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07.12.20

 

 

Due to the mandate from the California Department of Public Health we will refrain from singing together during today’s service.

 

Approach

 

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

We will worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
The LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

May the LORD give strength to his people! 
May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

—From Psalm 29:1–2, 10–11

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Almighty God, we long to see you; Open our hearts and make them pure.
Spirit, we wash our hands in mercy; Come teach our souls to love your truth.

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD:

Isaiah 24:1–6; 17–20

Is. 24:1   Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
for the LORD has spoken this word.

Is. 24:4   The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
5 The earth lies defiled
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.

Is. 24:17   Terror and the pit and the snare
are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
18 He who flees at the sound of the terror
shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare.
For the windows of heaven are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.
19 The earth is utterly broken,
the earth is split apart,
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth staggers like a drunken man;
it sways like a hut;
its transgression lies heavy upon it,
and it falls, and will not rise again.

 

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Holy God. Holy and mighty. Holy immortal one, have mercy, have mercy on us.

 

Renewal

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH

New City Catechism Q16

What is Sin?

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

 

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. 

Hear us now as we silently name the specific ways that we have sinned against you.

silent confession

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. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Jesus said:  “I have come to do my Father’s will. … My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

—2 Corinthians 5:17-18

 

Commitment

 

OFFERING:

Offering may be dropped in the box at the welcome table.

Give Online Now

Text any dollar amount to 84321 to give by smartphone.

Checks may also be mailed to the church. Many banks will mail out checks for you using their Bill Pay feature.

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD:

Romans 8:18-25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

CHILDREN’S TEACHING TIME

 

HOMILY


 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

COMMUNION

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

New City Catechism Q19

Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?

Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord our God.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Sanctus

Holy Holy Holy Lord
God of Power and Might

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory!

Hosanna, in the Highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna, in the Highest!

 

MYSTERY OF FAITH

Together, we proclaim what Christ has done.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

 

RECEIVING THE BREAD AND WINE

Christ Our Passover has been sacrificed for us.

Hallelujah, let us keep the feast!

The Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God!

 

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

1. No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before,
To trust the merits of Thy Son

Chorus: No more my God,
No more my God,
No more my God,
I boast no more.

2. Now, for the loss I bear His name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to His cross.(Repeat chorus)

Bridge: Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake;
O may my soul be found in Him,
And of His righteousness partake!

3. The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne;
But faith can answer Thy demands,
By pleading what my Lord has done.(Repeat chorus twice)

 

Commissioning

 

BENEDICTION

 

Please stagger your departures and maintain social distance in the parking lot.

07.05.20

 

 

Due to a new mandate from the California Department of Public Health and the city of Santa Barbara we will refrain from singing together during today’s service.

 

Approach

 

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;  sing the glory of his name;
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”
Come and see what God has done:
  he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.

—Psalm 66:1–5

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Almighty God, we long to see you; Open our hearts and make them pure. Spirit, we wash our hands in mercy; Come teach our souls to love your truth.

 

Renewal

 

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. 

Hear us now as we silently name the specific ways that we have sinned against you.

silent confession

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. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Jesus said:  “I have come to do my Father’s will. … My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

—John 6:39–40

 

Commitment

 

OFFERING:

Offering may be dropped in the box at the welcome table.

Give Online Now

Text any dollar amount to 84321 to give by smartphone.

Checks may also be mailed to the church. Many banks will mail out checks for you using their Bill Pay feature.

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

 

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

CHILDREN’S TEACHING TIME

 

HOMILY

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

COMMUNION

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

New City Catechism Q4

How and why did God create us?

God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.

 

Mt. Zion (instrumental)

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord our God.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Sanctus

Holy Holy Holy Lord
God of Power and Might

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory!

Hosanna, in the Highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna, in the Highest!

 

MYSTERY OF FAITH

Together, we proclaim what Christ has done.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

 

RECEIVING THE BREAD AND WINE

Christ Our Passover has been sacrificed for us.

Hallelujah, let us keep the feast!

The Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God!

 

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

Commissioning

 

BENEDICTION

 

Please stagger your departures and maintain social distance in the parking lot.

Pastoral Letter 07.01.20

 

 

 

The sixth commandment requires us to do our best to make every lawful effort to preserve our own life and the lives of others. We do this by not thinking about or planning, by controlling our emotions, and by avoiding all opportunities, temptations, or actions that would promote or lead to the unjust taking of someone’s life. In the pursuit of that goal, we must defend others from violence,… we should provide aid and comfort to those in distress as well as protect and defend the innocent. 

—Westminster Larger Catechism, Answer 135

 

By now we’ve all seen the image of George Floyd lying facedown on the pavement while a white police officer kneeled on his neck until he died. As an image, it is grotesque, tragic, and demonic. As a reality, it is all too common in this country and must be condemned outright. Thousands took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and tragically, the many injustices these actions represent. Thousands more have had their eyes opened to the plight of people of color in our country and have begun to examine their own participation in our systems that promise equality but often deliver oppression. Many of you are asking questions, listening, lamenting, and crying out to God for help. As your pastors, we want to provide a brief letter to address our cultural moment and invite conversations. We especially want to care for any people of color who have experienced bias or prejudice within our church in explicit or implicit ways.

As White Christian pastors, we want to begin by acknowledging the sad truth that more often than not the majority church in our country, the white church, has not only failed to fight racial injustice, but has promoted it in both active and passive ways. We are deeply sorry that our churches have inadequately discipled people from the Scriptures on these issues, and for the ways in which we have personally contributed to this. The sad truth is that your pastors have been socialized to interact with the world according to a racial hierarchy of white supremacy, and must continually battle our own sinful biases and attitudes. May the Lord have mercy on us and our churches, and grant us ever increasing degrees of repentance.

God created all humans in his image; therefore all humans equally bear the image of God (Gen 1:26–27, 5:1–2). As image bearers, each and every human is worthy of dignity and honor (Gen 9:6; Jm 3:9; cf. Deut 10:17–19, 21:23; Lev 19:33). It is an indisputable fact that Black, Indigenous, and people of color have been treated as less than human in this country. Sadly, we believe this persists in various forms, grieves the heart of God, and invites his wrath. The more we listen to our colleagues, friends, and neighbors from diverse backgrounds the more we realize the various ways this injustice continues to injure fellow image bearers whom we love. We encourage you to listen along with us and have provided a list of resources to get you started.

In our highly polarized political climate, you may wonder: “Why are my pastors talking about this?” We are talking about this because it is a gospel issue (Gal 3:8; Eph 2:14–17, 3:4–7; Luke 10:36–37; Jm 2:1), and—rather than getting co-opted by partisan talking points—God desires us to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

The New Testament chronicles the gospel’s power to create an uncommon community of people from various ethnicities and walks of life bound by mutual faith in Christ (Ga 3:28, 6:15; Col 3:11; Acts 15:7–11; Rom 3:29, 14:1–21; Phm 16–17; Rev 7:9). Centuries later, we belong to that same uncommon and global community through gospel’s continuing power. This gospel enables us to be honest about our own sins, because we confess the righteousness of Christ, not our own (Gal 2:14–16; Phil 3:7–9). It empowers us to minister to the needs of this broken world by standing against racism now (Gal 2:11–14)

God wants to build an uncommon community here in Santa Barbara—a community bound not by race or ethnicity or party loyalty, but in faithfulness to Christ and his gospel. Friends, this is difficult work, but it is a labor of love. We know this will require that we all become less comfortable in our own preferences in order to make space for others. We will not get it right everytime. We will make mistakes. We will disagree. We will engage in conflict. We will forgive one another. But in our words and deeds we will proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of Christ to a world that desperately needs it (Eph 3:6–10).

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. lamented from a Birmingham jail cell that silence and apathy are as great a threat to justice as outright hostility. Addressed to white pastors, he wrote:

“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

Almost 60 years later, these words still haunt us today. May the church of Christ in America put aside our comfort, our political partisanship, and our pride in order to become agents of justice and unity in an age of outrage and division.

Lastly, a single letter is inadequate to say all that needs to be said. Please join us in this conversation by listening, learning, lamenting, and loving. We hope that this is but the beginning of a longer journey.

In Christ,

Pastor Kyle and Pastor Joshua

 

 

Resources

 

Books

Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions, by Anthony Bradley 

Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church, Ed by Doug Serven

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby

 

Talks and Lectures

Interview with PCA pastor, Alton Hardy:https://youtu.be/Z1jJVYQib_M

 

Race and the Church: A series of videos by thought leaders in the PCA; https://raceandthechurch.com/videos/

 

 

 

06.28.20

 

 

Approach

 

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 

—Psalm 100:1-3

 

PRAYER OF 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.

 

Psalm 62

click here for YouTube link to song

Verse 1
My soul finds rest in God alone
My rock and my salvation
A fortress strong against my foes
And I will not be shaken
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse
And lies like arrows pierce me
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness
I’ll look to Him who hears me

Chorus
O praise Him hallelujah
My Delight and my Reward
Everlasting never failing
My Redeemer my God

Verse 2
Find rest my soul in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation
Though riches come and riches go
Don’t set your heart upon them
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven

Verse 3
I’ll set my gaze on God alone
And trust in Him completely
With ev’ry day pour out my soul
And He will prove His mercy
Though life is but a fleeting breath
A sigh too brief to measure
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever

Bridge
O praise Him O praise Him
Hallelujah hallelujah (X3)

 

Renewal

 

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. 

Hear us now as we silently name the specific ways that we have sinned against you.

silent confession

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. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—”

—Ephesians‬ 2:4-5

 

Commitment

 

OFFERING:

Offering may be dropped in the box at the welcome table.

Give Online Now

Text any dollar amount to 84321 to give by smartphone.

Checks may also be mailed to the church. Many banks will mail out checks for you using their Bill Pay feature.

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

CHILDREN’S TEACHING TIME

 

HOMILY

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

COMMUNION

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

The Apostles’ Creed

Christian, in whom do you trust?

