Worship @ Home
June 21, 2020
Fourth 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.
Opening Song "Called Me Higher" by Leslie Jordan
Call to Worship
God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Through Jesus Christ let us be reconciled to God.
Our worship compels us to work for change;
May our hearts be stirred to bring God’s Kingdom to earth!
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 "What A Friend We Have in Jesus"
by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, Your justice protects those who are weak, yet we seek the shelter of privilege and power. Your righteousness redeems those who are poor yet we seek the status of wealth and possessions. Your peace upholds those who are oppressed, yet we seek the security of weapons and retribution. Forgive us our sins, and lead us to true retribution. Forgive us our sins and lead us to true repentance, that we may trust you in all things; through Jesus Christ we pray. 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: The 99 Are in Danger” Pastor Becca Longino
Affirmation of Faith - Confession of 1967
In each time and place, there are particular problems and crises through which God calls the church to act. The church, guided by the Spirit, humbled by its own complicity and instructed by all attainable knowledge, seeks to discern the will of God and learn how to obey in these concrete situations. The following are particularly urgent at the present time.
God has created the peoples of the earth to be one universal family. In God’s reconciling love, God overcomes the barriers between sisters and brothers and breaks down every form of discrimination based on racial or ethnic difference, real or imaginary. The church is called to bring all people to receive and uphold one another as persons in all relationships of life: in employment, housing, education, leisure, marriage, family, church, and the exercise of political rights. Therefore, the church labors for the abolition of all racial discrimination and ministers to those injured by it. Congregations, individuals, or groups of Christians who exclude, dominate, or patronize others, however subtly, resist the Spirit of God and bring contempt on the faith which they profess.
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 liturgist is James Martin
Our musicians are Jimmy Bohn and Carol Saddington
Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home