ourselves from every worry and guarantee our happiness. Yet our pursuit of these things often leads into more fear and anxiety. Come hear how Jesus proposes to fulfill our desire for security and flourishing as we continue our series in the Sermon on the Mount.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

Praise the Lord, for his love reaches to the heavens!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Shout for joy, for his righteousness is like the mighty mountains!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Sing to the Lord, for he is the fountain of life and light!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Put not your hope in the nation;
Put not your hope in a king.
Trust in the only one who opens eyes
and sets the prisoner free.

He is the maker of heaven;
He formed the earth and the sea.
Our help will come from the Lord our God,
our gracious king of peace.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

He is the hope of the hungry;
He is the Lord of the feast.
Our Father’s house always opens wide
to welcome refugees.

The fatherless find a Father;
The widow rests in His strength.
The heart of God is forever home
to all the poor and weak.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100100

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION:

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Enable us now by the Holy Spirit to rest in Christ, who brings us into the Father’s home. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE:

Deuteronomy 8:11-18

Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied,  then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Silent Confession

Greed is the excessive desire for and dependence on material wealth or gain.
Generosity is giving up material wealth for the sake of the common good.
Confess your sins of greed and ask God for generosity.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Amen.

To Thee I come a sinner poor
And wait for mercy at Thy door
Indeed I’ve nowhere else to flee
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner weak
And scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner vile
Upon me Lord vouchsafe to smile
Mercy through blood I make my plea
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner great
And well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner lost
Nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art Lord I would be
O God be merciful to me

To glory bring me Lord at last
And there when all my fears are past
With all Thy saints then I’ll agree
God was merciful to me

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

–Psalm 145

SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 6:19-34

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

When the fields are dry and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek the hungry the poor
When my soul is downcast and my voice has no song
For mercy for comfort I wait on the Lord

In the harvest feast or the fallow ground
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot my cup my portion sure
Whatever comes we shall endure
Whatever comes we shall endure

On a cross of wood His blood was outpoured
He Rose from the ground like a bird to the sky
Bringing peace to our violence
And crushing death’s door
Our Maker incarnate our God who provides

Come oh come Emmanuel
Come oh come Emmanuel

When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me
My shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow in life or in death

Sandra McCracken
© 2010 Drink Your Tea Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

03.08.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: In a world of instant gratification and abundant food, fasting may seem like a thing of the past. Or perhaps it’s the latest technique en route to a more realized version of the self. What did Jesus have to say about the practice of fasting, and why does it matter today? Join us this Sunday as we continue to learn from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

It is even more pernicious if I turn myself into a spectator of my own prayer performance … I can lay on a very nice show for myself even in the privacy of my own room.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Some have exalted religious fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it.

—John Wesley

 

The real secret of fasting is not that it is a simple way to keep one’s weight down, but that it is a mysterious way of lifting creation into the Supper of the Lamb…. It is as much an act of prayer as prayer itself, and, in an affluent society, it may well be the most meaningful of all the practices of religion.

—Robert Farar Capon

 

What mercy could be greater than that which drew the Creator of the heavens down from heaven…so that He, our Bread, might hunger; that He, our Fulfillment, might thirst; that He, our Strength, might be weakened; that He, our Health, might be injured; that He, our Life, might die? And all this [He did] to satisfy our hunger, to moisten our dryness, to soothe our infirmity, to wipe out our iniquity, to enkindle our charity.

—Augustine of Hippo

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 58:1-11

Cry aloud; do not hold back;

    lift up your voice like a trumpet;

declare to my people their transgression,

    to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 Yet they seek me daily

    and delight to know my ways,

as if they were a nation that did righteousness

    and did not forsake the judgment of their God;

they ask of me righteous judgments;

    they delight to draw near to God.

3 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?

    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’

Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,[a]

    and oppress all your workers.

4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight

    and to hit with a wicked fist.

Fasting like yours this day

    will not make your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is such the fast that I choose,

    a day for a person to humble himself?

Is it to bow down his head like a reed,

    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?