I believe in God the Father Almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth: 
and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
born of the virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried; 
he descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again; 
he ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, 
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit; 
the holy catholic church; 
the communion of saints; 
the forgiveness of sins; 
the resurrection of the body; 
and the life everlasting.  
Amen.

*The word catholic means universal. The creed confesses to the unity of Jesus Christ’s church across the world and throughout the ages, regardless of denominational affiliation.

 

Mt. Zion

We have come to Mount Zion!
The city of the Living God!
The Heavenly Jerusalem!
By His blood we have come

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord our God.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Sanctus

Holy Holy Holy Lord
God of Power and Might
Heaven and Earth are full
of your glory (x2)

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

 

MYSTERY OF FAITH

Together, we proclaim what Christ has done.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

 

RECEIVING THE BREAD AND WINE

Christ Our Passover has been sacrificed for us.

Hallelujah, let us keep the feast!

The Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God!

 

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

Steadfast


Verse 1
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

Verse 2
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

Chorus
You are steadfast steadfast
You are steadfast steadfast

Verse 3
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

Bridge
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

 

All Praise to Thee, My God this Night


1. All praise to thee, my God, this night,
for all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
beneath thine own almighty wings.

2. Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
the ill that I this day have done,
that with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

3. O may my soul on thee repose,
and with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
sleep that may me more vigorous make
to serve my God when I awake.

4. Teach me to live, that I may dread
the grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die, that so I may|
rise glorious at the judgment day.

5. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Commissioning

 

BENEDICTION

 

Please stagger your departures and maintain social distance in the parking lot.

06.21.20

 

 

Approach

 

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

—Psalm 95:6-7

 

PRAYER OF 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.

 

Psalm 145

click here for YouTube link to song

I will bless You all of my days, Lord;
I will praise You always, my God and King.
I will bless and honor Your name, Lord;
Always and forever, my soul will sing!

Such a vast, unsearchable greatness.
Great is Yahweh, worthy of all our praise.
Let Your people sound through the ages,
All Your awesome works ’til the end of days.

We have seen Your splendor and glory;
We have seen Your wonders and stand amazed!
Every tongue will echo Your story;
Everyone will sing of Your righteous ways!

O let all that lives ever bless His name!

All that You have made, Lord, will praise You.
All Your saints will worship in joyful strain.
Praise the Lord, who ransoms and rescues!
Praise the God of glory, who ever reigns!

He is holy, judging the wicked;
Guarding those who love Him and fear His name.
All who call out—Yahweh is with them
He will hear their cries, He is strong to save

He upholds the one who is stumbling,
Lifting up those burdened with heavy loads;
Opening His hand to the hungry,
Blessing all who look to their Lord and hope!

He is tender toward His creation;
He is faithful, gracious in all He does!
Great is Yahweh, full of compassion,
Slow to anger, filled with unfailing love!

O let all that lives ever bless His name!
O let all that lives ever bless His name!

 

Renewal

 

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. 

Hear us now as we silently name the specific ways that we have sinned against you.

silent confession

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. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

—Psalm 103:10-12

 

Commitment

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 7:15-23

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

CHILDREN’S TEACHING TIME

 

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

The Apostles’ Creed

Christian, in whom do you trust?

I believe in God the Father Almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth: 
and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
born of the virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried; 
he descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again; 
he ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, 
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit; 
the holy catholic church; 
the communion of saints; 
the forgiveness of sins; 
the resurrection of the body; 
and the life everlasting.  
Amen.

*The word catholic means universal. The creed confesses to the unity of Jesus Christ’s church across the world and throughout the ages, regardless of denominational affiliation.

 

COMMUNION

 

Mt. Zion

We have come to Mount Zion!
The city of the Living God!
The Heavenly Jerusalem!
By His blood we have come

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord our God.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Sanctus

Holy Holy Holy Lord
God of Power and Might
Heaven and Earth are full
of your glory (x2)

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

 

MYSTERY OF FAITH

Together, we proclaim what Christ has done.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

 

RECEIVING THE BREAD AND WINE

Christ Our Passover has been sacrificed for us.

Hallelujah, let us keep the feast!

The Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God!

 

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

Hallelujah, What a Savior (Man of Sorrows)

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Hallelujah what a Savior
Hallelujah what a Savior

1 Man of Sorrows what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim

2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude
In my place condemned He stood
Sealed my pardon with His blood

3 Guilty vile and helpless we
Spotless Lamb of God was He
Full atonement can it be

4 Lifted up was He to die
It is finished was His cry
Now in heav’n exalted high

5 When He comes our glorious King
All His ransomed home to bring
Then anew this song we’ll sing

 

All Praise to Thee, My God this Night


1. All praise to thee, my God, this night,
for all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
beneath thine own almighty wings.

2. Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
the ill that I this day have done,
that with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

3. O may my soul on thee repose,
and with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
sleep that may me more vigorous make
to serve my God when I awake.

4. Teach me to live, that I may dread
the grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die, that so I may|
rise glorious at the judgment day.

5. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Commissioning

 

BENEDICTION