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Worship @ Home

May 17th, 2020

6th Sunday of Easter

Siblings in Christ, we have created this resource for you to worship in your home while we are not able to gather together in person. We encourage you to follow along with the liturgy and video below.

May Christ’s peace be with you today and always.

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If you have a candle, light it to remind you of the light of Christ that is always with us.

Welcome

 

Song of Praise                             “Blessed Be Your Name”

 

Call to Worship 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you guide the nations upon earth. 

The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere the Lord! 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Opening Prayer

 

Loving and Gracious God—Holy one of Israel—

tender one to all who call upon you with repentant and believing hearts:

bless us, we pray, with your presence this day. 

Teach the little ones who have gathered to learn your ways,

inspire those who seek your wisdom, energize those who are exhausted,

comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are weak.

Indeed, O God, fill all of our hearts with your praise

and lead us in holiness and righteousness in this hour

and in the hours to come. 

We ask it in Jesus' name.  Amen.

Mission Statement  

 

New Covenant Fellowship is a racially-diverse community informed by the Bible, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and motivated to share God’s love with all. In response
to God’s love, we are called to equip disciples to faithfully serve, to encourage seekers
to joyfully commit, and to implore all to worship our Lord, as we love our neighbors, grow in grace, and live by faith.  

Song of Praise                             "To God Be the Glory"

Prayer of Confession

Loving God, too often we place values on people, holding some in higher esteem than others. We convince ourselves that some people are more worthy of our time than others. We love those who are easy to love and dismiss those who we’d rather not be around. 

Forgive us for the ways we fail to love others as we should. Forgive us for the ways we fail to treat others as we should. Instill in us a concern for all of your children. Help us to be patient. Help us to be kind. Help us to abide by the greatest of all things: Love. (Moment of silent confession)

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

 

Text a friend, or ten friends, and tell them “Peace of Christ be with you!”

Prayer for Illumination 

O God, open our ears and our hearts, so we can hear Your Word. Amen.

Scripture                                       1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If you are worshipping with a group, consider having more than one voice read this passage. 

If you don’t have a printed copy of the Bible, www.biblegateway.org has scripture online.

In worship at NCFA, we typically read from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), although multiple translations are available.

 

Wondering with the Word

Some of these questions are from “Be the Story” Sunday School Narrative Lectionary Curriculum by SiriAnna Stromenn and are an encouragement to wonder with God’s word. The goal is not a “right” answer, but rather the opportunity to wonder about the scripture. Use any and all of these questions for your response to God’s word. 

  • I wonder what it means that God is love…

  • I wonder what it looks like to have a church that loves everyone…

  • I wonder how I can love people I don’t like or get along with...

 

Sermon                   “Let Us Love”

Prayers of the People

Offer prayers for the needs of the world, paying particular attention to those who are vulnerable in our community, nation, and world. We will gather at 11:30am via Google Meet for our online Prayer and Praise time. 

Offering of Our Gifts

With your household, consider what gifts you could offer to God and to God’s people during this time. Speak them out loud or write them down, and after worship, make a plan to share these gifts. In addition to these offerings of time and talent, offer your treasure. The church uses your monetary offerings to bring healing and hope into the Austin community and beyond. 

Go to www.ncfaustin.org/donations to make a mobile donation to the ministry of NCFA. 

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

You’re invited to gather your own elements for communion - anything similar to bread and juice will do! We are trusting that the Holy Spirit will bring the real presence of Christ to the elements you have. 

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn of Response             “Let Us Break Bread Together”

Blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all harm, and keep us in eternal life.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Change the Light
 

To remind you that the light of Christ goes with you wherever you go, extinguish the candle if you lit one at the beginning of worship, and allow the smoke to billow as a reminder of Christ’s abiding presence.


 

Siblings in Christ, know that you are a part of God’s beloved family and be at peace.

Portions of our liturgy today come from katyandtheword.wordpress.com, as well as    

© Presbyterian Outlook, 2020. Liturgy written by Jill Duffield and provided for free distribution.

 

Our liturgist this week is Robert Booth

Our weekly music leader is Jimmy Bohn

 

Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home .

New Covenant Fellowship of Austin

1507 Wilshire Blvd 

Austin, TX 78722

512-334-9541

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