Worship @ Home
July 19, 2020
Eighth 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.
Prelude "Joy to the World" with "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" Carol Saddington
by George F. Handel, Henry VanDyke, and Ludwig van Beethoven
Call to Worship
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it!
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 “O, Come All Ye Faithful” Jimmy Bohn
by C. Frederick Oakeley & John Francis Wade
Prayer of Confession
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Confident in this promise, let us confess our sin to God and before one another.
Lord, too often we speak without pausing to seek your wisdom. We assume our own goodness and fail to question our limited knowledge and understanding. We hurt others with our hasty, often well intended, words and actions. We falsely believe our ways are your ways and condemn those who disagree with us.
In this tumultuous time, turn us toward you. Remove the scales from our eyes and give us ears to hear your guidance. Do not let our need for earthly approval sway our commitment to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Forgive our failings. Take our faltering attempts at faithfulness and use them to lead us to your paths of righteousness. Amen.
Let us now offer a brief, silent confession.
(Moment of silent confession)
Assurance of Pardon and Gloria Patri
Prayer for Illumination
O God, open our ears and our hearts, so we can hear Your Word. Amen.
Scripture John 1:1-18
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 what or who the Word is…
I wonder why this Christmas story is so different than the one we usually hear…
I wonder what it means to shine light into the darkness...
Sermon “Christmas in July” Pastor Becca Longino
Hymn of Response “Canticle of the Turning” Jimmy Bohn
by Rory Cooney
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 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.
Invitation to Discipleship
Passing of the Peace
Text a friend, or ten friends, and tell them “Peace of Christ be with you!”
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
Our Tech Deacon is Nikkie Shubitz
Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home