Worship @ Home
June 28, 2020
Fifth 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 “Agnus Dei”
Call to Worship
I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’ “
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 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, our loyalties have been divided and we have taken Your grace for granted. You seek us out, but we attempt to go our own way. You provide, but we hoard. You free us from the bondage of sin, but we neglect to be instruments of righteousness. You welcome us as we are, but we refuse to receive others in Your name.
Forgive what we have been, amend what we will be, awaken us to the new thing You are doing within and around us. Send Your Spirit to shape us in ways that better reflect the one we claim to follow, Jesus Christ. 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 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
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 how we’re called to be the body of Christ today…
I wonder what it means when one member suffers, all members suffer…
I wonder what it means when one member is honored, all rejoice together with it...
Sermon “One Body, Many Members” Pastor Becca Longino
Affirmation of Faith - Confession of Belhar
We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ;
that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,
that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker,
that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.
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 Robert Booth
Our musicians are Jimmy Bohn and Carol Saddington
Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home