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Reflection

 

Jesus, the Savior, reigns,
The God of truth and love;
When He has purged our stains,
He took his seat above;
Lift up your heart,
Lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again
I say, rejoice!

—Charles Wesley

 

Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

Approach

 

Welcome, Call to Worship, & Invocation

 

 

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.

God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.

—Psalm 47:5-8

Song of Praise

 

 

Lyrics in video.

 

Renewal

 

Hearing God’s Word:

 

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

 

Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon

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.

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.

 

Commitment

 

Offering:

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Song of Response

 

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore!
Jesus ready stands to save you
Full of pity, love and power

Come ye thirsty, come and welcome
God’s free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior
O there are ten thousand charms

Come ye weary, heavy laden
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better
You will never come at all

Interlude

Lo! The incarnate God ascending
Pleads the merit of His blood;
Venture on Him, venture freely;
Let no other trust intrude

 

Hearing God’s Word

 

 

Acts 1:1-11

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

This is the Word of God,
Praise to you Lord Christ

 

COMMUNION

 

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

  • Take a moment to mourn the fact that our church body is not able to assemble all together this Sunday.
  • Pray that the Lord would work to enable us to return to a fuller communion with one another soon.
  • Give thanks that though we do not celebrate the sacrament of Communion together today – we yet have true communion with Jesus and one another through the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in every believer, giving us union with Christ and all his people.
  • Ask God to grow in you a deeper hunger and desire to commune with him and his people in this time of waiting and separation.

 

Confession of Faith

 

 

Christian, what do you believe about the ascension of Jesus?

That Christ,
before the eyes of his disciples,
was taken up from the earth into heaven,
and that he is there for our benefit
until he comes again
to judge the living and the dead.

And how does His ascension benefit us?

First, he is our Advocate in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father.
Second, we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, our Head, will also take us to himself.
Third, he sends us his Spirit as another pledge, by whose power we seek the things that are above, where Christ is, and not the things that are on earth.

 

 

COMMISSIONING

 

CLOSING SONG

 

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
One in Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ, my Savior and my God

Behold Him the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I am
The King of glory and of grace
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

 

Benediction

 

 


Children’s Ministry

For this week’s children ministry, click here.


Pray Together Today

Join today’s zoom meetings for a time of prayer. (NOTE: only one meeting at 11:30)

Join 11:30am gathering:
Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/334310585
Or call in by phone +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID is: 334 310 585


Sermon Discussion Questions

Answer these questions based off the service, songs, and sermon you just participated in. If you are with family or roommates, answer them together. If not, consider calling someone from church and discussing these together:

  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