Will you call this a fast,

    and a day acceptable to the Lord?

 

6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:

    to loose the bonds of wickedness,

    to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed[b] go free,

    and to break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry

    and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover him,

    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,

    and your healing shall spring up speedily;

your righteousness shall go before you;

    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

    you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you take away the yoke from your midst,

    the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry

    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,

then shall your light rise in the darkness

    and your gloom be as the noonday.

11 And the Lord will guide you continually

    and satisfy your desire in scorched places

    and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden,

    like a spring of water,

    whose waters do not fail.

 

Matthew 6:16–18

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Silent Confession

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Self-control is the ability to reign in our desires and submit them to God’s will.
Confess your sins of gluttony and ask God for self-control.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Put not your hope in the nation;
Put not your hope in a king.
Trust in the only one who opens eyes
and sets the prisoner free.

He is the maker of heaven;
He formed the earth and the sea.
Our help will come from the Lord our God,
our gracious king of peace.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

He is the hope of the hungry;
He is the Lord of the feast.
Our Father’s house always opens wide
to welcome refugees.

The fatherless find a Father;
The widow rests in His strength.
The heart of God is forever home
to all the poor and weak.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100100

credits

from Come to Me, released February 16, 2018

03.01.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Whether you’re religious or not, you’ve probably heard the Lord’s Prayer at some point, perhaps murmured in a low voice and a reverent tone. But have you ever stopped to consider it’s significance? Join us this Sunday as we learn how to pray from Jesus’ famous words in the Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

We are beggars, that is true.

—Martin Luther

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.

—J.I. Packer

Evil is not just what we do, but—more hauntingly—it is what we suffer, what we are mired in and encrusted with.

—Wesley Hill

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2
Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3
For the enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.
5
I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
6
I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
7
Answer me quickly, O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge.[a]
10
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
11
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12
And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your servant.

 

Matthew 6:7–15

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11
Give us this day our daily bread,
12
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Silent Confession

Pride is the excessive belief in our own abilities.
Humility is a recognition of God’s grace in all that we have.
Confess your sins of pride and ask God for humility.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

02.23.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Conversation can be difficult even in the most intimate of relationships. We’ve all seen a married couple at a restaurant, eating their meal in silence. Or perhaps we’ve had a friend who only talked and never listened. Maybe we’ve even been that friend at times. If conversation is difficult in human relationships, how are we supposed to talk to God? Join us this Sunday as we look at Jesus’ teaching on prayer in his famous Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

Prayer is not prayer if it is addressed to anyone else but God.

—Karl Barth

 

Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

—Isaiah 65:24

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 141:1–4, 8

O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!

    Give ear to my voice when I call to you!

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,

    and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;

    keep watch over the door of my lips!

Do not let my heart incline to any evil,

    to busy myself with wicked deeds

in company with men who work iniquity,

    and let me not eat of their delicacies!

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;

    in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

 

Matthew 6:5–7; 7:7–11

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life
and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not acknowledged his authority or trusted in his commands.

We have boasted in our own achievements and failed to give him thanks.

We have been deaf to his call and blind to his work in our world.

silent confession

Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, following our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

1. Father for Thy, promised blessing,
Still we plead before Thy throne
For the times of, sweet refreshing,
Which can come from Thee alone
Blessed earnests, Thou hast given,
But in these we would not rest
Blessings still with, Thee are hidden,
Pour them forth and make us blest!

2. Prayer ascendeth to Thee ever,
Answer! Father, answer prayer
Bless oh bless each, weak endeavor,
Blood-bought pardon to declare
Wake Thy slumbering, children wake them,
Bid them to Thy harvest go
Blessings O our, Father make,
Round their steps let blessings flow

3. Let no people be forgotten,
Let Thy showers on all descend
That in one loud blessed anthem,
Millions may in triumph blend
Give reviving, give refreshing,
Give the looked-for Jubilee
To Thyself may, crowds be pressing,
Bringing glory unto Thee

Tag: Give reviving, give refreshing,
Give the looked-for Jubilee
To Thyself may, crowds be pressing,
Bringing glory unto Thee

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02.16.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: It’s been said that true character is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching. Yet modern psychologists often argue that our most basic instinct is to be seen and recognized. How do we wean ourselves off the need for admiration and still do good deeds? Join us this Sunday as we learn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

 Much of the Christian spiritual life is learning daily how “to warm yourself at the fire of God’s love, instead of having to steal love and self-acceptance from other sources.”

