Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino seeks to be a worshipping community. We strive to be a place where people can grow in Christ through truth and authentic relationships and have opportunities to love the world both locally and globally. Our core values include expository preaching, discipleship, ministry of the saints, shared stories, and living the new covenant where the resources to live the Christian life come from God and not from ourselves.
The Love of Christ
Call to Worship: Psalm 103: 8-14; 17a; 22b (ESV) antiphonal
8 Leader: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, People: slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 Leader: He will not always accuse, People: nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 Leader: he does not treat us as our sins deserve People: or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 Leader: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, People: so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 Leader: as far as the east is from the west, People: so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Leader: As a father has compassion on his children, People: so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 Leader: for he knows how we are formed, People: he remembers that we are dust.17a Leader: But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, 22b All: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
The Freedom of Christ
Call to Worship: Psalm 107 (adapted) Responsive Reading
Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!His faithful love endures forever.
People: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,whom he has redeemed from trouble
Leader: Some of us wandered in a wilderness,others sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
People: Sometimes we were trapped in our sinful waysand rebelled against his counsel
Leader: But whenever we cried out to the Lordhe delivered us from our distress.People: He sent out his word and healed us,snatching us from the door of death.
Leader: Let us praise the Lord for his great loveand for the wonderful things he has done for us.All: Let us offer sacrifices of thanksgivingand sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)
11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
The Return of Christ
Call to Worship: Psalm 16:5; 8-9; 11 (NLT)
5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:59-64 (ESV)
59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The Reign of Christ
Call to Worship: Psalm 86:8-13a (NIV – antiphonal)
Leader: Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
People: no deeds can compare with yours.
Leader: All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord;
People: they will bring glory to your name.
Leader: For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
People: you alone are God.
Leader: Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
People: I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
All: For great is your love toward me.
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Ring Out, Ring In
Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1-3 (NIV)
1 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.2 The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:7-14 (NIV)
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Prince of Peace
Call to Worship: Psalm 85:7-13 (NIV) adapted
Show us your unfailing love, O God, our Savior, and grant us your salvation.Listen to what the Lord our God says:He promises peace to his people,
who are his beloved saints.
The Lord will indeed give what is good.
Righteousness goes before himand prepares the way for his steps.May the Lord make his holy face to shine upon us in this time of Advent worship.May we see God’s face and so know peace. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 (ESV)
1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.