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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:
Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/334310585
Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 334 310 585

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

 

Offering:

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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


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