—Richard Lovelace

 

But I just want to be there [by Jesus’ side] in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.

—Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Love God and do what you will.

—St. Augustine of Hippo

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Hebrews 4: 9-16

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

 

Matthew 6:1–4

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

We confess that we don’t always have the mind of Christ;
Instead we live by selfish ambition and conceit.
In pride we consider ourselves more significant than others.

Lord, have mercy.

silent confession

We pursue our own interests, and neglect the interests of others.
We have the mind of self-importance,
and believe others exist to serve our purposes.

Christ, have mercy.

silent confession

We build ourselves up and take the posture of a master,
bossing others around as if we were gods.
We obey our own desires, even to the point of self-destruction.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Verse 1

Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee
Let the water and the blood
From thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure
Save from wrath and make me pure

Verse 2

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill thy law’s demands
Could my zeal no respite know
Could my tears forever flow
All for sin could not atone
Thou must save and thou alone

Verse 3

Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to the cross I cling
Naked come to thee for dress
Helpless look to thee for grace
Foul I to the fountain fly
Wash me Savior or I die

Verse 4

While I draw this fleeting breath
When mine eyes shall close in death
When I soar to worlds unknown
See thee on thy judgment throne
Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee

02.09.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: If you’ve ever been betrayed— or even stood up for a meeting— you know the pain of a broken promise. With the pain comes a desire to retaliate—to make the other person feel that pain. What would it look like to live in a world where everyone kept their word and forgave the ones who hurt them? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

Grace and virtue are friends, not enemies.

—Jonathan Pennington

 

This is grace—an invitation to be beautiful.

—Sara Groves

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Leviticus 19:12, 18; 24:19-20

12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

19 If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him.

 

 

Matthew 5:17, 33-48

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[b] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[c] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Gracious God, 

our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. 

 

Silent Confession

 

Set us free from a past that we cannot change, open to us a future in which we can be changed; 

and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

His affection never wearies,
and his mercy never ends.
He reminds me every morning,
“I am still your faithful friend.”
He is good to those who seek him.
I will wait for him to bless.
And the Lord will be my portion
In the empty wilderness.

In the goodness of the Lord,
In the goodness of the Lord,
I will wait for him and set my hope
In the goodness of the Lord.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100098

02.02.2020

REFLECTIONS

Where the royal rule of God, the discipleship of Jesus as the glorification of the Creator and service to the creature, and the justice and the truth of the Beatitudes are proclaimed, human weakness does not render perfect and undivided surrender illusory. It is precisely the weak, in themselves imperfect and rejected by perfectionists, whom the Father of Jesus uses as his instruments.

—Ernst Käsemann

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Leviticus 19:9–18

9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.

11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.

13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.

17“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

 

Matthew 5:17, 21–32

17   “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

01.26.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: We all want to live with purpose; we want to live for something beyond ourselves. Yet most of us feel the futility of modern life and wonder if we have a place in this world. What if God told you that you were essential for his work in the world? Join us this week as we learn from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount.

 

REFLECTIONS

What the soul is in a body, this the Christians are in the world.

—Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd Century

 

“Light of the world” and “salt of the earth” apply either everywhere, every time, and radically—or not at all.

—Ernst Käsemann

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 49:5–7

And now the LORD says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
he says:

“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:

“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

 

Matthew 5:13–16

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love,

We confess that we have been wayward children.
We have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission;
Our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.

silent confession

Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your name.

We have been selfish and self-reliant.
We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless others.
We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.

Receive us again as your well-beloved children,
not because we are worthy, but for the sake of Christ
who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER