Worship @ Home
June 7th, 2020
Second Sunday in Pentecost
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.
If you have a candle, light it to remind you of the light of Christ that is always with us.
Call to Worship and Prayer of Adoration
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
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson
Prayer of Confession
God of grace, love, and communion, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name. Amen.
(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 Matthew 18:10-14
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, 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 which character in this story represents me….
I wonder if the 99 sheep were safe when they were left behind….
I wonder why that one sheep wandered away….
Sermon “Sheep Gone Astray: A Flock Divided” Pastor Becca Longino
Alternate Sermons: Bishop Michael Curry Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Affirmation of Faith - Confession of 1967
Wise and virtuous men and women through the ages have sought the highest good in devotion to freedom, justice, peace, truth, and beauty. Yet all human virtue, when seen in the light of God’s love in Jesus Christ, is found to be infected by self-interest and hostility.
All people, good and bad alike, are in the wrong before God and helpless without God's forgiveness. Thus everyone falls under God’s judgment. No one is more subject to that judgment than those who assume that they are guiltless before God or morally superior to others.
God’s love never changes. Against all who oppose the divine will, God expresses love in wrath. In the same love, God bore judgment and shameful death in Jesus Christ, to bring all people to repentance and new life.
Hymn of Response
"There Is a Time for Silence” by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Prayers of the People
We 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.
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.
Our pastor is Rev. Becca Longino
Our message this week is shared by our liturgist Caly Fernández
Our vocalists this week are Nikkie Shubitz and Pastor Becca
Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home