Pastor Dave

4799 S. Bradley Road
(in Orcutt near Paterson Rd.)


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Worship Service
We open our service with a warm welcome,
because we’re genuinely glad you are here to worship with us.

 


Reaching Out
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:6; Acts 1:8

Making Connections
1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Hebrews 10:24-25


Becoming Ambassadors
for Christ

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Faith is a personal thing,
but it is not a private thing.


Faith is personal. Each person who truly recognizes that Jesus is who He claims to be in the Bible has a personal relationship with Him. That person’s sins are forgiven and can have free and open fellowship with God. The question is, then, “How does a person come to faith?”

To answer that question, we turn to the Bible. It says, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:18)

It also says, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

And furthermore, it says that faith in Jesus doesn’t come through doing good things: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

So, as those who have heard the Word of Christ, we are compelled by the Bible and convicted by the Holy Spirit that we are to do something in response to the gift of faith we have received. We are to reach out to those around us and share about our faith with them so that they, too, might have an opportunity for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Goal: Newcomers will become Members.

Being a follower of Jesus is personal, but not individual;
(even the Lone Ranger had Tonto).

This is such a fun part of being a member of a church; connecting with others for mutual encouragement, strengthening, support, and just plain having a good time together.

From the very beginning of the church, the Bible tells us that this common connection of those who were part of the community of faith was the norm. It tells us that in the early church “they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers...And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42, 46-47)

At Heritage we do this Connecting in lots of ways. We gather together to worship; we minister to one another; we enjoy studying the Scriptures; we pray together; we love to eat together; and we even have people that enjoy taking vacations together.

We know, however, that this stage in the lives of churches tends to become the default mode of operation, they tend to become inwardly focused, so we stress the need for balancing Making Connections with Reaching Out on the one hand and Becoming Ambassadors for Christ on the other.

Goal: Members will become Ambassadors for Christ.
As our faith grows, we step into the office God has designed for us as maturing followers of Jesus.

Again, we turn to the Bible for our motivation and direction to move toward this goal. It says, “You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 MESSAGE)

Our desire is that we would see people enter this race the Bible speaks about to achieve real growth in their faith.

They run this race not as individuals, however, but in community. This is accomplished by helping others along as they progress in the race, and by encouraging still others who aren’t yet followers of Jesus to enter the race themselves.

Ambassadors demonstrate the love of Christ as they mentor members within the church, modeling what it is to grow in their faith.

They also demonstrate His love as they serve outside the four walls of the church, ministering in the community and touching lives, being the only Jesus some will ever see.

Goal: Ambassadors will encourage others toward a life of faith.

What is a Member?
A member is a follower of Jesus who has made an official commitment to the local church, demonstrated by regular attendance, participation in ministries, proportional giving, helping to assimilate newcomers, and general involvement in the life and activities
of the church.

What is an Ambassador for Christ?
Ambassadors are authentic, bold, resilient, God-focused members who use their gifts to minister both in the church
and beyond; making an impact in the overall life of the church and also making an impact in the community.
When is the Service?
Sunday, 10am Worship service
Most Wednesdays from September to May, 6pm Connections (simple supper and study)
Thursdays beginning October 17, H.Y.P.E. (Heritage Youth Prayerfully Empowered) 6.30pm
If I want to send a letter where should I send it?
Heritage Evangelical Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 2788
Santa Maria, California
93457-2788
Why we worship
How we worship
We gather to worship God because of who He is and what He has done on our behalf. Through Jesus’ suffering, death, and His resurrection from the dead we who believe in Him are assured of abundant life now and forever.

We gather to worship God because He loves us and has a good plan for our lives. We demonstrate our love for Him through worship.

We gather to worship God because it strengthens, comforts, and encourages us, helping us to live better lives. Through worship, we are inspired to proclaim His goodness, His mercy, and His grace to all.

We gather to worship God because it equips us to live life to the fullest. By sharing God’s love and His truth with the people around us, we become Ambassadors for Christ.


Call to Worship:
We come to church to worship, and the Call to Worship reminds us of that. It focuses our thoughts on why we are here in the first place. One of the leaders of our congregation brings us a brief word of encouragement to help us lay aside distractions and direct our attention toward God.

Worshiping through Song and the Spoken Word:
We love to celebrate the fact that we have a God who loves us and wants us to have a relationship with Him. One of the best ways of celebrating God found in the Bible is through music and singing. Our time of singing has something for everyone and incorporates different styles of music. Some of our songs have lyrics taken directly from the Bible. Other songs we sing follow the biblical charge to “sing to the Lord a new song,” with words written by Christian song writers. The Bible also instructs us to worship through the public reading of the Scriptures. It is good for us to recall words of worship that have been preserved for thousands of years; these words move us to a deeper, more heartfelt experience.

Pastoral Prayer:
Prayer is an important part of our worship experience. The prayer by the pastor is a special time of bringing the needs and joys of our local congregation, our community, and our world before the Lord.

Cheerful Giving:
As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe the Bible teaches us that God is the true owner of everything that exists, and that we are His stewards of all we possess. Our cheerful giving is an expression of worshipful thanksgiving to God for providing what we have. We also see the biblical mandate for intentional, proportional giving back to Him out of what He provides for us, not as a heavenly income tax, but as a guideline to help us remember that God is our source.

A Word about the Word:
As a means of preparing ourselves to hear the sermon, passages from the Bible are read that speak about the value and importance of the Scriptures. As we hear or read these words, it is a reminder to us to listen for God to speak to our hearts in the message heard during that service.

The Sermon:
At each worship service, we hear a message derived from a passage in the Bible. The message is presented as a special Spirit-inspired word specifically for the congregation that day designed to strengthen, encourage, and build up the people.

Closing Worship:
As we look at the model of the way God’s people worshiped in the Bible, they often closed their time of worship with a song. So we follow that example of closing in song that reminds us to continue to worship God throughout the week.

Blessing:
God’s special blessing is spoken by the pastor to close the time of worship using words taken from the Bible. It sends us out with a renewed sense of God’s great love and compassion for His people.

 

Personal Prayer and Ministry:
If you have a special need and you would like someone to pray with you, people are available to pray for you after the service in the overflow area on the north side of the sanctuary.

Fellowship Hour:
Right after the Blessing is given, all are invited to come to the fellowship hall to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or something cold, and to have some of the wonderful treats that have been provided. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to meet someone new, and to connect with someone you enjoy.

In the earliest days of the Church, the Bible tells us that the people
“devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42 ESV).
It is our desire as a congregation to continue in that heritage. This inspires us and we want you to be inspired to worship as well.

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks.

On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:

  1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

  2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, become flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
  3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

  4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

  5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.

  6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

  7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

 

 

 

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