Christ the King Episcopal Church - Santa Barbara

Christ the King Episcopal Church - Santa Barbara


WHAT IS HOLINESS IN SIMPLE EXPLANATION. Holiness is the nature and character of God manifested to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness. Holiness, or Sanctification is the process of God's grace sanctifying (making holy) a person who was justified and regenerated (1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:5). Holiness or Sanctification is God's perfect will for all Christians (Rom.12:1-2; 1Thes.4:1-7). God ordained His people to bear fruit, and this includes maturity through sanctification. Holiness is BOTH consecration to God and separation from the world and all sins,it is always a command by God to man (Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Matthew 5:48; 2Cor.5:17). Without Holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Mat.5:8; Heb.12:14; Rev. 22:10-12). God requires Holiness better than spiritual gifts, and is actually the basis of God's moving in the life of a person or church (Joshua 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23). Holiness is both partaking of God's divine nature through the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:4), and the actual decision of man to submit to God's control (Rom.12:1). Therefore, a Christian is expected to leave sin and worldliness in pursuit of God's holiness. Separation from sin, wickedness, and worldliness is both a principle of Holiness and a command to obey (2 Cor.6:14-18; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16). If a Christian is truly living in the principles of the Bible concerning Holiness, then he will practically obey the standards of God's Word that pertains to holy, righteous, and godly living which includes moral standards, standards of godly clothing and adornment, and prohibition of worldly lifestyles and fashion. Holiness affects all areas and aspects of our lives, including our thoughts, words, actions, dress, lifestyles, relationships, and our outlook in life. In short, Holiness is both inward transformation toward Christ-like character and outward transformation that is different from the ways of the world and unbelievers. That's Holiness.
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Worship with us on Sundays: 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel 9:15 AM Adult Education and Church School 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist Christ the King is a community of people who glorify and serve Jesus Christ through the ministry of reconciliation.

We are based in Santa Barbara, California but have a world wide ministry focused on faith-based reconciliation. Searching for God? Looking for meaning in life? Struggling with problems? Wanting to a be part of a purpose greater than yourself. We might be the community for you. Explore our website and learn about our dynamic faith community. If you live in the greater Santa Barbara area, we invite you to come worship with us on a Sunday morning.

Operating as usual

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Dec 24, 2020

Our first venture at CTK into virtual choir singing recorded for the Christmas eve service. Prepared for the Christ the King service on Christmas Eve.

[10/31/20]   After a long season of meeting just on Zoom and then meeting outside in the church parking lot and on Zoom, Christ the King is now meeting in the sanctuary and on Zoom. There is an 8 AM service in the sanctuary only, an adult education class both in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 9:15AM and another service at 10:30 also in person and on Zoom. Links to all the classes and services, as well as the liturgies and readings for the services, are on the church website at There is also a healing prayer service at CTK on Wednesday afternoons at 4PM to which all are invited.

A Memorial Day service was held in the Memorial Garden at Christ the King - everyone masked and socially distant - to honor the deceased from wars and Cov-Id 19. May God comfort and protect and heal all those in need.

The Memorial Day iModannari street painting art festival was moved online this year. Instead of being at the Old Mission, the artwork was created on various driveways, sidewalks and parking lots all over town and collected online at The Christ the King Healing Prayer Ministry sponsors a square each year. This year's work of Jesus healing a man with a withered hand (Matthew 12:9-14) was done at an undisclosed location by Ky Biswell.

Zoom services continue at Christ the King. The service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter is at

[05/21/20]   The liturgy and recorded service for the Sixth Sunday of Easter at Christ the King are now up at Enjoy!

Christ the King

The liturgy and recorded service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter at Christ the King can be found at Enjoy! You can return to our homepage by clicking here, or you can try searching for the content you are seeking by clicking here.

CTK Third Sunday of Easter Service

The Third Sunday of Easter service from CTK is up on YouTube at It was an attempt at live streaming a service on Zoom with about 40 people in attendance ... and some interesting results. Praise the Lord anyway!!

CTK Easter Sunday Service Part 1

The Christ the King Easter service is up on Youtube in two parts at and


CTK Good Friday Liturgy

A Christ the King Good Friday Liturgy service is on YouTube at

CTK Good Friday Stations of the Cross

A Christ the King Good Friday Stations of the Cross service is up on YouTube at

CTK Maundy Thursday Service

The Christ the King Maundy Thursday service is now on YouTube at

CTK Palm Sunday service


However, the church sanctuary will be open from 8 am to noon on Sundays and from 9:30 AM to 2 PM all other days for all who want to gather for prayer and meditation (while still practicing social distancing - staying more than 6 feet apart and not having more than 10 people together at once.)

“…let us also be mindful that we don’t isolate our human brothers and sisters in our attempt to isolate the virus. In these trying times, when social contact needs to be
limited for our safety, social connection is needed more than ever for us to heal.” Fr. Israel Anchan

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. “ Jesus (Luke 12:32)

New photo by Dick Morrow

Christ the King Episcopal Church is thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Rector, Fr. Israel Anchan, and his wife, Jacky. Fr. Anchan began his ministry at CTK on November 17. To God be the glory, great things he has done and is doing and will be doing at CTK!!

