Worship @ Home May 24th, 2020 7th 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. ____________________________________________________________________________________ If you have a candle, light it to remind you of the light of Christ that is always with us.
Song of Praise “Your Grace Is Enough”
Call to Worship
One: Listen, says the apostle Paul: I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will be changed; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, the dead will be raised to new life.
All: Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy One, our rock and redeemer, when our faith is shaken, your righteousness is unshakable. When our hope falters, your faithfulness is sure. You are a God of abundant mercy. You alone can turn evil into good, sorrow into rejoicing, and death into everlasting life. Establish us on the firm foundation of your Word, where we find promises from you that will always be fulfilled. Help us to stand firm in faith and be steadfast in your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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
When the flood surges and the river rises, be thankful that your house is established on the rock of God’s unfailing love. Trusting in the Lord to see us through all things, let us confess our sin together:
Loving God, we confess that our lives are choked and tangled in sin. We call on You, Lord, but we do not live according to Your word. We are quick to point out others’ faults, but oblivious to our own. We treasure what is evil and squander Your good gifts. Forgive us, we pray. Redeem us, restore us, recreate us by Your grace; through Jesus Christ our Savior. 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 15:1-22, 26, 51-58
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 if my neighbors could use some good news right now...
I wonder how I am called to share good news...
I wonder what it means that Jesus has been raised from the dead...
Sermon “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Rev. Jeffrey Saddington
Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
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.
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 “The Church’s One Foundation”
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.
Our preacher this week is Rev. Jeffrey Saddington
Our liturgist this week is Debbie Saddington
Our weekly music leader is Jimmy Bohn
Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home .