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04.12.2020

 

 

 

PRELUDE

by Eleanor Linton

 

Call to Worship

Praise God and proclaim what Christ has done!

Dying, he destroyed our death;
rising, he restored our life.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!
Alleluia!

 

Song of Praise

lyrics in video

 

Invocation

Father of life, by the resurrection of your Son,
you overcame sin and death to make all things new in him.
Give us joy in celebrating your victory, and raise us to new life through Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Hearing God’s Word:
John 20:1-10

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to the risen Christ!

 

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.

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

“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Know that, in Christ, our sins are forgiven. Rejoice in his victory!

 

Hearing God’s Word:
John 20:11-18

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[a] “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

This is the Word of the Lord

Praise to the risen Christ!

 

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Love Divine, victorious.
Risen Life, all glorious.
One with the Father, one with us.

No more need we fear the grave.
Someday soon you’ll wipe our tears away.
The night is breaking into day.

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

Sin and death you overthrew.
Risen One make all that’s sad come untrue.
Son of God make all things new.

Love divine, victorious.
Risen savior, glorious.
King of kings reign over us.

Christus Victor! Christus Victor!
Christus Victor! Christus Victor!

 

Hearing God’s Word:
John 20:19-23

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,[a] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

This is the Word of God,

Praise to the risen Christ!

 

The Preached Word

 

SONG OF RESPONSE

lyrics in video

 

Confession of Faith

Christ is not dead. He is risen!

Alleluia, he is risen indeed!

Though this world is bruised and broken by the fall,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

Though we walk in the valley of the shadow of death,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

Though we suffer the toils and futility of work in a cursed world,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

Though all creation groans for redemption,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we sin daily in thought, word, and deed,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though the good we want to do is often left undone,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we are homebound in fear of death and disease,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we lose work, income, and daily bread,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we lament new losses every day,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though the Evil one seeks to devour God’s children,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we are afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Though we are always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

 Christ is not dead. He is risen!

Alleluia, he is risen indeed!

 

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.

 

An Expression of the Communion of Saints

 

Closing Song

lyrics in video

 

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

Postlude


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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.

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Meeting ID: 756 426 561


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SONGS

04.01.2018

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: From dust you have come; to dust you will return. Death of career, death of ambition, death of relationship, death of youth–we experience a thousand smaller deaths before they put us in the ground. On Easter Sunday, however, we celebrate a different death–the death of Death itself! For Christians all over the world, Easter is a promise of a new world where Death is buried and forgotten. Come this Sunday and hear about the man who put Death in his grave!

 

 

REFLECTION:

Seven Stanzas at Easter

By John Updike

 

Make no mistake: if he rose at all

It was as His body;

If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit,

The amino acids rekindle,

The Church will fall.

 

It was not as the flowers,

Each soft spring recurrent;

It was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the

Eleven apostles;

It was as His flesh; ours.

 

The same hinged thumbs and toes

The same valved heart

That—pierced—died, withered, paused, and then regathered

Out of enduring Might

New strength to enclose.

 

Let us not mock God with metaphor,

Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence,

Making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded

Credulity of earlier ages:

Let us walk through the door.

 

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,

Not a stone in a story,

But the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of

Time will eclipse for each of us

The wide light of day.

 

And if we have an angel at the tomb,

Make it a real angel,

Weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in

The dawn light, robed in real linen

Spun on a definite loom.

 

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,

For our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,

Lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are embarrassed

By the miracle,

And crushed by remonstrance.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

   a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

   of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

7 And he will swallow up on this mountain

   the covering that is cast over all peoples,

   the veil that is spread over all nations.

8     He will swallow up death forever;

and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,

   and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,

   for the Lord has spoken.

9 It will be said on that day,

   “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.

   This is the Lord; we have waited for him;

   let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

 

Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

 

Romans 6:5–11

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free[b]from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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.

 

—Silent confessing—

 

 

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