[11/08/19]   PARENT NIGHT OUT is coming right up - November 16, 6-9 PM - CTK offers free child care for our friends and neighbors to get a night out. It's for kids in grades K-6 only and parents must preregister. Call 805-964-9966.

Tim Husted was baptized at Christ the King on October 13 by Bishop Diane Bruce supported by his grandma, Myonne Terry, Rev. Joy Magala, and Tim's sponsors, John Rouse, Dick Morrow and Karl Burrelsman.

Sophia Teague was baptized October 6 surrounded by her mother, grandparents, great grandmothers and friends along with several godparents and everyone at CTK!

[07/02/19]   YOUNG RECONCILERS Vacation Bible School
Teaching our children how to resolve their differences God's way.
July 15 to 19, 9am to 1 pm daily
Call 805-964-9966 to register
$25 per child - scholarships are available

[06/06/19]   Rev. Fadi Diab, the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ramallah, Palestine will be preaching at Christ the King at 8 AM and at 10:30 AM and sharing his personal journey in the Adult Education "School of Discipleship" at 9:15.
On Monday, June 10 at 7 PM he will be speaking on "The Plight of Arab Christians in the Holy Land". The services and class and Monday evening presentation are all open to the public and free!

"Jesus Healing A Blind Man". CTK Healing Prayer Ministry entry at the i Madonnari Street Art Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission. The artist was Brendan Briggs with Pam, Hali, and Sue and help from Martin, Sean, and Tucker!

Ashes to Go
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and Christ the King is offering Ash Wednesday services at 7 AM, Noon, and 7 PM. However, for those who desire the imposition of ashes but can't make it to a service or don't want to go into a church, CTK is "taking it to the streets" with Ashes to Go. Folks can drive into the parking lot between 10AM and 6 PM where church members will pray with them, give them some printed material and make the sign of the cross on their forehead with the reminder, "remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."

The Epiphany VBS at CTK had the theme "Come and See the Newborn King." The kids as the wise men followed the star, met with King Herod, brought their gifts, and even had tents for the flight to Egypt! ... all through music and lessons and crafts and activities and great fun!

[12/23/18]   Coming soon to CTK
"Come and See
the Newborn King"
Vacation Bible School
January 2-4 9AM to 1 PM
call 805-964-9966 for details

A Women's Advent Brunch was held today at CTK with Nan Morrow as MC, Jana Mullen at the piano and Melanie Sunukjian portraying Mary, the mother of Jesus.

We were honored to have Bishop John Taylor at CTK on 11-11-18 as our teacher, preacher and celebrant.

Earlier this summer, CTK hosted a Vacation Bible School for the neighborhood kids.

Ugandan Liturgical Dance

When you have an Interim Priest from Uganda, you get treated to such wonderful things as Ugandan liturgical dance!

As for me and my house ...

Every year on Father's Day at CTK, all the men (and boys) become the choir and sing the Family Prayer Song - "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."

Every year on Memorial Day in Santa Barbara there is a street art festival in the parking lot in front of the Old Mission. The CTK Healing Prayer Ministry buys a square and has students from a local high school create a work of art. This year's drawing was titled " The Hem of His Garment" based on the story in Matthew 9 of the woman who was sure she would be healed of her illness if she could just touch the hem of Jesus' robe. (Matthew 9:20)

[05/30/18]   Earlier this year, Goleta Vineyard approached Christ the King about sharing our facility. An agreement was reached and Goleta Vineyard now meets at CTK, has an office here and we share the rest of the facility together. Vineyard folks joined CTK for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, we did our Easter Sunday services together, GV joined CTK for a prayer and praise service on Ascension day and CTK folks were invited to the GV Pentecost service! Imagine ... an Episcopal Church and a Vineyard doing ministry together!

[05/29/18]   CTK has spent the past year preparing to engage in the search for a new Rector. Meetings have been held, surveys done, portfolios and profiles created, audits prepared. A Search Committee has been meeting regularly for prayer and reflection while preparing the necessary paperwork. Given the influence of bureaucratic pressures and the vagaries of summer schedules, the actual search will probably begin in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned.

Reviving the CTK page. This page has been asleep for quite a while. It's time to wake it up! A lot has been going on since the last post; mainly, our Rector for the past 25 years, Fr. Brian Cox, retired almost a year ago. (To learn about Brian's current work, check out the Institute for Faith Based Diplomacy.) While we are in the process of searching for a new Rector, CTK has an interim priest, Rev. Joy Magala. Joy is no stranger to CTK as she served as supply clergy here for several years when Fr. Brian was away. Stay tuned to this page for more news about what is happening, and has been happening, at CTK!

[10/18/15]   Yesterday a team from Christ the King arrived in Israel/Palestine. They will spend their first week in the Israeli city Beit Shemesh building relationship with the Levi Eschol Elementary School.

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